The research produced by the fellows of CMKI in collaboration with KKA surgeons assists in maintaining Kleinert Kutz’s innovative and ground-breaking reputation. Some projects currently being conducted include:

  • Multiple prospective and retrospective clinical studies comparing surgical approaches (i.e. treatment of multiple nerve compressions)
  • Outcome measurement studies of DRUJ prosthetics
  • Collagenase injection of multiple fingers for treatment of Dupytren’s Contracture
  • A project using a unique computer-software program to create custom surgical guides for distal radius repair
  • Clinical Hand Transplantation
  • Role of Adipose Derived Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF) cells on outcomes of Vascularized Composite Allografts  (VCA) in Experimental models

With the guidance of Dr. Kleinert and Dr. Kutz, many “firsts” have occurred at KKA and CMKI, including:

  • The first repair of digital arteries
  • The first bilateral hand and forearm replant
  • The first successful technique for primary flexor tendon repair
  • The first hand transplant in the United States
  • The first successful hand transplant in the world