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Research

The Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is a robust department of clinical research. Headed by Petros Konofaos, MD, PhD, plastic surgery research is diversified in all areas, from basic and translational clinical research in wound healing, flap surgery, nerve grafting to facial reanimation and cleft palate management.

Resident Research
Resident(s) Faculty Project Summary Progress
Anderson Konofaos Fat grafting for craniofacial patients Literature review
Carlson Lachica Lateral arm flap for dorsal hand reconstruction Final edits
Carlson/Daugherty Lachica Upper extremity reconstruction review paper Literature review & paper design
Carlson Luce Illicit silicone injection Manuscript 
Carlson Konofaos Review paper: eye sphincter reanimation in facial nerve palsy Final edits
Carlson Konofaos Cadaveric nerve allografts Accepted to Annals of Plastic Surgery
Carlson/Farhadi Wallace Septal reset technique for lower eyelid blepharoplasty IRB approved/Data collection
Carlson  Wallace (Konofaos) Long term follow-up of strip craniectomy with barrel staves for sagittal craniosynostosis IRB approved/Data collection and analysis
Carlson Wallace (Konofaos) Surgical management of complex fronto-orbital fibrous dysplasia Manuscript 
Daugherty  Konofaos Sensory neurotization of the face Submitted to Journal of Microsurgery
Daugherty/Carlson
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Wallace  Successful separation of ischiopagus conjoined twins Accepted to Annals of Plastic Surgery
Farhadi/Jordi Wallace Surgical management of large mid-face lesions in the pediatric patient Manuscript 
Farhadi Wallace Case review with cleft lip and palate with fly away premaxilla and oral management Accepted to Annals of Plastic Surgery
Goulart   Gbulie Breast tissue expander infection risk factors: a retrospective review  
Hamidian N/A Determining oncologic safety of autologous fat grafting as reconstructive modality: an institutional review of breast cancer recurrence rates and surgical outcome Accepted as letter to editor in PRS
Hamidian/Carlson Jing (Luce) Edwardsiella tarda septicemia case report Final edits
Miller Jing   Severe graft-versus-host disease with limb ischemia: case report Literature review
Robinson Alvarez Lotrimin solution in pediatric facial burns Data collection
Robinson Lachica Case report: preoperative skin envelope resurfacing with free ALT before elective elbow arthroplasty In submission process
Kozusko/Hamidian Konofaos Principles of Lymph Node Dissection Book Chapter Awaiting Response From European Editor
Kozusko Nezakatgoo/Rohrer A technique for salvage of megafistulas allowing immediate dialysis access Accepted and will be published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery
Kozusko Gbulie Detecting microsurgical complications with ViOptix tissue oximetry in pediatric myocutaneous free flap: case presentation and literature review Published in Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery Open
Kozusko Luce Breast augmentation essential article for residents Accepted and will be published in PRS Magazine
Kozusko/Kaminsky Konofaos Sensory Neurotization Review Submitting April 2018 to Medicine
Kozusko/Riccio/Goulart Konofaos Chitosan Review Manuscript Awaiting Response from Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Kozusko Konofaos Facial Sensory Neurotization and Human Cadaver Nerve Grafts in Trauma Two abstracts accepted to EURAPS and to be presented May 2018
Kozusko Konofaos/M. Fleming Spiradenoma Cancer Database Review Abstract pending decision for American College of Surgeons meeting, Manuscript to be submitted by July 2018
Kozusko/Hamidian/Riccio Konofaos Submental vs Platysma Flaps Presented at 2017 Thuss, Presented at 2018 ASPS, Manuscript writing to begin April 2018 with goal by end of 2018
Kozusko Lachica Masquerading Masses of the Hand and Wrist Abstract pending decision for SESPRS, Manuscript to be submitted within 1 year, PSQI project possibly with the VA
Kozusko Konofaos EOM CN Anatomic Study Abstract pending decision for SESPRS, Will write manuscript if accepted to SESPRS
Kaminsky/Liu Velamuri Heterotopic Ossification : a preventable case of gossypiboma in spinal cord injury patient 3rd edit underway with plans to submit shortly
Riccio Konofaos Keystone Flap: Physiology, Types and Clinical Applications: A Review Final manuscript ready for for sumission to Annals of Plastic Surgery once pictures have been added
Publications

2018 Graduate Publications

Carlson TL, Wallace RD, Konofaos P. Cadaveric Nerve Allograft: Single Center's Experience in a Variety of Peripheral Nerve Injuries. Ann Plast Surg. 2018 Jun;80(6S Suppl 6):S328-S332. PMID: 29847373

Carlson TL, Daugherty R, Miller A, Gbulie UB, Wallace R. Successful Separation of Conjoined Twins: The Contemporary Experience and Historic Review in Memphis. Ann Plast Surg. 2018 Jun;80(6S Suppl 6):S333-S339. PMID: 29401126

Farhadi R, Wallace RD. Primary Premaxillary Ostectomy and Setback: Dealing With the "Fly-away" Premaxilla. Ann Plast Surg. 2018 May 14. PMID: 2976243

2017 Graduates

Painful Neuroma Treatment of the Supraorbital Nerve and Forehead Neurotization Using Human Cadaveric Nerve Allograft.
Bassilios Habre S, Depew JB, Wallace RD, Konofaos P.
J Craniofac Surg. 2018 Jun;29(4):1023-1025. doi: 10.197/SCS.0000000000004439.
PMID: 29521743

