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Scott David Lifchez, M.D.

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Director, Hand Surgery Service, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


Languages: English, Spanish

Expertise: Arthritis, Arthritis of the Fingers, Arthritis of the Hand, Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Brachial Plexus Injuries, Carpal Injuries, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Congenital Hand Anomalies , Corticobasal Degeneration, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, Cutaneous Oncology, Cutaneous Surgery, Dermatologic Surgery, Dupuytren's Contracture, Flaps, Fracture surgery , Hand Conditions, Hand Fractures, Hand Reconstruction, Hand Surgery, Microsurgical Free Tissue Transfer, Microsurgical Tissue Transfer, Microvascular Free Flap Surgery, Microvascular Reconstruction, Microvascular Surgery, Nerve Injury, Peripheral Nerve Disorders, Plastic Surgery, Polydactyly (extra fingers), Reanimation of the Face and Upper Extremity, Reconstruction After Skin Cancer, Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer, Soft Tissue and Tendon Injuries of the Hand and Fingers, Syndactyly-Webbed Fingers, Targeted Muscle Reinnervation, Tendinitis of the Hand, Fingers, and Wrist, Tendon Surgery, Tendon Transfer, Tendonitis of the Hand and Wrist, Traumatic and Surgical Defects of the Trunk, Trigger Finger, Tummy Tuck, Tumors, Benign, Ulnar Neuropathy, Upper Extremity, Upper Extremity Reconstruction , Upper Extremity Surgery, Ventral Hernia Reconstruction, Wrist Fracture more

Research Interests: Assessing the impact of chronic non-hand pain on response to hand surgery procedures; Assessing education methods of surgeons and non-surgeons in management of hand disorders; Effect of botulinum toxin A on vasospasm in scleroderma; Determining level of training required to treat emergency hand disorders to aid in the establishment of transfer guidelines; Improving patency of vascular reconstruction of the hand more

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Dr. Scott D. Lifchez is an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He serves as director of Hand Surgery Service and section chief of Plastic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He specializes in surgical treatments for injuries and chronic conditions of the hands and fingers.

Dr. Lifchez received his medical training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago in 1999. He conducted a residency in plastic surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in 2005, and in 2008 completed a fellowship in hand surgery at Curtis National Hand Center of Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore.

He is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He is certified in plastic surgery and surgery of the hand. more


  • Director, Hand Surgery Service, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Section Chief, Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Program Director, Johns Hopkins/University of Maryland Plastic Surgery Residency
  • Johns Hopkins University/University of Maryland Plastic Surgery Residency Program, Site Director, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery



  • MD, University of Illinois at Chicago (1999)


  • Medical College of Wisconsin / Plastic Surgery (2005)


  • Curtis National Hand Center - Union Memorial Hospital / Hand Surgery (2006)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery / Plastic Surgery (2007)
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery / Surgery of the Hand (2008)

Additional Training

  • Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand, American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Drug Enforcement Administration Registration
  • Maryland Controlled and Dangerous Substance Registration

Research & Publications

Research Summary

In his research and clinical practice, Dr. Lifchez focuses on the surgical treatments, particularly plastic and reconstructive surgeries, for injuries and chronic conditions of the hands and fingers, including arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, nerve damage and compression in the hands and fingers, congenital hand anomalies and tendonitis.

Clinical Trial Keywords

Raynaud''s Scleroderma botulinum toxin

Selected Publications

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Susarla SM, Lifchez SD, Losee J, Hultman CS, Redett RJ. Plastic Surgery Residents' Understanding and Attitudes Toward Biostatistics: A National Survey. Ann Plast Surg. 2015 Jan 30. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25643191 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Lifchez SD, Friedrich JB, Hultman CS. The scope of practice of hand surgery within plastic surgery: the ACAPS national survey to assess current practice and develop educational guidelines. Ann Plast Surg. 2015 Jan;74(1):89-92. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000000365. PMID: 25275477 [PubMed - in process]

Lifchez SD, Leinberry CF, Rivlin M, Blazar PE. Ethical and educational considerations in coding hand surgeries. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Jul;39(7):1370-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2014.04.020. Epub 2014 Jun 2. PMID: 24881896 [PubMed - in process]

Lifchez SD, Redett RJ 3rd. A standardized patient model to teach and assess professionalism and communication skills: the effect of personality type on performance. J Surg Educ. 2014 May-Jun;71(3):297-301. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2013.09.010. Epub 2014 Jan 1. PMID: 24797843 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Cooney CM, Redett RJ 3rd, Dorafshar AH, Zarrabi B, Lifchez SD. Integrating the NAS Milestones and handheld technology to improve residency training and assessment. J Surg Educ. 2014 Jan-Feb;71(1):39-42. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2013.09.019.

