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.

We are accepting applications for the 2022-2023 Peripheral Nerve Fellowship program.

All applications must be received by December 15, 2021. Virtual interview will start in February.

Surgical Training

The Washington University Medical Center campus includes three connecting facilities: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Center for Advanced Medicine and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The fellowship encompasses operative cases and outpatient clinics at all three facilities.

As a fellow, your microsurgery education will focus on orthoplastic reconstruction of the upper and lower extremities, lymphedema surgery and cancer reconstruction.

This program includes a combination of didactic and clinical teaching in the operating room and clinical settings. Fellows will be assigned on a rotating basis to work with attending microvascular surgeons in orthopedic and plastic surgery. Our goal is to offer fellows that allows for approximately equal exposure to orthopedic and plastic surgical perspectives, and to leverage the advantages of interdisciplinary collaboration.

Our faculty will be closely involved in your training, while still giving you the opportunity to gain independence. You will participate not only as a trainee, but also as a teacher. As a fellow, you will have an instructor-level appointment and will work closely with residents in plastic surgery and with medical students.


Faculty in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery have a wide range of research interests. During the course of your fellowship, you will have the opportunity to collaborate and conduct research within the department labs. At the end of this year-long fellowship, you will submit your abstracts to the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery Annual Meeting.

How to Apply

To apply for the Peripheral Nerve Fellowship, visit the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) Fellowship Application platform.

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, including the chief of your residency training program and a hand surgeon. Authors should address your professional, academic and personal qualifications, including their opinion of your potential success in the field of hand, nerve and microsurgery


Prior to the fellowship beginning in August 2022, 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 non-ACGME accredited program. Currently, we do not have established funding for this position. Candidates must obtain funding from their home institution or an outside source.

International Candidates

We offer visa sponsorship to international fellows accepted into the Peripheral Nerve Fellowship.

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 Hayley Nichols 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, Associate 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
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Portrait of Thomas H. Tung, MD.

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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