2016 Graduates

Excision and Fat Grafting of Nasal Tip Dermoid Cysts Through an Open Rhinoplasty Approach.
Pierce CA, Konofaos P, Alvarez S, Wallace RD.
J Craniofac Surg. 2016 Jan;27(1):e18-20. PMID:26681174

Lack of Validity of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Database for Alloplastic Immediate Postmastectomy Reconstruction.
Luce EA, Pierce CE.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Sep;136(3):296e-300e. PMID:26313833

The Use of Posterior Rectus Sheath Free Flap for Reconstruction of Total Forehead Defects.
Pierce C, Konofaos P, Hickerson WL.
J Craniofac Surg. 2015 Jul;26(5):1728-9. PMID: 26167992

The Use of Posterior Rectus Sheath Free Flap for Reconstruction of Total Forehead Defects.Pierce C, Konofaos P, Hickerson WL.
J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2015 Jun 24. PMID:26114504

Correction of Pterygium Colli in Turner Syndrome: A Clinical Report and Review of the Surgical Management.
Lou RB, Konofaos P, Wallace RD.
J Craniofac Surg. 2016 Nov;27(8):2081-2083. PMID:28005757

2015 Graduates

Illicit Cosmetic Silicone Injection: A Recent Reiteration of History.
Leonardi NR, Compoginis JM, Luce EA.
Ann Plast Surg. 2016 Oct;77(4):485-90. PMID: 26954730

2014 Graduates

Human acellular dermis versus no acellular dermis in tissue expansion breast reconstruction.
Parks JW, Hammond SE, Walsh WA, Adams RL, Chandler RG, Luce EA.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Oct;130(4):739-46. PMID:23018685 

Tissue Expander versus Tissue Expander and Latissimus Flap in Morbidly Obese Breast Reconstruction Patients.
Luce EA, Adams RL, Chandler RG, Parks J.
Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2015 Apr 7;3(3):e323. PMID: 25878934

Total scalp reconstruction following a dog bite in a pediatric patient.
Konofaos P, Kashyap A, Wallace RD.
J Craniofac Surg. 2014 Jul;25(4):1362-4. PMID:24902108

Biomedical approaches to improve bone healing in distraction osteogenesis: a current update and review.
Konofaos P, Kashyap A, Ver Halen J.
Biomed Tech (Berl). 2014 Jun;59(3):177-83. PMID:24399674

Nanotechnology applications in plastic and reconstructive surgery: a review.
Parks J 4th, Kath M, Gabrick K, Ver Halen JP.
Plast Surg Nurs. 2012 Oct-Dec;32(4):156-64. PMID: 2318814

2012 Graduates

Excision and Fat Grafting of Nasal Tip Dermoid Cysts Through an Open Rhinoplasty Approach.
Pierce CA, Konofaos P, Alvarez S, Wallace RD.
J Craniofac Surg. 2016 Jan;27(1):e18-20. PMID: 26681174 

2011 Graduates

Reconstruction of massive oncologic defects following extremity amputation: a 10-year experience.
Samant M, Chang EI, Petrungaro J, Ver Halen JP, Yu P, Skoracki RJ, Chang DW.
Ann Plast Surg. 2012 May;68(5):467-71. PMID: 22214800 

Presentations

2017-2018

Steve Kozukso (3 presentations)

European Association of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting (EURAPS)-May 2018, Madrid, Spain

  • Human Cadaver Nerve Grafts in Traumatic Cranial and Peripheral Nerve Injuries
  • Facial Sensory Reconstruction using Human Cadaver Nerve Allografts: A Report of Two Cases

American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting (ASPS)-October 2017, Orlando, FL
Submental and Platysma Myocutaneous Flaps in Head and Neck Reconstruction

2016-2017

Terri Carlson (4 Presentation)

  • American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM)- January 2017, Hawaii
    Cadaveric Nerve Allografts for presentation
  • American Society of Craniofacial Surgery (ASCFS) - January 2017, Hawaii
    Surgical management of complex fronto-orbital fibrous dysplasia for presentation
  • Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (SESPRS) – June 2017 Georgia
    • Cadaveric nerve allografts for presentation
    • Successful separation of Ischiopagus twins for presentation

2015-2016

Charlie Pierce (1 Presentation)

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, October 2015, Boston, MA
    Long term outcomes with porous polyethylene in the reconstruction of complex
    Craniofacial defects

2014-2015

Charlie Pierce (3 Presentations)

  • Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting – June 2015, Amelia Island, FL
    Lack of validity of the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP)
    Data in breast reconstruction
  • Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting – June 2015, Amelia Island, FL
    The use of resorbable mesh in craniosynostosis
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting - May 2015, Scottsdale, AZ
    Lack of validity of the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP)
    Data in breast reconstruction

2013-2014

Nick Leonardi (1 Presentation)

  • Thuss Lectureship – April 2014, Nashville, TN
    Commercial Grade Silicone Injection Injury-History Repeating Itself

Richard Lou (1 Presentation)

  • UT Pediatric Dentistry Lecture Series – May 2014, Memphis, TN
    Pediatric Oral Burns: Principles and Management

Charlie Pierce (1 Presentation)

  • Thuss Lectureship – April 2014, Nashville, TN
    Lack of validity of the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) data in breast reconstruction

2012-2013

Melissa Kath (1 Presentation)

  • Thuss Lectureship – April 2013, Nashville, TN
    Role of the Plastic Surgeon in Locally Advanced Breast Cancer

 

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Last Published: Aug 28, 2018