Professor A. Lee Dellon, MD
Dr. Dellon’s research interests center on neural regeneration. In the basic research laboratory, his work included models for peripheral nerve compression, neuroma treatment, neural regeneration through absorbable conduits, and diabetic neuropathy. Dr. Dellon’s clinical work is focused on computer-linked devices to measure sensibility, treatment strategies for pain due to neuroma, use of bioabsorbable tubes as a substitute for nerve grafts, treatment of facial pain and of groin pain, and treatment of the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy related to nerve compression, whether due to diabetes, chemotherapy, or unknown causes. Most recently his clinical research is centered on the treatment of pelvic pain due to pudendal nerve problems.
He has won 23 national research awards, including the Radium Society Award in 1974, the Cleft Palate Award in 1977, and the Emanuel Kaplan Hand Surgery Award in 1985 and again in 2012. Among the 18 Educational Foundation Awards from the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, are included those for the immunobiology of basal and squamous cell carcinoma, prediction of recurrence in non-melanoma skin cancer, partial-thickness skin excision for treatment of benign dyskeratosis (psoriasis), surgical treatment of symptoms of diabetic neuropathy due to nerve compression, nerve decompression in leprosy, partial joint denervation, and most-recently, in 2008, the mechanisms of increased pressure around peripheral nerves in the foot. In 2013, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons.
Dr. Dellon is the author of seven books, 92 book chapters, and more than 450 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. He is on the Editorial Boards of Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, The Journal of Hand Surgery, Annals of Plastic Surgery, and Microsurgery. He has been on the Editorial Boards of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Peripheral Nerve Regeneration and Repair, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Plastic Surgery, Journal of Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Injury and Repair, Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Journal of Hand Therapy, and Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Dr. Dellon is a founding member and past president of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve. He has been Vice President of the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, and has also been its Historian. He is the Director of the Dellon Institutes for Peripheral Nerve Surgery, with Institutes developed in Baltimore, Maryland, and Henderson, Nevada.