Kevin C. Chung, M.D., M.S., is the Charles B. G. De Nancrede Professor of Surgery in the Medical School. He 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. At the University of Michigan Medical School, he serves as 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. He is chief of hand surgery for the Michigan Medicine and director of the Multidisciplinary Hand Center.
Dr. Chung was a director for the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He has served as treasurer/secretary for the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is past vice-president for research for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and was the immediate president for the Plastic Surgery Foundation. He is the research director, a council member and a trustee for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and its foundation. He serves 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 United States and Canada.
He has published more than 420 peer-reviewed manuscripts, over 200 book chapters, and 15 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 that received a second competitive renewal, a R34 Clinical Trial Planning grant and a R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award from the NIH. 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 advanced the specialty. He is the 2011 Researcher of the Year for the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. In 2008, he 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 deputy editor for the Journal of Hand Surgery (American), editor for Hand Clinics and associate editor for the Journal of Hand Surgery (European). He is outcomes section editor for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.