Christopher H. Allan, M.D.

Associate Professor

University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Medical School
Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL, 1992
Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL, 1992-1993
Orthopedic Surgery, University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL, 1993-1997
Hand and Upper Extremity, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 1997-1998
Board Certification
Board Certification: Board-certified, ABOS, 2000
Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery, 2001
Re-certified, ABOS, 2009
Patient Care Philosophy

Dr. Allan's goal is to establish a partnership with each patient so that they can work together to choose the treatment most appropriate for that person. He feels strongly that his involvement in cutting-edge research programs ensures that his patients will always benefit from the most current science, but he works very hard to couple this with a personal approach to each individual he has the privilege to treat.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Allan's clinical interests include hand and wrist trauma and reconstruction. Wrist surgery for both acute trauma and reconstruction remains a special interest and focus of Dr. Allan's practice.

Personal Interests

Dr. Allan enjoys playing guitar, trail running and spending time with his family.

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Surgeries and Diagnosis


Fractures and other injuries of hand and wrist

Repair of nerves/blood vessels/tendons in hand and upper extremity injuries

Reconstructive hand and wrist surgery after trauma or for problems like arthritis or other painful conditions


Hand, wrist, and microsurgical trauma and reconstruction

Injuries, arthritis or other problems of the hand, wrist or forearm


Dr. Allan's Research Lab:

Dr. Allan’s research interests include regeneration and tissue engineering and their application to hand trauma.

In 2004, he was awarded the prestigious AAOS/OREF Clinical Scientist Traveling Fellowship, working with mentor Brian Johnstone, Ph.D., on stem cells and regenerative medicine for hand and upper extremity trauma.

In 2008, he joined a multicenter team of researchers funded for several years by DARPA, the United States Department of Defense central research organization, to study mammalian digit regeneration.

He is a frequently invited speaker, author, and reviewer of publications and grant applications in these fields at the national level.

Digit Regeneration in Humans Part 1


Digit Regeneration in Humans Part 2


Digit Regeneration in Humans Part 3




This video describes my work on regeneration of the human hand. Dr. Allan speaking at UTARI Biomedical Technologies Symposium


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