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Meet Kyle Eberlin of Massachusetts General Hospital Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kyle Eberlin.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kyle. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), focusing on hand surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and reconstructive microsurgery. I grew up in Buffalo, NY and came to Boston to attend Boston University in the Seven-Year Accelerated Medical Program – which combines undergraduate education and medical school. I pursued residency training in the Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency program and then completed a one-year hand surgery fellowship at MGH before beginning my practice.

In my clinical practice, I take care of many patients with traumatic injuries to their hand and upper/lower extremities, as well as patients who have had cancer surgery and thereafter require reconstructive surgery. In addition, I have a significant interest in caring for patients with peripheral nerve injuries and nerve pain after surgery or trauma, including patients who have had amputations.

My research interests focus on the surgical treatment of nerve pain and “neuromas”, as well as complex reconstructive surgery after hand injuries. There are many new surgical techniques to treat these problems, including techniques named “relocation nerve grafting” and “targeted muscle reinnervation.” I believe that these operations will fundamentally change the way that nerve pain and nerve injuries are treated.

I am also very involved in the Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency Training Program and serve as the MGH Site Director for our program. Additionally, I am the Associate Director of the MGH hand surgery fellowship and work frequently with our trainees.

On a personal note, I have been married to my wife Deepa for 10 years and have two daughters Kareena (5) and Kaya (3). I enjoying playing squash (one of the photos is of my daughters on a squash court) and chess, which I am also teaching them.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I have been very fortunate to have had excellent mentors and family support through my training and early career, so I have thankfully not encountered huge obstacles so far.

However, surgical training is quite intense (and was seven years long!) which is particularly grueling and challenging when starting a family, building my practice, etc. Finding time outside of work has always been a challenge given the busy nature of surgical training and a surgical practice.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Massachusetts General Hospital Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
please see my earlier answers, but I am most proud to be able to care for patients with very difficult clinical problems, such as those who have sustained devastating injuries to their hand or upper extremity.

I particularly enjoying helping patients who have had amputations of their hand or digits (with replantation surgery), and in caring for them afterwards. One interesting and related operation that I perform is one called a “toe to thumb transfer,” in which a toe (most often the great toe) is transferred – via microsurgery – to re-create an absent thumb. This is a long, technically difficult operation but very rewarding when patients recover function and are able to use their hands again.

Another set of patients that I truly enjoy caring for are those with nerve pain in their extremities, which is often caused by trauma or prior surgery. There are many ways to surgically improve these patients’ pain, which is often quite impactful in their lives. This commonly requires microsurgical peripheral nerve surgery, with the use of nerve transfer (re-routing one nerve to another one) or by performing nerve reconstruction with a nerve graft.

My practice is quite unique and is uncommon (particularly for plastic surgeons, many of whom do cosmetic surgery!) and I have chosen this part of plastic surgery as I feel that it is the most helpful for those in need. Peripheral nerve specialization is also quite rare and there are few other surgeons in the northeast who are dedicated to this aspect of surgery.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am planning to continue my busy clinical practice, and to continue to help patients with difficult clinical problems.

In addition, I hope to further create and refine the surgical techniques to help those with nerve pain and “neuroma” pain, which may reduce the need for chronic pain medicine and improve the quality of life of those involved.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 55 Fruit St. WAC 435 Boston MA 02114
  • Phone: 617-643-4902 (office)

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