Project Description

Shawn J. Loder, MD


Shawn J. Loder earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. While a medical student he was a two time recipient of the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Research Fellowship and a member of the Burn/Wound/Regeneration Medicine Laboratory. As part of the lab he pursued a number of projects dedicated to studying the role of skin, fat, and composite tissue transplantation in wound healing. He was also involved in research into the contribution of stem cell populations to the formation of heterotopic ossification. Dr. Loder has been training in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Plastic Surgery of UPMC since July 2017.

Why Pitt?

I chose Pitt Plastic Surgery because I wanted a program that provided a broad, intense, and high-quality training experience while still retaining a focus of residents as people with an emphasis on mentorship and camaraderie amongst both faculty and peers.


  • Dean’s Award for Research Excellence, University of Michigan Medical School (2017)
  • Graduation with Distinction in Research Honors, University of Michigan Medical School (2017)
  • 29th Annual Moses Gunn Research Conference Student Research Award (2017)
  • Howard Hughes Medical Research Fellowship (2014, 2015)
  • Making a Difference Award, University of Michigan Health System (2013, 2014)
  • The Rudy F. Sievers, MD, Ph.D. Service Award, Phi Chi Medical Fraternity (2012)
  • Medical Student Training in Aging Research Grant, American Federation for Aging Research (2012)


Dr. Loder has been lead or contributing author on over 30 published scientific manuscripts and book chapters and over 60 abstracts for presentation at national scientific and professional meetings.