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Research, Publications and Presentations

An important objective of the Division is training residents to read plastic surgery literature critically, apply it to their clinical practice in a meaningful way, and contribute their own research to it throughout their career; be it in an academic setting or private practice.

Research is, therefore, an integral component of residency training. It is parallel to and supportive of clinical activities with the objective of adding deepening the evidenced based

understanding of plastic surgery. The residents are expected to be involved in research that will lead to presentations at regional or national meeting, and submit one publication
in a peer reviewed journal or contribute to a non-peer reviewed book chapter.


The Division financially supports the residents to participate and present papers accepted at regional or national meetings. Members of the faculty participate in contributing to the various research topics and work closely with residents to ensure there is meaningful progress in their research, guided to fruition as a presentation or publication.

A significant number of papers are presented or published each year by our residents and several have received awards for their work.

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Recent Publications [Selected]


Postoperative Quality of Life in Patients with Hidradenitis Suppurativa Utilizing the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Burden of Disease Tool.

Guart JA, Byers VV, Sasson DC, Bassiri-Tehrani B, Ranzer M, Purnell C.Cureus. 2021 Feb 6;13(2):e13172. doi: 10.7759/cureus.13172.PMID: 33575157 Free PMC article.


Skeletal and Dental Habilitation of Residual Alveolar and Maxillary Clefts.

Morris DE, Patel PK, Warshawsky NM, Reisberg DJ, Cohen MN.J Craniofac Surg. 2021 May 1;32(3):991-998. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000007462.PMID: 33481475 Review.


Discussion on Ultrasound Diagnosis of Prenatal Cleft Lip: How does Its Accuracy Affects the Family? Prenatal Counseling for Clefts: The University of Illinois at Chicago, Craniofacial Center's Protocols and Experience.

Cohen M, Rosenberg J, Patel PK.J Craniofac Surg. 2021 Oct 1;32(7):2471-2474. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000007746.PMID: 34074931 Review.


State of the Art Care in Computer-Assisted Facial Prosthetic Rehabilitation.

Seelaus R, Arias E, Morris D, Cohen M.J Craniofac Surg. 2021 May 1;32(Suppl 3):1255-1263. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000007530.PMID: 33674503 Review.


Mastectomy and Chest Masculinization in Transmasculine Minors: A Case Series and Analysis by Ethical Principles.

Sood R, Jordan SW, Chen D, Chappell AG, Gangopadhyay N, Corcoran JF.Ann Plast Surg. 2021 Feb 1;86(2):142-145. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000002614.PMID: 33449463


Perioperative Management of Cleft Lip Repair: A Meta-Analysis and Clinical Practice Guideline.

Ranzer M, Daniele E, Purnell CA.Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2021 Oct;58(10):1217-1225. doi: 10.1177/1055665620984909. Epub 2021 Jan 5.PMID: 33401938


Magnitude of Horizontal Advancement is Associated With Apnea Hypopnea Index Improvement and Counter-Clockwise Maxillary Rotation After Subcranial Distraction for Syndromic Synostosis.

Liu MT, Kurnik NM, Mercan E, Susarla SM, Purnell CA, Hopper RA.J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2021 May;79(5):1133.e1-1133.e16. doi: 10.1016/j.joms.2020.12.037. Epub 2020 Dec 30.PMID: 33515505


Does Pandemic Crisis Mean Education Crisis? The Chicago Academic Plastic Surgery Collaborative Response to COVID-19.

Siotos C, Reid RR, Corcoran JF, Ko J, Agnew SP, Dorafshar AH.Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021 Jun 1;147(6):1469-1471. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000007980.PMID: 33973935 Free PMC article.


Association of Chest Dysphoria With Anxiety and Depression in Transmasculine and Nonbinary Adolescents Seeking Gender-Affirming Care.

Sood R, Chen D, Muldoon AL, Chen L, Kwasny MJ, Simons LK, Gangopadhyay N, Corcoran JF, Jordan SW.J Adolesc Health. 2021 Jun;68(6):1135-1141. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2021.02.024. Epub 2021 Apr 10.PMID: 33849759


Discussion: Long-Term Neurocognitive Outcomes of Spring-Assisted Surgery versus Cranial Vault Remodeling for Sagittal Synostosis.

Purnell CA, Kapp-Simon KA.Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021 Mar 1;147(3):674-675. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000007693.PMID: 33620936 No abstract available.


Perioperative Management of Cleft Lip Repair: A Meta-Analysis and Clinical Practice Guideline.

