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Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery



Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

SUNY Upstate Medical University Coll of Medicine


University of California - Davis


Mayo Clinic, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Board Certifications

Plastic Surgery




Dr. Kate Hinchcliff  is a board-certified plastic surgeon at Rady Children's Hospital San-Diego and an assistant clinical professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Dr. Hinchcliff has expertise in both pediatric and adult upper extremity surgery and peripheral nerve surgery. In children, she specializes in the treatment of upper extremity disorders and birth differences, with a special interest in congenital hand differences, brachial plexus birth injuries and peripheral nerve injuries.

Dr. Hinchcliff completed her fellowship training in hand and upper extremity surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minn., where she received the Alice D. Jensen Fellowship in Hand Surgery award. She then completed a second fellowship in pediatric hand and upper extremity surgery at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. She received her plastic surgery residency training at the University of California, Davis, and earned her medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

Dr. Hinchcliff is an accomplished author, with multiple publications on pediatric and adult plastic surgery, hand surgery and brachial plexus reconstruction. Her work has been featured in many peer-reviewed medical journals, including the Journal of Hand Surgery, Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Acta Neurochirurgica.

Outside of work, Dr. Hinchcliff enjoys exploring beautiful Southern California with her husband and young son.




Relocating the C5 nerve stump in C5 nerve grafting to prevent iatrogenic phrenic nerve injury
Hinchcliff KM, Bishop AT, Shin AY, Spinner RJ

Reconstruction of Congenital Sternal Cleft: A Systematic Review of the Literature
Hinchcliff KM, Xue Y, Wong GB

Morbidity of Nerve Transfers for Brachial Plexus Birth Injury: A Systematic Review
Hinchcliff KM, Pulos N, Shin AY, Stutz C

Dog Bites in the United States from 1971 to 2018: A Systematic Review of the Peer-Reviewed Literature
Bailey C, Hinchcliff K, Moore Z, Pu LLQ

Maintained Hand Perfusion in the Setting of Radial and Ulnar Artery Transections: A Report of 2 Cases
Hinchcliff KM, Ho C, Padideh M, Irwin CS

Impact of Design on Force between Flexor Tendons and Distal Radius Volar Plates
Hinchcliff KM, Volk I, Ivanova X, Taylor SL, Szabo RM

Comparison of wound strength, histologic, and aesthetic outcomes after microsurgical versus conventional skin closure in a rat model
Hinchcliff KM, Orlowski T, Orbay H, Hogan F, Grayson K, Sahar DE

Subungual Tumors: An Algorithmic Approach
Hinchcliff KM, Pereira C

Spontaneous Radial Nerve Palsy due to an Unrecognized Myofibroma: A Case Report
Hinchcliff KM, Rogers J, Sarohia D, Hornik J, Szabo RM

Fat Graft Safety after Oncologic Surgery: Addressing the Contradiction between In Vitro and Clinical Studies
Orbay H, Hinchcliff KM, Charvet HJ, Sahar DE

Using a kidney pump to perfuse a free filet flap for reconstruc�tion after hemipelvectomy: A case report
Hinchcliff KM, Crockett J, Thorpe SW, Bayne CO

Comparison of two cadaveric acellular dermal matrices for immediate breast reconstruction: A prospective randomized trial
Hinchcliff K, Orbay, H, Charvet H, Kaur MS, Sahar DE

Intraoperative Placement of Pectoral Nerve Block Catheters: Description of a Novel Technique and Review of the Literature
Hinchcliff K, Orbay, H, Hylton JR, Wong MS

Irradiated superficial femoral artery rupture after free flap: a case report and review of the literature
Hinchcliff K, Olson CA, Little CJ, Orbay H, Sahar DE

The use of polypropylene mesh in chest wall reconstruction; a novel approach
Nazerali R, Rogers J, Canter R, Hinchcliff KM, Stevenson TR

Rigid fixation for the prevention and treatment of sternal complications
Nazerali R, Hinchcliff K, Wong MS

Laser-assisted indocyanine green imaging to assess perfusion of scalp closure in an infant
Hinchcliff KM, Yao A, Taub PJ

A ten-year experience with pediatric face grafts
Greenhalgh DG, Hinchcliff K, Sen S, Palmieri TL

Ghrelin is an orexigenic peptide and elicits anxiety-like behaviors following administration into discrete regions of the hypothalamus
Khelemsky R, Rigsbee EM, Dono LM, Coiro CD, Chapman CD, Hinchcliff K, Currie PJ

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