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Grants We Funded

Grant applicants for the 2022 cycle requested a total of over $2.9 million dollars. The PSF Study Section subcommittees of Basic & Translational Research and Clinical Research evaluated 115 grant applications on the following topics:

The PSF awarded research grants totaling almost $550,000 to support 19 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.

Holographic Surgical Planning and Telementoring for Craniofacial Surgery

Principal Investigator
Francis Papay MD


Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Funding Mechanism
Translational Research Grant

Focus Area
Technology Based, Cranio / Maxillofacial / Head and Neck

Traditionally, craniofacial (CF) reconstructive surgery has relied on the experienced surgeon's subjective pre- and intra-operative assessment. As the complexity of the surgery increases, it becomes more difficult for less experienced surgeons (e.g., at community hospitals) to perform advanced procedures. Long operation and anesthesia times are an independent predictor of adverse events in CF surgery. HoloLens is a recently released self-contained, head-mounted augmented reality (AR) device that merges real-world and virtual objects to produce a 3D holographic visualization. Accomplishing the objective of our central hypothesis - that a novel AR application developed for the HoloLens has sufficiently accurate measurements to allow effective collaboration during CF surgical planning will ultimately provide holographic telementoring, thereby significantly benefitting less experienced plastic surgeons by decreasing operation time to decrease the contingency of complications. The rationale for this approach is based on two reasons: 1) sharing of the holographic surgical plan can facilitate collaboration and mentoring between well-established academic centers and remote community hospitals; 2) distance measurement is an important surgical decision tool in CF surgical planning, the surgical plan cannot be shared or mentored without accurate dimensional measurements. We have developed a holographic distance measurement tool for a CF surgical planning application with network-enabled HoloLens. By utilizing the novel application, we will perform various dimensional measurements with HoloLens on orbital bones from holographic skulls generated from computed tomography (CT) scan of skulls with deformities (i.e., orbital bone fractures). Then, plastic surgeons will validate standard systems usability for collaborative CF surgical planning application developed for HoloLens. Based on our results we will further develop the holographic planning application to enable sites ranging from academic centers to small regional hospitals to effectively share patient-specific holograms for collaborative surgical planning.

Francis A. Papay, M.S.(BME) M.D., F.A.C.S., FAAP is a professor of surgery at the Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and Chairman of the Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. He is a biomedical engineer and surgeon, double boarded in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in addition to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with subspecialty fellowship training in craniofacial surgery. He has made important contributions to invention and innovation such as lead craniofacial surgeon for Cleveland Clinic’s three face allotransplantations, designer of instrumentation for neuromodulation of skull base nerve bundles for migraine headaches and obstructive sleep apnea. He is the recipient of the Medal of Merit from Ohio University, the WebMD Health Hero Award in Science, George and Grace Crile Surgical Award, and 56 other awards. He holds several dozen U.S. patents and he is the co-founder of several Cleveland Clinic biotech startup companies. He has published over 215 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial review boards of several medical journals. He has been recently inducted as a fellow in the National Academy of Inventors in addition to serving in several executive positions in the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Association of Plastic Surgeons, American Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Society, Fellow American College of Surgeons and Fellow American Academy of Pediatrics.