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profileAmy Colwell, M.D.

TitleAssociate Professor of Surgery
InstitutionMassachusetts General Hospital
DepartmentSurgery
AddressMassachusetts General Hospital
Wacc 435
15 Parkman Street
Boston MA 02114
Phone617/643-5963
Fax617/726-5365
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  1. Colwell AS, Christensen JM. Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy and Direct-to-Implant Breast Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Nov; 140(5S Advances in Breast Reconstruction):44S-50S. PMID: 29064921.
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  2. Seth AK, Lin AM, Austen WG, Gilman RH, Gallico GG, Colwell AS. Impact of Patient Subtype and Surgical Variables on Abdominoplasty Outcomes: A 12-Year Massachusetts General Hospital Experience. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Nov; 140(5):899-908. PMID: 29068923.
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  3. Kim JYS, Colwell AS, Disa JJ. Introduction to "Advances in Breast Reconstruction". Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Nov; 140(5S Advances in Breast Reconstruction):4S-5S. PMID: 29064916.
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  4. Colwell AS, Taylor E, Specht M, Orringer JS. Optimizing Nipple Position following Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2017 Sep; 5(9):e1490. PMID: 29062657.
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  5. Smith BL, Tang R, Rai U, Plichta JK, Colwell AS, Gadd MA, Specht MC, Austen WG, Coopey SB. Oncologic Safety of Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy in Women with Breast Cancer. J Am Coll Surg. 2017 Sep; 225(3):361-365. PMID: 28728962.
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  6. Colwell AS. Discussion: Should Immediate Autologous Breast Reconstruction Be Considered in Women Who Require Postmastectomy Radiation Therapy? A Prospective Analysis of Outcomes. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 06; 139(6):1289-1290. PMID: 28538544.
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  7. Colwell AS. Reply: Nipple Loss following Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 03; 139(3):795e. PMID: 28234868.
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  8. Ascherman JA, Zeidler K, Morrison KA, Appel JZ, Berkowitz RL, Castle J, Colwell A, Chun Y, Johnson D, Mohebali K. Carbon Dioxide-Based versus Saline Tissue Expansion for Breast Reconstruction: Results of the XPAND Prospective, Randomized Clinical Trial. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Dec; 138(6):1161-1170. PMID: 27879582.
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  9. Colwell AS. Discussion: Do Prolonged Prophylactic Antibiotics Reduce the Incidence of Surgical-Site Infections in Immediate Prosthetic Breast Reconstruction? Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 12; 138(6):1150-1151. PMID: 27879579.
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  10. Colwell AS. Reply: Nipple Loss Following Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Nov 21. PMID: 27893631.
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  11. Faulkner HR, Colwell AS, Liao EC, Winograd JM, Austen WG. Thermal Injury to Reconstructed Breasts from Commonly Used Warming Devices: A Risk for Reconstructive Failure. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2016 Oct; 4(10):e1033. PMID: 27826463.
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  12. Mastroianni M, Lin AM, Smith BL, Austen WG, Colwell AS. Nipple Loss following Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Jul; 138(1):24e-30e. PMID: 27348682.
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  13. Clarke-Pearson EM, Lin AM, Hertl C, Austen WG, Colwell AS. Revisions in Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction: How Does Direct-to-Implant Measure Up? Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Jun; 137(6):1690-9. PMID: 27219225.
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  14. Tang R, Coopey SB, Merrill AL, Rai U, Specht MC, Gadd MA, Colwell AS, Austen WG, Brachtel EF, Smith BL. Positive Nipple Margins in Nipple-Sparing Mastectomies: Rates, Management, and Oncologic Safety. J Am Coll Surg. 2016 Jun; 222(6):1149-55. PMID: 27118712.
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  15. Colwell AS, Smith BL. Complications After Mastectomy and Immediate Breast Reconstruction for Breast Cancer: How Does the Community Compare? Ann Surg. 2016 Feb; 263(2):228-9. PMID: 26655925.
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  16. Miller CL, Colwell AS, Horick N, Skolny MN, Jammallo LS, O'Toole JA, Shenouda MN, Sadek BT, Swaroop MN, Ferguson CM, Smith BL, Specht MC, Taghian AG. Immediate Implant Reconstruction Is Associated With a Reduced Risk of Lymphedema Compared to Mastectomy Alone: A Prospective Cohort Study. Ann Surg. 2016 Feb; 263(2):399-405. PMID: 25607768; PMCID: PMC4508247 [Available on 02/01/17].
