Washington University Hand Fellowship

The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers a one-year fellowship in hand, peripheral nerve, and microsurgery. The Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship is sponsored by the Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Saint Louis Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education Consortium and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The fellowship includes training in all aspects of hand surgery from the distal forearm to the fingertip, and from the infant to aged adult. The trauma volume is high at this large tertiary hospital, providing exposure and competence in the treatment of distal radius fractures, carpal pathology and microsurgery for soft tissue coverage. 

The fellowship also has a strong brachial plexus and peripheral nerve component. Led by Susan Mackinnon, MD, this program provides a unique experience for our fellows to participate in both basic science and clinical peripheral nerve studies.  

In order to broaden the congenital hand experience, we have recently joined forces with Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia. Our fellows will have a required one-month congenital hand rotation with Scott Kozin, MD and Dan Zlotolow, MD. We are excited about this collaboration and know that it will positively impact the experience of our fellows.

During their year in training, the fellows will be exposed to a variety of hand, nerve and upper extremity pathology. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive learning environment to gain confidence, competence and technical proficiency to begin a long-lasting career in hand surgery.