Hand and Microsurgery


Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship

Individuals who have completed their training in Plastic Surgery or Orthopaedic Surgery are eligible to apply for our two ACGME accredited positions. The program is affiliated with the University of California, at San Francisco. The clinical volume of the fellowship will address upper and lower extremity trauma as well as the full breadth of reconstructive microsurgery using the most advanced techniques. The Hand and Microsurgery fellows will have graded responsibility and will be under the proctorship and mentorship of full-time attendings of the Buncke Clinic at all times.

The twelve month fellowship begins July 1st of each year. For application information see below.

Since our program has training in both microusrgery and hand surgery, our program does not participate in the hand match. Applicants admitted to the program are notified before the hand match is finalized.

A Unique Service:
The Microsurgery Service at CPMC Davies in San Francisco is unique in that it is one of the major services of the hospital. Emergency and elective referrals come directly from outlying hospital emergency rooms or private physicians. The service is staffed by plastic surgeons of considerable experience in upper extremity trauma and all forms of acute and chronic injury. The attending on call has the primary responsibility of evaluating all potential referrals and must filter these calls carefully before accepting cases. When associated injuries are suspected, general surgeons, neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons are immediately notified. The team approach is used at all times. We also work closely with our medical colleagues and any patient with metabolic or cardiopulmonary problems is carefully evaluated preoperatively, intra-operatively and postoperatively. As per hospital regulation, all children have a pediatrician following them.

On elective cases, liberal use of consultations with our colleagues in related specialties is the rule. In return, we are often called in by other services to consult concerning the management of complex problems in all regions of the body which require reconstruction.


To apply, please send letter of intent, CV, passport sized photo and three letters of recommendation (one from current chief of service).

Applications can also be submitted viat the ASSH hand fellowship application. For the link to the ASSH application is click here.

The next application cycle is for fellowships starting on July 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2022.

Applications can be directly forwarded to:

Attenion: Rudy Buntic, MD
Fellowship Program Director
45 Castro Street, Suite 121
San Francisco, CA 94114
email: rbuntic @ microsurgeon . org

Please have all materials in by January 31, 2021.

Affiliated Institutions:

CPMC: Department of Plastic and Division of Microsurgery

Dr Buncke is chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery and Dr. Buntic is Divison Head of Microsurgery.

UCSF: Division of Plastic Surgery

Our hand fellowship is accredited by the ACGME and is under the umbrella of the UCSF division of plastic surgery. Three residents from UC train yearly on our service.

Stanford: Division of Plastic Surgery

Three Stanford Senior Residents rotate on our service yearly.