Catherine Curtin MD

Catherine Curtin MD

Hand and upper extremity surgeon

Professor of Surgery (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery) and, by courtesy, of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Dr. Catherine Curtin is a plastic/hand surgeon. Her clinical focus is peripheral nerve surgery and upper limb reconstruction. She attended Wellesley college and Yale University for medical school. She did her residency at the University of Michigan and her hand fellowship at Stanford University. She completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship. Dr. Curtin has specialized in hand surgery and peripheral nerve surgery. She has a particular interest in improving the upper limb function for people with spinal cord injury. She is also interested in nerve pain and the role of surgery to help this pain. Her research focuses on both these areas: upper limb function for spinal cord injury and treatment of neuropathic pain.

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Board Certification: American Board of Plastic Surgery, Surgery of the Hand (2011)
  • Medical Education: Yale School Of Medicine (1998) CT
  • Fellowship: Stanford University Hand Surgery Fellowship (2007) CA
  • Residency: University of Michigan Plastic Surgery Residency (2006) MI
  • Internship: University of Michigan Plastic Surgery Residency (1999) MI
  • Board Certification: American Board of Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery (2008)
  • RWJ Clinical Scholar, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Heath Services Research (2004)
  • BA, Wellsely College, Russian studies (1993)
  • MD, Yale University (1998)

Honors & Awards
  • Career Development Award, VA (11/08)

  • Executive committee, American Society of Peripheral Nerve (2020 - Present)
  • Program Committee, American Society of Peripheral Nerve (2017 - Present)
  • Member, Migraine Surgery Society (2021 - Present)
  • Chair Grants Committee, American Society of Peripheral Nerve (2019 - Present)

Administrative Appointments
  • Chief of Hand Surgery, Palo Alto VA (2016 - Present)
  • Medical Student Clerkship Director, Stanford Plastic Surgery (2008 - Present)
  • Plastic Surgery Hand Fellowship Driector, Stanford Plastic Surgery (2017 - Present)


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Practice Locations

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Clinic in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

1000 Welch Road, Suite 100

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 723-7001

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Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Redwood City Redwood City, CA
Redwood City, CA

450 Broadway Street

Redwood City , CA 94063

(650) 723-5643

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Patient Reviews

(53 reviews)

Dr. Curtin was precise and to the point. Great Physician!
Excellent clinician & teacher!
All is good.
Dr. Curtin was one of the most pleasant doctors I have had the pleasure to meet. She was kind, personable and very reassuring.
Everyone was kind and easy to work with; she (Dr. Curtin) was thorough, clear in her explanations, empathetic and you could feel her confidence!
Dr. Catherine is great.
Dr. Mills is excellent.
Dr. Curtin expressed a genuine concern in helping me. Her goal appeared to be to repair my injury as soon as possible.
I traveled from Sacramento to come to this appointment specifically to see this provider. I went in there with no expectations and was surprised it the degree of professionalism I received. everything surpassed my expectations. I am pleased with the experience and would highly recommend the care provider to others
Drs. Barad and Curtin are the best doctors I've ever had.
Dr Curtin diagnosed a 6 year old undiagnosed problem in very short order . Very competent and engaged with the patient
It is amazing, my confidence level goes straight up to the top. Dr. Curtin is the kind of doctor that sets the high mark! For me, it just does not get any better (and - she always puts a smile on my face)!
I have a very complex situation & traveled up from Los Angeles to see Dr. Curtin. She was outstanding with me, took time, was gracious, understanding and truly cared for me & my health.
this doctor and her surgical residence are stellar, top notch, the most kind and attentive so supportive
Dr. Curtin did an outstanding job of listening to me describe my pain and discussing the source of my pain in the pelvic area. She showed me a diagram of the nerve pathway which made it clear how the pain is transmitted. Then we discussed the Roto Stimulator and the possibility that this could help relieve my pain.
Dr. Curtin was amazing! She spent a lot of time with me to really figure out the problem. Thank you!
she is asset to your co.
Dr. Curtin has been amazing!
Dr Curtin is one of the best surgeons/doctors I have dealt with. From my the first appt to surgery to last appt, I never questioned my decision to have the surgery. plus I had a hundred percent success, of which I had an only 20% chance of having.
Dr. Curtin is wonderful! I appreciate her knowledge and the level of care I receive from her.
Dr. Curtin was so very warm and friendly. REALLY NICE!
I need surgery and she described exactly what was to be done. she and Dr. wong answered my questions thoroughly. I have complete confidence in Dr. Curtin and her staff.
Dr. Curtin is outstanding - my only comment is she may be overbooked with patients.
Dr. Curtain is what a Doctor SHOULD be, she is a great care provider to me and a wonderful example for her colleges.
Dr. Curtin has excellent communication skills.
Dr. Curtin is a very caring and compassionate doctor.
Dr. Curtin has an excellent manner and earns my trust & confidence in her personal & professional excellence!
Dr. Curtin is high on my list of favourite physicians. Although I hadn't seen for almost two years, she remembered my disabled husband speaking with her when she called me after my neurostimulator implant. A joy to work with.
Excellent experience.
Dr. Curtin is absolutely amazing. She has performed what I considered to be miracles for me. She is also warm, kind & explains everything in a way I can understand.
dr.Curtin was very nice, she had never met me before but she was involved in my case through Dr. Carroll and she recognized my foot while we were in the elevator. I could not be more grateful to all the doctors who were involved in the conference.
Dr. Curtin is excellent.
Dr. Curtain & her staff were excellent & I would recommend them to anyone who requires this level of care. I am extremely grateful I found her she is kind, caring & gentle in her care & concern for her patients.
First visit to this doctor. Very impressed with the time she took to respond to questions and explain the surgical procedure.
Thank you Dr Curtin for all of your care.
Dr. Curtin made me feel very much "at home" (comfortable). She answered all my questions clearly & completely. She did what she said. I would HIGHLY recommend her!
Dr. Curtain is a professional, friendly, caring doctor who rectified a problem that had persisted for four years and NOBODY could figure out.
I have already recommended Dr. Curtin to my mother.
I'm almost pain free for the first time in 19 months!!
Dr. Curtin is very patient, and a good listener. She is a very good doctor.
The care providers, both the resident and the surgeon, were excellent communicators, both in listening and explaining. I felt they also took the time to carefully examine my condition before making recommendations.
Both resident and attending were great in every way!
Dr. Curtin is perhaps the best medical provider I have ever had.
I would have liked a straight forward explanation of my post-op pain rather than statistics of people who experience the pain I have, "20% have this pain after three weeks." It would be better to have an explanation of my pain and not an statistic of who has this same result.
Dr. Curtin did NOT look at my history although I explained that I've had on-going wrist problems for 2 years.
Dr. Catherine Curtin was kind, compassionate, highly knowledgeable, great at explaining things, a great listener & good problem solver. I'd recommend her to everyone. She did not rush our appt. at all.
Dr. Curtin is a great doctor who takes pride in her work & the care of her patients.
Dr. Curtin has been a wonderful guide for me during this stressful time and has shown great compassion towards me. She has also been very straightforward with any information this is pertinent to my recovery while remaining compassionate, a trait not always found in the health care system. I am gateful to have someone such as herself to help me during this time!!
Dr. Curtin helped me get rid of this pain I have had for the past 3 years
Doctor Curtin is incredible! The best ever!!!
Dr. Curtin is very knowledgeable and I love that she continues to grow her knowledge. She is an outstanding provider @ Stanford!
Dr. Curtin and Dr. Carroll were very informative and I have total faith in them.

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