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Meet the Team - Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center

A History of World-Renowned Success

With over five decades of experience, Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center is world renowned for offering unmatched expertise in orthopaedic, plastic and general surgery.

History

In 1953, Harold E. Kleinert, M.D., began his practice in hand surgery, one that has become associated with a number of significant world firsts in both hand and microsurgery. Joseph E. Kutz, M.D., became his first partner in 1964. Today, the internationally known physicians and researchers that make up this practice are known as Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center, PLLC.

Through the Christine M. Kleinert Institute, fully trained physicians from all over the world have come to Louisville to study at Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center. Since 1960, more than 1000 Hand Fellows from 50 countries have been trained.

Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center continues its dedication to excellence, pioneering new medicine and restoring patients the function and quality of life associated with strong, healthy arms, hands and shoulders.

The Hand Care Center, in partnership with Jewish Hospital and the University of Louisville School of Medicine, performed the World's first:

  • Successful hand transplant
  • Reported repair of a digital artery
  • Reported successful technique for primary flexor tendon
  • Repair in "No-Man's Land," the fibrous sheath of the flexor tendons in the hand, specifically in the zone from the distal palmar crease to the proximal interphalangeal joint
  • Vascularized epiphyseal transfer
  • Bilateral forearm replantation
  • Bilateral upper arm replantation

Other significant achievements include:

  • One of the world's first cross-hand replantations
  • Pioneered work in primary reconstruction using free tissue transfer
  • National award for research in blood flow to the nerves

Meet the Team

Joseph E. Kutz, MD, FACS

Joseph E. Kutz, MD, FACS

Dr. Kutz is a past director of the Christine M. Kleinert Fellowship in Hand Surgery. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1958, received his postgraduate training at the University of Louisville, and served as a Christine M. Kleinert Hand Fellow for one year commencing in 1963. He received the President’s Cabinet Award in 1979 and the Science Alumnus of the Year in 2002, both from the University of Detroit Mercy. In addition, he was awarded the Ephraim McDowell Physician of the Year Award presented by the Caritas Foundation in 1999.

 

Dr. Kutz is Clinical Professor of Surgery (Plastic and Reconstructive, Hand) at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and is past president of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, past president of the Greater Louisville Medical Society and past treasurer for the International Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery.

 

Dr. Kutz has 82 publications, 15 of which have appeared in textbooks.

 

 

Thomas W. Wolff, MD

Thomas W. Wolff, MD

Dr. Wolff is the past Program director of the Christine M. Kleinert Fellowship in Hand Surgery. He graduated from Indiana University in 1969 and received his postgraduate training in Orthopedics at Charlotte Memorial Hospital in North Carolina. He served as a Christine M. Kleinert Hand Fellow in 1976.

 

Dr. Wolff is currently the associate clinical professor of surgery (hand) (gratis) at the University of Louisville. He is an active member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

 

 

Tsu-Min Tsai, MD, FACS

Tsu-Min Tsai, MD, FACS

Dr. Tsai graduated from National Taiwan University, Republic of China, in 1961.  He received postgraduate training at both National Taiwan University Hospital and the University of Louisville Hospital.  Dr. Tsai was the Chief of Surgery at Taipei City Hospital from 1970 to 1975.  Dr. Tsai served as a Christine M. Kleinert Hand Fellow in 1976.  He is now Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Louisville.  He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, holds memberships in the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery and the International Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, and is an active member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.  Dr. Tsai has more than 130 publications to his credit and is actively engaged in research at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery.  He is board certified in orthopedics and holds added qualifications in hand surgery.

 

 

Luis R. Scheker, MD

Luis R. Scheker, MD

Dr. Scheker graduated from the University of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and received his postgraduate training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in London, England and the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

 

He served as a Christine M. Kleinert Hand Fellow in 1982 and then as a Research Fellow with the Louisville Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. Scheker is currently Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery (Plastic and Reconstructive) at the University of Louisville and Assistant Consulting Professor of Surgery at Duke University.

