Improving Care for Breast Cancer Patients Through Research

Robert Gourdie, Ph.D., director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Center for Heart and Regenerative Medicine Research, and Kurtis Moyer, M.D., Carilion Clinic’s chief of reconstructive and plastic surgery, are collaborating on a project that may find ways to reduce complications for patients who have breast reconstructive surgery. A condition called capsular contraction can occur. Currently, researchers are working to prevent capsular contraction in people who have breast implants.