Lifchez SD, McKee DM, Raven RB 3rd, Shafritz AB, Tueting JL. Guidelines for ethical and professional use of social media in a hand surgery practice. J Hand Surg Am. 2012 Dec;37(12):2636-41. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2012.10.002. PMID: 23174079 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Apostolides JG, Lifchez SD, Christy MR. Complex and rare fracture patterns in perilunate dislocations. Hand (N Y). 2011 Sep;6(3):287-94. doi: 10.1007/s11552-011-9330-z. Epub 2011 Apr 5. PMID: 22942853 [PubMed] Free PMC Article

Follmar KE, Chetelat MD, Lifchez SD. Outcome of endoscopic carpal tunnel release in patients with chronic nonhand pain compared with those without chronic pain. J Hand Surg Am. 2012 Aug;37(8):1585-90. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2012.05.017. Epub 2012 Jul 3. PMID: 22763053 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Lifchez SD. Hand education for emergency medicine residents: results of a pilot program. J Hand Surg Am. 2012 Jun;37(6):1245-8.e12. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2012.03.022. Epub 2012 May 2. PMID: 22554611 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Lipschitz AH, Lifchez SD. Measurement of compartment pressures in the hand and forearm. J Hand Surg Am. 2010 Nov;35(11):1893-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2010.07.006. Epub 2010 Sep 25. Review. No abstract available. PMID: 20870362 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Lifchez SD, Means KR Jr, Dunn RE, Williams EH, Dellon AL. Intra- and inter-examiner variability in performing Tinel's test. J Hand Surg Am. 2010 Feb;35(2):212-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2009.11.006. Erratum in: J Hand Surg Am. 2010 May;35(5):869. Dellon, A Lee [added]. PMID: 20141891 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Lifchez SD. Flexor pollicis longus tendon rupture after volar plating of a distal radius fracture. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Jan;125(1):21e-23e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181c2a353. No abstract available. PMID: 20048585 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Lifchez SD, Kelamis JA. Melanoma: workup and surveillance. Clin Plast Surg. 2010 Jan;37(1):55-63. doi: 10.1016/j.cps.2009.08.004. Review. PMID: 19914458 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Lifchez SD, Harriman DA. Impact of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus on treatment of hand infections. Eplasty. 2009 Nov 20;9:e56. PMID: 20027204 [PubMed] Free PMC Article

Lifchez SD, Higgins JP. Long-term results of surgical treatment for hypothenar hammer syndrome. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 Jul;124(1):210-6. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181a805b0. PMID: 19568083 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Lifchez SD, Dzwierzynski WW, Sanger JR. Compression neuropathy of the radial nerve due to ganglion cysts. Hand (N Y). 2008 Jun;3(2):152-4. doi: 10.1007/s11552-007-9083-x. Epub 2008 Jan 25. PMID: 18780092 [PubMed] Free PMC Article

Lifchez SD, Gasparri MG, Sanger JR, LoGiudice JA, Godat DM, Tisol WB, Matloub HS. Serratus anterior in vivo contractile force study. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2005 Sep;116(3):839-45. PMID: 16141824 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Lifchez SD, Marchant-Hanson J, Matloub HS, Sanger JR, Dzwierzynski WW, Nguyen HH. Functional improvement with digital prosthesis use after multiple digit amputations. J Hand Surg Am. 2005 Jul;30(4):790-4. PMID: 16039373 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Lifchez SD, Matloub HS, Gosain AK. Cortical adaptation to restoration of smiling after free muscle transfer innervated by the nerve to the masseter. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2005 May;115(6):1472-9; discussion 1480-2. PMID: 15861049 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Lifchez SD, Sanger JR, Godat DM, Recinos RF, LoGiudice JA, Yan JG. The serratus anterior subslip: anatomy and implications for facial and hand reanimation. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2004 Oct;114(5):1068-76. PMID: 15457014 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Godat DM, Sanger JR, Lifchez SD, Recinos RF, Yan JG, Godat MR, Ramirez CE, Matloub HS. Detailed neurovascular anatomy of the serratus anterior muscle: implications for a functional muscle flap with multiple independent force vectors. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2004 Jul;114(1):21-9; discussion 30-1. PMID: 15220562 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Activities & Honors


  • Perioperative Services Cardinal Award, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Greatest Supporter Award, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • "Top Doc" in Hand Surgery, Baltimore Magazine, 2011


  • American College of Surgeons 
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons 
  • Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons

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