Ranzer M, Daniele E, Purnell CA.Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2021 Oct;58(10):1217-1225. doi: 10.1177/1055665620984909. Epub 2021 Jan 5.PMID: 33401938


Postoperative Quality of Life in Patients with Hidradenitis Suppurativa Utilizing the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Burden of Disease Tool.

Guart JA, Byers VV, Sasson DC, Bassiri-Tehrani B, Ranzer M, Purnell C.Cureus. 2021 Feb 6;13(2):e13172. doi: 10.7759/cureus.13172.PMID: 33575157 Free PMC article.


Lefort II distraction with zygomatic repositioning versus Lefort III distraction: A comparison of surgical outcomes and complications.

Purnell CA, Evans M, Massenburg BB, Kim S, Preston K, Kapadia H, Hopper RA.J Craniomaxillofac Surg. 2021 Oct;49(10):905-913. doi: 10.1016/j.jcms.2021.03.003. Epub 2021 Apr 28.PMID: 33965326


Evolution of Cranioorbital Shape in Nonsyndromic, Muenke, and Saethre-Chotzen Bilateral Coronal Synostosis: A Case-Control Study of 2-Year Outcomes.

Adidharma W, Mercan E, Purnell C, Birgfeld CB, Lee A, Ellenbogen RG, Hopper RA.Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021 Jan 1;147(1):148-159. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000007494.PMID: 33370058



Anik AA, Xavier BA, Hansmann J, Ansong E, Chen J, Zhao L, Michals E. Accuracy 

and Reproducibility of Linear and Angular Measurements in Virtual Reality: a 

Validation Study. J Digit Imaging. 2020 Feb;33(1):111-120. doi: 

10.1007/s10278-019-00259-3. PMID: 31396777; PMCID: PMC7064653. 


Alghoul MS, Bricker JT, Vaca EE, Purnell CA. Reply: Lower Eyelid 

Reconstruction: A New Classification Incorporating the Vertical Dimension. Plast 

Reconstr Surg. 2020 Apr;145(4):878e-879e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000006666. 

PMID: 32221256. 


Bradford PS, Akinosun M, Danielson KK, Monson RS, Morris D, Rosenberg J. 

Child and Caregiver Perspectives Towards Facial Appearance in Children With 

Microtia With or Without Craniofacial Microsomia Using a Newly Developed Likert 

Scale. J Craniofac Surg. 2020 Sep;31(6):1583-1587. doi: 

10.1097/SCS.0000000000006468. PMID: 32310885. 


Carmona R, Jones TA, Rosenberg J. Barriers to Accessing Medical Care for 

Hispanic Individuals With Craniofacial Conditions. Plast Surg Nurs. 2020 

Oct/Dec;40(4):236-243. doi: 10.1097/PSN.0000000000000351. PMID: 33259425. 


Collett BR, Wallace ER, Kapp-Simon KA, Johns AL, Drake AF, Heike CL, Kinter 

S, Luquetti DV, Magee L, Norton S, Sie K, Speltz ML. Cognitive, Motor, and 

Language Development of Preschool Children With Craniofacial Microsomia. Cleft 

Palate Craniofac J. 2020 Dec 16:1055665620980223. doi: 10.1177/1055665620980223. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33322943. 


Conrad AL, Albert M, Crerand CE, Crilly Bellucci C, Heppner CE, Sheikh F, 

Woodard S, Kapp-Simon KA. Retrospective Evaluation of Number of Surgeries and 

Parent Ratings of Academic and Behavioral Functioning Among Children With 

Isolated Oral Clefts. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2020 Dec 30:1055665620982807. 

doi: 10.1177/1055665620982807. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33380226. 


Purnell CA, Bricker JT, Alghoul MS. Pushing the Limits in Cheek 

Reconstruction: The Sub-Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System "Deep Plane" 

Cervicofacial Flap for Reconstruction of Large Eyelid-Cheek Junction Defects. J 

Craniofac Surg. 2020 Oct;31(7):1861-1864. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000006500. 

PMID: 32502108. 


Vinzenz K, Cohen M. Prefabricated Composite Tissues for the Reconstruction of 

Complex Maxillary Defects: Functional and Aesthetic Principles. J Craniofac 

Surg. 2020 Jul-Aug;31(5):1379-1384. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000006378. PMID: 





Arias E, Huang YH, Zhao L, Seelaus R, Patel P, Cohen M. Virtual Surgical Planning and Three-Dimensional Printed Guide for Soft Tissue Correction in Facial Asymmetry. J Craniofac Surg. 30(3), 846-850. 2019 Feb 21. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000005204. PubMed PMID: 30817522. 



