Susan E. Mackinnon, MD, to Lead 2022 Trustees Talk

The 2022 Trustees Talk will feature Susan E. Mackinnon, MD, FRCSC, FACS, past president of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, the Plastic Surgery Research Council and the American Association of Hand Surgery.

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Friday, Oct. 28, 2022
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Dr. Mackinnon Biography

Mackinnon, the Minot Packer Fryer Chair and Professor of Plastic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, specializes in peripheral nerve surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and nerve transplantation.

She performed the world's first nerve allotransplantation in 1988 and is considered a leading expert in the field of peripheral nerve surgery.

In addition to her work in nerve transplantation, Dr. Mackinnon has developed a number of nerve transfer techniques in which healthy nerves are rerouted into areas left paralyzed by damaged ones. Her areas of clinical interest in peripheral nerve surgery include hand, upper extremity and lower extremity injury; carpal tunnel syndrome; tarsal tunnel syndrome; thoracic outlet syndrome; brachial plexus injury; cumulative trauma disorder; nerve compression; facial palsy; and hand and upper extremity disorders and injuries.

She was awarded the Gold Medal Award in Surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1988. She briefly transferred her practice to the Toronto General Hospital before being recruited to St. Louis in 1992. In 2013, she was awarded the Jacobson Innovation Award by the American College of Surgeons. This award honors living surgeons who have developed original and significant surgical techniques.

Dr. Mackinnon earned her medical degree from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, in 1975 and completed a plastic surgery residency at the University of Toronto in 1980. She went on to complete fellowships in neurosurgical research at the University of Toronto and hand surgery at the Raymond Curtis Hand Center in Baltimore before returning to the University of Toronto taking a staff position at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre for almost a decade.

Dr. Mackinnon joined the Department of Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine in 1991, where her research work in St. Louis has been funded through the National Institute of Health since 1993 and has investigated nerve allotransplantation and nerve regeneration. This work has resulted in a new strategy of nerve transfers to reconstruct nerve injuries.

She has published two textbooks, Surgery of the Peripheral Nerve and Nerve Surgery, 586 peer-reviewed publications, over 1,000 national presentations and 176 book chapters. Her comprehensive text Nerve Surgery is now in preparation for the second edition.