Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
After over a decade of fat grafting, Dr. Rodriguez has developed a research focus on cell enhanced fat grafting using stem cells from your own adipose tissue. Adipose Stem Cells (ASCs) are the new frontier of Plastic Surgery. In 2012, Dr. Rodriguez was selected by the ASPS to be a member of the Regenerative Medicine Task Force team, whose mission is to educate Board Certified Plastic Surgeons about Adipose Stem Cells and bring this promising new therapy to the clinical environment.
In 2013, Dr. Rodriguez and researchers from Johns Hopkins Medical School, University of Maryland Medical School, and biotech company Celsense were awarded a Stem Cell Grant from the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF) to study the invivo tracking (in the body) of Adipose Stem Cells for radiation damaged breast tissue. This study is being conducted at Dr. Rodriguez’s surgery center and is registered at the ClinicalTrials.gov website