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Research and Scholarship

Clinical demands on our trainees are high but they are provided with opportunities to develop critical skills in review of the literature (journal club) and are encouraged to participate in ongoing clinical research projects.

In accordance with evolving RRC expectations of resident scholarship during training, each resident is required to participate in at least one scholarly activity annually.  This ideally results in a publication.  The residents are provided with the opportunity to present their scholarly activities at both local and national meetings.

Faculty research

Each of our faculty is committed to a full-time academic practice. Our faculty attend at least two or more professional meetings a year and participate by presenting papers, giving instructional courses and/or participating in national or regional society committee work.

Dr. Gary L. Freed, Jr. is the residency program director and Medical director of the Comprehensive Wound Clinic.  He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a member of the American Association of Academic Plastic Surgeons. He currently serves on the ASPS Conflict of Interest Committee, The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Graduate Medical Education Committee, and is Co-Chair of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Pressure Injury Prevention Committee.  Dr. Freed has attended courses in adult learning and educational strategies and is actively engaged in employing these practices within the residency training program.  Dr. Freed routinely attends the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons meetings to assure the program is up to date with emerging plastic surgery training expectations and best practices in residency education. 

Current research interests:

  • Managing and preventing pressure injuries institutionally
  • Post-operative narcotic use in breast surgery
  • Gender differences in breast surgery outcomes

Dr. Michael K. Matthew is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a member of the American Association of Hand Surgeons. He served as question writer for the plastic surgery resident in-service exam from 2013-14, and was an associate editor of the hand section of the PSEN (Plastic Surgery Education Network) 2012-13. He currently is an assistant editor for the Annals of Plastic Surgery.  In 2010 and 2013, he was honored with the Educator of the Year Award by the plastic surgery residents of Yale and the Cleveland Clinic respectively.  2016-17 DH Teacher of the Year.

Current research interests:

  • Comparison of work of flexion for 5 different opponensplasty operations
  • Optimizing peripheral nerve conduits: Dartmouth Synergy Grant funded
  • Machine learning algorithms in analysis of surgical outcomes data
  • Studying how patients choose between Dupuytren’s treatment options

Dr. Joseph M. Rosen is currently a Professor of Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in the section of Plastic Surgery and an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Dr. Rosen graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Biology. Following this, he graduated from Stanford Medical School Cum Laude and went on to complete a residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center. In addition to his position at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center he is an Attending Surgeon at the VA White River Junction.

His basic science research interests include nerve gap repair; microsurgery and transplantation of limbs; computer aided surgery; virtual reality simulators and methods of education; telemedicine and informatics; healthcare delivery for medical disasters and counter measures for bio-terrorism. Additionally, Dr. Rosen has been involved with internationally for the past 30 years - most recently in Vietnam where he and his team treat children with congenital and traumatic deformities. His organization, Reconstructive International Cooperative Exchange (RICE), conducts an annual humanitarian surgical trip to Hanoi, Vietnam wherein the team operates alongside Vietnamese collaborators.

For the past 15 years Dr. Rosen has been the Medical Advisor/Medical Director to numerous consortiums focused on developing novel regenerative therapies for our wounded warriors. These consortiums have covered research topics ranging from transplantation to the development of unique peptides. Due in no small part to his participation in these consortiums he has gone on to consult for the Department of Defense and numerous biotech companies.

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