Dr. Janina Kueper is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow with Shriners Hospital for Children/Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Program Director, BIDMC/Harvard Medical School Plastic Surgery Residency
Co-Director, Harvard Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Fellowship, BIDMC
What made you choose plastic surgery?
We are fortunate to be in plastic surgery for several reason! I chose plastic surgery as it is an ever evolving innovative specialty. From head to toe reconstructive and aesthetic procedures, we can help patients of every age and subgroup. Meeting people and getting to know them is just a great part of it!
What are your research interests?
I am a co-PI for our biomaterials grant on silk-based plates and screws for fracture fixation. Additionally, I am involved in non-invasive tissue perfusion techniques, clinical research, and big data projects.
What inspired you to get involved in research?
There are so many bright and talented colleagues who are around us, and plastic surgery is an amazing field that allows multiple areas of synergy with basic scientists. There isn’t enough time between clinical responsibilities to do all the projects that I want to do! #teamworkamkesthedreamwork
What is your favorite research article that you have written?
Probably the first Nature Materials article I was anchor author for/ It was a project related to neuromodulation and MEMs (micro-electromechanical systems). I had a ‘pie in the sky’ question about maintaining the neuromuscular junction following paresis/paralysis and approached my colleague Dr. Jay Han at MIT. It was a team effort, and a few years later we were fortunate to have a big publication.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I have a beginning collection of signed Patriots footballs! Naturally they have all gone to our son who now has separate footballs signed by Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork, and Coach Ernie Adams!
What is your favorite procedure?
Procedures that involve focusing on very, very small areas. I primarily perform rhinoplasty and microvascular breast reconstruction, both of which require attention at a submillimeter level routinely.