Research and Community Service
The Department of Plastic Surgery is committed to providing innovative basic science and clinical research and service to our community.
The Plastic Surgery Research Laboratory works collaboratively with other Medical College of Wisconsin clinical and basic science departments as well as other U.S. and international institutions to address issues such as treatment of vibration injury and nerve transfer. The laboratory is also active in fMRI research.
Our commitment to community service is noted in our annual medical mission trip and in our community education presentations.
Ji-Geng Yan, MD, PhD
Director of Plastic Surgery Research Lab
Medical Missions - Global Health
For more than 25 years, physicians and staff of the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Plastic Surgery have participated in annual medical mission trips to South America for the purpose of providing surgical services, specialty care, and medical collaboration and education to underserved areas.
Bucaramanga, Colombia is a common mission destination. During the most recent mission trip to Bucaramanga in February 2017, more than 90 reconstructive procedures were performed by plastic surgeons, residents, and hospital staff. These medical mission trips allow our residents exposure to a wider variety of surgical procedures than they may encounter in the United States, as well as offer our physicians a chance to give needed services to deserving patients.