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Douglas Michael Sammer, MD $$

Plastic and Craniofacial Surgeon

Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center

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UT Southwestern Pediatric Group


Douglas Sammer, M.D., is a plastic surgeon at Children’s Health℠ and chief of the Plastic Surgery Hand Program at UT Southwestern Medical School. He specializes in helping patients with disorders affecting their upper extremities, which includes hands, fingers and wrists.

Dr. Sammer earned his medical degree from UT Southwestern, finishing first in his class. He completed a residency in plastic, hand and reconstructive surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor and a fellowship in hand surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Keeping patients happy, healthy and well-informed is Dr. Sammer’s approach to care. He treats patients with issues ranging from carpal tunnel syndrome to arthritis to tennis elbow.

Dr. Sammer is recognized internationally for his expertise on the hand and wrist, and he has spoken frequently at medical conferences all over the world. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and he’s a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS).

Dr. Sammer’s research has been published in more than a dozen peer-reviewed publications, including the Journal of Hand Surgery, the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and Annals of Plastic Surgery. He has authored chapters in numerous books, most notably the ASSH Manual of Hand Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Board Review and the Michigan Manual of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Sammer grew up in the Dallas area. He enjoys reading, traveling and snow skiing during his downtime. He also likes to visit area parks and museums with his wife and three boys.

Education and Training

Medical School
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (2001)
University of Michigan Hospitals (2007), Plastic Surgery
Mayo Graduate School of Medicine (2008), Hand Surgery
Board Certification
American Board of Plastic Surgery/Hand Surg,
American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Research Interests

    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Distal radius fractures in the elderly
    • Finger osteomyelitis
    • Flexor tendon repair techniques
    • Glomus tumors
  • Publications

    • Patient-Related Risk Factors Associated With Surgical Site Complications After Elective Hand Surgery. Youngman T, Del Core M, Benage T, Koehler D, Sammer D, Golden A. HAND 2020 Sep
    • Comparison of Fracture Location and Extent of Comminution in Isolated Scaphoid Fractures Versus Transscaphoid Fracture-Dislocations. Suszynski TM, Ben-Amotz O, Kargel JS, Bass R, Sammer DM HAND 2020 May 15 3 384-387
  • Professional Activities

    • American Association for Hand Surgery
    • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
    • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Awards and Honors

    • Alice D. Jensen Fellowship in Hand surgery in Honor of Dr. Julian M. Bruner
      Award for excellence in hand surgery research at the Mayo Clinic (2008)
    • Microns Resident Research Award for Clinical Science
      Award for excellence in research at the University of Michigan (2007)
    • Alpha-Omega-Alpha Honor Society
      Honor Society for Academic Achievement (2001)
    • Southwestern Medical Foundation Academic Achievement Scholarship
      Academic Achievement Scholarship (2000)
    • Trademark Scholarship
      Academic Achievement Scholarship (1998)

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