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Kirsty Boyd

Director of Postgraduate Education MD FRCSC
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Dr. Kirsty Boyd has clinical interests in peripheral nerve surgery and aesthetic surgery. After obtaining her medical degree in 2004 at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, she completed her residency training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Western Ontario (now Western University) in 2009.

She went on to do 3 subspecialty fellowships including the Mentor Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction Fellowship at the University of Ottawa (2009), Aesthetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery at the University of Toronto (2010), and an ACGME-accredited Peripheral Nerve/Hand/Microsurgery fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri (2011).

Dr. Boyd was recruited to the University of Ottawa in the Faculty of Medicine in 2011. She is co-founder of the Peripheral Nerve and Trauma Clinic. She is currently the Program Director for the Division of Plastic Surgery.  Dr. Boyd serves as Direct at Large on the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons Board.  She is on the editorial board of Plastic Surgery, the Journal.  She is the president of the Group for the Advancement of Microsurgery (GAM) Canada.  She serves on the specialty committee for plastic surgery at the RCSPS as well as the Surgical Foundations and Plastic Surgery test committees.  Within TOH, Dr. Boyd is on the Surgical Finance Committee, the Competence Committee for plastic surgery, the Postgraduate Medical Education Committee, and the Surgical Foundations Committee. She serves as the chair of the Residency Training Committee and the Residency Selection Committee for plastic surgery.  She is the author of numerous publications including several book chapters and is the recipient of funding from several educational grants.

Additional Info

Clinical Interests
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Spinal cord nerve surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Aesthetic surgery
Certifications
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (FRSCS)
  • Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • National Capital Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  • Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand – International Member
  • Ontario Medical Association
  • Canadian Medical Association

Publications

Refereed Chapters In Books

For a complete list of Dr. Boyd’s publications please contact her office.

Boyd KU. Fox IK, Mackinnon SE. (2018). Chapter 33: Nerve Transfers. In Peter Neligan; Elsevier (Ed.), Plastic Surgery (4 ed., Vol. 6)

Davidge KM. Boyd KU. (2015, January). Chapter 10: Ulnar Nerve Entrapment and Injury. In Mackinnon SE (Ed.), Nerve Surgery (pp. 251-88).

Research Type: Clinical Research

Boyd KU. Dvali LT. Patterson M. Patterson BM. Davidge KM. (2015, January). Chapter 11: Radial Nerve Entrapment and Injury. In Mackinnon SE (Ed.), Nerve Surgery (pp. 289-310).

Boyd KU. Brown JM. (2015, January). Chapter 13: Injury and Compression Neuropathy in the Lower Extremity. In Mackinnon SE (Ed.), Nerve Surgery (pp. 338-390).

Barbour J. Boyd KU. (2015, January). Chapter 18: Tumors of the Peripheral Nervous System. In Mackinnon SE (Ed.), Nerve Surgery (pp. 530-571).

Boyd, K.U., Mackinnon, S.E. (2013, January). Sensory Nerve Transfers in the Hand. In Slutsky, D.J (Ed.), The Art of Microsurgical Hand Reconstruction: A Palette of Procedures (pp. 43-58).

Boyd, K.U., Mackinnon, S.E. (2013, January). Reconstructive Nerve Transfer Options for Restoration of Pronation. In Slutsky, P (Ed.), The Art of Microsurgical Hand Reconstruction: A Palette of Procedures (pp. 151-156).

Weber, R., Boyd, K.U., Mackinnon, S.E. (2013, January). Repair and Grafting of Peripheral Nerves. In Neligan, P (Ed.), Plastic Surgery (3 ed., Vol. 1) (pp. 464-478).

Boyd KU. Mackinnon SE. (2013, January). Chapter 65: Nerve Reconstruction. In Weiss A-PC, Goldfarb CA, Hentz VF, Raven RBIII, Slutsky DJ, Steinman SP (Eds.), Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery.

Refereed Journal Articles

Head LK. Zhang ZZ. Hicks K. Wolff G. Boyd KU. Evaluation of Intrinsic Hand Musculature Reinnervation Following Supercharge End-to-Side Anterior Interosseous to Ulnar Motor Nerve Transfer. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2020. 146(1):128-132.

Montgomery K. Wolff G. Boyd KU. Evaluation of the Scratch Collapse Test for Carpal and Cubital Tunnel Syndrome – A Prospective, Blinded Study. J Hand Surg Am. 2020. 45(6):512-17.

Head LK. Lui A. Cordeiro E. Boyd KU. National Multidisciplinary Survey of Regional Anesthesia Preferences in Breast Reconstruction. Plast Surg. 2020. 28(2):105-111.

McKay DR. Boyd KU. Hendry JM. Exam Questions: Mallet Finger and Sternal Reconstruction. Plast Surg. 2019. 27(3):283-284.

McKay DR. Boyd KU. Hendry JM. Oral Examination. Plast Surg. 2019. 27(1):86-87. 

