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

Dr. Grant 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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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) 785-2571
fax: (203) 785-5714
email: grant.thomson@yale.edu

James Clune, M.D.

Dr. James Clune is an Assistant Professor of Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Clune specializes in procedures that treat congenital/pediatric hand anomalies, peripheral nerves, brachial plexus, hand injuries, soft tissue and skin tumors. His research interests include pediatric toe-to-thumb transfers, peripheral nerve regeneration, myoelectric prosthesis and targeted muscle reinnervation, and isolated limb perfusion of the extremities for soft tissue tumors. Dr. Clune graduated from Wesleyan University and received his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine. He then completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at Children's Hospital Boston. H is specialty training in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery was completed at Yale University followed by a fellowship in upper extremity surgery at the University of California and Shriners Hospital for Children Los Angeles with Dr. Neil Ford Jones where he focused on congenital hand reconstruction, hand trauma, soft tissue tumors of the extremities and peripheral nerve and brachial plexus reconstruction. After completion of fellowship in California additional training was completed in Madrid, Spain in adult and pediatric brachial plexus reconstruction at the Hospital Universitario La Paz with Dr. Aleksandar Lovic and reconstructive microsurgery in Santander, Spain with Dr. Francisco Pinal.

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

phone: (203) 785-2571
fax: (203) 785-5714
email: james.clune@yale.edu

Yuen-Jong Liu, M.D.

Dr. Yuen-Jong Liu is the current hand and microsurgery fellow at Yale. He is also the webmaster. He graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in computer science and biochemical sciences. Dr. Thomson mentored him as a Yale medical student and inspired him to pursue a career in plastic surgery, hand surgery, and burn reconstruction. Dr. Liu completed general surgery residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Harvard Medical School) and plastic surgery residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Outside of medicine, Dr. Liu enjoys competitive ballroom dancing with his wife Meredith on the Yale Ballroom Dance Team. He maintains his personal website at www.liusurgery.org.

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Yuen-Jong Liu, M.D.
Yale University School of Medicine
Section of Plastic Surgery
330 Cedar St., BB 330
New Haven, CT 06519

phone: (203) 785-2571
fax: (203) 785-5714
email: jong@liusurgery.org

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.
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