Hoyle Campbell Visiting Professor 2015 Dr. Susan MacKinnon

Dr. Susan E. MacKinnon

February 19th & 20th, 2015

On behalf of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we are honoured and take great pleasure in announcing that Dr. Susan MacKinnon will be our Visiting Professor 2015.

Susan E. MacKinnon, M.D. is the Shoenberg Professor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine.   Dr. Mackinnon graduated from medical school at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, in 1975.  She trained in general surgery at the same institution and completed her plastic surgery training at the University of Toronto.  She then completed a year of peripheral nerve research at the University of Toronto in the Division of Neurosurgery and a hand surgery fellowship in Baltimore at the Raymond Curtis Hand Center.  Dr. Mackinnon joined the surgical staff at the University of Toronto in 1982.  In 1988 she was awarded the Medal Prize in Surgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons for her work on nerve regeneration.

In 1991 Dr. Mackinnon joined the Department of Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine.  Her research work in St. Louis has been funded through the National Institute of Health since 1993 and has investigated nerve allotransplantation and nerve regeneration.  This work has resulted in new strategies to reconstruct nerve injuries.  She has been Chief of Plastic Surgery since 1996.

She has published a classic textbook on Neurosurgery, 454 peer reviewed publications and 154 Book Chapters.  Dr. Mackinnon is Past President of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve, American Association of Hand Surgery, American Association of Plastic Surgery, and Plastic Surgery Research Council and is a member of the Institute of Medicine.  She is the recipient of the Jacobson Innovation Award from the American College of Surgeons for 2013 for her pioneering work on nerve transfers.

Dr. MacKinnon married Dr. Alec Patterson, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Washington University in 1972 and has four talented children.  Lachlan, a James Beard award winning Chef, Megan, an Orthopaedic hand surgeon, Brendan is an Orthopaedic resident and Caitlin, a hospital administrator.  She has seven adorable grandchildren.

Thursday, February 19th, 2015, the Visiting Professor event will be dedicated to the senior residents only. Friday, February 20th, 2015 will mark the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Research Symposium, which will be open to all faculty, residents, fellows and alumni. Please mark the dates for these important events on your calendar.


Gregory Borschel
Research Director

Mitchell Brown
Program Director

Christopher R. Forrest