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Thomas H. Tung, MD

  • Professor of Surgery
  • Director of Microsurgical Reconstruction

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/NICHHD – 1R21HD073767-01, 2015-17
Title: Enhancement of Functional Recovery after Peripheral Nerve Injury with Electrical Stimulation

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

Zubovic E, Kodner IJ, Brown D, Kleiber GM, Tung TH, Yu J. Ethical challenges of reconsidered informed consent in trauma. Surgery. 2016 Jun;159(6):1684-1688. No abstract available.

Dölen UC, Sachanandani NS, Tung TH. Internal mammary artery perforator propeller flap for contralateral mastectomy defect: A case report. Microsurgery. 2016 Jun 7.

Krauss EM, Tung TH, Moore AM. Free Functional Muscle Transfers to Restore Upper Extremity Function. Hand Clin. 2016 May;32(2):243-56.

Tung TH. Clinical strategies to enhance nerve regeneration. Neural Regen Res. 2015 Jan;10(1):22-4.

Moore AM, Franco M, Tung TH. Motor and sensory nerve transfers in the forearm and hand. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Oct;134(4):721-30.

Tung TH. Nerve transfers. Clin Plast Surg. 2014 Jul;41(3):551-9. Epub 2014 May 22.

Phillips BZ, Franco MJ, Yee A, Tung TH, Mackinnon SE, Fox IK. Direct radial to ulnar nerve transfer to restore intrinsic muscle function in combined proximal median and ulnar nerve injury: case report and surgical technique. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Jul;39(7):1358-62. Epub 2014 May 16.

Sachanandani NF, Pothula A, Tung TH. Nerve gaps. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Feb;133(2):313-9. 

Yan Y, MacEwan MR, Hunter DA, Farber S, Newton P, Tung TH, Mackinnon SE, Johnson PJ. Nerve regeneration in rat limb allografts: evaluation of acute rejection rescue. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Apr;131(4):499e-511e.

Tung TH, Barbour JR, Gontre G, Daliwal G, Mackinnon SE. Transfer of the extensor digiti minimi and extensor carpi ulnaris branches of the posterior interosseous nerve to restore intrinsic hand function: case report and anatomic study. J Hand Surg Am. 2013 Jan;38(1):98-103.

Tung TH, Chao A, Moore AM. Obturator nerve transfer for femoral nerve reconstruction: anatomic study and clinical application. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Nov;130(5):1066-74.

Yan Y, Johnson PJ, Glaus SW, Hunter DA, Mackinnon SE, Tung TH. A novel model for evaluating nerve regeneration in the composite tissue transplant: the murine heterotopic limb transplant. Hand (N Y). 2011 Sep;6(3):304-12. Epub 2011 Jun 21.

Ray WZ, Kasukurthi R, Kale SS, Santosa KB, Hunter DA, Johnson P, Yan Y, Mohanakumar T, Mackinnon SE, Tung TH. Costimulation blockade inhibits the indirect pathway of allorecognition in nerve allograft rejection. Muscle Nerve. 2011 Jan;43(1):120-6.

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. 2011 Jan;114(1):256-62. Epub 2010 Jun 18.

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

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