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Meet Our Fellows

Our fellows come from medical schools and residencies around the U.S. and outside the country. Fellows have a love of learning and a compassionate approach to patient care, they come from diverse backgrounds, family statuses, and professional and personal interests. Learn about our fellows. 

Sean Cantwell, M.D.

Sean Cantwell, M.D.

Residency: Plastic Surgery, Mayo Clinic

Medical school: Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

Hometown: Newport Beach, CA

Family: My wife, Hafsa, and twin sons, James and Robert

Hobbies: Spending time with family, cycling, hiking, watching classic movies, and bodysurfing (not in Minnesota).

Clinical interest: Spasticity, carpal instability, soft tissue reconstruction of the upper extremity, and medical education.

Why Mayo: The foremost reason is the quality of the mentorship. Nowhere else have I met such kind, empathetic, intelligent, and dedicated individuals. They care deeply about my education and professional goals. They model what it means to be great hand surgeons, doctors, and people. I feel incredibly fortunate to be here.

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Ava Chappell, M.D.

Ava Chappell, M.D.

Residency: Integrated Plastic Surgery, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University

Medical school: University of Massachusetts Chan School of Medicine

Hometown: Newton, MA

Family: My husband is completing the Spine Fellowship at Keck Medical Center of USC (Neurosurgery)

Hobbies: Fitness, hiking, documentary films, and oat milk lattes.

Clinical interest: Academic hand microsurgery and peripheral nerve surgery, resident surgical education, and public and global health.

Why Mayo: Faculty with an unbeatable dedication to education and Mayo's hand fellowship has a legacy of training leaders in hand surgery.

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Jimmy Lin, M.D.

Jimmy Lin, M.D.

Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, The Ohio State University

Medical school: The Ohio State University

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Family: My wife, Alyson, and I are with our two dogs here in Minnesota

Hobbies: Cooking barbecue, working out, and playing golf poorly.

Clinical interests: Upper extremity trauma, reconstruction, and peripheral nerve surgery.

Why Mayo: The mentorship and faculty investment in your growth as a surgeon is unparalleled. There is flexibility to tailor your experience to your interests, and there is an enormous operative volume and breadth for you to be comfortable tackling complex procedures of the entire upper limb.

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Alfred Yoon, M.D.

Alfred Yoon, M.D.

Residency: University of Michigan

Medical school: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Hometown: Cypress, CA

Family: My wife, Karishma, and my dog, Parker

Hobbies: Intermediate acoustic guitarist, avid tennis player, and all food unless it's something wildly off the mainstream food cuisine (for example, I wouldn't eat earthworms or turtles).

Clinical interests: Complex bony and soft tissue reconstruction of the upper extremity and reconstruction of carpal instability.

Why Mayo: Mayo is a trifecta in patient care, education, and research - realized within the curriculum and wide breadth and case complexity. Mayo has a track record of producing leaders and best hand surgeons. Mayo is the best place to cultivate skills and insight amidst the current leaders in hand surgery. 

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