Amy Kells, MD, PhD

Amy Kells, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgery


Specialty Areas

  • Hand surgery and wrist surgery
  • Nerve surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Reconstructive plastic surgery

Common Procedures

  • Repair fractures and nerve injuries of the hand and wrist
  • Adults and children
  • Treatment of arthritis of hand and wrist
  • Carpel tunnel release
  • Cubital tunnel release
  • Trigger finger release
  • Sternal and chest wall reconstruction
  • Digital replantation and revascularization

Common Diagnoses Treated

  • Hand and wrist fractures
  • Nerve injury
  • Nerve compression
  • Hand and wrist arthritis
  • Congenital hand anomalies
  • Dupuytrens disease
  • Soft tissue injuries upper and lower extremity
  • Sternal reconstruction following mediastinitis

Board Certifications

American Board of Plastic Surgery

Subspecialty Certification in Hand Surgery

American Board of Surgery


Medical School:  Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Medical Scientist Training  Program, Nashville, TN 1993


1999 General Surgery Residency, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

2010 Plastic Surgery Residency, University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, Galveston, TX


2005 Plastic Hand Surgery Fellowship, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY

2006 Orthopedic Hand Surgery Fellowship, SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY

2007 Complex Wound Fellowship, University of Mississippi, Jackson, MI

2011 Microsurgery Fellowship, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Professional Memberships

American Society for Surgery of the Hand

American Association for Hand Surgery

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery


Areas of Research Interest

Hand and Wrist Surgery



Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Patients Seen At

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital

St. Louis Children’s Hospital

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To request an appointment with Dr. Kells, please call (314) 362-7388.