Annual Report 2010 - 2011
DEPARTMENT OF PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
CLINICAL: For fiscal year 2011, the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery had 2,708 cases, a 2.8% increase from FY10. The number of visits increased 2.4% at 23,260, with work RVUs at 58,676, a 1.8% increase from FY10. The Department of Plastic Surgery continued its growth in 2010-2011 with the addition of the Wound Care Center and a full time faculty working in Greensboro. The department now has eight full time clinical faculty and four full time research faculty. They continue to provide expertise in all clinical aspects of reconstructive and esthetic surgery to adult and pediatric patients. One faculty member was named to Best Doctors in America and three faculty members were named to Best Doctors in North Carolina. Clinical productivity in the department remains at a high level; increasing to 3,595 new-patient visits and 15,005 return-patient visits during the past 12 months.
On October 24, 2011 we will be opening an offsite location for cosmetic surgery. The overall square footage is 5,620 sq ft., the location has 5 exam rooms, an aesthetician consult room, one minor procedure room, two OR suites, and a 2 bed recovery area. This state of the art, upscale facility, will rival any existing cosmetic facilities in our Triad area.
ACADEMIC: For fiscal year 2012, The Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has 12 residents. The educational aspect of the laboratory expanded with one technician being accepted medical school here at Wake Forest. The Department has a new Doctoral recipient who has accepted a 2 year post-doctoral position in the plastic and reconstructive surgery laboratory. The doctoral students in Bioengineering have started their program and will conduct their research in our laboratory. The laboratory continues to successfully collaborate with the Departments of Biochemistry, Orthopaedic Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Mathematics, and Physics (Nanotechnology). Further, the laboratory continued to expand its applied research studies, including continued research into nanomaterials for restoration and reconstruction purposes.
Several additional patent applications have been filed, numerous presentations have been made, and a number of articles were published or accepted for publication. They have successfully completed the second year of a three year grant from the Department of Defense examining a new treatment for traumatic brain injury (contusion injuries). The Department has been awarded two more grants; one from the NC Biotechnology Center for “Bioresorbable Elastromeric Device for Cleft Palate Closure” and one from Wake Forest University School of Medicine for “Enhancement of Analytical Microscopy”. Seven faculty presentations were made at national meetings in the past year. Faculty members published 18 articles in peer review journals and three book chapters.