Peter C. Rhee, D.O.

  1. Hand Surgeon
  2. Orthopedic Surgeon

Location

  1. Rochester, Minnesota

Languages

English

Peter Charles Rhee, DO, MS, is an orthopedic hand and microvascular surgeon, with special interest in upper extremity post-traumatic reconstruction. His clinic focus includes:

  • Upper extremity reanimation in patients with cervical spinal cord injury.
  • Upper extremity reconstruction in adult and pediatric patients with brain injuries (cerebral palsy, stroke, traumatic, and anoxic) for functional or hygiene benefits.
  • Providing comprehensive evaluation and surgical management of complex upper extremity (shoulder to fingertip) bone, soft tissue, and nerve injuries.
  • Expertise in the management of arthritis, non-union, and complex ligament injuries within the wrist.
  • Promoting wide awake hand surgery in a variety of procedures to improve patient satisfaction and outcomes.

A former active duty and current reserve hand surgeon for the United States Air Force, Dr. Rhee has a breadth of experience and knowledge in treating the traumatized upper extremity and has authored expert content within this field in high-impact scientific journals. His clinical interest in treating patients with upper motor neuron injuries (cerebrovascular accidents, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries) originate from taking care of his family members with these devastating injuries. Therefore, Dr. Rhee and his team are committed to providing compassionate and multi-disciplinary care to his patients.

In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Rhee is passionate for resident/fellow education and mentorship. He currently serves as the Program Director for the Mayo Clinic Hand Surgery Fellowship.  He is an active member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS).

  1. Avascular necrosis
  2. Brachial plexus injury
  3. Broken hand
  4. Broken wrist
  5. Cerebral palsy
  6. Elbow fracture
  7. Elbow instability
  8. Hand arthritis
  9. Nerve entrapment
  10. Nonunion
  11. Quadriplegia
  12. Stroke
  1. Arthroscopy
  2. Free muscle transfer
  3. Hand reconstruction
  4. Joint replacement
  5. Microvascular surgery
  6. Vascularized bone grafting
  7. Wrist fracture treatment
  8. Wrist reconstruction
  • Correction of spasticity in the upper and lower extremities after brain or spinal cord injury
  • Upper extremity reconstruction in spinal cord injury
  • Management of fracture nonunions with vascularized bone grafts
  • Post-traumatic reconstruction of the elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand
  • Reconstructive microsurgery
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Wide awake hand surgery
  • Diaphragm reanimation in cervical spinal cord injury (Quadriplegia/Tetraplegia)
  1. 2013
    Fellow - Hand and Microvascular Surgery Fellowship, Division of Hand and Microvascular SurgeryMayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  2. 2012
    Residency - Orthopedic Surgery ResidencyMayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. 2012
    Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine - Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), ValedictorianKirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  4. 2012
    MS - Masters of Biomedical Science (M.S.), Orthopedic SurgeryMayo Graduate School
  5. 2008
    Internship - Internship, Department of Orthopedic SurgeryMayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  6. 2003
    BA - Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Major in BiologyGrinnell College

Certifications

  1. 2016
    Hand SurgeryAmerican Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  2. 2015
    Orthopaedic SurgeryAmerican Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Awards and honors

  1. 2016
    Best Papers – American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) Annual MeetingAmerican Society for Surgery of the Hand
  2. 2015
    Warren R. Kadrmas Award for Excellence in TeachingSan Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium
  3. 2014
    American Orthopedic Association (AOA) - Emerging Leaders Program (ELP)American Orthopedic Association
  4. 2014
    Clinician Scientist Development ProgramAmerican Society for Surgery of the Hand
  5. 2014
    Young Leaders Program (ASSH)American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  6. 2013
    Alice D. Jensen Fellowship in Hand SurgeryMayo School of Graduate Medical Education
  7. 2012
    Patrick J. Kelly, M.D. Outstanding Basic Science Research Award. Mayo Graduate School of Medical Education
  8. 2012
    Joseph M. Janes, M.D. Humanitarian Award. Mayo Graduate School of Medical Education
  9. 2012
    Outstanding Resident Achievement Award, Knowledge in Orthopedic Surgery. Mayo Graduate School of Medical Education
  10. 2012
    Mayo Orthopedic Trauma Program, Resident of the Year. Mayo Graduate School of Medical Education
  11. 2012
    Kelly Award FinalistMayo Graduate School of Medical Education
  12. 2007
    Stewart Award. Valedictorian of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2007Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  13. 2007
    Highest GPA in the study of PharmacologyTeva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
  14. 2003
    Dean’s ListGrinnell College
  15. 2000
    NCAA Academic All-Midwest Conference Linebacker. Fall ’00, Fall ’01, and Fall ’02.Grinnell College

Professional memberships

  1. 2016 - present
    MemberAmerican Society of Reconstructive Microsurgeons (ASRM)
  2. 2016 - present
    MemberSelf-Assessment Examination Committee, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  3. 2015 - present
    DiplomatAmerican Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  4. 2015 - present
    MemberCourses and Meetings Advisory Committee, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  5. 2015 - present
    MemberResident Education Committee, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  6. 2015 - present
    MemberPublications and Products Advisory Committee, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  7. 2014 - present
    MemberAdrian E. Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  8. 2013 - present
    MemberMilitary Relations Committee, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  9. 2012 - present
    MemberAmerican Association of Hand Surgeons
  10. 2011 - present
    MemberMid-America Orthopedic Association
  11. 2011 - present
    MemberAmerican Society for Surgery of the Hand
  12. 2009 - present
    MemberSociety of Military Orthopedic Surgeons (SOMOS)
  13. 2007 - present
    FellowAmerican Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (AAOS)

Publications

Research activities

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