  17. Ascherman JA, Zeidler KR, Jacoby A, Appel JZ, Berkowitz RL, Castle J, Colwell A, Chun YS, Johnson DJ, Mohebali K. Carbon Dioxide versus Saline Tissue Expanders: Does It Matter? Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Jan; 137(1):31-5. PMID: 26710004.
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  18. Mattos D, Gfrerer L, Reish RG, Hughes KS, Cetrulo C, Colwell AS, Winograd JM, Yaremchuk MJ, Austen WG, Liao EC. Lifetime Costs of Prophylactic Mastectomies and Reconstruction versus Surveillance. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Dec; 136(6):730e-40e. PMID: 26595028.
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  19. Mattos D, Gfrerer L, Ling IT, Reish RG, Hughes KS, Halpern EF, Cetrulo C, Colwell AS, Winograd JM, Yaremchuk MJ, Austen WG, Liao EC. Occult Histopathology and Its Predictors in Contralateral and Bilateral Prophylactic Mastectomies. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 Mar; 23(3):767-75. PMID: 26577123.
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  20. Ascherman JA, Jacoby A, Alizadeh K, Appel J, Berkowitz RL, Castle J, Chun YS, Colwell AS, Desai AR, Downey SE, Evans G, Fallucco M, Halperin T, Hollenbeck S, Johnson DJ, Mohebali K, Morris D, Stokes T, Sudarsky LA, Zeidler KR. Aeroform vs Saline Tissue Expansion in Breast Reconstruction: A Prospective Multi-Center Randomized Controlled Clinical Study. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Oct; 136(4 Suppl):84. PMID: 26397593.
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  21. Tang R, Coopey SB, Colwell AS, Specht MC, Gadd MA, Kansal K, McEvoy MP, Merrill AL, Rai U, Taghian A, Austen WG, Smith BL. Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy in Irradiated Breasts: Selecting Patients to Minimize Complications. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Oct; 22(10):3331-7. PMID: 26202557.
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  22. Frederick MJ, Lin AM, Neuman R, Smith BL, Austen WG, Colwell AS. Nipple-sparing mastectomy in patients with previous breast surgery: comparative analysis of 775 immediate breast reconstructions. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Jun; 135(6):954e-962e. PMID: 26017611.
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  23. Reish RG, Lin A, Phillips NA, Winograd J, Liao EC, Cetrulo CL, Smith BL, Austen WG, Colwell AS. Breast reconstruction outcomes after nipple-sparing mastectomy and radiation therapy. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Apr; 135(4):959-66. PMID: 25811561.
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  24. Colwell AS. Current strategies with 1-stage prosthetic breast reconstruction. Gland Surg. 2015 Apr; 4(2):111-5. PMID: 26005643; PMCID: PMC4409676.
  25. Frederick MJ, Colwell AS. Acute hypertensive crisis secondary to pheochromocytoma during elective cosmetic surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Jan; 135(1):238e-9e. PMID: 25539346.
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  26. Ascherman JA, Castle J, Colwell A, Chun YS, Evans G, Johnson DJ, Morris D, Berkowitz RL, Desai AR, Alizadeh K, Hollenbeck S, Appel J, Thornton B, Mohebali K, Spiegel A, Downey S, Zeidler KR. XPAND Patient-Activated Controlled Tissue Expander System for Breast Reconstruction: A Multi-Center Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Oct; 134(4 Suppl 1):93-4. PMID: 25254801.
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  27. Salinas HM, Broelsch GF, Fernandes JR, McCormack MC, Meppelink AM, Randolph MA, Colwell AS, Austen WG. Comparative analysis of processing methods in fat grafting. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Oct; 134(4):675-83. PMID: 24945949.
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  28. Scheflan M, Colwell AS. Tissue Reinforcement in Implant-based Breast Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2014 Aug; 2(8):e192. PMID: 25426375; PMCID: PMC4236353.
