Education

Fellowship
Hand Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2004
Residency
Plastic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2003
Fellowship
Bone Tissue Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001
Residency
General Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2000
Internship
General Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 1998
Degree
MD, East Carolina University School of Medicine, 1997

Medical Board Certifications

Surgery of the Hand
American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2006
Plastic Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2005

Gender

Male

State License

A83352
  • About Me

    About Me

    Kodi Azari, MD, FACS is a Hand Surgeon, Microvascular Surgeon, and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon. He is a full Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Plastic Surgery. Dr. Azari serves as the Reconstructive Transplantation Section Chief in the Department of Surgery and is the Medical Co-Director of Operation Mend which is a UCLA Heath System program aimed at providing complex reconstructive surgery for wounded service members injured in Operations Enduring freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Prior to his return to UCLA in 2008 he was the Director of the Hand Surgery Fellowship in the University of Pittsburgh Division of Plastic Surgery. He also served as the Chief of Hand Surgery at UPMC-Mercy Hospital.

    Dr. Azari received his General Surgery and Plastic Surgery training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He also completed a Tissue Engineering Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University and a Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship at UCLA. Dr. Azari is board certified in Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery. His clinical areas of interest include: all aspects of hand/ wrist surgery, microsurgery, reconstructive plastic surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and aesthetic rejuvenation of the hand. Furthermore, Dr. Azari has been involved in both clinical and laboratory research for over 25 years and is the author of numerous research articles, book chapters, and presentations. He lectures extensively both nationally and internationally on hand surgery as well as plastic surgery. His current research interests include: upper limb, face, and abdominal wall transplantation. In fact, he has the distinct professional honor to have been one of the lead surgeons on 6 hand transplantation operations including the first double hand transplantation and first arm transplantation performed in the United States.

    Dr. Azari has been elected to prestigious organizations including: American Association of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Hand Surgery, American Association for Hand Surgery, American College of Surgeons, International Society of Hand and Composite Tissue Allotransplantation, and is a founding member of the American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation. Additionally, he was the Associate Editor for the Annals of Plastic Surgery, Guest Editor for Current Concepts in Organ Transplantation, contributing editor for the Yearbook of Hand and Upper Limb Surgery, and serves as a consultant reviewer to several peer reviewed journals.

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  • Locations

    UCLA Orthopedic Center

    (primary location)
    Address
    100 UCLA Medical Plaza
    Suite 755
    Los Angeles, California 90095
    Phone
    310-319-1234
  • Education

    Medical Board Certifications

    Surgery of the Hand
    American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2006
    Plastic Surgery
    American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2005

    Education

    Fellowship
    Hand Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2004
    Residency
    Plastic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2003
    Fellowship
    Bone Tissue Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001
    Residency
    General Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2000
    Internship
    General Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 1998
    Degree
    MD, East Carolina University School of Medicine, 1997
  • Clinical Interests
    • Amputated Digits & Limbs
    • Blood Vessel & Nerve Injuries
    • Burn Care
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Congenital Differences
    • Cysts & Tumors
    • Degenerative Arthritis
    • Dupuytren's Contracture
    • Fractures
    • Hand Surgery
    • Ligament Strains & Dislocations
    • Nerve Compression Syndromes (Carpal Tunnel, Cubital Tunnel)
    • Nerve Reconstruction
    • Radial Tunnel Syndrome
    • Replantation
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Soft Tissue Defects
    • Tendon Injuries
    • Trigger Finger
    • Ulnar Fracture
    • Ulnar Nerve Compression
    • Vasospastic Disorders
    • Wrist
    • Wrist Pain
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