Our Faculty

 

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.

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, FACS

Dr. Tien graduated from Chung Shan Medical University in 1986 and completed orthopedic residency at Taiwan Tao-Yuan General Hospital in Taiwan. He then served a one-year fellowship as a research fellow, one year as a clinical fellow, followed by another year as a senior fellow with the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. He then completed a residency at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in General Surgery, with his 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 an associate clinical professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Division of Hand Surgery, Department of Surgery and Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He is also the Chief of the Division of Hand Surgery in the Department of Surgery, School of Medicine at the University of Louisville. Dr. Tien is also a member of AO Musculoskeletal Trauma “Hand” Faculty and a fellow with the American College of Surgeons.

He specializes in arthritis, trauma, microsurgery, and nerve issues involved in upper extremities with a special interest in brachial plexus injuries.

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.

Dr. Ozyurekoglu is the current president of the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery, and he serves as Principle Investigator and head of Louisville’s Hand Transplant Program.

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

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

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 Associate 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

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 a certificate of added qualification in Surgery of the Hand in 2011. In July 2015, Dr. Palazzo became the Hand Surgery Fellowship Program Director.

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.

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.

Laxminarayan Bhandari, MD

Dr. Bhandari graduated from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore affiliated to Manipal Academy of higher education in India securing distinction and Gold Medal. He completed his General Surgery residency in 2011 followed by Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency in 2014; both at Calicut Medical College, India. He went on to do a fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Rotterdam Netherlands, sponsored by the Dutch Association of Facial Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Bhandari completed his fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery at Christine M Kleinert Institute in 2016 followed by senior fellowships in 2017 and 2018. He completed a fellowship in Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at the University of Tennessee, Memphis 2019. In July 2019 Dr.Bhandari joined Kleinert Kutz and associates as a Hand surgeon. He was appointed Assistant Professor (Gratis) at the University of Louisville.

Dr. Bhandari’s interests include Hand trauma, Hand reconstruction, Congenital hand conditions, Tendon and peripheral nerves. His work has been published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Journal of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Hand Surgery- Asia Pacific edition, European Journal of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology, etc. He has received grants from the Plastic Surgery Foundation. Dr. Bhandari can speak English, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, and Konkani.

B. Thomas Harter, Jr, MD, FACS

After graduating from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1975 Dr. Harter completed a general surgery residency and research fellowship at The New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center in New York City from 1975 to 1982. He then completed a plastic surgery residency at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, which included a hand fellowship at the Christine Kleinert Institute. He practiced plastic and hand surgery in Louisville from 1984 thru 1998 and then joined Kleinert Kutz and Associates in 1999.

He was certified by the American board of Surgery in 1984, The American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1986, and obtained Added Qualification in surgery of the Hand in 1989 and 1998.

He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery at the University of Louisville, a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He also served as president of the Greater Louisville Medical Society and is currently the Program Director of the Hand Fellowship at the Christine Kleinert Institute.

Claude Muresan, MD