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Dr. Amber R. Leis, Plastic Surgery

An expert plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Amber Leis specializes in pediatric hand and reconstructive surgery for brachial plexus injuries. At CHOC Children’s, Dr. Leis works closely with a multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive care for her patients. She has specific expertise in functional muscle transfer, tendon transfer and nerve reconstruction.

As a dedicated student, Dr. Leis earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Oregon State University Honors College, where she graduated summa cum laude. She attended medical school at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she was honored with the Nathans Distinguished Service for Mentorship and Teaching for her commitment to education. She completed residency training in plastic surgery at Loma Linda University. She served her fellowship in orthopedic hand surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she collaborated with leaders in the field of microsurgical reconstruction of complex congenital and traumatic injuries of the arms and hands.

Dr. Leis had the benefit of being raised in a household with two artist parents and credits her upbringing for giving her a unique perspective and creative problem-solving skills.

“My goal with every patient is to recreate what has been lost, to make them whole again,” says Dr. Leis. “Quality of life is what my work is about.”

Locations

CHOC Children’s Clinic
1201 W. La Veta Ave.
Orange, California 92868
phone: 888-770-2462
fax: 855-246-2329

UCI
200 S Manchester Ave 650
Orange, CA 92868
phone: 714-456-5253
fax: 714-456-7718

Education

Medical School
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Plastic Surgery Residency
Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA
Hand Surgery Fellowship
LAC-USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Lectures and Presentations

10/2013 American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Resident Session, Trapezial Fractures and Associated Injuries of the Ulnar Carpus

10/2013 American Society for Surgery of the Hand, ePoster, Management of the CMC Joint in Triphalangeal Thumb: A Case Report of Twins with Bilateral Thumb Duplication

10/2013 American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Senior Residents Meeting The Safety Risks of Utility Terrain Vehicles for Recreation: An Analysis of Upper Extremity Morbidity From “Rhino” Crashes

4/2013 American Society of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery, Resident Session Classification Of The Lower Third Of The Face For Use In Cervicomental Aesthetic Surgery Planning

3/2013 Annual Postgraduate Convention, Poster Session Hand and Upper Extremity Injury Associated with Rhino Ridership

5/2010 California Society of Plastic Surgeons, Pearls and Peanuts Pseudotumor Cerebri in Patients with Non-syndromic Single Suture Craniosynostosis

3/2010 American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, Poster Session Pseudotumor Cerebri in Patients with Non-syndromic Single Suture Craniosynostosis

5/2009 California Society of Plastic Surgeons, Pearls and Peanuts Extensive Acne Keloidalis Nuchae in the Hispanic Population

5/2009 California Society of Plastic Surgeons, Pearls and Peanuts Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy on Post-surgical Pain: a Randomized Placebo Controlled Double Blind Study in Breast Reconstruction Patients

Professional Organizations

American Association for Hand Surgery

American Society for Surgery of the Hand

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Orange County Society of Plastic Surgeons

Publications

The Hand in Art: Hands of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India Leis AR, Coffey CS. The Journal of Hand Surgery. 2014 January; 39;1:117.

Single Specialty Management and Reconstruction of Necrotizing Fasciitis: Analysis of Clinical and Economic ParametersMattison G, Leis AR, Gupta SC. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2014 May; 1:S18-21.

Development and Validation of a Clinical Assessment Tool for Platysmal Banding in Cervicomental Aesthetics of the Female Neck. Gupta S, Biskup N, Mattison G, Leis A. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 2015 Aug; 35(6).
Development and Validation of a Clinical Assessment Tool for Platysmal Banding in Cervicomental Aesthetics of the Female Neck.

Gupta S, Biskup N, Mattison G, Leis A. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 2015 Aug; 35(6).
Single Specialty Management and Reconstruction of Necrotizing Fasciitis: Analysis of Clinical and Economic Parameters

Mattison G, Leis AR, Gupta SC. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2014 May; 1:S18-21.

Research Projects

Botox for Pediatric Brachial Plexus Injury IRB approved, data collection in progress

Shish-Kabob Technique for Radial Longitudinal Arrest IRB approved, data collection in progress

Tendon transfers for Glenohumeral Joint Dysfunction in Pediatric Brachial Plexus Injury IRB approved, data collection in progress

  • Amber R Leis MD
    • Appointments:
      888-770-2462
    • Specialty: Plastic Surgery
    • On Staff at: CHOC Children's Hospital

Videos

Dr. Amber Leis

When a Child Has Syndactyly (Fused Fingers)

Dr. Amber Leis, pediatric plastic and hand surgeon, explains a condition called syndactyly, which is when a child is born with fused fingers.

Dr. Amber Leis

When a Child Has Brachial Plexus Palsy

Dr. Amber Leis, pediatric plastic surgeon, explains how the brachial plexus nerve is damaged in infants and children and the therapy and surgery used to repair it.

Dr. Amber Leis

Meet Dr. Amber Leis

At CHOC Children’s, Dr. Leis works closely with a multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive care for her patients.

Long Live Childhood

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