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Texas Medical Center
West Campus
Specialty Care

Plastic Surgery, Hand & Upper Extremity Program
Phone: 832-822-3180 (Main) | 832-227-4263 (West) | 713-839-0164 (Bellaire) | 281-469-4688 (Cy-Fair)
Fax: 832-825-3192


6701 Fannin Street
8th Floor, Wallace Tower
Houston, TX 77030

Brinkley Sandvall, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
The Royal Children's Hospital Fellowship Pediatric Hand and Microsurgery 2019
Washington University Fellowship Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery 2018
University of Washington Residency Plastic Surgery 2017
Baylor College of Medicine Medical School Doctor of Medicine 2011


Dr. Sandvall specializes in pediatric hand and reconstructive microsurgery. Her clinical interests include congenital and acquired hand and upper extremity differences, brachial plexus birth injuries, extremity reconstruction after trauma, oncologic reconstruction for bone and soft tissue tumors, peripheral nerve surgery, and cerebral palsy. She collaborates with multi-disciplinary teams to help provide comprehensive, high-quality care for patients. Dr. Sandvall is thankful to be part of the Texas Children’s Hospital team where she finds her work to be an ideal combination of her abilities, passion, and calling.

Dr. Sandvall received her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University in Waco, TX and her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She completed her residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She then completed a Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, followed by a Pediatric Hand and Microvascular Surgery Fellowship at The Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

She is board certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgery and received the board’s Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand.

Clinical Interests:

Pediatric hand and upper extremity surgery

Brachial plexus birth injuries

Congenital hand and upper extremity differences

Reconstructive microsurgery

Extremity reconstruction after trauma

Oncologic reconstruction for sarcoma and other tumors

Peripheral nerve surgery

Cerebral palsy

Vascular anomalies

Pediatric plastic surgery

Research Interests:

Congenital hand and upper extremity differences

Patient-reported outcomes in hand and upper extremity surgery

Clinical outcomes after high-energy hand injuries


Organization Name Role
American Association for Hand Surgery Active Member
American Society for Surgery of the Hand Active Member
American Society of Plastic Surgeons Active Member
American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery Active Member
Pediatric Hand Study Group Active Member

Selected Publications

Sandvall B, Atkins S, McCombe DM, Bellew M, Coombs CJ, Penington AJ. Satisfaction with hand appearance in children with index pollicization for thumb hypoplasia. Accepted 6/2022, Article in Press, Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery.

Sandvall BK, Goldfarb CA. “Congenital hand III: Malformations – abnormal axis differentiation – hand plate”. Chang J and Neligan P, eds. In Plastic Surgery: Volume 6: Hand and Upper Limb, 5th edition. In Press.

Sandvall BK, Friedrich JB. “Soft tissue reconstruction of the hand”. Hammert W and Murray P, eds. In Hand Surgery Update VI. American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2016.

Sandvall BK, Keys KA, Friedrich JB. “Severe hand injuries from fireworks: injury patterns, outcomes, and fireworks types”. Journal of Hand Surgery. 42(5):385e1-e8, 2017. PMID 28341070.

Sandvall BK, Jacobsen L, Miller EA, et al. “Fireworks type, injury patterns, and permanent impairment following severe fireworks-related injuries”. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 35(10):1469-74, 2017. PMID 28495236.

Sandvall BK, Kuhlman-Wood K, Friedrich JB. “Flexor tendon repair, rehabilitation, and reconstruction”. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 132(6):1493-1503, 2013. PMID 24281578.

Netscher DT, Aliu O, Sandvall BK, Staines KG, Hamilton KL, Salazar-Reyes H, et al. “Functional outcomes of children with index pollicizations for thumb deficiency”. Journal of Hand Surgery. 38(2):250-257, 2013. PMID 23290464.

Awards & Honors

Certificate in Patient Safety and Quality from the University of Washington Center for Scholarship in Patient Care Quality and Safety

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