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Harvey Chim - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Harvey Chim

Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Dr. Harvey Chim is an expert in upper and lower extremity limb salvage, brachial plexus, and complex peripheral nerve reconstruction.


Dr. Harvey Chim is a professor of plastic surgery and neurosurgery. His clinical focus is hand surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and limb salvage. His research focuses on bionic limb, peripheral nerve regeneration, and thinner flaps for limb salvage.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Wrist Surgery

Hand Surgery

Brachial Plexus Reconstruction

Peripheral Nerve

Limb Salvage

Media Appearances (3)

UF Department of Surgery tops in International Educator of the Year Awards 2021

Uf Department of Surgery  


Robin Petroze, MD, MPH, professor in the division of pediatric surgery, and Harvey W. Chim, MD, FACS, professor in the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery, were awarded Junior Faculty International Educator and Senior Faculty International Educator, respectively, for the College of Medicine in the University of Florida’s 2021 International Educator of the Year Awards.

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Patient regains arm movement with the help of UF Health plastic surgery

Uf Department of Surgery  online


For six years, Baltazar Carrillo, 64, suffered from agonizing pain in his arms and legs without rhyme or reason. “[There was] no pill that could make my pain go away,” Carrillo said. Carrillo, of Sanford, enjoyed cutting his grass, traveling and helping his five grown children until the pain became insurmountable, 24 hours a day. In April of 2019, Carrillo had spine surgery in his neck to try to correct the pain in his arms. But when he awoke from his surgery, Carrillo couldn’t move his left arm.

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Gainesville Native Travels Back Home for Unique Migraine Surgery

Uf Department of Surgery  online


Over the past year, people across the globe have longed for togetherness — separated from loved ones near and far for an indefinite amount of time because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But for Kimberly “Kim” Walliser, of Wimauma, Florida, her longing to embrace those around her had become an unfortunate fact of her life. Kim, who was diagnosed with chronic migraines, often missed family and friend gatherings — like her grandson’s fourth birthday party in October.

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Articles (3)

Considerations for Surgical Treatment of Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: A Meta-Analysis of Patient-Reported Outcomes

Journal of Hand Surgery

Mario Blondin, et. al


It remains unclear whether first rib resection (FRR), performed via a supraclavicular (SCFRR) or transaxillary (TAFRR) approach, is necessary for patients with neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (nTOS). In a systematic review and meta-analysis, we performed a direct comparison of patient-reported functional outcomes following different surgical approaches for nTOS.

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Ultrasound for Perforator Mapping and Flap Design in the Hand and Upper Extremity

Journal of Hand Surgery

Harvey Chim, et. al


Duplex ultrasound allows accurate preoperative flap planning through mapping of perforator location and anatomy. In the hand and upper extremity, where thickness of the subcutaneous fat is less compared with other areas of the body, color Doppler ultrasound is particularly sensitive for analyzing the location and characteristics of perforators. In this study, we will first review evidence on use of ultrasound in flap planning.

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The Superthin Profunda Artery Perforator Flap for Extremity Reconstruction: Clinical Implications

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Harvey Chim


The profunda artery perforator flap has numerous advantages. For coverage of extremity wounds, however, traditional subfascial harvest results in a thick flap, which routinely requires secondary thinning. The author describes his approach and experience with thin and superthin profunda artery perforator flaps for extremity reconstruction.

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