 

He is co-editor of the book “The Growing Hand.” Dr. Scheker’s special interests include microvascular reconstruction, congenital anomalies, the carpometacarpal joint, the distal radioulnar joint and the proximal radioulnar joint. He has developed several techniques to preserve and to replace joints. He has created artificial joints to replace the distal radioulnar joint, the radio carpal/radio ulnar joint and the proximal radio ulnar joint of the forearm. He also has developed a basal joint of the thumb.

 

 

Margaret Napolitano, MD, FACS

Margaret Napolitano, MD, FACS

Dr. Napolitano graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1993 where she received the Outstanding Student Plastic Surgery Department Award.  She completed a general surgery residency in 1998 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.  She then completed a plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship at the University of Florida Department of Surgery in 2000 followed by a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

Dr. Napolitano is certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support, Advanced Burn Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, board certified in general surgery and plastic surgery. She is?also boarded in Hand surgery having her CAQ. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and is a member of the American Medical Association, Interplast, Kentucky Medical Association, Lexington Medical Society, Jefferson County Medical Society, American Society for Surgery of the Hand and American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

 

Her special interests include general plastic surgery and hand surgery.

 

 

Huey Y. Tien, MD

Huey Y. Tien, MD

Dr. Tien graduated from Chung Shan Medical University Taiwan in 1986. He completed Orthopedic residency at Taiwan Tao-Yuan General Hospital in Taiwan. He served a one-year fellowship as a clinical fellow with the Christine M. Kleinert Institute and one year as a senior fellow. He then completed a residency at University of Louisville School of Medicine in General Surgery, the final year serving as Administrative Chief Resident.

 

He is Board Certified in General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Hand Surgery in Taiwan, and is Board Certified in General Surgery and Hand Surgery in the United States.

 

He is currently associate clinical professor at University of Louisville School of Medicine, Division of Hand Surgery, Department of Surgery and Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He is also a member of AO Musculoskeletal Trauma “Hand” Faculty.

 

He is also the program director of the Hand Surgery Fellowship Program at Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery.

 

 

Tuna Özyurekoglu, MD

Tuna Özyurekoglu, MD

Dr. Ozyurekoglu graduated from Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey in 1994. He completed Orthopedics and Traumatology residency in Ankara Emergency Care and Traumatology Hospital in 1998.  He is certified in Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology by the Turkish Ministry of Health. He completed a hand and microsurgery fellowship at Manus Hand Surgery Center, Istanbul, Turkey. He also completed a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery, Louisville, Kentucky in 2001. Later he served as a senior fellow in 2002 and 2003.

 

Dr. Ozyurekoglu was awarded an educational grant by Danish Government during his residency and had training in hand surgery at Rigshospital of Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark. He also received the basic science research grant award of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand in 2001.  He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville Department of Surgery, Division of Hand Surgery and the University of Louisville Department of Orthopedics.He is an active member of the American Association for Hand Surgery and the American Society for Peripheral Nerve.

 

His special interests include sports and traumatic injuries of the wrist and elbow joints, wrist and elbow arthroscopy and arthroplasty, treatment of the peripheral nerves, and microsurgical reconstruction of upper extremity defects.

 

 

Rodrigo Moreno, MD

Rodrigo Moreno, MD

Dr. Moreno graduated from the Colombian School of Medicine “Bosque University” in 1993. He then completed a residency in Orthopedic and Trauma surgery where he received a National Research Award. In 2001, he completed a one-year fellowship at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery in Louisville, Kentucky then continued as a Senior Fellow until 2004 and ultimately as Hand Scholar.

 

In February 2004, Dr. Moreno joined Kleinert Kutz as staff. In addition, he accepted the appointment as physician to the Commission for Children With Special Health Care Needs. He was appointed Assistant Clinical Professor with the University of Louisville Department of Surgery, Division of Hand Surgery.

 

His special interests include distal radius fractures, long bone fractures, wrist arthroscopy, biceps tendon ruptures, carpometacarpal arthritis, elbow trauma/pathology, and congenital surgery.

