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Plastic Surgery Summer Research Program

The Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery offers medical students at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and outside medical schools a summer research program in which they gain valuable exposure to the exciting and multifaceted field of plastic surgery research.

As a participant in this eight-week program, you gain experience in basic science or clinical research, learning to design experiments and studies under the mentorship of our faculty and postdoctoral scientists.

As part of the program, you are required to present during Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds. Students who make significant contributions to ongoing studies may have authorship on conference abstracts and papers.

The program also provides opportunities to present relevant articles and data in weekly lab meetings and journal clubs, develop basic surgical skills through suturing workshops, and attend teaching conferences run by faculty and residents. You can also attend a question and answer session with current residents.

Research Topics

Summer clinical research positions are available with Eduardo D. Rodriguez, MD, DDS, with the opportunity to investigate topics in craniofacial surgery and face or hand transplantation.

Basic science research positions are available with Piul S. Rabbani, PhD, in the areas of chronic wound healing and biomaterials for tissue repair or regeneration, or with Catherine Pei-ju Lu, PhD, investigating sweat gland biology and hidradenitis suppurativa.


The Department of Plastic Surgery provides all students admitted to the summer research program with a stipend. If you are eligible for the Federal Work–Study Program, we provide the additional funding you will need to attend the program. If you are not eligible, we fully fund your work for the summer. Work–study eligibility is not required to apply.

Application Process

The summer research program offers three positions in basic science and three positions in clinical research. Please use the online form to submit the following application materials:

  • a 300-word statement of purpose, describing your interest in the program
  • your resume (not your CV)

The virtual information session is on January 13, 2022. Please register online to receive a link to the session.

The online form is the only application method for this program and opens January 15, 2022. The fellowship program runs from mid-June to mid-August. The application submission deadline is February 21, 2022. You may be invited for an interview. Notification of acceptance is on March 21, 2022.

Summer Research Program During COVID-19

The summer research program and all its educational features will remain in place for 2022. This year’s format—whether virtual, in-person, or hybrid—will be determined based on public health directives and NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s decisions for summer programs.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Dr. Rabbani at