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Department and Faculty

The Mayo Clinic Hand Surgery Fellowship is administered in the Department of Orthopedics with a liaison in the Department of Plastic Surgery.

The Hand Service handles approximately 25,000 outpatient visits and 3,400 surgical procedures per year. Approximately 5,000 new patients are seen each year. There is an active microvascular surgical service in both trauma and elective microsurgical cases working in close cooperation with orthopedic surgery and plastic surgery.

Currently, the Hand Surgery Program has 11 full-time hand surgeons. These specialists will be involved in your fellowship training.

Mayo Clinic's Hand Surgery clinical outpatient facility consists of twelve examination rooms, one cast room and one splint room with three full-time technicians. A Hand Therapy Assessment Unit and treatment areas are provided in conjunction with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday, all day with alternating clinical and surgical days for each surgeon (one week the consultant is in the clinic Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with surgery on Tuesday and Thursday, reversing the following week). A brachial plexus clinic is held for one half day each week and is staffed by two hand surgeons, a neurosurgeon and support staff, including physician assistants and therapists.

Hand surgery is performed at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus, and Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, both part of Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Other categories include post-traumatic reconstruction, congenital, paralytic, arthritic, infectious, tumorous and other acquired conditions affecting the hand, wrist, forward, elbow and brachial plexus. Added experience in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital hand differences is available through the Shriners Hospitals in Minneapolis, Minn. and Philadelphia, Penn.

If you are interested in athletic activities, you may participate in the hand care of athletic injuries involving our local schools and the junior college, including attendance at games and practices. General educational features of a large postgraduate training center with Mayo Medical School are present.

Close liaison is maintained with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Department of Plastic Surgery, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Radiology and the Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory. Research projects with each of these departments are available, as well as projects with clinical applications in the Biomechanics Laboratory.


You will be assigned a faculty adviser who can provide comprehensive educational advice and personal support. Your adviser also will serve as a contact point, introducing you and your family to Rochester and the Mayo Clinic system.

Visiting Professor

sMany prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work during noon and/or morning lectures and participate in hospital rounds. You will be encouraged to take full advantage of these opportunities.

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  • Dec 10, 2013
  • ART549948