Excellence & Innovation

The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is an international center for peripheral nerve techniques, tissue engineering, lymphedema research and much more. Our ambitious scientists and surgeons are at the forefront of discovery in every subspecialty of plastic surgery, working to bring their latest findings from lab bench to patient bedside.


Million in Active Awards


Clinical Research Studies


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Faculty Researchers

Research Team

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Discovering New Breakthroughs

Our collaborative team brings together the greatest minds across specialties to find innovative approaches and solutions.

In the Lab

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Leading the Way

Students, residents, fellows and staff take part in research that spans all 10 plastic surgery specialties.


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Join Our Team

We are looking for experienced researchers to join our innovative laboratories.

“Research in plastic and reconstructive surgery allows us to take an idea and transform it into something real, and use this to improve the health of our patients.”

Justin Sacks, MD, MBA | Division Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Research Fellow

The Plastic Surgery Research Laboratories in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine are looking for a research fellow to join the multi-disciplinary research team. A successful candidate will be involved in creating bioengineering platforms for tissue regeneration, focusing on head-to-toe basic science and preclinical research topics relevant to plastic surgery. A successful candidate will spend at least one dedicated year to full time research in this domain working with faculty including Drs. Justin Sacks, Xiaowei Li and Matthew Wood.

This position is for graduate or medical students or recent medical school graduates still seeking residency who are coming to Washington University to work on a research project as part of practical training or for thesis/dissertation research while maintaining student status with their home university. These students are not enrolled at Washington University. Please send your resume or CV to woodmd@wustl.edu.

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We are committed to applying knowledge through cutting-edge medical care, discovering knowledge as a top-rated research center, and imparting knowledge by providing the best possible educational experiences for our medical students, residents and fellows

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