  29. Fitzpatrick AM, Gao LL, Smith BL, Cetrulo CL, Colwell AS, Winograd JM, Yaremchuk MJ, Austen WG, Liao EC. Cost and outcome analysis of breast reconstruction paradigm shift. Ann Plast Surg. 2014 Aug; 73(2):141-9. PMID: 23407253.
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  30. Camp MS, Coopey SB, Tang R, Colwell A, Specht M, Greenup RA, Gadd MA, Brachtel E, Austen WG, Smith BL. Management of positive sub-areolar/nipple duct margins in nipple-sparing mastectomies. Breast J. 2014 Jul-Aug; 20(4):402-7. PMID: 24890641.
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  31. Zeidler KR, Berkowitz RL, Chun YS, Alizadeh K, Castle J, Colwell AS, Desai AR, Evans G, Hollenbeck S, Johnson DJ, Morris D, Ascherman JA. AeroForm patient controlled tissue expansion and saline tissue expansion for breast reconstruction: a randomized controlled trial. Ann Plast Surg. 2014 May; 72 Suppl 1:S51-5. PMID: 24740025.
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  32. Zeidler K, Berkowitz RL, Johnson D, Castle J, Morris D, Chun Y, Colwell A, Desai A, Alizadeh K, Hollenbeck S, Appel J, Mohebali K, Spiegel A, Thornton B, Downey S, Evans G, Ascherman J. Abstract 10: patient activated controlled tissue expander system for breast reconstruction: a prospective, multicenter, randomized, controlled, open label clinical study--preliminary results. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Apr; 133(4 Suppl):979. PMID: 24675303.
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  33. Reish RG, Lin AM, Austen WG, Winograd J, Liao EC, Cetrulo CL, Smith BL, Colwell AS. Abstract 25: breast reconstruction outcomes after nipple-sparing mastectomy and radiation therapy. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Apr; 133(4 Suppl):991. PMID: 24675318.
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  34. Colwell AS, Tessler O, Lin AM, Liao E, Winograd J, Cetrulo CL, Tang R, Smith BL, Austen WG. Breast reconstruction following nipple-sparing mastectomy: predictors of complications, reconstruction outcomes, and 5-year trends. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Mar; 133(3):496-506. PMID: 24572843.
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  35. Lin A, Liao E, Winograd J, Cetrulo C, Tang R, Smith BL, Austen WG, Colwell AS. Abstract 98: nipple-sparing mastectomy in patients with previous breast surgery: comparative analysis of 123 immediate reconstructions. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Mar; 133(3 Suppl):112. PMID: 25942209.
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  36. Mattos D, Reish RG, Cetrulo C, Colwell AS, Winograd JM, Yaremchuk MJ, Austen WG, Liao EC. Abstract 43: Prophylactic Mastectomies: Implications of Occult Histology and Lifetime Cost of Surveillance vs. Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Mar; 133(3 Suppl):53-4. PMID: 25942154.
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  37. Coopey SB, Tang R, Lei L, Freer PE, Kansal K, Colwell AS, Gadd MA, Specht MC, Austen WG, Smith BL. Increasing eligibility for nipple-sparing mastectomy. Ann Surg Oncol. 2013 Oct; 20(10):3218-22. PMID: 23975296.
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  38. Reish RG, Damjanovic B, Austen WG, Winograd J, Liao EC, Cetrulo CL, Balkin DM, Colwell AS. Infection following implant-based reconstruction in 1952 consecutive breast reconstructions: salvage rates and predictors of success. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Jun; 131(6):1223-30. PMID: 23714788.
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  39. Colwell AS. Direct-to-implant breast reconstruction. Gland Surg. 2012 Nov; 1(3):139-41. PMID: 25083436; PMCID: PMC4115696.
  40. Reish RG, Damjanovic B, Colwell AS. Deep venous thrombosis prophylaxis in body contouring: 105 consecutive patients. Ann Plast Surg. 2012 Oct; 69(4):412-4. PMID: 22964679.
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  41. Craft RO, Damjanovic B, Colwell AS. Evidence-based protocol for infection control in immediate implant-based breast reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg. 2012 Oct; 69(4):446-50. PMID: 22964685.
