Milan Stevanovic, MD, PhD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery (Clinical Scholar)

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Dr. Stevanovic is a professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He is internationally renowned for his expertise in treatment of disorders of the hands and upper extremity, microvascular surgery and the management of brachial plexus injuries. He has extensive experience working with patients with peripheral nerve injuries, trauma, burns, microvascular and rheumatoid problems affecting the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. He is internationally renowned for his expertise related to reconstructive microsurgery and limb and digit replantation. Dr. Stevanovic came to the United States from the University of Belgrade, where he was chief of the Hand and Upper Extremity Program and replantation team. He is also a pediatric specialist with expertise in congenital deformities. As the director of the USC Joseph H. Boyes Hand Fellowship Program, Dr. Stevanovic is dedicated to teaching and mentoring the next generation of surgeons and has been honored with numerous teaching awards. Recently inducted into the Serbian Science Academy, Dr. Stevanovic has conducted extensive research on upper extremity reconstruction. In addition to publishing clinical research papers, he has also contributed chapters for hand surgery textbooks and serves as a reviewer for several hand and microsurgery journals. He received his medical degree from the University of Belgrade in Serbia, Yugoslavia and completed his fellowship training in hand surgery at the USC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and his training in microsurgery at Duke University Medical Center.


  • Los Angeles Magazine: Super Doctor, 2015-2022
  • Pasadena Magazine: Top Doctor, 2015-2021


  • A Biomechanical Comparison of Distal Fixation for Bridge Plating in a Distal Radius Fracture ModelJ Hand Surg Am. 2017 Sep; 42(9):748. e1-748. e8. . View in PubMed
  • Refinements in the Treatment of Volkmann Ischemic Contracture of the Forearm: A Thematic Review Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2024 Feb; 12(2):e5532. . View in PubMed
  • Neuroma Treatment With the Acellular Nerve Allograft Reconstruction Technique Cureus. 2023 May; 15(5):e39567. . View in PubMed
  • Shoulder Surgery Google Search Trends during the COVID-19 Pandemic J Surg Orthop Adv. 2023; 32(1):14-16. . View in PubMed
  • Free Vascularized Fibula Graft for Staged Reconstruction of Infected Humerus Nonunions J Orthop Trauma. 2023 05 01; 37(5):e206-e212. . View in PubMed
  • Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection of the Upper Extremity as a Manifestation of Hansen’s Disease J Hand Surg Glob Online. 2022 May; 4(3):176-180. . View in PubMed
  • A Diagnostic Algorithm to Guide Operative Intervention of Zone 5 Flexor Injuries HSS J. 2022 Feb; 18(1):57-62. . View in PubMed
  • Forearm and Arm Tourniquet Tolerance J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2022 02 14; 6(2). . View in PubMed
  • Differentiating Upper Extremity Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection From Serious Cellulitis and Abscess Cureus. 2021 Sep; 13(9):e17806. . View in PubMed
  • Utilizing Google Trends to Track Online Interest in Elective Hand Surgery During the COVID-19 Pandemic Cureus. 2021 Aug; 13(8):e17313. . View in PubMed
  • The management of clenched fist injuries with local anaesthesia and field sterility J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2021 May; 46(4):411-415. . View in PubMed
  • Treatment of Iatrogenic Saphenous Neuroma after Knee Arthroscopy with Excision and Allograft Reconstruction Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2021 Feb; 9(2):e3403. . View in PubMed
  • Risk factors associated with neonatal brachial plexus palsy in the United States J Pediatr Orthop B. 2020 Jul; 29(4):392-398. . View in PubMed
  • Surgical Outcomes, Complications, and Long-Term Functionality for Free Vascularized Fibula Grafts in the Pediatric Population: A 17-Year Experience and Systematic Review of the Literature J Reconstr Microsurg. 2020 Jun; 36(5):386-396. . View in PubMed
