Kevin Chung, MD

Kevin Chi Chung, M.D., M.S.

Professor, Department of Surgery
Domino's Farms Lobby A
24 Frank Lloyd Wright Dr
Ann Arbor
MI 48105


Kevin C. Chung, MD, MS, the Charles B. G. De Nancrede (Chair of the Department of Surgery at University of Michigan, 1847-1921) Professor of Surgery received his health services research training as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar from the University of Michigan. He obtained his general surgery training from the University of Texas in San Antonio, his plastic surgery training from the University of Michigan and his hand surgery training from the Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore.

Dr. Chung is currently a Director for the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He serves as the treasurer/secretary for the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is the past Vice-President for Research for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and is the President-Elect for the Plastic Surgery Foundation. He serves as a member of the Plastic Surgery Residency Review Committee and has been a Council member for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He is Chairman of the AO North America Hand Education committee in charge of the hand surgery educational programs for the US and Canada. He has published over 320 peer-reviewed manuscripts, over 200 book chapters, and 14 textbooks. He is a National Institutes of Health funded researcher who is the principal investigator of an R01 grant for a multicenter clinical study on the rheumatoid hand that has received a competitive renewal and another R01 grant on a 21 center clinical trial for the treatment of distal radius fracture in the elderly. He has also received a K24 Midcareer Investigator Grant in Patient-Oriented Research, a R34 Clinical Trial Planning grant and a R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award from the National Institutes of Health. He is the first recipient of the Weiland Medal from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand to honor a hand surgeon whose research work advances the specialty, and he is the 2011 Researcher of the Year for the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. In 2008, Dr. Chung received the Dean’s award from the University of Michigan Medical School for Clinical and Health Services Research that is bestowed on a faculty member for outstanding research accomplishments. Dr. Chung is the Deputy Editor for the Journal of Hand Surgery and is the Outcomes Section Editor for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Areas of Interest

Dr. Chung's research interests focus on the structuring of evidence-based practice in plastic surgery and hand surgery. His projects rely on epidemiology studies and clinical trials to derive the best evidence to guide treatments. He developed the Michigan Hand Outcomes Questionnaire, which is widely used in this country and around the world for measuring outcomes after hand surgery.


Medical School or Training

  • Emory University Medical School, 1987


  • University of Texas San Antonio, Surgery General, TX, 1991


  • Microvascular Srugery, Chang Gung Hospital, 1992
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Michigan Health System, 1994
  • Hand Surgery, Curtis National Hand Center/Union Memorial Hospita, 1995

Board Certification

  • Plastic Surgery
  • Surgery of the Hand