Robin Kamal MD MBA

Robin Kamal MD MBA

Hand and upper extremity surgeon, Orthopaedic trauma surgeon

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Dr. Robin Kamal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is Co-Medical Director for the Value Based Care Program for Stanford Health Care, and the Medical Director of the Orthopaedic Service Line. He completed his undergraduate and medical education at the University of Missouri Kansas City, and graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha and Cum Laude honors. He completed residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Brown University. He completed a fellowship in Orthopaedic Trauma at Brown University, and in Hand and Upper Extremity, and Microvascular Surgery at Duke University. He completed a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Masters in Health Policy from Stanford University. His clinical research training includes studying wrist injuries (distal radius fractures/ligament tears) as a research fellow at the University of Barcelona as well as research fellowships at the National Institutes of Health and the University of Iowa.

He has lectured internationally on hand/wrist conditions, along with quality and value in surgery in the following countries: Australia, Singapore, Costa Rica, England, Canada, Vietnam, Cambodia, Ecuador, Japan, and Spain. He also serves as a Boards Examiner for the The College of Surgeons of East & Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA).

Nationally, Dr. Kamal was Chair of the AAOS Clinical Practice Guidelines for Distal Radius Fractures and is the Co-Chair of the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. He has previously Chaired the development of Quality Measures for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Society for surgery of the Hand. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Core Quality Measures Collaborative for NQF/AHIP and Chair of the Quality Metrics Committee for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and is an editor of the textbook Comprehensive Board Review in Orthopaedic Surgery. His research funding includes a grant from the Moore Foundation. He has served as a grant reviewer for the Department of Defense and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Hand Surgery.

His main surgical interests are in trauma and reconstructive surgery of the upper limb (hand, wrist, and elbow) with an interest in wrist/distal radius fractures. He strives to provide his patients the highest quality care possible - a commitment he makes his foremost priority. His research and clinical practice are devoted to improving hand, wrist, and elbow function and he treats upper extremity nerve compression syndromes (carpal tunnel), instability/arthritis (finger, wrist, or elbow joint replacement), sports/athletic injuries and fracture care including nonunion/malunion, and minimally invasive arthroscopy.

At Stanford, Dr. Kamal directs the VOICES Health Policy Research Center for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery where he collaborates with physicians across the country.
Dr. Kamal has >170 peer reviewed publications and his research program focuses on the following (
1) Patient reported outcomes and patient-centered care
2) Quality measurement in orthopaedic surgery
3) Implementation of value based healthcare

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery (2014) NC
  • Fellowship: Brown University Rhode Island Hospital Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship (2013) RI
  • Residency: Brown University Rhode Island Hospital Orthopaedic Surgery Residency (2012) RI
  • Internship: Brown University Surgery Residency (2008) RI
  • Medical Education: University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine Registrar (2007) MO
  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hand Surgery (2017)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery (2016)
  • Assistant Professor, Stanford University Medical Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Chase Hand and Upper Limb Center
  • Fellowship, Duke University Medical Center, Hand, Upper Extremity, and Microvascular
  • Fellowship, Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Residency, Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Internship, Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, General Surgery
  • Doctor of Medicine, Cum Laude, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine

Awards & Memberships
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), UMKC School of Medicine (2006)
  • Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Research, UMKC School of Medicine (2007)
  • Award for Community Service, UMKC School of Medicine Schaffer (2004)
  • Award For Research, St. Louis Friends of UMKC School of Medicine (2007)
  • Award for Scientific presentation at Annual Meeting, “Best of the AAOS” (2012)

Administrative Appointments
  • Alumni Board, UMKC School of Medicine (2004 - 2006)
  • Clinician Scholar Development Program, AAOS/OREF/ORS (2012 - Present)
  • Consulting Editor, Journal of Hand Surgery (2015 - Present)
  • Consulting Editor, American Family Physician (2016 - Present)
  • Consulting Editor, Journal of Oncology Practice (2016 - Present)
  • Consulting Editor, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (2016 - Present)
  • Emerging Leader, American Orthopaedic Association (2011 - Present)
  • Information Services Advisory Committee, Rhode Island Hospital (2011 - 2012)
  • Member, Hand Surgery Quality Consortium (2014 - Present)
  • Member, Performance Measures Task Force of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (2014 - Present)
  • Member, Volunteer Services Committee, American Society for Surgery of the Hand (2014 - Present)
  • President, UMKC School of Medicine Student Body Member (2005 - 2006)


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Practice Locations

Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Los Gatos Los Gatos, CA
Los Gatos, CA

555 Knowles Drive, Suite 201

Los Gatos , CA 95032

(408) 866-6651

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