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Principal Investigator

Jason Spector M.D.,F.A.C.S

Principal Investigator

Jason A. Spector, M.D., F.A.C.S. is Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a Professor of Surgery and Otolaryngology at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, and Adjunct Professor in the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He is a nationally recognized board-certified plastic surgeon (and oral board examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery) at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine and the Hospital for Special Surgery where he performs a wide variety of reconstructive procedures and specializes in reconstructive microsurgery of the head and neck, breast and lower extremities, as well as aesthetic surgery. Dr. Spector has been repeatedly recognized as a top plastic surgeon by U.S. News & World Report, Castle and Connelly and locally by New York Magazine. Dr. Spector is an active member of several national and regional surgical societies including the American Surgical Association, The American Association of Plastic Surgeons, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Plastic Surgery Research Council, The American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, and The Biomedical Engineering Society. Dr. Spector has given dozens of invited lectures locally, nationally and internationally.

In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Spector is the Director and Principal Investigator of the Laboratory for Bioregenerative Medicine and Surgery (LBMS) at Weill Cornell Medicine. The LBMS focuses on novel approaches for tissue engineering, wound healing and precision medicine as well as the development of various translational technologies from bench to bedside. Dr. Spector has published more than 140 peer reviewed articles, has 6 patents related to his research and has received funding for his research from the National Institutes of Health as well as several other prominent granting agencies. Dr. Spector has served as the Chair for the NIH Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering SBIR/STTR study section.


In his role as surgeon and scientist, Dr. Spector has mentored dozens of high school, undergraduate and medical students as well as numerous residents, Ph.D. students, and post-doctoral candidates. He is the co-founder of Fesarius Therapeutics, a biotech start up that develops tissue engineered regenerative medicine products for use in reconstructive and aesthetic surgery, located in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Spector is also the co-founded of ProVis Therapeutics, a medical device company, based in San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Spector graduated with distinction from the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University in 1991 with a B.A. in economics. He obtained his medical degree (AOA) from New York University Medical Center, where he also received his training in general surgery under Frank Spencer, M.D., plastic surgery at NYU’s Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery under Joseph G. McCarthy, M.D. and he completed a post-doctoral research fellowship under Michael T. Longaker, M.D. and a clinical fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery (IRPS).

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