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Robert R. Schenck, MD

Dr. Robert R. Schenck

Dr. Robert R. Schenck is a hand surgeon who has contributed to his field immeasurably through his work as a surgeon and as a researcher and is a humanitarian. Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery with a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery (CAQHS), Dr. Schenck received his B.A. from Taylor University, and graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School. He then completed a residency in Plastic Surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and hand anatomy and hand surgery fellowships respectively, at the Hospital for Joint Diseases under Dr. Emanuel Kaplan, and later at Roosevelt Hospital under Dr. J. William Littler, all in New York City.

Dr. Schenck has published over 47 articles regarding hand surgery and is nationally and internationally known for the Dynamic Traction method of treatment of Proximal Interphalangeal Joint (PIP) injuries. He has presented various hand topics to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Association for Surgery of the Hand. At the later organization, he was the founding President of the Hand Surgery Endowment. He was a founding member, and is an officer since its inception in 1978, of the Chicago Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Dr. Schenck educated 39 Fellows in Hand Surgery at the Rush University Medical Center, where he became Emeritus Professor and Director of the Section of Hand Surgery in the Rush Department of Plastic Surgery in July, 2008. Since that date, he and his wife, Marcia Whitney-Schenck volunteered in three countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and in Mongolia, he teaching hand surgery, and she teaching English. He hopes to share some of his wide and varied experiences as a doctor and some of the blog entries he has contributed for the site.

I myself, cherish the time that I had to study under his tutelage and eventually work side-by-side with Dr. Schenck as a young attending. He taught me many things back then, and he continually amazes me with his tireless intensity, determination, and his sense of humanity.

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