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Amy Ladd

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery (Hand Surgery) and, by courtesy, of Medicine (Immunology & Rheumatology) at the Stanford University Medical Center

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Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    Hand and Upper Extremity Clinic 450 Broadway St Pavilion A 2nd Fl Dept A26 MC 6342 Redwood City, CA 94063
    Tel Work (650) 723-5643 Fax (650) 721-3420
  • Academic Offices
    Personal Information
    Tel (650) 721-7626
    Alternate Contact
    Donna San Juan Administrative Assistant Tel Work 650-721-7626
    Not for medical emergencies or patient use

Professional Overview


Dr. Ladd graduated from Dartmouth College with an AB in History, received her MD from SUNY Upstate Medical University, completed Orthopaedic Residency at the University of Rochester, and completed the Harvard Combined Hand Surgery Fellowship. She was a fellow at L'Institut de la Main in Paris, France prior to joining the Stanford University faculty in 1990.

Clinical Focus

  • Hand Surgery
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Hand Problems

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Assistant Dean for Student Advising, Stanford University School of Medicine (2013 - 2014)
  • Professor - Med Center Line (by courtesy), Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery (2005 - 2014)
  • Chief of Chase Hand & Upper Limb Center, Stanford University School of Medicine (2005 - 2014)
  • Chief of the Children's Hand Clinic, Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford (1991 - 2014)
  • Head of Outreach, SUMMIT (Stanford University Medical Media Information Technologies) (2001 - 2004)
  • Chief, Hand and Upper Extremity Section, Department of Surgery, Palo Alto VA Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA (1990 - 1998)

Honors and Awards

  • Nicolas Andry Award: "significant contribution to musculoskeletal research", Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons (2014)
  • Compere Award, Outstanding Scientific Paper, Twentieth Century Orthopaedic Association (2012)
  • Emanuel B. Kaplan Excellence in Anatomy Award, American Society for Surgery of the Hand (2012)
  • Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Stanford University (2010)
  • Career Development Award, OREF/RJOS/DePuy (2010)
  • Best Doctors in America database, Selected by peers (2007-2013)
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Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • President, Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society (2013 - present)
  • Board Member, Perry Outreach Initiative (2013 - present)
  • Board Member, California Orthopaedic Association (2009 - 2013)

Professional Education

Internship: Pacific Medical Center Seattle (1986)
Fellowship: Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School MA (06/30/1990)
Board Certification: Hand Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (1994)
Board Certification: Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (1992)
Residency: University of Rochester School of Medicine NY (1989)
Medical Education: SUNY Upstate Medical University NY (1984)
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Community and International Work



Scientific Focus

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

1. The kinematics and forces associated with thumb carpometcarpal (CMC) function and pathology: current RO1 NIH grant evaluating the thumb position for normal functional tasks as determined with CT scans. The study evaluates normal subjects, and subjects with early arthritis over a 3 year period. Several related studies are underway.

2. The anatomy, microstructure, and immunofluorescent characteristics of the thumb CMC joint: The ligaments of the thumb CMC joint are purportedly looser in women, and wear out in arthritis. Our studies to date do not fully support this concept, and we approach further study through a variety of quantitative techniques. These include anatomical dissection, histomorphometric analysis, immunofluorescent staining to determine proprioceptive mechanoreceptors, and the histology and micro-CT analysis of trabecular wear.

3. Pathomechaniics of CMC arthritis: biomechanical wear, injury, genetic, and environmental causes: A variety of studies, including biomechanical testing, demographic analysis, and co-institutional study is underway.

4. Archiving, vitalizing, and innovating medical and surgical knowledge, most recently with innovative iBook monographs: a thumb CMC arthritis iBook and Anatomy iBook for patient education will be published in 2013, and the next iBook planned is congenital anomalies of the hand.


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