Head L, Wolff G, Boyd KU. Reinnervation of extrinsic finger flexion and brachioradialis 22 and 36 months following traumatic pan-brachial plexopathy: a case report. J Hand Surg Asian Pac. 2019. 24(1):118-122.

Head L, Hicks K, Wolff G, Boyd KU. Clinical Outcomes of Nerve Transfer in Peroneal Nerve Palsy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2019. 35(1):57-65.

Bourque PR. Boyd KU. Jansen GH. Warman-Chardon J. Zwicker J. Pringle EP. Rakhra K. Breiner A. Intraneural Ganglion Cysts of the Fibular Nerve: A Cause of Fluctuating Painful Foot Drop. Can J Neurol Sci. 2018. 45(5):601-60.

McKay DR. Boyd KU. Oral Exam. Plast Surg. 2018. 26(2):134-136.

McKay DR. Peters DA. Boyd KU. Oral Exam. Plast Surg. 2018. 26(1):61-62.

Head L, Lui A, Boyd KU. Efficacy and Safety of Bilateral Thoracic Paravertebral Blocks in Outpatient Breast Surgery. Breast J. 2018. 24(4):561-566.

Roumeliotis GA. Dostaler G. Boyd KU. Complementary and Alternative Medicines and Patients with Breast Cancer: A Case of Mortality and Systemic Review of Patterns of Use in Patients with Breast Cancer. Plast Surg. 2017. 25(4):275-283.

Head LK, Xuan L, Boyd KU, Peters DA. Anomalous Extratemporal Facial Nerve in Oculoauriculovertebral spectrum The Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2018. 55(5), 769-772.

Boyd KU, McKay DR, Peters DA. (2017). Oral examinations in plastic surgery. Plast Surg, 25(3), 222-3.

Boyd KU, McKay DR. Peters DA. (2017). Oral examinations in plastic surgery. Plast Surg, 25(1), 59-60.

Fernando SM, Fitzpatrick T, Hurdle H, Anand A, Skinner CR, Boyd KU, Dumitrascu G, Hooper J. (2017). Recurrent non-epileptiform seizure-like phenomena secondary to propofol administration. Can J Anaesth, 64(7), 783-785.

Head L. Nessim C. Boyd KU. (2017). Innovative practice model to optimize utilization and improve access to care for high-risk and BRCA+ patients. Can J Surg, 60(1), 37-44.

McMillan HJ. Torres C. Michaud J. Ying Y. Boyd KU. Bourque PR. (2016, April 16). Diagnosis and outcome of childhood perineurioma. Childs Nerv Syst.

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Zhong T, Spithoff K, Boyd K, Brackstone M, Hanrahan R, Whelan T. (2016, January). Breast cancer reconstruction surgery (immediate and delayed) acrossOntario: Patient indications and appropriate surgical options. Toronto (ON). Cancer CareOntario. Program in Evidence-Based Care Series No.: 17-10.

Peters DA, McKay DR, Boyd KU. (2016). Oral Exam: Facial Paralysis Syndactyly and Facial Trauma. Plast Surg, 24(3), 209-210.

Zhang ZZ. Peters DA. Allen M. Boyd KU. (2016). The Use of Neuronavigation as an Adjunct in Facial Reconstructive Surgery. J Craniofac Surg, 27(4), e394-7.

McKay DR. Boyd KU, Peters DA. (2016). Oral examinations in plastic surgery: Temple lesion and Basal cell carcinoma. Plast Surg, 24(2), 119-120.

Peters DA. Boyd KU. (2016). Oral examinations in plastic surgery: Syndactyly and Facial Asymmetry. Plast Surg, 24(1), 51-2.

Boyd KU, Peters DA. (2015). Oral examinations in plastic surgery: Basal skin cancer and Bariatric surgery. Plast Surg, 23(4), 269-70.

Davidge KM. Gontre G. Tang D. Boyd KU. Yee A. Damiano MS. Mackinnon SE. (2015). The “hierarchical” Scratch Collapse Test for identifying multilevel ulnar nerve compression. Hand, 10(3), 388-95.

Roumeliotis GA, Ignatiuk A, Liew AS, Allen MW, Boyd KU. (2015, January). Hemipelvis reconstruction in trauma: A case report and literature review. Reconstructive Case Studies. PSCS, 1(3), 62-64.

Boyd KU. Peters DA. (2015, January). Oral Exam Case 1: Basal skin cancer/Case 2: Bariatric surgery. Plastic Surgery, 23(4), 269-270.

Head L. Allen M. Boyd KU. (2015, January). Long-term patient outcomes following wrist ganglion aspiration. Plast Surg, 23(1), 51-3.

Head L. Gencarelli JR. Allen M. Boyd KU. (2015, January). Wrist Ganglion Treatment: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. J Hand Surg Am, 40(3), 546-553.

Boyd KU, Peters DA. (2015, January). Oral examinations in plastic surgery: Trochanteric pressure sore and intra-oral squamous cell carcinoma. Plast Surg, 23(1), 54.

