MD, FACS, FAAP
Dr. Borschel graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1997 and completed a residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan in 2005. He completed a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship in neuromuscular tissue engineering at the University of Michigan. He completed a fellowship in Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. In 2009 Dr. Borschel joined the Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto and has investigated nerve regeneration both clinically and in his research laboratory. This work has resulted in new strategies to treat nerve injuries. His clinical work focuses on pediatric facial paralysis, nerve injury, hand surgery and microvascular reconstruction. He heads a weekly clinic in which patients with congenital hand anomalies, facial palsy, and nerve injuries are seen. He is an Associate Professor of Surgery with a cross appointment in the University of Toronto Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering and also an appointment in the Institute of Medical Sciences. The laboratory focuses on ways to enhance peripheral nerve regeneration using a variety of approaches, including cytokines and growth factors, electrical stimulation, novel surgical manipulations, synthetic small molecules, and nerve allografts.
He has edited three textbooks on plastic surgery, 60 peer reviewed publications and numerous book chapters. He has mentored several Master’s students and postdoctoral fellows in the field of nerve regeneration research. These students have won several international, national and local awards for their research in nerve regeneration.
Dr. Borschel is on the executive council of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve and has served on committees in the Plastic Surgery Research Council, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, American Association of Plastic Surgeons, and the American College of Surgeons. He is Deputy Editor of the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.
He is the Principal Investigator on federal operating grants administered by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and other public and private agencies. He was the recipient of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons Academic Scholar Award. He was also awarded the C. James Carrico Faculty Research Award by the American College of Surgeons.
Areas of Specialty
Pediatric Hand, Nerve & Microsurgery
Hospital for Sick Children
Hospital for Sick Children
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