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Dr. Kyle Eberlin

Dr. Kyle Eberlin Associate Professor Surgery - Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Program Director - Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency Program
Associate Director – MGH Hand Surgery Fellowship


Dr. Kyle Eberlin
Associate Professor Surgery - Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Program Director - Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency Program
Associate Director – MGH Hand Surgery Fellowship

About Dr. Kyle Eberlin:

Tell us about yourself:
I am a hand and peripheral nerve surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, and my practice is focused entirely on extremity surgery. I have particular interests in complex peripheral nerve surgery, surgery for symptomatic neuromas, and microsurgical reconstruction in the extremities.

Why did you join the PSRC?
I joined the PSRC because of the incredibly innovative research being done by its members, and the academic exchange of information to move the field forward.

What are your favorite aspects of plastic surgery?
The spirit of innovation, ability to tailor the surgical procedure to the problem at hand, and our frequent collaboration with other surgical specialties.

What is your favorite part about mentoring trainees, particularly as PD?
I recently became the Program Director of the Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency Program and am involved in the MGH Hand Surgery Fellowship as the Associate Program Director. Surgical education is one of my passions, and I am honored to help train the next generation of plastic and hand surgeons! I thoroughly enjoy teaching and working with our residents and fellows; they are incredibly intelligent and highly motivated. In many ways, I learn more from our trainees than I am able to teach them!

What research question keeps you up at night?
I am highly interested in learning more about the basic science and biology of symptomatic neuromas in order to develop additional treatment strategies for patients with this difficult condition.

What excites you more about your research?
I am most excited by the possibility of further understanding the peripheral and central mechanisms related to neuropathic pain, and the possibility of designing specific therapeutic modalities to target these pathways.

What do you like to do outside of the OR?
I love to spend time with my family: my wife Deepa and my daughters Kareena (8) and Kaya (6). I also am an avid squash player and spend much of my free time studying and playing chess (which has many parallels to hand peripheral nerve surgery!)

What advice would you give an aspiring plastic surgeon?
I would advise an aspiring plastic surgeon to work hard, dedicate oneself to your patients and the pursuit of surgical excellence, and to find a clinical niche that provides personal satisfaction and the ability to make a difference in patients’ lives.


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