Patrick Cottler, PhD

Patrick Cottler, PhD
Director of Resident Research

Prior to returning to academia I spent over 10 years in start-up companies in the bio-technology industry sector. During my time in industry, I served as a Principle Investigator for small businesses on several commercial based projects related to biomaterials and wound healing. I am now Directing the research program for our resident doctors.


Plastic Surgery Clinic
West Complex, 4th Floor
1300 Jefferson Park Avenue


Assistant Professor of Research
Director of Resident Research

Specialty And Subspecialty

Specialty: Plastic Surgery Research

Subspecialty: Wound Healing


Education: B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University, 1995
M.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia, 1997
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia, 2000
Post-Doc, Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia, 2001

Research: In our lab we have interest in areas of wound healing, biomaterials, and regenerative medicine. We currently have several projects related to these areas.

1. Evaluation acellular tissues for various regenerative applications.
2. Utilizing bioprinting technology in regenerative medicine.
3. Improved clinical outcomes of free fat transfers.
4. Mitigating the deleterious dermal effects of therapeutic radiation.
5. Improving wound healing in diabetic patients.
6. Evaluating the inflammatory mechanisms of nicotine exposure.
7. Developing nonsurgical techniques for cartilage recontouring.

Our lab has developed and utilized numerous animal models for these studies and we are often contracted to evaluate products in our areas of interest.