Peripheral Nerve Fellowship

Our one-year Peripheral Nerve Fellowship program offers world-class training in peripheral nerve reconstruction. Fellows in this program train with leading experts in the field to develop expertise in peripheral nerve pathology and to refine microsurgical skills.

Surgical Training

The fellow will be an active participant in the clinic where they will develop an understanding of the diagnosis of nerve injuries and observe the results of surgical interventions. They will also have a role in evaluating the patients in the pre-operative and post-operative period. The fellow will participate in operative nerve releases and reconstructions under the guidance and mentorship of faculty. The development of microsurgical skills will be fostered through microsurgical training in the laboratory and then implemented for patients in the clinical setting. The fellow will also spend valuable time with the neurologists learning the basics of electrodiagnostic studies, as well as with nerve specialized hand therapists, to understand the perioperative treatment of nerve disorders.

Our faculty will be closely involved in your training, while giving you the opportunity to gain confidence and independence. You will participate not only as a trainee, but also as a teacher, working closely with plastic surgery residents and medical students.


Faculty in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery have a wide range of research interests. The fellow has the opportunity to collaborate and conduct research within the department labs, including ongoing clinical trials and clinical studies. Attendance is expected at weekly basic science laboratory meetings, where both basic science and clinical studies are discussed. This provides the opportunity to develop critical understanding of the science and physiology of nerve regeneration.

How to Apply

To apply for the Peripheral Nerve Fellowship, please contact our Program Coordinator, Maddie Hodous.

You will need the following documents to apply:

  • Your current CV/resume: It must include a listing of your publications, presentations, research and grant experience, activities with professional societies and any other relevant information about your education or experience
  • Personal statement
  • USMLE (or alternate scores)
  • A headshot photo of yourself in .jpg format
  • Three letters of recommendation: These should be from physicians or faculty members who are familiar with your work. Authors should address your professional, academic and personal qualifications, including their opinion of your potential success in the field of Peripheral Nerve Surgery.


Prior to the fellowship beginning in July 2023, all candidates must have:

  • Completed residency in plastic surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery or general surgery 
  • Demonstrated interest in peripheral nerve pathology and surgery
  • Have funding from an external source. We currently do not have established funding for this position; candidates must obtain funding from their home institution or an outside source.

Program Credentials

The Peripheral Nerve Fellowship is a 1-year ACGME accredited program.

International Candidates

Our institution most frequently sponsors J-1 visas on a case-by-case basis, however, we are not able to guarantee sponsorship of any type of visa.

Learn More

If you would like the opportunity to attend a Peripheral Nerve Fellowship didactic session to learn more about our fellowship program, please contact Maddie Hodous for more information.

Program Director

Portrait of Susan E. Mackinnon, MD.

Susan E. Mackinnon, MD

Minot Packer Fryer Professor of Plastic Surgery

Teaching Faculty

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Ida K. Fox, MD

Director, Hand Surgery Fellowship Program, Professor of Surgery
Portrait of Neringa Juknis, MD.

Neringa Juknis, MD

Associate Professor, Neurology
Portrait of Rimma Ruvinskaya, MD.

Rimma Ruvinskaya, MD

Associate Professor, Neurology
Division of Rehabilitation Director, Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship
Portrait of Alison Snyder-Warwick , MD.

Alison Snyder-Warwick, MD

Director, Plastic Surgery Residency Program
Associate Professor of Surgery

Thomas H. Tung, MD

Professor of Surgery
Portrait of Craig M. Zaidman, MD.

Craig M. Zaidman, MD

Associate Professor, Neurology and Pediatrics
Division of Adult Neurology
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