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Dr. Jana Dengler

Dr. Jana Dengler Affiliate Scientist, Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Tory Trauma Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute
Staff Surgeon, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
Tory Trauma Program
Complex Combined Upper Extremity Clinic


Dr. Jana Dengler
Affiliate Scientist, Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Tory Trauma Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute
Staff Surgeon, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
Tory Trauma Program
Complex Combined Upper Extremity Clinic

Why did you join PSRC?
To learn more about innovative plastic surgery research that is happening, network, exchange ideas and collaborate.

Research Interests:
My research is focused on improving access to care, processes of care, and outcomes in peripheral nerve injuries and cervical-level spinal cord injury. I am currently finishing up a Master’s degree in Translational and Implementation Science, and strive to bring modern treatment paradigms for nerve injuries to healthcare providers and affected patients globally.

Favorite thing about Plastic Surgery:
I get to operate from head to toe. Because plastic surgery is a specialty that was born out of giving back what is lost, it does not claim a particular area of the body or disease process. As plastic surgeons, we serve a collaborative role across specialties to devise solutions to problems. Plastic surgeons have been and will continue to be innovators!

Advice for aspiring Academic Plastic Surgeons:
Find out where your passions lie, and what kind of work drives you. Find a good mentor and sponsor!

What do you like to do for fun?
Hang out with my husband (Kevin) and 3-year old (Clay)! Cook and bake, read, catch up with friends, and spend time outdoors.

What is your favorite research project to date?
My favorite research project to date was some work I did with Dr. Ida Fox at Washington University during my fellowship. We looked at spontaneous motor and functional recovery during the first 12 months after spinal cord injury using a large European database. The results of our work show that moto and functional improvement 6-12 months after injury is limited, suggesting that 6 months may be an appropriate time to intervene for early nerve transfer surgery. The exciting thing about this research was that it now directly affects our clinical practice and the conversation we have with patients.


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