Hand & Upper Limb Surgery

Appointment information

No matter the problem affecting the hand, wrist, shoulder or elbow, specialists with the Robert A. Chase Hand & Upper Limb Center are available to provide a comprehensive evaluation and customized treatment plan. The center features a team of physicians and hand therapists with experience and expertise in a wide range of hand conditions, including:

  • Arthritis of the thumb, hand and wrist
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome and radial tunnel syndrome (nerve entrapment)
  • Fracture or dislocation of wrist, hand, distal radius and distal ulna
  • Trigger finger
  • Tendinitis of hand, wrist and elbow
  • Sports-related injuries of the hand or wrist
  • Dupuytren’s Contracture
  • Ganglion cysts and tumors of the hand and wrist
  • Tendon, nerve and blood vessel injuries (replantation surgery)
  • Vascular disease and circulatory disturbances in the hand
  • Work-related injuries and conditions
  • Hand problems resulting from stroke, cerebral palsy and spinal cord injuries
  • Infection

In addition, our faculty are renowned experts in pediatric hand care, with a special emphasis on congenital pediatric hand deformities and obstetrical (birth) palsies. These services are available at our sister institution, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

Hand & Upper Limb Faculty

Elsbach-Richards Professor of Surgery and Professor, by courtesy, of Medicine (Immunology & Rheumatology) at the Stanford University Medical Center
(650) 721-7626
Johnson and Johnson Professor of Surgery and Professor, by courtesy, of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System
(650) 723-5824
Associate Professor of Surgery (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery) and, by courtesy, of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center


Dr. Catherine Curtin is a plastic/hand surgeon. Her clinical focus is peripheral nerve surgery and upper limb reconstruction. She attended Wellesley college and Yale University for medical school. She did her residency at the University of Michigan and her hand fellowship at Stanford University. She completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship. Dr. Curtin has specialized in hand surgery and peripheral nerve surgery. She is interested in pain after surgery and treats this clinically as well as studies post operative pain in her research endeavors.
Professor of Surgery, Emeritus
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and, by courtesy, of Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center
Clinical Associate Professor, Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Clinical Associate Professor (By courtesy), Orthopaedic Surgery
(650) 723-5824