scalp reconstruction operations.
In 1995, Dr. Argenta and Lisa
Renee David, MD, FACS,
recognized that children who
remained in one position while
sleeping on their backs developed
skull deformities due to the
mechanical force placed on the
malleable neonatal skull. Drs.
Argenta and David demonstrated
that helmet therapy, rather than a
surgical procedure, could correct
deformities because there was not
a true bony fusion in the skull.
Dr. Argenta’s work has allowed
infants with skull deformities
to develop normally while
avoiding major cranial surgery.
Dr. Argenta has received
numerous awards for his work,
including the 2015 Wake Forest
University Medallion of Merit
Award, the 2013 American
Association of Plastic Surgeons
Achievement Award for Clinical
Research, and the 2012 Plastic
Surgery Foundation Outstanding
Dr. Argenta and his wife
Ginger have eight children, three
of whom work in medicine. Read
an ACS press release announcing
the 2016 Jacobson Innovation
For a list of previous Jacobson
Innovation Award winners, visit
the ACS website at
Dr. Argenta with his wife Ginger at the Jacobson Award Dinner
Dr. Argenta is an internationally recognized expert
in mechanobiology—the application of controlled
mechanical energy to induce biological changes in living
tissue—and its applications in clinical medicine.