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Scott David Lifchez, M.D.

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  • Director, Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery Service, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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Languages: English, Spanish

Expertise

Arthritis, Arthritis of the Fingers, Arthritis of the Hand, Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Benign Tumors, Brachial Plexus Injuries, Carpal Injuries, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Congenital Hand Anomalies, 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), Reconstruction After Skin Cancer, Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery, Rheumatoid Hand and Wrist Disease, Scleroderma Hand and Wrist Disease, Skin Cancer, Soft Tissue and Tendon Injuries of the Hand and Fingers, Syndactyly-Webbed Fingers, Targeted Muscle Reinnervation, Tendon Surgery, Tendon Transfer, Tendonitis of the Fingers, Tendonitis of the Hand and Wrist, Traumatic and Surgical Defects of the Trunk, Trigger Finger, Tummy Tuck, Ulnar Neuropathy, Upper Extremity, Upper Extremity Reconstruction, Upper Extremity Surgery, Ventral Hernia Reconstruction, Wrist Fracture ...read more

Research Interests

Assessing the role of denervation versus traditional arthroplasty in the treatment of primary osteoarthritis of the thumb CMC joint; management of hand conditions associated with rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and other rheumatologic conditions; improving efficiency and effectiveness of teaching and assessing plastic surgery trainees in a competency-based training model; effect of botulinum toxin A on vasospasm in scleroderma. ...read more

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Background

Dr. Scott D. Lifchez is an associate professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery and orthopaedic 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 2006 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, the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons, the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, and the American College of Surgeons. He is board certified in plastic surgery and surgery of the hand.

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Titles

  • Director, Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery Service, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • 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

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes

Education

Degrees

  • MD, University of Illinois at Chicago (1999)

Residencies

  • Medical College of Wisconsin / Plastic Surgery (2005)

Fellowships

  • 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. Dr. Lifchez has a particular interest in hand conditions associated with rheumatologic conditions including rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma.

Clinical Trial Keywords

Thumb arthritis, denervation, Competency-based education, Raynaud's Scleroderma botulinum toxin

Selected Publications

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Tuffaha SH, Quan A, Hashemi S, Parikh P, O'Brien-Coon DM, Broyles JM, Dellon AL, Lifchez SD. Selective Thumb Carpometacarpal Joint Denervation for Painful Arthritis: Clinical Outcomes and Cadaveric Study. J Hand Surg Am. 2019 Jan;44(1):64.e1-64.e8.

Williams AA, Carl HM, Lifchez SD. The Scleroderma Hand: Manifestations of Disease and Approach to Management. J Hand Surg Am. 2018 Jun;43(6):550-557.

Drolet BC, Marwaha JS, Hyatt B, Blazar PE, Lifchez SD. Electronic Communication of Protected Health Information: Privacy, Security, and HIPAA Compliance. J Hand Surg Am. 2017 Jun;42(6):411-416.

Bello RJ, Cooney CM, Melamed E, Follmar K, Yenokyan G, Leatherman G, Shah AA, Wigley FM, Hummers LK, Lifchez SD. The Therapeutic Efficacy of Botulinum Toxin in Treating Scleroderma-Associated Raynaud's Phenomenon: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2017 Aug;69(8):1661-1669.

Cooney CM, Cooney DS, Bello RJ, Bojovic B, Redett RJ, Lifchez SD. Comprehensive Observations of Resident Evolution: A Novel Method for Assessing Procedure-Based Residency Training. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Feb;137(2):673-8.

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]

Activities & Honors

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

Memberships

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

Videos & Media

MileMarker Improving Resident Performance – Scott Lifchez, M.D., FACS

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Easing Raynaud’s in Scleroderma Patients

Customizing Residencies Based on Competency

Leeches Are Saving Lives In Maryland

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The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on the national CG-CAHPS Medical Practice patient experience survey through Press Ganey. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Comments are also gathered from our CG-CAHPS Medical Practice Survey through Press Ganey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

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