Reconstructive Surgery Research Laboratory
Claudio Maldonado, PhD
Asst. Director of Research
Dr. Claudio Maldonado heads the Reconstructive Surgery Research Laboratory, which has received more than $5 million in funding. The laboratory maintains "sister" laboratories in Utrecht, The Netherlands; Frankfurt, Germany, and Cordoba, Argentina.
His research focuses on four major areas:
Composite Tissue Allotransplantation
Investigating scientific, clinical, and ethical issues related to transplanting tissues such as the hand, face, and larynx.
Functional Electrical Stimulation
Creating methods of electrically stimulating muscle flaps to restore function to urinary, fecal, and stomal neo-sphincters.
Ischemic Preconditioning in Skeletal Muscle
Developing methods to manipulate the body's own protective mechanisms against ischemic insults.
Promoting Tissue Preservation
Pursuing novel methods for delivering agents to tissues and researching techniques to deliver compounds to tissues to promote tissue preservation.
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