Dr. Nicoson's practice focuses on hand, wrist and peripheral nerve surgery. Specific clinical interests include the management of fractures around the hand, wrist and forearm, treatment of arthritis of the thumb base and wrist, treatment of distal radius malunions, and treatment of upper and lower extremity nerve injuries and compression neuropathies with nerve repair, nerve transfer and nerve decompression techniques.
Dr. Nicoson has been involved in a number of basic science and clinical research projects which have resulted in presentations at the American Society for Peripheral Nerve Surgery (ASPN), American Association of Hand Surgery (AAHS), and American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). His research projects have been published in peer reviewed journals including Journal of Neurosurgery, Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Hand Clinics, Techniques in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Microsurgery, and Journal of Hand Surgery.
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Dr. Michael Nicoson
Michael C. Nicoson, MD is a Louisville, KY native who completed his medical degree at the University of Louisville. Upon graduation, he completed a residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. While completing his plastic and reconstructive surgery residency, he completed a research fellowship in peripheral nerve injury and regeneration at Washington University in St. Louis. It was during his research fellowship, when Dr. Nicoson's interest in peripheral nerve injuries and their clinical management took root.
Post residency, Dr. Nicoson further advanced his surgical training by completing an orthopedic hand and microsurgery fellowship at the renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Nicoson is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has sub specialty certification in Hand Surgery.
When he is not seeing patients in clinic or operating, Dr. Nicoson enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, Southern cooking, vegetable gardening and American folk art.
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS
Resident, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS
Research Fellow, Peripheral Nerve Microsurgery
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS
Resident, General Surgery
Fellow, Orthopedic Hand and Microsurgery
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
Doctor of Medicine
Research and Publications
Dr. Nicoson’s research interests include clinical outcomes of sports-related wrist injuries and results of surgical management of upper limb nerve compression syndromes. Dr. Nicoson has received research grant support from the Plastic Surgery Education Foundation (PSEF) and American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS).
Mull AB, Nicoson MC, Moore AM, Hunter DA, Tung TH. Rectus Abdominis Motor Nerve as Donor Option for Free Functional Muscle Transfer: A Cadaver Study and Case Series. HAND (NY). 2017 April 1. PMID:28387164.
Franco MJ, Nicoson MC, Tung TH. Lower Extremity Reconstruction with Free Gracilis Flaps. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2017 Mar;33(3):218-224. PMID:28024305.
Nicoson MC, Franco MJ, Tung TH. Donor nerve sources in free functional gracilis muscle transfer for elbow flexion in adult brachial plexus injury. Microsurgery. 2016. Oct 5. PMID: 27704606.
Nicoson MC, Moran SL. Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute Lunotriquetral Ligament Injuries. Hand Clin. 2015 Aug; 31(3):467-76. PMID: 26205708.
Nicoson MC. Shin AY, Bishop AT. Pronator Teres Opposition Transfer Via Guyon’s Canal – A Technique. 2014. Aug 20. Techniques in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. PMID: 25144357.
Kale SS, Glaus SW, Yee AA, Nicoson MC. Hunter DA, Mackinnon SE, Johnson PJ. Reverse End-to-side Nerve Transfer: From Animal Model to Clinical Use. J Hand Surg AM. 2011 Oct 36(10) 1631-1639. Epub2011. Aug 26. PMID: 21872405.
Ray WZ, Pet MA, Nicoson MC. Yee A, Kahn LC, Mackinnon SE. Two-level motor nerve transfer for the treatment of long thoracic nerve palsy. J Neurosurg. 2011. Oct 115(4)858-64. Epub 2011. Jun 24. PMID: 21699477.
Nicoson MC, PIP Injuries: Avoiding Complications. Panel Presentation. American Association for Hand Surgery. Waikola, Hawaii. January, 2017.
Nicoson MC, Moran SL. Outcomes of Vickers’ Physiolysis for the Primary Correction of Clinodactyly. Podium Presentation. Mayo Clinic Orthopedic Fellowship Research Presentation. Rochester, MN. July, 2014.
Tung TH, Nicoson MC, Franco MF. Donor Nerve Selection and Outcomes of Free Functioning Muscle Transfer for Restoration of Elbow Function. Podium Presentation. American Society of Peripheral Nerve. Kauai, Hawaii. January 12, 2014.
Nicoson MC, Tung TH. Outcomes of Lower Extremity Reconstruction Using Free Vascularized Gracilis Muscle Flaps. Podium Presentation. James Barrett Brown Research Day. St Louis, MO. July, 2013.
Nicoson MC, Tung TH. Functional Reanimation of the Upper Extremity Using Free Gracilis Muscle Transfer for Restoration of Elbow and Finger Flexion in a Post-traumatic Brachial Plexus Population – Outcomes and Demographics. Podium Presentation. James Barrett Brown Research Day. St Louis, MO. June 8, 2012.
