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Alex Leverette
Alex Leverette

Plastic Surgery-Hand And Upper Extremity

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The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UC Davis provides a broad spectrum of treatment and surgery for disorders of the hand and wrist. Our team of plastic and reconstructive surgeons specialize in hand and microvascular surgery and are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for a variety of injuries and pathological disorders affecting hands and upper extremities.

Our plastic and reconstructive surgeons work with a team of multidisciplinary physicians and other health care professionals to diagnose and identify appropriate treatment plans for patients with upper extremity peripheral nerve and brachial plexus injuries. From nerve grafting and transfers to tendon transfers to revascularization and reconstruction, our team will outline the best options for your treatment and care.

Microsurgery is a sophisticated surgical technique used to repair injured structures of all extremities, both upper and lower extremity. These include repair of nerves and blood vessels, as well as free tissue transfer techniques for the treatment of large wounds. Our Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons have advanced training in microsurgery and specialize in microsurgical procedures which utilize state-of-the-art operating microscopes and precision instrumentation to perform intricate operations. These innovative procedures include replantation of amputated digits and extremities as well as microvascular free tissue transfer.

James E. Popp, MD, is the Director of the Hand Service at Nationwide Children's Hospital and a Adjunct Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He specializes in surgery of the hand and upper extremity in adult and pediatric patients. His expertise includes common hand problems (such as carpal tunnel syndrome), wrist arthroscopy, congenital hand differences, and complex pediatric and adult reconstructive micro-vascular surgery.

Julie Balch Samora, MD, specializes in pediatric hand and upper extremity, with a focus on congenital differences, cerebral palsy and trauma. She is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) Evidence Based Practice Committee, ASSH Ethics and Professionalism Committee, and president of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society (RJOS).

We are one of the few programs taking part in this national registry for children born with limb differences of the hand and upper extremity. The goal is to help improve knowledge and treatment of these conditions.

The fellowship period is twelve months commencing August 1. Four positions are offered in two tracks; three positions are for Orthopedically trained applicants and one for a Plastic Surgery trained applicant. The fellowship is oriented toward those wishing to make a significant commitment to treatment of problems of the hand and upper extremity.

The Massachusetts General Hospital has the busiest emergency room in the state, and besides a broad spectrum of upper extremity cases, there is an emphasis on both acute trauma and post-traumatic reconstruction.

The match date is May 18, 2022 and the rank order lists are due approximately three weeks earlier. Interviews are by invitation. Given the upper extremity focus of the fellowship, we only accept applications from residents trained in orthopaedic and plastic surgery disciplines.

Our doctors have advanced training to diagnose and treat all hand and upper extremity conditions, from the common to the most complex. This means we can offer you effective care that is appropriate to your needs.

The Pediatric Hand and Upper Extremity Program at Monroe Carell offers diagnosis, treatment, and comprehensive patient-centered care for infants, children and adolescents. We treat congenital hand and upper extremity differences as well as acquired hand conditions from trauma, tumors, infection and athletic injuries.

The primary goal of the Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship program is to expose and train fellows in a wide range of treatments


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