 

 

Sunil Thirkannad, MD

Sunil Thirkannad, MD

Dr. Thirkannad graduated from Bangalore Medical College, India in 1991. He subsequently completed his Residency in Orthopedic Surgery in 1996 where he was awarded the Lupin Gold Award and Natarajan Gold Medal. He obtained a Masters Degree in Orthopedic Surgery in 1996 and was certified by the National Board of Examinations in 1997. He completed a Fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery from the National University of Singapore in 2003 and from the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery in 2004.

 

Prior to his arrival in Louisville, Dr. Thirkannad was an Assistant Professor and Board Examiner in Orthopedic Surgery at the Rajiv Gandhi Health University, Bangalore, India. He is currently Associate Clinical Professor in Hand Surgery (General Surgery) as well as Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Louisville.   He is a member of many Orthopedic and Hand Societies, including the American Association of Hand Surgeons, American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons and has served on the Executive Council of the Indian Society for Surgery of the Hand. He has published articles in peer reviewed journals and has authored chapters in text books, including Sabiston’s Textbook of Surgery.

 

His special interests include wrist injuries, rheumatoid arthritis, congenital hand deformities and microsurgery.

 

 

Michelle D. Palazzo, MD

Michelle D. Palazzo, MD

Dr. Palazzo is a board certified plastic surgeon who earned two degrees in engineering from the University of Illinois and received her medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 1999. She then completed a residency in General, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at St. Louis University, followed by a Fellowship in Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery of the Breast at Georgetown University in Washington DC. In 2006, she completed a one-year fellowship at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

In September 2006, Dr. Palazzo joined Kleinert Kutz as staff and was appointed Clinical Instructor with the University of Louisville Department of Surgery, Division of Hand Surgery. She received an added qualification in Surgery of the Hand in 2011.  Dr. Palazzo holds professional memberships with the following societies: Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons, Greater Louisville Medical Society, American Medical Association, Kentucky Medical Association, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery.

 

Her special interests include cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, body contouring, fat injections, hand rejuvenation, and soft tissue injuries and tumors of the hand.

 

 

Yorell Manon-Matos, MD

Yorell Manon-Matos, MD

Dr. Manon-Matos was born in San Juan, PR and raised in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from Princeton University in Princeton, NJ in 2000 and from Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, NH in 2004. He completed his internship in General Surgery in 2005 at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH followed by residency in General Surgery in 2009 at the Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine in Springfield, MA. He subsequently completed post-graduate fellowship training in Hand and Microsurgery in 2010 at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute and the University of Louisville Hospitals in Louisville, KY.

 

In December 2010, Dr. Manon-Matos joined Kleinert Kutz as staff and was appointed Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery with the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Hand Surgery.

 

Dr. Manon-Matos is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and holds a Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand.

 

He is an Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Candidate Member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

 

Dr. Manon-Matos is also fluent in Spanish.

 

 

Elkin J. Galvis, MD

Elkin J. Galvis, MD

Dr. Galvis was born in Bogota, Colombia. He graduated from the National University School of Medicine in 1999. He then joined the Colombian Air Force where he worked three years in active duty as a medical commissioner officer. After honorable discharge, he began his residency in Orthopedic and Trauma Surgery, and graduated from Javeriana University School of Medicine in 2008. In 2011, he completed a one-year fellowship at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery in Louisville, Kentucky. He then continued as a Senior Fellow until June of 2013.

 

In July of 2013, Dr. Galvis joined Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center as staff, and was appointed Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery with the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Hand Surgery.

 

His special interests include wrist and hand trauma, arthroscopy of the wrist and elbow, peripheral nerve compression, wrist pathology and wrist arthritis.

 

Dr. Galvis’s native language is Spanish.

 

 

 

To learn more about Kleinert Kutz, the Jewish Hospital Hand Care Center and for additional information emergency hand care, please call 502.540.3727.

 

 

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