Susan Mackinnon, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Dr. Mackinnon graduated from medical school at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, in 1975. She trained in general surgery at the same institution and completed her plastic surgery training at the University of Toronto. She then completed a year of peripheral nerve research at the University of Toronto in the Division of Neurosurgery and a hand surgery fellowship in Baltimore at the Raymond Curtis Hand Center. Dr. Mackinnon joined the surgical staff at the University of Toronto in 1982. In 1988 she was awarded the Medal Prize in Surgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons for her work on nerve regeneration. In 1991 Dr. Mackinnon joined the Department of Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine. Her research work in St. Louis has been funded through the National Institute of Health since 1993 and has investigated nerve allotransplantation and nerve regeneration. This work has resulted in new strategies of nerve transfers to reconstruct nerve injuries. She was Chief of Plastic Surgery from1996 to 2020. She has published a classic textbook, Surgery of the Peripheral Nerve, 477 peer reviewed publications, 167 book chapters and the new comprehensive text Nerve Surgery. Her open access website provides surgical videos with all the “secret ingredients” and are used globally to improve the care of nerve injured patients. Dr. Mackinnon is Past President of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve, American Association of Hand Surgery, American Association of Plastic Surgery, and Plastic Surgery Research Council and is a member of the National Academies of Medicine. She is the recipient of the Jacobson Innovation Award from the American College of Surgeons for 2013 for her pioneering work on nerve transfers. Dr. Mackinnon married Dr. Alec Patterson in 1972 and has four talented children. Lachlan, a James Beard award winning Chef, Megan, an Orthopaedic hand surgeon, Brendan is an Orthopaedic resident and Caitlan, a hospital administrator. She has 11 adorable grandchildren.