Professional Statement

Kodi Azari, MD, FACS is a Hand Surgeon, Microvascular Surgeon, and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon. He is a full Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Plastic Surgery. Dr. Azari serves as the Reconstructive Transplantation Section Chief in the Department of Surgery and is the Medical Co-Director of Operation Mend which is a UCLA Heath System program aimed at providing complex reconstructive surgery for wounded service members injured in Operations Enduring freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Prior to his return to UCLA in 2008 he was the Director of the Hand Surgery Fellowship in the University of Pittsburgh Division of Plastic Surgery. He also served as the Chief of Hand Surgery at UPMC-Mercy Hospital. Dr. Azari received his General Surgery and Plastic Surgery training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He also completed a Tissue Engineering Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University and a Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship at UCLA. Dr. Azari is board certified in Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery. His clinical areas of interest include: all aspects of hand/ wrist surgery, microsurgery, reconstructive plastic surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and aesthetic rejuvenation of the hand. Furthermore, Dr. Azari has been involved in both clinical and laboratory research for over 25 years and is the author of numerous research articles, book chapters, and presentations. He lectures extensively both nationally and internationally on hand surgery as well as plastic surgery. His current research interests include: upper limb, face, and abdominal wall transplantation. In fact, he has the distinct professional honor to have been one of the lead surgeons on 6 hand transplantation operations including the first double hand transplantation and first arm transplantation performed in the United States.


15 years


English, Gan Chinese, Spanish




UCLA Health100 Medical Plaza DrivewayLos Angeles, CA 90024


  • Other

Areas (1)

  • Hand

Education & Affiliations

Education & Training

  • Fellowships

    Bone Tissue Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

    UCLA School of Medicine


  • Residency


    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine GME

  • Graduate School

    East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
  • UCLA Medical Center-Santa Monica

Awards & Recognitions

  • Magazine Top Doctors

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