Elbashti ME, Sumita YI, Aswehlee AM, Seelaus R. Smartphone Application as a 

Low-Cost Alternative for Digitizing Facial Defects: Is It Accurate Enough for 

Clinical Application? Int J Prosthodont. 2019 Nov/Dec;32(6):541-543. doi: 

10.11607/ijp.6347. PMID: 31664272. 


Huang Yu-hui,  Jakus Adam E., Jordan Sumanas W., Parker Kelly, Domanian Zari, Whiteley Herbert E., Zhao Linping, Shah Ramille N., Patel Pravin K. 3d-Printed Hyperelastic Bioactive Bone Substitutes For Craniofacial Regeneration, Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 May;143(5):1397-1407. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000005530. PMID: 31033821 


Micallef CJ, Johnson JN, Johnson RM. A value analysis of microsurgical lower 

extremity reconstruction vs. acellular urinary bladder matrix (UBM) for 

radiation wounds of the lower extremity. J Surg Case Rep. 2019 Mar 

12;2019(3):rjz051. doi: 10.1093/jscr/rjz051. PMID: 30886691; PMCID: PMC6413372. 


Morris DE, Zhao L. Facial Gender Affirmation Surgery: Craniomaxillofacial Imaging. J Craniofac Surg. 2019 Jul;30(5):1403-1405. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000005534. PubMed PMID: 31299731. 


Purnell CA, Alkureishi LWT, Koranda C, Patel PK. Use of a Waterproof Camera Immersed in Povidone-Iodine to Improve Intraoperative Photography. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 Mar;143(3):962-965. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000005327. PubMed PMID:30817670. 


Spitz JA, Payne RM, Ellis MF. Reverse Anterolateral Thigh Flap for Complex 

Scalp Reconstruction. J Craniofac Surg. 2019 Jan;30(1):167-168. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000004835. PubMed PMID: 30358750. 


Walton RL, Seelaus R, Robinson BR. Subtotal Nasal Reconstruction Using a 

Custom 3-Dimensional Porous Polyethylene Construct. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob 

Open. 2019 Dec 11;7(12):e2568. doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000002568. PMID: 

32537309; PMCID: PMC7288871. 


Zaluzec RM, Patel RA, Cohen M. Acute Breast Implant Periprosthetic Cerebrospinal Fluid Collection After Ventriculoperitonal Shunt Migration: A Case Report and Review of Literature. Annals of Plastic Surgery: April 2019 - Volume 82 - Issue 4 - p 478–481. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000001757 


Zaluzec RM, Rodby KA, Bradford PS, Danielson KK, Patel PK, Rosenberg J. Delay  

in Cleft Lip and Palate Surgical Repair: An Institutional Review on Cleft Health Disparities in an Urban Population. J Craniofac Surg. 2019 Jul 12. doi:10.1097/SCS.0000000000005740. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31306388. 




Alkureishi LWT, Purnell CA, Park P, Bauer BS, Fine NA, Sisco M. Long-term Outcomes After Pediatric Free Flap Reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg. 2018 Oct;81(4):449-455. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000001549. PubMed PMID: 29975233 


Cohen MN. Rotation Advancement in Cleft Nose Rhinoplasty-Buccal Mucosal Grafts 

Serves as a Powerful Tool. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2018 Sep13:1055665618799897. doi: 10.1177/1055665618799897. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30213199. 


Ellis M, Hwang L, Ford NK, Slavin K. The Role of the Visor Flap in Scalp Reconstruction: A Case Series of 21 Patients. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2018 

Dec 1;15(6):651-655. doi: 10.1093/ons/opy042. PubMed PMID: 29554345. 


Mahajan S, Patel PK, Duan Y, Warshawsky N. The Median Mandibular Symphysis 

Tessier 30 Cleft: 3D Imaging Analysis and Review of the Literature. Cleft Palate 

Craniofac J. 2018 May;55(5):778-786. doi: 10.1177/1055665618756073. PubMed PMID: 29665341. 


Morgan A, O'Gara M, Bellucci CC, Linde S, Albert M, Curtis A, Patel P, Kapp-Simon KA. Speech Production Skills in Children With Cleft Palate Who Were Internationally Adopted. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2018 Jan 1:1055665618765780. doi: 10.1177/1055665618765780. PMID: 29620917 


Puyana C, Ranzer MJ. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018Impact of Chronic Steroid Use on Plastic Surgery Outcomes: An Analysis of 94,140 Cases. Aug 9, 2018. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000004865. PMID: 30119107 


Rosenberg J, Albert M, Aspinall C, Bautista S, Crilly Bellucci C, Edwards TC,  

Heike CL, Mecham SH, Patrick DL, Stueckle L, Kapp-Simon K. Parent Observations of the Health Status of Infants With Clefts of the Lip: Results From Qualitative Interviews. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2018 Aug 9:1055665618793062. doi: 10.1177/1055665618793062. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30092661. 