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  42. Colwell AS, Reish RG, Kuter DJ, Damjanovic B, Austen WG, Fogerty AE. Abdominal contouring procedures increase activity of the coagulation cascade. Ann Plast Surg. 2012 Aug; 69(2):129-33. PMID: 21734537.
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  43. Colwell AS, Damjanovic B, Zahedi B, Medford-Davis L, Hertl C, Austen WG. Retrospective review of 331 consecutive immediate single-stage implant reconstructions with acellular dermal matrix: indications, complications, trends, and costs. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Dec; 128(6):1170-8. PMID: 22094736.
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  44. Colwell AS, Craft RO. Near-infrared spectroscopy in autologous breast reconstruction. Clin Plast Surg. 2011 Apr; 38(2):301-7. PMID: 21620154.
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  45. Colwell AS, Gadd M, Smith BL, Austen WG. An inferolateral approach to nipple-sparing mastectomy: optimizing mastectomy and reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg. 2010 Aug; 65(2):140-3. PMID: 20606592.
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  46. Colwell AS. Current concepts in post-bariatric body contouring. Obes Surg. 2010 Aug; 20(8):1178-82. PMID: 20349284.
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  47. Colwell AS, Kpodzo D, Gallico GG. Low scar abdominoplasty with inferior positioning of the umbilicus. Ann Plast Surg. 2010 May; 64(5):639-44. PMID: 20395799.
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  48. Colwell AS, Breuing KH. Primary nipple reconstruction with AlloDerm: is a dermal flap always necessary? Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 Nov; 124(5):260e-2e. PMID: 20009806.
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  49. Colwell AS, Driscoll D, Breuing KH. Mastopexy techniques after massive weight loss: an algorithmic approach and review of the literature. Ann Plast Surg. 2009 Jul; 63(1):28-33. PMID: 19546668.
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  50. Breuing KH, Colwell AS. Immediate breast tissue expander-implant reconstruction with inferolateral AlloDerm hammock and postoperative radiation: a preliminary report. Eplasty. 2009 May 15; 9:e16. PMID: 19526050; PMCID: PMC2683576.
  51. Colwell AS, Breuing KH. Improving shape and symmetry in mastopexy with autologous or cadaveric dermal slings. Ann Plast Surg. 2008 Aug; 61(2):138-42. PMID: 18650604.
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  52. Colwell AS, Borud LJ. Optimization of patient safety in postbariatric body contouring: a current review. Aesthet Surg J. 2008 Jul-Aug; 28(4):437-42. PMID: 19083559.
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  53. Colwell AS, Wright L, Karanas Y. Near-infrared spectroscopy measures tissue oxygenation in free flaps for breast reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 May; 121(5):344e-345e. PMID: 18453956.
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  54. Colwell AS, Longaker MT, Peter Lorenz H. Identification of differentially regulated genes in fetal wounds during regenerative repair. Wound Repair Regen. 2008 May-Jun; 16(3):450-9. PMID: 18471263.
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  55. Colwell AS, Slavin SA, May JW. Breast augmentation after reduction mammaplasty: getting the size right. Ann Plast Surg. 2008 Apr; 60(4):372-4. PMID: 18362562.
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  56. Colwell AS, Borud LJ. Fat grafting to the breast revisited: safety and efficacy. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Feb; 121(2):701-2. PMID: 18326063.
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  57. Colwell AS, Borud LJ. Fat grafting to the breast revisited: safety and efficacy. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Jan; 121(1):340-1. PMID: 18176249.
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  58. Colwell AS, May JW, Slavin SA. Lowering the postoperative high-riding nipple. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 Sep; 120(3):596-9. PMID: 17700109.
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  59. Breuing KH, Colwell AS. Inferolateral AlloDerm hammock for implant coverage in breast reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg. 2007 Sep; 59(3):250-5. PMID: 17721209.
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  60. Colwell AS, Yun R, Krummel TM, Longaker MT, Lorenz HP. Keratinocytes modulate fetal and postnatal fibroblast transforming growth factor-beta and Smad expression in co-culture. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 Apr 15; 119(5):1440-5. PMID: 17415238.
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  61. Colwell AS, Faudoa R, Krummel TM, Longaker MT, Lorenz HP. Transforming growth factor-beta, Smad, and collagen expression patterns in fetal and adult keratinocytes. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 Mar; 119(3):852-7. PMID: 17312487.
