Residents' Research Day 2021
On Friday, May 7th, 2021 the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery held its first ever virtual annual Residents' Research Day with Dr. Michel Saint-Cyr from Temple, Texas as Visiting Professor and keynote speaker.
Visiting Professor Dr. Michel Saint-Cyr
Dr. Saint-Cyr is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and completed his medical degree and plastic surgery residency training at the University of Montreal in Canada. After being recruited at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN, he served as Professor and practice chair with a focus on breast reconstruction, microsurgery and lymphatic surgery. The Godina international travelling fellowship awarded by the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery allowed Dr. Saint-Cyr to travel internationally and gain additional specialization in reconstruction and microsurgery. Dr. Saint-Cyr was then recruited to Baylor Scott & White in Temple Texas, where he served as Professor, Chief of Plastic Surgery and Vice-Chairman of surgical services, responsible for patient safety, quality and outcomes.
A dedication to training the plastic surgeons of tomorrow and pursuing research to expand the field plastic surgery have been an integral part of his practice. Having trained residents and fellows nationally and internationally, his research has focused on breast reconstruction and perforator flaps, and has culminated in over 177 publications, 44 book chapters, and 139 national and international presentations and three books. Dr. Saint-Cyr is an active member of numerous societies including the American Society of Plastic Surgery and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery and has chaired multiple committees and courses dedicated to breast reconstruction and microsurgery.
Dr. Saint Cyr's lectures entitled “Pedicle perforator & Keystone flaps: staying safe, how to make it work” and “Autologous breast reconstruction: extremes of BMI, maximizing aesthetic outcomes, evolution, lessons learned” were well received by the residents, faculty, alumni and various other attendees.
Research Day is always the highlight of our academic year as our residents present their academic pursuits. The Dr. Robert McFarlane Resident Research Award, a prize endowed by the graduates of the Western University Plastic Surgery Teaching program in recognition of Dr. McFarlane who was the founder of the Division and a world-renowned hand surgeon, is awarded to the resident with the best overall research presentation. This year, Dr. Spencer Chambers and Dr. Stacy Fan tied for first place for their papers "Interfascicular Anatomy of the Motor Branch of the Ulnar Nerve: A Cadaveric Study" and "A Biomechanical Study Comparing Uniplanar and Multiplanar Wrist Motion in Two Positions of Four Corner Fusion" respectively.
Dr. Kitty Wu was the recipient of the award for "Best Presentation" again this year for her talk entitled "A new surface landmark for thumb digital nerve bifurcation: a cadaveric study." Our residents have gone on to present their research at many national and international forums and have been prize winners at these venues as well.
The residents presented "The Waldo Stavraky Award for Best Clinical Teacher" to Dr. Joshua Gillis this year. Congratulations, Dr. Gillis!