Plastic Surgery Research Council (PSRC)
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Brian Gastman, MD, PSRC Chair
Brian Gastman, MD
PSRC Chair

Dear Members of the PSRC,

Happy Spring! Spring is a season of growth and renewal, and this is where our society is heading as we start to see our way out of this pandemic. With that and as we continue to push forward, I hope you are all aware that we have moved the Research Councilís 2021 Annual Meeting to a virtual platform. Based on feedback from our membership and evaluation by the leadership, the appropriate conditions do not yet exist for us to hold an in-person meeting.
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PSRC 2021 Virtual Meeting
PSRC 2021 Virtual Pentathalon
June 7-11, 2021


Sami Tuffaha, MD
Sami Tuffaha, MD

Sami Tuffaha, MD
Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery, Orthopeadic Surgery and Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

When I reflect on the successes Iíve had in my career as a surgeon-scientist performing translational research, each and every one has arisen from and depended upon successful collaboration. Iíve been fortunate to foster many close collaborations with colleagues in a number of disciplines. Without these collaborations, I would have achieved nothing and I consider them to be my most valuable resources. With this in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to share my personal recipe for successful collaboration that has provided the foundation for my academic career thus far.
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Gayle Gordillo, MD
Gayle Gordillo, MD

Gayle Gordillo, MD
Indiana University School of Medicine
Chief of Plastic Surgery
Professor of Surgery

My story of collaboration with basic scientists begins with my post-doctoral research fellowship that I did between my general surgery and plastic surgery training. I spent 3 years working with a PhD transplant immunologist, Dr. Charles Orosz, who also became my mentor. He made it clear to me that one of his objectives was to train me to be an effective collaborator with PhDs because he knew the potential synergism that occurs with an effective collaboration. The biggest lesson I learned is that effective collaboration is based on mutual respect. The intellectual approach to clinical diagnosis/care and basic science discovery are fundamentally different. Both parties need to reach across the aisle to understand the reasoning processes, pressures, and constraints that each side must confront. This is true of my current longstanding collaboration.
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Amber Leis, MD
Amber Leis, MD

Amber Leis, MD
University of California Irvine School of Medicine
Associate Professor
Department of Plastic Surgery

Growing up with two artist parents in a nonprofessional world, there were all sorts of opportunities to which I was not exposed. My earliest mentors, in middle school, helped open doors for me that I did not even know existed. Throughout my life I have benefited from great mentorship from people reaching out to help open doors that I still sometimes do not see.
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