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Karl B. Michalko, M.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 641-0141

Administrative: (585) 641-0141

Office: (585) 641-0141

Fax: (585) 641-0140

Patient Care Setting



Dr. Michalko's clinical practice includes all aspects of hand, wrist, and elbow surgery, as well as peripheral nerve surgery and microsurgery. He has special expertise in surgical treatment of pediatric hand conditions, reconstructive surgery for arthritic and traumatic disorders of the hand and wrist, and upper extremity nerve disorders.
Dr. Michalko earned his medical degree and completed a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at URMC. He also completed a residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Wisconsin and a fellowship in Hand Surgery at Brown University. Dr. Michalko is board-certified in both orthopaedic surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery. He has authored medical journal articles on such topics as reattachment of severed fingers and reconstruction of children's hands. Dr. Michalko is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Plastic Surgery.

If surgery is required, Dr. Michalko uses the convenient and efficient Clinton Crossings Procedure Rooms for outpatient surgical procedures when possible. The Procedure Room team of nurses and technicians that assist him are experts in the care of patients undergoing outpatient procedures. Dr. Michalko also works closely with our specially trained hand and upper extremity therapists in the Hand Rehabilitation program to direct your post-surgical care and to ensure a fast and successful recovery. When bracing is ordered by Dr. Michalko, our hand therapists are prepared to fashion custom orthoses on site the same day as your appointment.



MD | University of Rochester School of Medicine/Dentistry

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

08/01/2002 - 07/31/2003
Fellowship in Hand Surgery at Brown University School of Medicine

07/01/2000 - 06/30/2002
Residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

07/01/1996 - 06/30/2000
Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at University of Rochester Medical Center

06/01/1995 - 06/30/1996
Internship in Orthopaedic Surgery at University of Rochester Medical Center

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Journal Articles

Michalko KB, Bentz ML. "Digital replantation in children." Critical care medicine.. 2002 Nov; 30(11 Suppl):S444-7.

Michalko, KB; Bentz, ML. "Pollicization for the Congenitally Absent Thumb" . Operative Techniques in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. .

McFadden, TC; Hoffman, MG; Michalko, KB; Gutowski, KA. "Appropriate Choices in Breast Reconstruction: Part 6 of the 6-part Series in Current Choices in Breast Reconstruction" . Current Surgery. : 532-544.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: How to Evaluate the Painful Wrist
Book Title: Wrist Arthoscopy
Author List: Michalko, KB, Allen, SA and Akelman, EA.
Published By: Springer-Verlag 2003 in New York