Michelle Stapleton doesn't "care for needles." Which is one of the reasons she was open to the suggestion by physician Ankit Desai that she become part of a clinical trial Jacksonville's Desai Center of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery is conducting…tapleton is testing a new tissue expanding system called XPAND. That is short for AirXpanders Patient Activated Controlled Tissue Expander System for Breast Reconstruction…The Desai Center is one of 10 sites across the country involved in the clinical trial of the Xpand system, which must ultimately be approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration based on the trial results. It's the only site in Florida involved in the trial…"It's not just the Mayo Clinics and the Shands Jacksonvilles who do academic research," said Rushab Choksi of the East Coast Institute.
Florida Times-Union by Charlie Patton 4/25/12