Research Facilities


The offices for Plastic Surgery Research are located in Medical Center North, adjacent to the Eskind Biomedical Library and Vanderbilt Hospital and Clinic. In addition to the offices there are the laboratory facilities dedicated solely to departmental research activities, as well as facilities used by all divisions of the Section of Surgical Sciences. Plastic Surgery facilities include an immunohistochemistry lab, molecular biology lab, and a microscope capable of computerized morphometry.

Plastic Surgery Research is also carried out using the facilities of the S. R. Light Laboratory, which is conveniently located near the research office and labs in Medical Center North. This laboratory, which is the central core facility of the Division of Surgical Research in the Section of Surgical Sciences, has provided a vital link for conducting research during the past years. It provides a unique facility and support services that are not commonly available for Plastic Surgery research elsewhere, and fosters interaction and coordination of research activities that involve multiple investigators from different surgical disciplines. Included in the area is a 1500 square foot state-of-the-art large animal operating theater and 700 square feet of pre- and postoperative areas, instrument rooms, analytical and cell biology support laboratories, and laboratories for other surgical divisions. The S. R. Light Laboratory Survival Surgical Facility is appropriately staffed and equipped for the purpose of assisting investigators whose research protocols involve surgical intervention. This facility is inspected by the United States Department of Agriculture, the Association for the Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

Additional support services include histopathology services, electron microscopy, the cadaver dissection laboratory, use of common research resources at the Veterans Administration Medical Center (on the VUMC campus), and at the Burn Center (in the main hospital).

Contact Information:

Plastic Surgery Research
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Medical Center North S-2221
Nashville, Tennessee 37232
Telephone: (615) 322-7265