  • Characteristics of Iatrogenic Nerve Injury from Orthopedic Surgery Correlate with Time to Subspecialty Presentation Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2020 Mar; 8(3):e2678. . View in PubMed
  • Restoration of Elbow Flexion With a Free Functional Gracilis Muscle Transfer in an Arthrogrypotic Patient Using a Motor Nerve to Pectoralis Major Hand (N Y). 2020 09; 15(5):739-743. . View in PubMed
  • The Declining Use of Wrist-Spanning External Fixators Hand (N Y). 2020 03; 15(2):255-263. . View in PubMed
  • Brachioradialis Flap With Vascularized Lateral Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction: A Case Report Hand (N Y). 2020 03; 15(2):NP37-NP41. . View in PubMed
  • Review of Internal Radiocarpal Distraction Plating for Distal Radius Fracture Fixation Hand (N Y). 2020 01; 15(1):116-124. . View in PubMed
  • A Novel Method of Treatment of Macrodactyly with Digital Nerve Resection and Nerve Allograft Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2019 Oct; 7(10):e2483. . View in PubMed
  • Carpal Translocation Following Dorsal Bridge Plate Fixation of Distal Radius Fractures: A Cadaveric Study J Wrist Surg. 2019 Jun; 8(3):234-239. . View in PubMed
  • Trends in Pediatric Traumatic Upper Extremity Amputations Hand (N Y). 2019 11; 14(6):782-790. . View in PubMed
  • Redefining Zone II: Anatomy of the Flexor Digitorum Superficialis Insertion Hand (N Y). 2019 05; 14(3):377-380. . View in PubMed
  • Redefining the Anatomic Boundaries for Safe Dissection of the Skin Paddle in a Gracilis Myofasciocutaneous Free Flap: An Indocyanine Green Cadaveric Injection Study Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2018 Dec; 6(12):e1994. . View in PubMed
  • Pseudo-Volkmann Contracture: A Case Report and Review of the Current Literature J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2018 Nov; 2(11):e031. . View in PubMed
  • Bridge Plate Failure with Extensor Tendon Injury: A Case Report and Literature Review Case Rep Orthop. 2018; 2018:3256891. . View in PubMed
  • Peripheral nerve injury with Nexplanon removal: case report and review of the literature Contracept Reprod Med. 2018; 3:15. . View in PubMed
  • Optimal timing for repair of peripheral nerve injuries J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2017 11; 83(5):875-881. . View in PubMed
  • Predictors of Nerve Injury After Gunshot Wounds to the Upper Extremity Hand (N Y). 2017 09; 12(5):501-506. . View in PubMed
  • Management of scaphoid nonunion with iliac crest bone graft and K-wire fixation Eur J Orthop Surg Traumatol. 2017 Jan; 27(1):23-31. . View in PubMed
  • Surgical applications of three-dimensional printing: a review of the current literature & how to get started Ann Transl Med. 2016 Dec; 4(23):456. . View in PubMed
  • Single-stage Reconstruction of Elbow Flexion Associated with Massive Soft-Tissue Defect Using the Latissimus Dorsi Muscle Bipolar Rotational Transfer Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2016 Sep; 4(9):e1066. . View in PubMed
  • Predictive Factors of Neurovascular and Tendon Injuries Following Dog Bites to the Upper Extremity Hand (N Y). 2016 12; 11(4):469-474. . View in PubMed
  • Volar, Intramedullary, and Percutaneous Fixation of Distal Radius Fractures J Wrist Surg. 2015 Nov; 4(4):292-300. . View in PubMed
  • Long term functional outcomes after early childhood pollicization J Hand Ther. 2015 Apr-Jun; 28(2):158-65; quiz 166. . View in PubMed
  • Risk of tendon entrapment under a dorsal bridge plate in a distal radius fracture model J Hand Surg Am. 2015 Mar; 40(3):500-4. . View in PubMed
  • Quantitative assessment of dynamic control of fingertip forces after pollicization Gait Posture. 2015 Jan; 41(1):1-6. . View in PubMed
  • Pronator-sparing technique for volar plating of distal radius fractures J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Dec; 39(12):2506-11. . View in PubMed
  • Hand infections: anatomy, types and spread of infection, imaging findings, and treatment options Radiographics. 2014 Nov-Dec; 34(7):1968-86. . View in PubMed
  • Functional free muscle transfer for upper extremity reconstruction Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Aug; 134(2):257e-274e. . View in PubMed
