Sandeep Kathju, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery
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Fax: 412-648-1987

Scaife Hall, Suite 6B

3550 Terrace Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15261, 


Dr. Sandeep Kathju graduated from the University of Michigan’s Medical Scientist Training Program, where he earned a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology as well as his medical degree. He then completed a residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the Harvard Combined Otolaryngology Program before undertaking a second residency in Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Kathju then joined the staff of the Allegheny General Hospital where he practiced for 10 years, also serving as the Director of the Wound Healing Program at AGH’s Center for Genomic Sciences, before joining the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Kathju is currently an Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery and a member of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. He is appointed Chief of Plastic Surgery at UPMC Passavant Hospital, and will serve as Medical Director of the Wound Healing center being developed there. He is also Co-Medical Director of the Wound Healing center at UPMC McKeesport, and is trained in the delivery of Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy. His practice encompasses the full spectrum of general plastic surgery, reconstructive and cosmetic, including the management of complex and chronic wounds, reconstruction after abdominal and pelvic surgery, body contouring, etc. As a Board-certified Otolaryngologist/Head and Neck surgeon, he also maintains an acute interest in facial aesthetic, oncologic and reconstructive surgery.

In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Kathju has been actively involved in basic and clinical research on a variety of topics. He is interested in the fundamental biology of wound healing, especially scarless wound healing, and has held multiple NIH and Department of Defense grants in this area. These studies also extend to the molecular biology of Dupuytren’s contracture, a fibroproliferative disorder of the hand, and to the repair of ventral hernia defects (which represent a failure of musculofascial wound healing). Another major area of interest is the role of bacterial biofilms in human disease, and the potential use of probiotic strategies to overcome this burden. Dr. Kathju has for years collaborated with Dr. Latha Satish on these and other studies, and continues to do so through the Wound Healing laboratory in the Department’s research effort.