J. Grant Thomson, M.D., M.Sc.

Dr. Thomson is the Director of the Yale University Hand and Comprehensive Microsurgery Center, Professor of the Yale University School of Medicine and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Quinnipiac College. He specializes in surgery of the hand and wrist as well as reconstructive microsurgery of the head and neck, breast, and upper and lower extremities. A native of Canada, Dr. Thomson is a graduate of McGill School of Medicine in Montreal, Quebec. He then completed general surgery and plastic surgery residencies at McGill University. Dr. Thomson completed hand and microsurgery fellowship at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri, before joining the Section of Plastic Surgery at Yale University. A diplomate of the American and Canadian boards of general and plastic surgery, he also holds the certificate of added qualification in surgery of the hand. Dr. Thomson's clinical interests include surgery of the hand and wrist as well as microvascular surgery, and he pursues research in the pathophysiology of free flap failure.

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Contact:

J. Grant Thomson, M.D.
Mailing Address:
Yale Plastic Surgery
P.O. Box 208041
New Haven, CT 06520

Academic Office:
Yale University School of Medicine
Section of Plastic Surgery
330 Cedar St., BB 330C
New Haven, CT 06519

Clinic Offices:
Yale Physicians Building, 4th floor
800 Howard Ave.
New Haven, CT 06519

Shoreline Medical Center
111 Goose Ln.
Guilford, CT 06437

phone: (203) 737-5130
fax: (203) 785-5714
email: grant.thomson@yale.edu

Salem Samra, M.D.

Dr. Salem Samra is the current hand and microsurgery fellow at Yale. He was born and raised in New Jersey where he graduated as valedictorian from the Ranney School. He completed a double major in the biological basis of behavior and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated Summa Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to attend medical school at the Baylor College of Medicine where he graduated with high honors, Alpha Omega Alpha, and received the prestigious DeBakey Scholar Award. He completed a six year residency in Plastic Surgery at Yale and stayed on to complete his fellowship. He has published numerous papers in plastic and hand surgery and his research interests include congenital hand surgery, melanoma, and fat grafting.

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Contact:

Salem Samra, M.D.
Yale University School of Medicine
Section of Plastic Surgery
330 Cedar St., BB 330
New Haven, CT 06519

phone: (203) 737-5130
fax: (203) 785-5714
email: salem.samra@yale.edu

Marsha Dymarczyk, P.T., C.H.T.

Department of Rehabilitation Services
Outpatient Physical Therapy
Yale Physicians Building

Hand therapy, or physical therapy for the hand, is crucial to regaining maximum function after any injury, even after surgery. Marsha Dymarczyk is the hand therapist at the Yale Hand Center who works closely with patients in their recovery. She received her degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia and became a certified hand therapist in 1991. Her clinical interests include rehabilitation of acute upper extremity trauma, fractures, post-operative treatments, and burns.

Nancy Banack, P.T., C.H.T., CLT-LANA

Department of Rehabilitation Services
Outpatient Physical Therapy
Yale Physicians Building

Physical therapy degree from Quinnipiac University
Certified hand therapist since 1998
Certified lymphedema therapist through the Lymphology Association of North America
Interests include: fractures and soft tissue injuries of the wrist and hand.

Virginia Ells, O.T.R., C.H.T.

Shoreline Medical Center

Virginia is an occupational therapy graduate of Quinnipiac College. She went on to specialize in hand rehabilitation at NYU, Rusk Institute. With 30 years of clinical experience, she has consulted to several companies, to reduce repetitive motion injuries. She became a certified hand therapist in 1991, the first year such a credential was offered, and has maintained this prestigious recognition continuously.
Patients with osteoarthritis, neurological issues, orthopedic problems, connective tissue disorders and rheumatoid arthritis are appropriate referrals. A comprehensive evaluation will assist patients in establishing a plan of care, custom fit splints/orthoses will fit comfortably and patient education regarding joint protection and assistive devices will ease day to day stresses.

Deidre Pender

Administrative Assistant
Yale University School of Medicine
Section of Plastic Surgery

Deidre Pender works closely with Drs. Thomson and Samra to schedule clinic appointments and surgeries for their patients.

Contact:

phone: (203) 737-5130
fax: (203) 785-5714
email: deidre.pender@yale.edu


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