Ida Fox, MD

Ida Fox is Associate Professor and Hand Fellowship Program Director in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri and a staff physician at the VA St. Louis Health Care System. After receiving her bachelor’s in biology from Haverford College in 1994, Fox earned her medical degree at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. She completed her residency training in plastic surgery there and did a fellowship in the Peripheral Nerve Laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis. Finally, she completed a fellowship in hand, peripheral nerve and microsurgery at Washington University and was invited to join the faculty. She is board certified in plastic surgery with a sub-specialty certificate in hand surgery. She is a member of multiple scientific organizations and has served on committees for many (ACS, ASPS, ASPS, ASSH, AAHS, ASIA, and ASPN, where she has also served as the program chair for the national meeting). She was the 2017 John S. Young Lectureship recipient at Craig Hospital in Denver, CO. She was also selected for the 2018-2019 American Society for Surgery of the Hand visiting professorship. Her clinical practice is focused complex patient populations and she performs reconstructive, nerve and hand surgeries on those with oncologic, infectious, and traumatic issues. Recently she has been at the forefront of a new area in surgery: using nerve transfer surgery to restore hand and arm function in those living with cervical-level spinal cord injury (SCI). She has lectured internationally and nationally on this topic and has recently written an invited commentary for the Lancet on this topic. Research funding from the Craig H. Neilsen foundation and the Department of Defense supports her work to comprehensively assess outcomes from a biopsychosocial perspective and develop information and tools that allow individuals to make informed decisions about nerve transfer surgery and other treatments.