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Amy F. Kells, MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery

Medical School

M.D., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Medical Scientist Training Program

Post Doctoral Education

Resident, Department of General Surgery, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Fellow, Trauma/Critical Care, Department of Surgery, Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Fellow, Hand Surgery, Department of Plastic Surgery, New York University, New York, NY

Fellow, Hand Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, SUNY Syracuse, Syracuse, NY

Fellow, Microsurgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS

Resident, Plastic Surgery Residency Program, The University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals, Galveston, TX

Fellow, Microsurgery, USC Division of Plastic Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC, Los Angeles, CA

Board Certifications

Plastic Surgery – Certified
General Surgery – Certified
Certified in Surgery of the Hand by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

Clinical Interests

Dr. Kells specializes in:

  • All aspects of hand and wrist surgery
  • Adult and pediatric traumatic and non-traumatic hand and wrist surgery
  • General and microsurgical reconstruction
  • Sternal and chest wall reconstruction

Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital
St. Louis Children's Hospital

Patients Seen At

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center
Center for Advanced Medicine
4921 Parkview Place, Suite G, Floor 6
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 362-7388 or (800) 283-5848

St Louis Children's Hospital (Pediatric)
One Children's Place, Suite 2A 
St Louis, MO  63110
(314) 362-7388 or (800) 283-5848
Fax: 314-367-0225

Contact Information

Academic Office

660 South Euclid Avenue
Suite 1150, Northwest Tower
Campus Box 8238
St. Louis, MO 63110

Selected Publications

O’Connor, J, Kells A, Henry S, Scalea T. Vacuum-assisted closure for the treatment of complex chest wounds. Ann Thorac Surg. 2005 Apr;79(4):1196-1200.

Roberts, SR, Kells AF, Cosgrove DM 3rd. Collective contributions of women to cardiothoracic surgery; a perspective review. Ann Thorac Surg. 2001 Feb;71(2Suppl):S19-21.

Kells AF, Coats S, Schwartz HS, Hoover RL. TGF-ß and PDGF act synergistically in affecting the growth of human osteoblast-enriched cultures. Connect Tissue Res. 1995;

Hourigan AJ, Kells AF, and Schwartz HS. In vitro photodynamic therapy of musculoskeletal neoplasms. J Orthop Res. 1993 Sep;11(5):633-7.

Kells AF, Schwartz HS, Bascom CC and Hoover RL. Identification and analysis of transforming growth factor beta receptors on primary osteoblast-enriched cultures derived from adult human bone. Connect Tissue Res. 1992;29(4):197-209.

Kells AF, Schwartz HS, and Hoover RL. TGF-ß displays synergistic growth stimulation of human osteoblast-enriched cultures with PDGF and EGF. Transactions of the Orthopaedic Res Soc. 1992;17:587.

Hourigan AJ, Schwartz HS, and Kells, AF. In vitro photodynamic therapy of musculoskeletal neoplasms. Transactions of the Orthopaedic Res Soc 1992;17:199.

Kells AF, Schwartz HS, Hoover RL. Identification of TGF-ß receptors on osteoblasts derived from skeletally mature human bone. Transactions of the Orthopaedic Res Soc. 1991; 16:55.

Park AJ, Matrisian LM, Kells AF, Pearson R, Yuan Z, Navre M. Mutational analysis of the transin (rat stromelysin) autoinhibitor region demonstrates a role for residues surrounding the “Cystein Switch”. J Biol Chem. 1991, Jan 25;266(3):1584-1590.

Kells AF, Coats S, Schwartz HS, Hoover RL. TFG-ß displays growth synergism with PDGF and EGF on primary osteoblast-enriched cultures. J Cell Biol. 1991;115(3):265A.

Kells AF, Schwartz HS, Hoover RL. Low-oxygen enhances the growth stimulation of TGF-ß on bone-derived cells. J Cell Biol. 1990;111(5):34BA.


Friedman DW, Kells AF, Aviles A. Fractures, Dislocations and Ligamentous Injuries of the Hand. Chapter 81. In: Thorne CH, Beasley RW, Aston SJ, Bartlett SP, Gurtner GC, Spear SL (eds.). Grabb & Smith’s Plastic Surgery. 6th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2007:790-802.

Lineweaver WC, Zhang F, Kells A. Microvascular Free Transfer of Serratus Anterior and Rib Composite Flap. Chapter 202. In: Strauch B, Vasconez LO, Hall-Findley EJ, Lee BT (eds.). Grabb’s Encyclopedia of Flaps. Vol. 1, 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2008:598-600.