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Curtis L. Cetrulo, Jr., MD

  • Phone: 617-643-7294
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Surgery


  • Cancer Center
  • Melanoma
  • Breast Cancer
  • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Clinical Interests
Cosmetic surgery
Hand surgery
Vascular malformations
Breast Reconstruction
Craniofacial surgery
Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Peripheral nerve surgery
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Tufts University School of Medicine
Residency, Lahey Clinic
Residency, Long Island Plastic Surgical Group
Fellowship, California Pacific Medical Center
Board Certifications
Plastic Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery
Patient Gateway
Yes, learn more
Patient Age Group
Adult and pediatric
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients

Gaining ground in limb replacement surgery

The first successful replantation of a human limb took place at the MGH in 1962. Now, nearly 50 years later, the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is in the process of reviewing potential candidates for the latest in medical advances – hand transplantation surgery.

MGH performs its first hand transplant

On Oct. 26, 19 days after becoming the MGH’s first hand transplant recipient, Joe Kinan showed how his unwavering commitment to having a positive attitude has paid off – he wiggled the fingers on his left hand for the first time in public.

Hand transplant is a first for Mass General

Massachusetts General Hospital's Curtis L. Cetrulo Jr., MD, leads Mass General’s first hand transplant operation.

Station nightclub fire survivor upbeat after hand transplant

Recipient of Massachusetts General Hospital's first hand transplant operation performed by Curtis L. Cetrulo Jr., MD, on path to recovery.

Man injured in Station nightclub fire gets hand transplant at Mass. General Hospital

Joseph Kinan, Station nightclub fire survivor, is Massachusetts General Hospital's first hand transplant recipient.

Man hurt in Station nightclub fire gets hand transplant

Dr. Curtis L. Cetrulo Jr. performs Massachusetts General Hospital's first hand transplant surgery on Joseph Kinan, Station nightclub fire survivor.

Joe Kinan’s hand transplant helps him and donor’s family move forward

Jonathan Winograd, MD, and Curtis L. Cetrulo Jr, MD, discuss how Joe Kinan, a Station nightclub fire survivor, became the first hand transplant recipient at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Nightclub fire survivor thriving after hand transplant

Station nightclub fire survivor Joe Kinan discusses his incredible path to recovery since undergoing the first hand transplant at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Research could expand hand, face transplant availability

A procedure developed at the MGH to induce immune tolerance to organ transplants has now been shown to also induce tolerance to model tissue transplants in miniature swine.

Mass General surgeons reattach arm severed in pasta machine

A team of Massachusetts General Hospital surgeons, lead by Curtis Cetrulo, Jr., MD, of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, perform a series of complex surgeries to reattach a patient's arm.

Mass. General research could expand availability of hand, face transplants

Making an important step towards greater availability of hand and face transplants, MGH investigators have shown that a procedure developed to induce immune tolerance to organ transplants can induce tolerance to a model limb transplant in miniature swine.

Skin grafts from genetically modified pigs may offer alternative for treatment of serious burns

A specially-bred strain of miniature swine lacking the molecule responsible for the rapid rejection of pig-to-primate organ transplants may provide a new source of skin grafts to treat seriously burned patients.

MGH Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117

Phone: 617-643-7294