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  62. Colwell AS, Borud LJ. Autologous gluteal augmentation after massive weight loss: aesthetic analysis and role of the superior gluteal artery perforator flap. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 Jan; 119(1):345-56. PMID: 17255692.
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  63. Colwell AS, Krummel TM, Longaker MT, Lorenz HP. Early-gestation fetal scarless wounds have less lysyl oxidase expression. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2006 Oct; 118(5):1125-9; discussion 1130-1. PMID: 17016177.
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  64. Colwell AS, Krummel TM, Longaker MT, Lorenz HP. Wnt-4 expression is increased in fibroblasts after TGF-beta1 stimulation and during fetal and postnatal wound repair. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2006 Jun; 117(7):2297-301. PMID: 16772932.
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  65. Colwell AS, Krummel TM, Longaker MT, Lorenz HP. Fetal and adult fibroblasts have similar TGF-beta-mediated, Smad-dependent signaling pathways. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2006 Jun; 117(7):2277-83. PMID: 16772929.
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  66. Colwell AS, Krummel TM, Longaker MT, Lorenz HP. An in vivo mouse excisional wound model of scarless healing. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2006 Jun; 117(7):2292-6. PMID: 16772931.
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  67. Colwell AS, Buntic RF, Brooks D, Wright L, Buncke GM, Buncke HJ. Detection of perfusion disturbances in digit replantation using near-infrared spectroscopy and serial quantitative fluoroscopy. J Hand Surg Am. 2006 Mar; 31(3):456-62. PMID: 16516742.
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  68. Colwell AS, Krummel TM, Kong W, Longaker MT, Lorenz HP. Skin wounds in the MRL/MPJ mouse heal with scar. Wound Repair Regen. 2006 Jan-Feb; 14(1):81-90. PMID: 16476076.
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  69. Colwell AS, Phan TT, Kong W, Longaker MT, Lorenz PH. Hypertrophic scar fibroblasts have increased connective tissue growth factor expression after transforming growth factor-beta stimulation. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2005 Oct; 116(5):1387-90; discussion 1391-2. PMID: 16217483.
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  70. Colwell AS, Beanes SR, Soo C, Dang C, Ting K, Longaker MT, Atkinson JB, Lorenz HP. Increased angiogenesis and expression of vascular endothelial growth factor during scarless repair. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2005 Jan; 115(1):204-12. PMID: 15622252.
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  71. Colwell AS, Longaker MT, Lorenz HP. Mammalian fetal organ regeneration. Adv Biochem Eng Biotechnol. 2005; 93:83-100. PMID: 15791945.
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  72. Colwell AS, Kukreja J, Breuing KH, Lester S, Orgill DP. Occult breast carcinoma in reduction mammaplasty specimens: 14-year experience. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2004 Jun; 113(7):1984-8. PMID: 15253187.
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  73. Colwell AS, Kwaan MR, Orgill DP. Dermatophytic pseudomycetoma of the scalp. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2004 Mar; 113(3):1072-3. PMID: 15108912.
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  74. Colwell AS, Donaldson MC, Belkin M, Orgill DP. Management of early groin vascular bypass graft infections with sartorius and rectus femoris flaps. Ann Plast Surg. 2004 Jan; 52(1):49-53. PMID: 14676699.
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  75. Colwell AS, Longaker MT, Lorenz HP. Fetal wound healing. Front Biosci. 2003 Sep 01; 8:s1240-8. PMID: 12957846.
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  76. Colwell AS, Mentzer SJ, Vargas SO, Orgill DP. The role of muscle flaps in pulmonary aspergillosis. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2003 Mar; 111(3):1147-50. PMID: 12621184.
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  77. Colwell AS, D'Cunha J, Vargas SO, Parker B, Dal Cin P, Maddaus MA. Synovial sarcoma of the pleura: a clinical and pathologic study of three cases. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2002 Oct; 124(4):828-32. PMID: 12324743.
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  78. Colwell AS, D'Cunha J, Maddaus MA. Carney's triad paragangliomas. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2001 May; 121(5):1011-2. PMID: 11326257.
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