Dr. Kia M. Washington is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery. She performs hand and upper extremity surgery, breast reduction and augmentation, and reconstructive microsurgery following trauma. She has specialty training in hand and upper extremity surgery. Dr. Washington completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University in Stanford, California and earned her medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine. She completed her plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh. During her training she dedicated two years to full-time basic science research as a fellow in the Thomas E. Starzl Transplant Institute, funded by an extra-mural NIH grant and research fellowship from the Plastic Surgery Foundation. Her research examined functional outcome after face and hand allotransplantation. After completing residency, she pursued a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Washington is the Associate Director of the Hand Transplantation program at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Dr. Kia Washington's goal for clinical hand transplant patients is to limit immunosuppression while maximizing functional outcome. She is also a principal investigator in the Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation (VCA) Research Laboratory. Her research interests include improving nerve regeneration after injury and in the setting of VCA. In addition Dr. Washington has developed a special expertise in the study of cortical reorganization after VCA. Her ultimate goal is to utilize electrophysiological interventions to mitigate changes that occur in the brain after VCA, in order to obtain optimal functional recovery and quality of life after hand and face transplantation.