Kia M. Washington, MD

Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery
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Fax: 412-383-8986

3550 Terrace Street

Scaife Hall, Suite 668

Pittsburgh, PA 15261, 


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.  Her goal for clinical hand transplant patients is to limit immunosuppression while maximizing functional outcome.   Dr. Washington 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 she 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.  


Unadkat, JV, Schneeberger S, Horibe E, Goldbach C, Solari MG, Washington KM, Gorantla VS, Thomson AW, Lee WPA. Composite tissue vasculopathy and degeneration following multiple episodes of acute rejection in reconstructive transplantation. Am J Transplant 2010. 10(2): 251-261. | View Abstract »

Washington KM,  Zanoun RR,  Cadogan KA,  Afrooz PN,  Losee JE. Composite tissue allotransplantation for the reconstruction of congenital craniofacial defects.  Transplant Proc. 2009 Mar;41(2):523-7. | View Abstract »

Unadkat JV,  Schneeberger S,  Goldbach C,  Solari MG, Washington KM, Afrooz PN, Pulikkottil BJ, Zheng XX, Lee WP.  Investigation of antibody-mediated rejection in composite tissue allotransplantation in a rat limb transplant model.  Transplant Proc. 2009 Mar;41(2):542-5. | View Abstract »

Washington KM,  Solari MG, Sacks JM, Horibe EK, Unadkat JV, Carvell GE, Simons DJ, Lee WP. A model for functional recovery and cortical reintegration after hemifacial composite tissue allotransplantation.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  2009 Feb;123(2 Suppl):26S-33S. | View Abstract »

Solari MG, Washington KM, Sacks JM, Hautz T, Unadkat JV, Horibe EK, Venkataramanan R, Larregina AT, Thomson AW, Lee WPA. Daily topical tacrolimus therapy prevents skin rejection in a rodent hind limb allograft model.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.   2009 Feb;123(2 Suppl):17S-25S. | View Abstract »

Deleyiannis, FW, Sacks JM, McLean KM, Russavage JM.  Patient self-report of disability of the upper extremity following osteocutaneous radial forearm free flap harvest.   Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2008 Nov;122(5):1479-84. | View Abstract »
McLean KM, Sacks JM, Kuo YR, Wollstein R, Rubin JP, Lee WPA. Anatomical landmarks to the superficial and deep palmar arches. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2008 Jan;121(1):181-5. | View Abstract »

Sacks JM, McLean K, Kuo YR, Wollstein R, Lee WPA. Anatomical relationships among the median nerve thenar branch, superficial palmar arch, and transverse carpal ligament.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2007 Sep;120(3):713-8. | View Abstract »

Wenham RM, Schildkraut JM, McLean K, Calingaert B, Bentley RC, Marks J, Berchuck A. Polymorphisms in BRCA1 and BRCA2 and risk of epithelial ovarian cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2003 Oct 1;9(12):4396-403. | View Abstract »

Wenham RM, Calingaert B, Ali S, McLean K, Whitaker R, Bentley R, Lancaster JM, Schildkraut J, Marks J, Berchuck A. Matrix metalloproteinase-1 gene promoter polymorphism and risk of ovarian cancer. J Soc Gynecol Investig. 2003 Sep;10(6):381-7. | View Abstract »

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