Sweis IE, Hwang L, Cohen M. Preoperative Use of Neuromodulators to Optimize Surgical Outcomes in Upper Blepharoplasty and Brow Lift. Aesthet Surg J. 2018 Aug 16;38(9):941-948. doi: 10.1093/asj/sjy049. PubMed PMID: 29474688. 


Turin SY, Spitz JA, Alexander K, Ellis MF. Decreasing ALT donor site morbidity with the keystone flap. Microsurgery. 2018 Sep;38(6):621-626. doi:10.1002/micr.30317. Epub 2018 Mar 9. PubMed PMID: 29520951. 


Zulauf, C., Spinelli, T., Rosenberg, J. Advocating for the child: The role of pediatric psychology for children with cleft lip and/or palate. Plastic Surgical Nursing Journal; 38(3): 114-120. [1st place quarterly winner]. Plastic Surgical Nursing. 38(3):114–120, JULY/SEPTEMBER 2018.DOI: 10.1097/PSN.0000000000000232, PMID: 30157124. 




Abbed TM, Gonzalez-Heredia R, Sanchez-Johnsen L, Elli EF, Cohen MN. Impact of  

Abdominal Lipectomy on Post-Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery Weight Loss. Ann Plast 

Surg. 2017 Nov;79(5):495-497. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000001142. PubMed PMID: 



Abbed T, Mussat F, Cohen M. Origami Model for Central Wedge Labiaplasty: A 

Simple Educational Model with Video Tutorial. Aesthet Surg J. 2017 Oct 16;37(10):NP132-NP136. doi: 10.1093/asj/sjx124. PubMed PMID: 29040366. 


Schechter LS, D'Arpa S, Cohen MN, Kocjancic E, Claes KEY, Monstrey S. Gender  

Confirmation Surgery: Guiding Principles. J Sex Med. 2017 Jun;14(6):852-856. doi: 

10.1016/j.jsxm.2017.04.001. Epub 2017 May 3. PubMed PMID: 28479133. 


Sweis IE, Spitz J, Barry DR Jr, Cohen M. A Review of Body Dysmorphic Disorder  

in Aesthetic Surgery Patients and the Legal Implications. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 

2017 Aug;41(4):949-954. doi: 10.1007/s00266-017-0819-x. Epub 2017 Feb 15. Review. 

PubMed PMID: 28204935. 




Huang YH, Seelaus R, Zhao L, Patel PK, Cohen M. Virtual surgical planning and 3D printing in prosthetic orbital reconstruction with percutaneous implants: a technical case report. Int Med Case Rep J. 2016 Oct 31;9:341-345. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 27843356; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5098757. 


Lonic D, Morris DE, Lo LJ. Primary Overcorrection of the Unilateral Cleft Nasal Deformity: Quantifying the Results. Ann Plast Surg. 2016 Feb;77 Suppl1:S25-9. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000000708. PubMed PMID: 26808732. 


Rodby KA, Robinson E, Danielson KK, Quinn KP, Antony AK. Age-dependent 

Characteristics in Women with Breast Cancer: Mastectomy and Reconstructive Trends 

at an Urban Academic Institution. Am Surg. 2016 Mar;82(3):227-35. PubMed PMID: 



Rodby KA, Danielson KK, Shay E, Robinson E, Benjamin M, Antony AK. Trends in 

Breast Reconstruction by Ethnicity: An Institutional Review Centered on the 

Treatment of an Urban Population. Am Surg. 2016 Jun;82(6):497-504. PubMed PMID: 



Salazar-Gamarra R, Seelaus R, da Silva JV, da Silva AM, Dib LL. Monoscopic 

photogrammetry to obtain 3D models by a mobile device: a method for making facial 

prostheses. J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 May 25;45(1):33. doi: 

10.1186/s40463-016-0145-3. PubMed PMID: 27225795; PubMed Central PMCID: 



Schechter LS, Cohen M. Gender Confirmation Surgery: A New Frontier in Plastic 

Surgery Education. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Oct;138(4):784e-5e. doi: 

10.1097/PRS.0000000000002594. PubMed PMID: 27314940. 


Thomas C, Rodby KA, Thomas J, Shay E, Antony AK. Recalcitrant Hidradenitis 

Suppurativa: An Investigation of Demographics, Surgical Management, Bacterial 

Isolates, Pharmacologic Intervention, and Patient-reported Health Outcomes. Am 

Surg. 2016 Apr;82(4):362-8. PubMed PMID: 27097631. 

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