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Grants We Funded

Grant applicants for the 2023 cycle requested a total of nearly $4 million dollars. The PSF Study Section Subcommittees of Basic & Translational Research and Clinical Research evaluated nearly 140 grant applications on the following topics:

The PSF awarded research grants totaling over $1 million dollars to support nearly 30 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.

Chest Dysphoria in Transmasculine Adolescents

Principal Investigator
Sumanas Jordan MD, Phd


Northwestern University

Funding Mechanism
Pilot Research Grant

Focus Area
General Reconstructive, Other

This project intends to fill the gap in empirical data that underpins professional society guidelines for the surgical treatment of gender dysphoria in transgender and non-binary (TNB) adolescent patients. The long-term objective of this work is to generate clinical outcomes data to guide pediatric plastic surgeons' clinical decision-making for the practice of chest masculinization top surgery in adolescent patients. This proposed project will accomplish two aims. First, we will study the presentation of chest dysphoria - or the distress associated with female chest features - in natal-female TNB adolescents. A retrospective review of a clinical database will be conducted to identify adolescent patients who presented to one of the nation's largest pediatric gender clinics for medical or surgical transition. Multivariate linear regression will be used to identify associations between chest dysphoria and clinically relevant variables in these patients. These associations will be compared between adolescents who desire top surgery and those who do not. Second, we will measure the treatment outcomes of top surgery in adolescent patients. A prospective study will enroll adolescents who present for top surgery. Participants will complete self-report measures of chest dysphoria, gender dysphoria, and gender congruence pre-operatively and at three months post-operatively. Combined, these data will offer insight into the clinical presentation and outcomes of natal-female TNB adolescents who seek gender affirmation top surgery from a pediatric plastic surgeon.

Sumanas Jordan, MD PhD, is an Assistant Professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Jordan completed her MD and her PhD in biomedical engineering at Emory University, followed by her clinical residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Northwestern University. As a surgeon-scientist, she is developing a clinical and research interest in gender affirmation surgery. Dr. Jordan's research portfolio and interests also include the use of 3-D printing and biomaterials to improve nerve re-generation, particularly at the neuromuscular junction, and clinical outcomes research for breast and peripheral nerve procedures.