"The Christine M. Kleinert Institute is a nonprofit education and research organization dedicated to excellence in Education and Research in Hand and Microsurgery."


In keeping with its educational mission, the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery offers a one-year fellowship for general, orthopaedic, or plastic surgeons who wish to gain greater expertise in hand and upper-extremity surgery.

The accredited and prestigious fellowship program is a cooperative effort of the Institute and the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Fellows are fully trained plastic, orthopedic or general surgeons who come to Louisville from all over the world for additional training in hand and microsurgery. To date, more than 1,200 physicians from 58 countries have served as Fellows.

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Current Fellows 2023 – 2024

Mission & Vision

The Christine M. Kleinert Institute will maintain the tradition of excellence established by its founders,

Harold E. Kleinert, MD and Joseph E. Kutz MD

Our Vision

Is to cultivate an environment for physicians and researchers to pursue training in medicine and research. It will provide the infrastructure of a first-class research center to enhance the physicians’ and researchers’ endeavors. The training obtained while at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery will be unparalleled in the medical community.