Dr. Borschel is the chief of plastic surgery at Riley Hospital for Children. His practice focuses on facial paralysis, pediatric nerve injuries, corneal neurotization, congenital hand surgery, and microvascular reconstruction. His research laboratory develops treatments for nerve injuries and improving patient outcomes. He works with neuroscientists, engineers, and doctors around the world to improve treatments for patients with these conditions.
Dr. Borschel graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1997 and completed a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Michigan in 2005. He completed a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship in neuromuscular tissue engineering at the University of Michigan, and a fellowship in pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. His clinical work focuses on pediatric facial paralysis, nerve injuries, hand surgery, and microvascular reconstruction. He has also pioneered corneal neurotization, a treatment for neurotrophic keratopathy, which is a rare cause of blindness caused by lack of nerve supply to the cornea. His research laboratory focuses on ways to enhance nerve regeneration, including drug and growth factor delivery, electrical stimulation, and the cellular and molecular mechanisms underpinning neurotrophic keratopathy and corneal neurotization.