John M. Felder, MD


Specialty Areas

  • Reconstructive plastic surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Cancer reconstruction
  • Lower extremity reconstruction, limb salvage, amputations and surgical care of amputees
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Treatment of nerve compression syndromes
  • Nerve injuries
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Migraine headaches
  • Phantom pain
  • Neuroma pain
  • Treatment of skin cancer including basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma, and including reconstruction for skin cancer
  • Reconstruction of the abdominal wall

Common Procedures

  • Reconstruction of wounds resulting from trauma, cancer, or chronic conditions
  • Salvage of the leg / foot in patients with limb-threatening wound, microsurgical-free flaps for salvage of the lower extremity and prevention of amputation
  • High-quality upper and lower extremity amputations, surgery to address residual limb deformity or pain in amputees, “targeted muscle reinnervation” surgery for treatment of phantom pain in amputees, or to improve prosthetic arm function in amputees
  • Peripheral nerve surgery of the arms and legs to treat conditions such as cubital tunnel syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, foot drop, and chronic nerve-related pain of the extremities or body
  • Peripheral nerve surgery to treat migraine headaches
  • Comprehensive treatment and reconstruction of skin cancer in all areas of the body
  • Reconstruction of abdominal wall and ventral hernias

Common Diagnoses Treated

  • Skin cancer including squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma
  • Peripheral nerve disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, foot drop, tarsal tunnel syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome and pain from neuromas or nerve injuries
  • Chronic migraine headaches
  • Amputation surgery and surgery for amputees who have problems with their stumps such as phantom pain, chronic pain, or a biomechanical deformity
  • Limb-threatening wounds of the lower and upper extremity, such as osteomyelitis in diabetic patients or non-healing wounds in patients with vascular disease
  • Abdominal (ventral) hernias

Board Certifications

Plastic Surgery


Medical School:  Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 2009


2009-2010 Surgery Internship, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC

2010-2015 Plastic Surgery Residency, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC


2015-2016 Hand, Peripheral Nerve, and Microsurgery Fellowship, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Professional Memberships

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery

American Society for Peripheral Nerve

American Society for Surgery of the Hand

St. Louis Society of Plastic Surgeons

Awards and Honors

Skandalaris Center of Washington University LEAP program (Leadership in Entrepreneurial Acceleration Program) “A Barbed Mesh for Sutureless Soft Tissue Fixation”

Washington University School of Medicine Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences Just in Time Core Usage Funding Program “Design and Implementation of a Limb Loss Rehabilitation Continuum at Washington University in St. Louis / BJC” In association with Prateek Grover, MD and John Kirby, MD


Areas of Research Interest

Salvage of the threatened lower extremity in the setting of diabetes and peripheral vascular disease

Selective arterialization of the venous system of the foot for limb salvage in patients with peripheral vascular disease

Peripheral nerve reconstruction and nerve compression syndromes

Clinical treatment of skin cancer Plastic surgery in rural settings


Invited Textbook Chapters:
Padovano W, Felder JM:  Medial Plantar Flap with Sensory Cutaneous Nerve.  In: Flap Neurotization in Reconstructive Surgery, 1st Edition, Djohan, R and Gurunian R (Eds.), Springer, 2020.

Felder JM:  Double Crush Syndrome.  In: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, 2nd Edition, Illig, K.A., Thompson, R.W., Freischlag, J.A., Donahue, D.M., Jordan, S.E., Edgelow, P.I. (Eds.), Springer, 2020.

Felder JM, Moore AM: Thumb CMC fusion.  In: Operative Techniques in Hand and Wrist Surgery, Chung K (ed.), Wolters Kluwer; China, 2019.  9781975127374.

Felder JM, Ducic I: Nerve Compression Syndromes and Painful Neuromas of the Lower Extremity.  In: Plastic Surgery, 4th Edition, Neligan P (ed.) Elsevier Saunders; 2017. ISBN 978-0323356305.

Felder JM: Abdominal Wall Anatomy.  In: Abdominal Wall Reconstruction, Nahabedian MY, Bhanot P (eds.), Cine-Med Inc., 2014. 978-1-941805-00-8.

Felder JM, Ducic I: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in the Upper Extremity.  In: Plastic Surgery, Neligan P, Chang J, (eds.), Elsevier Saunders, Edinburgh, UK, 2013. 978-1-4557-1057-7.

Felder JM, Sutton RE: Lentiviral Vectors.  In: Gene and Cell Therapy:  Therapeutic Mechanisms and Strategies, Third Edition, Templeton NS (ed.), CRC, New York, NY, 2008.  978-0849387685.


Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Alton Memorial Hospital

Patients Seen At

Center for Advanced Medicine
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO 63110
Suite 6, Floor G

Alton Memorial Hospital
2 Memorial Drive
Alton, IL 62002
Medical Office Building A, Suite 101

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