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Kevin C. Chung, M.D., M.S.
Kevin C. Chung, M.D., M.S.
Charles B. G. de Nancrede Professor of Surgery
Professor of Plastic Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery
Chief of Hand Surgery, University of Michigan Health System
Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs, Associate Director of Global REACH, University of Michigan Medical School

Practicing at:
2130 Taubman Center
1500 E. Medical Center Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0340
Telephone: 734-998-6022
Fax: 734-763-5354


Kevin C. Chung, MD, MS, the Charles B. G. De Nancrede (Chair of the Department of Surgery at University of Michigan, 1847-1921) Professor of Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery, received his health services research training as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar from the University of Michigan. He obtained his general surgery training from the University of Texas in San Antonio, his plastic surgery training from the University of Michigan and his hand surgery training from the Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore. At the University of Michigan Medical School, he serves as the Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs in charge of Tenure and Promotion, and is the Associate Director for Global REACH, the global health program of the Medical School. Dr Chung is Chief of Hand Surgery for the University of Michigan Health System and Director of the Multidisciplinary Hand Center.

Dr. Chung was a Director for the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He has served as the Treasurer/Secretary for the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He was the past Vice-President for Research for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and was the Past President of the Plastic Surgery Foundation. He was the Research Director, a Council member and a Trustee for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and its Foundation. He serves as a member of the Plastic Surgery Residency Review Committee. He was past Chairman of the AO North America Hand Education Committee in charge of hand surgery educational programs for the US and Canada.

He has published over 480 peer-reviewed manuscripts, over 300 book chapters, and 20 textbooks. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the legacy textbook in the field of Plastic Surgery, Grabb and Smith’s Plastic Surgery, 8th Edition, which is the standard textbook for the field in the US and around the world. He is a National Institutes of Health funded researcher who is the principal investigator of an R01 grant for a multicenter clinical study on the rheumatoid hand that has received a competitive renewal, and another R01 grant on a 20 center clinical trial for the treatment of distal radius fracture in the elderly. He also holds a K24 Midcareer Investigator Grant in Patient-Oriented Research that received a second competitive renewal and is a co-principal investigator of a T32 training grant in health services research. He also holds a U34 grant from the National Institutes of Health in planning a 15 center clinical trial in treating ulnar neuropathy at the elbow, and has received in the past a R34 Clinical Trial Planning grant and a R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award also from the National Institutes of Health. He is the first recipient of the Weiland Medal from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand to honor a hand surgeon whose research work advanced the specialty. He was the 2011 Researcher of the Year for the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. In 2008, Dr. Chung received the Dean's award from the University of Michigan Medical School for Clinical and Health Services Research that is bestowed on one faculty member for outstanding research accomplishments. In 2016, Dr Chung again received the Dean’s award for Outstanding Clinician Award recognizing the exemplary performance of a practicing clinician. Dr. Chung is the past Deputy Editor for the Journal of Hand Surgery (American) and current Associate Editor, the Editor for Hand Clinics and Associate Editor for Journal of Hand Surgery (European). He is the Outcomes Section Editor for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Clinical Focus

Dr. Chung is a hand and upper extremity surgeon who performs a wide variety of reconstructive procedures in the fields of rheumatoid arthritis, congenital hand problems, spinal cord injuries, nerve injuries, and complex fractures. Dr. Chung serves as an Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs for the Medical School, and an Associate Director for Global REACH where he facilitates the global health program for the institution. He is the Director for the University of Michigan hand fellowship program.



  • 1997 – University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI; M.S.
  • 1987 – Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA; M.D.
  • 1983 – Emory University, Chemistry/Biology, Atlanta, GA; B.S.

Postdoctoral Training

  • 1987-1992 – General Surgery Residency, University of Texas; San Antonio, TX
  • 1992-1994 – Plastic Surgery Fellowship, University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, MI
  • 1994-1995 – Hand Surgery Fellowship, Curtis Hand Center, Union Memorial Hospital; Baltimore, MD
  • 1995-1997 – Robert Wood Johnson Scholar, University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, MI
  • 1995-1997 – M.S. in Research Design and Statistical Analysis, University of Michigan School of Public Health; Ann Arbor, MI

Certification and Licensure

  • 1992 – National Board of Medical Examiners
  • 1992 – Medical Licensure, Michigan
  • 1993 – American Board of Surgery Certification
  • 1997 – American Board of Plastic Surgery Certification
  • 1997 – Certificate of Added Qualification: Hand Surgery