The Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery has been involved in ground-breaking laboratory and clinical research for over fifty years. The Division of Basic Science Research and the Division of Clinical Research has been supported by grants from National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Department of Defense (DOD), myFace Foundation, and public foundations and private philanthropy. Notable achievements have been recognized in craniofacial and craniomaxillofacial surgery, craniofacial biology, burn therapy, cleft lip and palate surgery, microsurgery, virtual surgery, transplantation biology, vascularization of grafts and flaps, wound healing and vascular biology.

Research has played an integral role within the department since its inception over 50 years ago. Clinical and basic science contributions by department faculty and fellows have propelled innovative therapies as well as our understanding of the basic etiopathogenesis of disease. The Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery is also part of the multidisciplinary collaborative environment at the Joan and Joel Smilow Research Center. This 13-story, 230,000 square foot building houses more than 40 multidisciplinary research teams dedicated to taking proven scientific bench top advancements to the bedside.

The Smilow Research Center joins the the Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Center for Biology and Medicine at the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine. The Skirball Institute, encompassing 60,000 square feet of laboratory space divided over four floors, boldly focuses on basic research, but fosters interdisciplinary activities within the NYU School of Medicine. With a strong awareness that most medical breakthroughs originate in the basic science laboratory, considerable resources were allocated in order to develop this modern research unit right in the heart of NYU Langone Medical Center. Finally, the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at the NYU School of Medicine is a division of NYU's Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences. The Sackler Institute encompasses the basic medical science department at the School of Medicine and offers interdisciplinary training programs in cellular and molecular biology, computational biology, developmental genetics, medical and molecular parasitology, microbiology, molecular oncology and immunology, and structural biology.

Our commitment to research at the department is an affirmation of our belief in surgical and scientific telesis as well as our obligation to develop a new generation of leaders in academic plastic surgery. Our current clinical and basic science research program includes: