Created by:
John M. Mesa, MD

Updated by:
Ross F. Goldberg, MD





Principal Investigator
Plastic Surgery Research Laboratory Massachusetts General Hospital

Assistant Professor in Surgery

Harvard Medical School
Phone: (617) 726-1915
Fax: (617) 726-5483

Office-Mail Address
Division of Plastic Surgery WACC 435
15 Parkman St. Boston, MA 02114

Laboratory Address:
MGH, Thier Building Room 629


B.S. (Biology), Harvard University, 1988
M.D. Harvard Medical School, 1992
Resident in General Surgery, John's Hopkins University/University of Maryland, 1992-2000
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, John's Hopkins University/University of Maryland, 1994-1996
Fellow in Hand Surgery and Microsurgery, Washington University at St. Louis, 2000-2001


2006 Photochemical Sealing Improves Outcome following Peripheral Neurorrhaphy. Winner of the resident and fellow paper competition at the annual meeting

2003 - 2005 American Association of Plastic Surgeons, Academic Scholar Award, “Neural Stem Cell Transplantation Enhances Neural Recovery in the Peripheral Nervous System”.

2004 Reviewer for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Annals of Plastic Surgery and Journal of Trauma.

1996 Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation research grant, "Fibroblast Growth Factors and Msx2: A Molecular Basis for Craniosynostosis".

1995 Bernd Spiessl Award of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons for the

outstanding research proposal submitted to the society research committee, "The Role of Oxidative Stress and Apoptosis in Craniosynostosis," including full funding.

1994 -1995 Lyndon Peer Research Fellowship of the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, salary for one year of craniofacial research.

1984 -1988 Magna Cum Laude, Harvard College

1988 Cum Laude Biology Thesis

1984 Detur Prize, for academic excellence in freshman year

1984 -1988 Harvard College Honorary National Scholarship, selected from the applying freshman class for academic and extracurricular achievements

1984 National Merit Scholarship

Research Interests:
-Peripheral Nerve Repair and Regeneration
-Real time in vivo Neural Microscopy
-Photochemical Tissue Bonding
-Flexor Tendon Repair
-Motor neuron precursor cells