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Thomas H. Tung, MD

  • Professor of Surgery

Medical School

University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, 1990

Post Doctoral Education

Internship: General Surgery, PGY 1, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1990

Residency: General Surgery, PGY 2-5, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, New York, 1991

Fellowship: Craniofacial Surgery Research, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 1995

Fellowship: Plastic Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 1996

Fellowship: Hand, Peripheral Nerve and Microsurgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri, 1998

Board Certifications

Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS-Certified)

Honors and Awards

Best Doctors in American (Best Doctors, Inc.), 2005-CURRENT

“Outstanding Nerve Presentation” at the combined American Association for Hand Surgery, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, American Society for Peripheral Nerve, Annual Meeting San Diego, CA, 2001.

Plastic Surgery Foundation Essay Contest Winner (2002).

Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation (PSEF) Research Grant Award 2002, “Tolerance and Immunosuppression in Hand and Limb Transplantation.”

Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH) Foundation Research Award 2003-2004, “Molecular Basis for Neuroregenerative Effects of FK506.”

Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation (PSEF) Research Grant Award 2004, “Antibody Dosing in Costimulation Blockade for Nerve Transplantation.”

American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS) Research Grant Award 2007, “Investigation of Modality-specific Nerve Regeneration.”

Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation (PSEF) Research Grant Award 2008, “Modality-specific Nerve Graft Reconstruction.”

Kline Award for Peripheral Nerve Research, Annual meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, San Diego, CA, May, 2009.

Mayfield Basic Science Award, Annual meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/CNS Spine and Peripheral Nerve Section. Phoenix, AZ, 2010

“Paul M. Weeks Resident Teaching Award” for 2009 and 2011, Plastic Surgery Residents. Washington University School of Medicine.

Best Clinical Research Paper – ASPN Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV 2012.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Tung specializes in oncologic and traumatic plastic and reconstructive surgery. His areas of clinical interest include breast reconstruction, major brachial plexus and peripheral nerve surgery (adults and children), nerve transplantation, breast surgery, microsurgery, hand surgery and cosmetic surgery.

Also see Center for Nerve Injury & Paralysis.

Research Interests

NIH 1 K08AI50148-01A1, 2002-2007, “Composite Tissue Transplantation.”

National Endowment for Plastic Surgery Research Grant Award 2008, “Combination Therapy for Limb Allograft Acceptance and Nerve Regeneration.”

Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St Louis
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

Contact Information

660 South Euclid Avenue
Suite 1150, Northwest Tower
Campus Box 8238
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 362-4588
Fax: (314) 367-0225

Selected Publications

Ray WZ, Kale SS, Kasukurthi R, Papp EM, Johnson PJ, Santosa KB, Yan Y, Hunter DA, Mackinnon SE, Tung TH. Effect of cold nerve allograft preservation on antigen presentation and rejection. J Neurosurg. 2010 Jun 18.

Tung TH, Mackinnon SE. Nerve transfers: indications, techniques, and outcomes. J Hand Surg Am. 2010 Feb;35(2):332-41.

Brown JM, Tung TH, Mackinnon SE. Median to radial nerve transfer to restore wrist and finger extension: technical nuances. Neurosurgery. 2010 Mar;66(3 Suppl Operative):75-83; discussion 83. Review.

Kawamura DH, Johnson PJ, Moore AM, Magill CK, Hunter DA, Ray WZ, Tung TH, Mackinnon SE. Matching of motor-sensory modality in the rodent femoral nerve model shows no enhanced effect on peripheral nerve regeneration. Exp Neurol. 2010 Jun;223(2):496-504. Epub 2010 Feb 1.

Whitlock EL, Kasukurthi R, Yan Y, Tung TH, Hunter DA, Mackinnon SE. Fibrin glue mitigates the learning curve of microneurosurgical repair. Microsurgery. 2010;30(3):218-22.

Ray WZ, Kasukurthi R, Papp EM, Moore AM, Yee A, Hunter DA, Solowski NL, Mohanakumar T, Mackinnon SE, Tung TH. The role of T helper cell differentiation in promoting nerve allograft survival with costimulation blockade. J Neurosurg. 2010 Feb;112(2):386-93.

Tai CY, Weber RV, Mackinnon SE, Tung TH. Multiple costimulatory blockade in the peripheral nerve allograft. Neurol Res. 2010 Apr;32(3):332-6. Epub 2009 Jun 30.

Tung TH. Tacrolimus (FK506): Safety and Applications in Reconstructive Surgery. Hand (N Y). 2009 Apr 11. [Epub ahead of print]

Tung TH, Mackinnon SE, Mohanakumar T. Costimulation blockade of CD40 and CD28 pathways in limb transplantation. Transplant Proc. 2008 Dec;40(10):3723-4.

Mokhtee DB, Brown JM, Mackinnon SE, Tung TH. Reconstruction of posterior interosseous nerve injury following biceps tendon repair: case report and cadaveric study. Hand (N Y). 2009 Jun;4(2):134-9. Epub 2008 Oct 15.

Tung TH, Liu DZ, Mackinnon SE. Nerve transfer for elbow flexion in radiation-induced brachial plexopathy: a case report. Hand (N Y). 2009 Jun;4(2):123-8.

Hsiao EC, Fox IK, Tung TH, Mackinnon SE. Motor nerve transfers to restore extrinsic median nerve function: case report. Hand (NY). 2009 Mar;4(1):92-7.

Krupnick AS, Gelman AE, Okazaki M, Lai J, Das N, Sugimoto S, Tung TH, Richardson SB, Patterson GA, Kreisel D. The feasibility of diaphragmatic transplantation as potential therapy for treatment of respiratory failure associated with Duchenne muscular dystrophy: acute canine model. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008 Jun;135(6):1398-9

Hayashi A, Moradzadeh A, Tong A, Wei C, Tuffaha SH, Hunter DA, Tung TH, Parsadanian A, Mackinnon SE, Myckatyn TM. Treatment modality affects allograft-derived Schwann cell phenotype and myelinating capacity. Exp Neurol. 2008 Aug;212(2):324-36.

Brenner MJ, Moradzadeh A, Myckatyn TM, Tung TH, Mendez AB, Hunter DA, Mackinnon SE. Role of timing in assessment of nerve regeneration. Microsurgery. 2008;28(4):265-72.

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