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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), 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, 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 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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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center


4940 Eastern Avenue Suite A Baltimore, MD 21224 map

Phone: 410-550-0407 | Fax: 410-550-1808

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center


601 N. Caroline St. Baltimore, MD 21287 map

The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)


1800 Orleans St. Sheikh Zayed Tower Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Johns Hopkins Medicine - White Marsh


4924 Campbell Boulevard Nottingham, MD 21236 map


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

Clinical Trial Keywords

Raynaud's Scleroderma botulinum toxin

Selected Publications

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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]

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.

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. PMID: 26818306

Calva D, Calotta N, Lopez J, Christopher A, Magid D, Demehri S, Lifchez SD. A simple pre-operative imaging method to assess donor and recipient anatomy in hemi-hamate arthroplasty for proximal interphalangeal joint reconstruction. Surg Radiol Anat. 2016 Aug;38(6):699-704. PMID: 26691917

Lifchez SD, Cooney CM, Redett RJ 3rd. The Standardized Professional Encounter: A New Model to Assess Professionalism and Communication Skills. J Grad Med Educ. 2015 Jun;7(2):230-3. PMID: 26221440

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 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

Patient Ratings & Comments

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