Santosa K, Johnson P, MacEwan M, Ray WZ, Nicoson MC , Hunter D, Mackinnon SE. Transplanting Schwann Cells Transfected with GDNF into Cold-Preserved Nerve Allografts. Podium presentation. American Society for Peripheral Nerve Surgery 2011 Annual Scientific Meetings, Cancun, Mexico, January 12-18, 2011.
Kale SS, Mackinnon SE, Johnson PJ, Hunter DA, Nicoson MC. Evaluation of the Reverse End-to-Side Neurorrhaphy in an Animal Model. Podium presentation. 28th Annual Adrian E. Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference in Hand Surgery. American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Boston, MA. October 6, 2010.
Nicoson MC, Kale SS, Johnson PJ, Mackinnon SE. Glial Cell Line-derived Neurotrophic Factor Augments Schwann Cell Migration in Acellular Nerve Allografts. Podium Presentation. James Barrett Brown Resident Research Day. St. Louis, MO. June 4, 2010.
Johnson PJ, Moore AM, Nicoson MC, Chenard K, Santosa KB, Kasukurthi R, Hunter DA, Mackinnon SE, Borschel GB. Processed Allograft Versus Cold-Preservation on Nerve Regeneration: A Comparison Study. Podium Presentation: Plastic Surgery Research Council, San Francisco, CA. May 26, 2010.
Santosa KB, Moore AM, Flagg ER, Yan Y, Tong A, Kasukurthi R, Kale S, Nicoson MC, Ray WZ, Johnson PJ, Mackinnon SE, Borschel GH. Visualization of Peripheral Nerve Regeneration in a Novel Transgenic Rat Using Common Surgical Paradigms. Podium presentation. Plastic Surgery Research Council, San Fransisco, CA. May 26, 2010.
Kale SS, Tong AY, Hunter DA, Nicoson MC,Johnson PJ, Mackinnon SE. Utilization of Reverse End-to-Side Neurorrhaphy in the Management of Proximal Nerve Injuries. Podium presentation: Plastic Surgery Research Council, San Francisco, CA. May 25, 2010.
Santosa KB, Jesuraj NJ, Moore AM, MacEwan M, Ray WZ, Kale S, Hunter DA, Flagg ER, Nicoson MC, Johnson PJ, Mackinnon SE. Supplementation of Acellular Nerve Grafts with Motor and Sensory Schwann Cells Enhances Peripheral Nerve Regeneration. Podium presentation: Plastic Surgery Research Council, San Francisco, CA. May 25, 2010.
Nicoson MC, Kale SS, Johnson PJ, Mackinnon SE. Schwann Cell Migration in the Presence of Glial Cell-line Derived Neurotrophic Factor. Plenary Paper Podium Presentation: Plastic Surgery Research Council, San Francisco, CA. May 24, 2010.
Nicoson MC, Kale SS, Johnson PJ, Mackinnon SE. Schwann Cell Migration in the Presence of Glial Cell-line Derived Neurotrophic Factor. Podium Presentation: American Association of Plastic Surgeons, San Antonio, TX. March 22, 2010.
Nicoson MC, Moore AM, Chenard K, Santosa K, MacEwan M, Kasukurthi R, Hunter D, Johnson PJ, Mackinnon SE, Borschel GB. Processed Allograft versus Cold Preservation on Nerve Regeneration: A Comparison Study. Poster presentation. American Society for Peripheral Nerve Annual Meeting, Boca Raton, FL. January 9, 2010.
Nicoson MC, Kasukurthi R, Yan Y, Moore A, Ray WZ, Santosa K, Kale S, Myckatyn TM, Mackinnon S. Glial Cell Line-derived Neurotrophic Factor Augments Preferential Motor Reinnervation in Transgenic Mice. Joint Outstanding Paper Podium presentation: American Society for Peripheral Nerve Annual Meeting, Boca Raton, FL. January 9, 2010.
Nicoson MC, Kasukurthi R, MacEwan MR, Yan Y, Moore AM, Kawamura D, Ray WZ, Johnson PJ, Mackinnon SE, Myckatyn TM. The Effect of Neurturin on Recovery from Botulinum Toxin Poisoning in a Mouse Model. Poster presentation. Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine Neuroscience Symposium, Grafton, IL. September 25, 2009.
Published Book Chapters
Syndactyly. Nicoson MC, Tung TH. In: Plastic Surgery Case Review: Oral Board Study Guide. Woo, A, ed. New York, 2014. Lower Lid Ectropion (Cicatricial).
Nicoson MC, Mckatyn, TM. In: Plastic Surgery Case Review: Oral Board Study Guide. Woo, A, ed. New York, 2014.