  • Volar percutaneous screw fixation of the scaphoid: a cadaveric study J Hand Surg Am. 2014 May; 39(5):867-71. . View in PubMed
  • Soft-tissue coverage of the elbow Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Sep; 132(3):387e-402e. . View in PubMed
  • The variation in the absence of the palmaris longus in a multiethnic population of the United States: an epidemiological study Plast Surg Int. 2012; 2012:282959. . View in PubMed
  • Free functional muscle transfer for the upper extremity Clin Plast Surg. 2011 Oct; 38(4):561-75. . View in PubMed
  • Skeletally mature patients with bilateral distal radius fractures have more associated injuries Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2010 Jan; 468(1):238-42. . View in PubMed
  • Reconstruction of osteomyelitis defects Semin Plast Surg. 2009 May; 23(2):108-18. . View in PubMed
  • Immediate reconstruction of a nonreplantable thumb amputation by great toe transfer Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 Jan; 123(1):259-267. . View in PubMed
  • Human cadaveric study of subscapularis muscle innervation and guidelines to prevent denervation J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2008 Jul-Aug; 17(4):659-62. . View in PubMed
  • Unusual locations for metastatic malignancy of the hand: a report of three cases J Surg Orthop Adv. 2008; 17(4):267-70. . View in PubMed
  • Reconstruction of large skeletal defects due to osteomyelitis with the vascularized fibular graft in children J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2007 Oct; 89(10):2233-40. . View in PubMed
  • Complete division of the radial nerve associated with a closed fracture of the humeral shaft in a child J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2007 Jun; 89(6):821-4. . View in PubMed
  • Reconstruction of large rotator cuff tendon defects with porcine small intestinal submucosa in an animal model J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2006 Mar-Apr; 15(2):224-31. . View in PubMed
  • Rehabilitation following repair of a torn latissimus dorsi tendon Phys Ther. 2006 Mar; 86(3):411-23. . View in PubMed
  • Management of established Volkmann’s contracture of the forearm in children Hand Clin. 2006 Feb; 22(1):99-111. . View in PubMed
  • Late extensor pollicis longus rupture following displaced distal radius and ulna fractures in a child J Orthop Trauma. 2004 Jan; 18(1):53-6. . View in PubMed
  • A prolonged case of Mycobacterium marinum flexor tenosynovitis: radiographic and histological correlation, and review of the literature Skeletal Radiol. 2003 Sep; 32(9):542-5. . View in PubMed
  • A radiographic study of proximal radius anatomy with implications in radial head replacement J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2003 Jul-Aug; 12(4):380-4. . View in PubMed
  • Culture results and amputation rates in high-pressure paint gun injuries of the hand Orthopedics. 2001 Jun; 24(6):587-9. . View in PubMed
  • Mucormycosis osteomyelitis in the hand Orthopedics. 1999 Apr; 22(4):449-50. . View in PubMed
  • Local or free muscle flaps and unreamed interlocked nails for open tibial fractures Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1998 May; (350):90-6. . View in PubMed
  • Avulsion injuries of the thumb Plast Reconstr Surg. 1991 Jun; 87(6):1099-104. . View in PubMed
  • Scaphotrapezial dislocationA case report. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1990 Mar; 72(3):449-52. . View in PubMed
  • Digital replantation at the level of the distal interphalangeal joint and the distal phalanx J Hand Surg Am. 1989 Mar; 14(2 Pt 1):214-20. . View in PubMed
  • Canine experimental free muscle transplantation Microsurgery. 1986; 7(3):105-13. . View in PubMed
  • Dorsal dislocation of the fourth and fifth carpometacarpal joints and simultaneous dislocation of the metacarpophalangeal joint of the small finger: a case report J Hand Surg Am. 1984 Sep; 9(5):714-6. . View in PubMed
  • Washer and Post Augmentation of 90/90 Wiring for Proximal Interphalangeal Joint Arthrodesis: A Biomechanical StudyJ Hand Surg Am. 2018 Dec; 43(12):1137. e1-1137. e10. . View in PubMed