Boyd KU, Peters DA. (2015, January). Oral examinations in plastic surgery: Hand tumour and thumb amputation. Plast Surg, 23(2), 111-112.

Boyd KU, Peters DA. (2015, January). Oral examinations in plastic surgery: Wrist Injury and Delayed Breast Reconstruction. Plast Surg, 23(3), 203-4.

Boyd KU, Peters DA. (2014, January). Oral examinations in plastic surgery: Dermatofibromsarcoma protuberans and microtia. Plast Surg, 22(3).

Boyd KU, Peters DA. (2014, January). Oral examinations in plastic surgery: Partial mastectomy defect and axillary degloving injury. Plast Surg, 22(2).

Boyd KU, Peters DA. (2014, January). Oral examinations in plastic surgery: Flexion contracture of the hand and immediate breast reconstruction. Plast Surg, 22(1).

Peters DA, Boyd KU. (2013, January). Oral examinations in plastic surgery: Chest wall reconstruction and phalangeal fractures. Can J Plast Surg, 21(3).

Peters DA, Boyd KU. (2013, January). Oral examinations in plastic surgery: Thumb amputation and shoulder gunshot wound. Can J Plast Surg, 21(4).

Peters DA, Boyd KU. (2013, January). Oral Exam Case 1: Exposed Tissue Expander. Can J Plast Surg, 21(1), 54.

Peters DA, Boyd KU. (2013, January). Oral Exam Case 2: Groin Flap. Can J Plast Surg, 21(1), 54.

Peters DA, Boyd KU. (2013, January). Oral Exam Case 2: Basal Cell Cancer. Can J Plast Surg, 21(2), 101.

Peters DA, Boyd KU. (2013, January). Oral Exam Case 1: Mastopexy Augmentation. Can J Plast Surg, 21(2), 101.

Peters DA, Boyd KU. (2012, January). Oral Exam Case 1: Delayed Breast Reconstruction. Can J Plast Surg, 20(4), 262.

Peters DA, Boyd KU. (2012, January). Oral Exam Case 2: Escharotomies. Can J Plast Surg, 20(4), 262.

Head L. Xuan L. Boyd KU. Peters DA. (n.d.). Anomalous Extratemporal Facial nerve in Oculo-Auriculo-Vertebral Spectrum. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial J. (In Press)

Head L. Lui A. Boyd KU. (n.d.). Efficacy and safety of bilateral thoracic paravertebral blocks in outpatient breast surgery. The Breast Journal. (In Press)

Zhang ZH. Boyd KU. (n.d.). MEDPOR® nipple implant causing failure of previously stable breast implant: a case report and review of literature. Plast Surg Case Stud. (In Press)

Conference Publications

Montgomery K. Wolff G. Boyd KU. (2018, January). Evaluation of the Scratch Collapse Test for Carpal and Cubital Tunnel Syndrome – A Prospective, Blinded Study. In American Society of Peripheral Nerve Annual Meeting.

Pending

Head L. Lui A. Boyd KU. (2016, June). Efficacy and Safety of Bilateral Thoracic Paravertebral Blocks in Breast Surgery. In Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual General Meeting.

Head L. Lui A. Boyd KU. (2016, May). Efficacy and Safety of Bilateral Thoracic Paravertebral Blocks in Breast Surgery. In Collin’s Day – Department of Surgery Annual Research Day – University of Ottawa.

Boehm KS. Klok JA, Boyd KU. (2015, May). Wise-pattern skin reducing mastectomy with inferior flap de-epithelialization and acellular dermal matrix as a strategy for immediate implant-based breast reconstruction in patients with macromastia. In Collin’s Day – Department of Surgery Annual Research Day – University of Ottawa.

Research Type: Clinical Research

Smith S. Zhang J. Boyd KU. (2015, May). Risk factors for immediate implant-based breast reconstruction – assessment of a novel risk factor: perioperative patient temperature. In Collin’s Day – Department of Surgery Annual Research Day – University of Ottawa.

Chambers R. Boyd KU. Wolff G. (2015, May). Restoration of Anterior Interosseous Nerve Function Using a Novel Supercharge-End-To-Side Nerve Transfer: A Case Series. In Collin’s Day – Department of Surgery Annual Research Day – University of Ottawa.

Head L. Nessim C. Arnaout A. Boyd KU. (2015, May). Innovative model to optimize resource utilization and improve access to care for high-risk/BRCA+ breast cancer patients. In Collin’s Day – Department of Surgery Annual research day – University of Ottawa.

Head L. Allen M. Boyd KU. (2015, January). Wrist ganglion treatment: systematic review and meta-analysis. In American Association of Hand Surgery.

Lutfy J. Laschuk M. Boyd K. (2013, January). Hyaluronic Acid Versus Steroid Injection in Basal Joint Arthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. In University of Ottawa – Department of Surgery Collins Surgical Day.

Trier J. Wolff G. Boyd KU. (2013, January). Re-thinking post-operative neuropathies: A case of post-operative bilateral AIN palsies. In The Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Scientific Meeting.

Research Type: Clinical Research