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Grants We Funded

Grant applicants for the 2021 cycle requested a total of over $3.3 million dollars. The PSF Study Section subcommittees of Basic & Translational Research and Clinical Research evaluated 106 grant applications on the following topics:

The PSF awarded research grants totaling more than $755,000 to support 25 plastic surgery research proposals.

ASPS/PSF leadership is committed to continuing to provide high levels of investigator-initiated research support to ensure that plastic surgeons have the needed research resources to be pioneers and innovators in advancing the practice of medicine.

Research Abstracts

Search The PSF database to have easy access to full-text grant abstracts from past PSF-funded research projects 2003 to present. All abstracts are the work of the Principal Investigators and were retrieved from their PSF grant applications. Several different filters may be applied to locate abstracts specific to a particular focus area or PSF funding mechanism.

Outcomes and Impairment Assessment after Finger Amputations

Principal Investigator
Aviram Giladi MD, MS


The Regents of the University of Michigan

Funding Mechanism
Research Fellowship

Focus Area
Hand or Upper Extremity

Despite the widespread performance of replantation surgery in the United States, a substantial number of finger injuries still result in amputations. These injuries affect all segments of the population, including children, young active workers, and older patients involved in labor-intensive hobbies. Finger amputations leave the patient with impairment that causes substantial functional and emotional disability. A system for determining impairment designed by the American Medical Association (AMA) is widely used; however, it is uncertain whether this rating system reflects the true physical condition of the injured. Patient-reported outcomes (PRO) questionnaires provide a unique approach in assessing disability and quality of life as reported by the patient, but have not been evaluated in the finger amputation population. We plan to use strength and sensory tests, PRO questionnaires, and the Jebson-Taylor test that simulates activities of daily living to more accurately measure disability after finger amputations. We will analyze patients in four groups: single finger amputations, thumb amputations, multiple finger amputations, and multiple finger and thumb amputations. The goals of this project are to 1) evaluate the ability of PROs to assess impairment after revision amputation, and 2) compare PROs and AMA ratings of disability with true functional disability as reflected by performance in the Jebson-Taylor test. The data gathered through these techniques will improve our understanding of the degree of disability that results from various amputation injuries, and the accuracy of PROs in rating this disability. The impact of this project is in applying evidence-based medicine concepts to improve assessment of impairment and disability for patients with finger amputations.

Aviram (Avi) Giladi, MD received his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from Vanderbilt University. He is currently a resident in the University of Michigan integrated plastic surgery program. Now in the academic years of his residency training, he is also completing a Master’s in Health and Health Services Research through the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at The University of Michigan. Avi’s clinical and research interests are predominantly geared towards hand and upper extremity surgery, with specific focus on outcomes, evidence-based care, and other aspects of health services research.