Kevin C. Chung, M.D., M.S., is the Charles B. G. de Nancrede Professor of Surgery, and a professor of surgery and orthopaedic surgery. He also is chief of hand surgery for Michigan Medicine and director of the Comprehensive Hand Center. In the U-M Medical School, he serves as the assistant dean for faculty affairs in charge of tenure and promotion, and is associate director for Global REACH, the global health program of the Medical School.
Dr. Chung 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 U-M and his hand surgery training from the Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore. He is serving as the 75th president for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, which is the largest hand surgery organization in the world with a membership of over 4,000 from the U.S. and internationally. He was a director for the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He has served as the treasurer/secretary for the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He was past vice-president of research and current trustee for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and was the past president of the Plastic Surgery Foundation, the academic arm of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons with more than 10,000 members. He was research director, a council member and a trustee for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and its foundation. He has served as a member of the Plastic Surgery Residency Review Committee. He was past Chairman of the AO North America Hand Education Committee in charge of hand surgery educational programs for the U.S. and Canada.
He has published more than 650 peer-reviewed manuscripts (over 25,000 citations, H index 76), over 350 book chapters, and 27 textbooks. He is editor-in-chief of the legacy textbook in the field of Plastic Surgery, Grabb and Smith’s Plastic Surgery, 8th Edition, which is the standard textbook for this specialty. He is a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded researcher who is the principal investigator of an R01 grant for a multi-center clinical study on the rheumatoid hand that has received a competitive renewal, and another R01 grant on a 20-center clinical trial for the treatment of distal radius fracture in the elderly. He received a K24 Midcareer Investigator Grant in Patient-Oriented Research that received a second competitive renewal, and is a co-principal investigator of a 20-year T32 training grant in health services research. He held a U34 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in planning a clinical trial in treating ulnar neuropathy at the elbow, and has received in the past a R34 Clinical Trial Planning grant and a R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award, also from the NIH. He has a current U01 grant from the NIH to conduct a 9-center surgery of the ulnar nerve (SUN) clinical trial.
Dr. Chung was the first recipient of the Weiland Medal from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand to honor a hand surgeon whose research work advanced the specialty. He was the 2011 Researcher of the Year for the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. In 2008, he received the Dean's Award from the U-M Medical School for Clinical and Health Services Research that is bestowed on one faculty member for outstanding research accomplishments. In 2016, he received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Clinician, recognizing the exemplary performance of a practicing clinician. In 2020, he was recognized by the Plastic Surgery Foundation for the Distinguished Career Researcher Award, as well as receiving from the American College of Surgeons the Dr. Rodman E. Sheen and Thomas G. Sheen Award to recognized an outstanding Doctor of Medical Science in the United States.
He was past deputy editor for the Journal of Hand Surgery (American) and current associate editor for the Journal of Hand Surgery (European). He was the past outcomes section editor for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He was the past outcomes section editor for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is editor for Hand Clinics. He was chosen as the editor-in-chief-designate of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and will be the editor-in-chief in 2022.