CMKI announces 2012-2013 class of Hand Fellows

Posted by on Aug 25, 2012 in For the Press & Media, In the News, Press Releases | 0 comments

Louisville, KY (June 21, 2012) -The Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Micro Surgery (CMKI), a world-renowned nonprofit education and research organization, is proud to announce the 2012-2013 Class of Fellows. Individuals accepted into the Hand Surgery Fellowship include: Horatiu Dancea of Danville, PA; Leela Farr of Syracuse, NY; David Graham of Akron, OH; Julia Mayberry of Wynnewood, PA; Todd Ruiter of Far Rockaway, NY; Hua Tang of Huntington, WV; Jeffrey Williams of Farmington, MI; Anas A.R. Altamimi of Irbed, Jordan; Henry Gerard M. Calleja of Quezon City, Philippines; Shihheng Chen of Taipei, Taiwan; Luis Latorre Abello of Bogota, Columbia; Carlos Lozano Garza of Monterrey, Mexico; Hagop Manushakian of Beirut, Lebanon; Camela Rao of Chicago, IL; Takehiko Takagi of Tokyo, Japan; and, Terence Tay of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  CMKI congratulates this year’s Senior Hand Surgery Fellows – Elkin Galvis Leon of Bogota, Columbia; Bahar Bassiri of Padova, Italy,  Antonio Rampazzo of Padova, Italy; and, Christiana Savvidou of Cyprus. CMKI also welcomes new Research Fellows – Dong Han of Shanghai, China,  Kannan Kumar of Bangalore, India, and JiYin He of Shanghai, China.

The physicians of the Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center teach the next generation of hand surgeons through CMKI’s ACGME accredited fellowship program, which is a cooperative effort with the University of Louisville School of Medicine. The Fellows are fully trained plastic, orthopedic, or general surgeons from around the world who come to Louisville to get additional training in hand and microsurgery. To date, more than 1,274 physicians from 61 countries have served as Fellows. Dozens of research projects refining surgical techniques, testing new devices and pushing the frontiers of basic and clinical science in the field of hand surgery are currently underway and CMKI looks forward to the participation of this year’s class in research efforts.

The educational experience of Fellows consists of didactic conferences and lectures, as well as clinical experience – in the office, the emergency room, and the operating room – under the direct supervision of their mentors and teachers, the Kleinert Kutz Staff Surgeons. The opportunity to rotate with experienced world renowned Hand Surgeons of varied background and clinical focus gives CMKI Fellows a view and experience of the same clinical challenge from a multitude of angles. This allows CMKI Hand Surgery Fellows to hone their clinical skills and expertise in a manner that will best fit their future patients and practice. This is also an educational experience that does not end.  All CMKI graduating fellows join the Kleinert Society, a networking and social group of former CMKI fellows which has fostered Kleinert Societies in Japan and Korea.

In addition to CMKI’s Fellowship and Research programs, the Institute also provides patient rehabilitation services after surgery and patient recovery services without surgery through the Hand Therapy Center and Orthotic Care Center. For more information on any issue regarding the Institute or to help support CMKI with a tax deductible donation, please visit or call (502) 562-0310 or (502) 562-0312.

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