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Surgery / Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Amy F. Kells, MD, PhD

Current Position
Assistant Professor, Surgery
Division of Plastic and Reconstrive Surgery


Specialty Areas
Hand and Wrist Surgery (Plastic/Reconstructive)
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Patients Seen At
Center for Advanced Medicine
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center
4921 Parkview Place, Suite G, 6th Floor
St. Louis, MO  63110
314-362-7388
800-283-5848
Fax:   314-367-0225
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St. Louis Children's Hospital
One Children's Place, Suite 2A
St Louis, MO  63110
314-362-7288
800-283-5848
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Mailing Address
Washington University School of Medicine
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, CB 8238
660 S. Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO  63110

Areas of Clinical Interest
All aspects of hand and wrist surgery, adult and pediatric traumatic and nontraumatic hand and wrist surgery, general and microsurgical reconstruction, sternal and chest wall reconstruction

Board Certification
Plastic Surgery -- Certified
General Surgery -- Certified

Medical Education
B.A.: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 1984
MD, PhD: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, 1993
Residency: General Surgery, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1999
Fellowship: Trauma/Critical Care, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, 2002
Residency: Cardiothoracic Surgery, SUNY Downstate, New York, 2004
Fellowship: Hand Surgery, Plastic Surgery, New York University, New York, New York, 2005
Fellowship: Hand Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, SUNY Syracuse, NY, 2006
Fellowship: Microsurgery, Plastic Surgery, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, 2007
Residency: Plastic Surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals, Galveston, TX, 2010
Fellowship: Microsurgery, USC Division of Plastic Surgery, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, 2011
Hospital Affiliations
Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St Louis
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
St. Louis Children's Hospital

Selected or Recent Publications
Kells AF, Broyles JM, Simoa AF, Lewis VO, Sacks JM. Anterolateral thigh flow-through flap in hand salvage. Eplasty. 2013 Apr 10.

O’Connor, J, Kells A, Henry S, Scalea T. Vacuum-assisted closure for the treatment of complex chest wounds. Ann Thorac Surg. 2005 Apr.

Roberts, SR, Kells AF, Cosgrove DM 3rd. Collective contributions of women to cardiothoracic surgery; a perspective review. Ann Thorac Surg. 2001 Feb.

Kells AF, Coats S, Schwartz HS, Hoover RL. TGF-ß and PDGF act synergistically in affecting the growth of human osteoblast-enriched cultures. Connect Tissue Res. 1995.

Hourigan AJ, Kells AF, and Schwartz HS. In vitro photodynamic therapy of musculoskeletal neoplasms. J Orthop Res. 1993 Sep.

Kells AF, Schwartz HS, Bascom CC and Hoover RL. Identification and analysis of transforming growth factor beta receptors on primary osteoblast-enriched cultures derived from adult human bone. Connect Tissue Res. 1992.

Kells AF, Schwartz HS, and Hoover RL. TGF-ß displays synergistic growth stimulation of human osteoblast-enriched cultures with PDGF and EGF. Transactions of the Orthopaedic Res Soc. 1992.

Hourigan AJ, Schwartz HS, and Kells, AF. In vitro photodynamic therapy of musculoskeletal neoplasms. Transactions of the Orthopaedic Res Soc 1992.

Kells AF, Schwartz HS, Hoover RL. Identification of TGF-ß receptors on osteoblasts derived from skeletally mature human bone. Transactions of the Orthopaedic Res Soc. 1991.

Park AJ, Matrisian LM, Kells AF, Pearson R, Yuan Z, Navre M. Mutational analysis of the transin (rat stromelysin) autoinhibitor region demonstrates a role for residues surrounding the “Cystein Switch”. J Biol Chem. 1991, Jan 25.

Kells AF, Coats S, Schwartz HS, Hoover RL. TFG-ß displays growth synergism with PDGF and EGF on primary osteoblast-enriched cultures. J Cell Biol. 1991.

Kells AF, Schwartz HS, Hoover RL. Low-oxygen enhances the growth stimulation of TGF-ß on bone-derived cells. J Cell Biol. 1990.

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