Dr. Douglas Sammer grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. After completing college, he attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He graduated 1st in his medical school class, with a 4.0 GPA. He then went to the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he trained for 6 years in Plastic, Hand, and Reconstructive surgery. After completing this residency, he went on to undergo fellowship training in Hand Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. After completing his training at the Mayo Clinic in 2008, Dr. Sammer practiced hand surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Two years later, in 2010, he joined the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern, where he practices hand surgery and directs the hand surgery fellowship.


Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School (2001)
University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers (2007), Plastic Surgery
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (2008), Hand Surgery

Research Interest

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Distal radius fractures in the elderly
  • Finger osteomyelitis
  • Flexor tendon repair techniques
  • Glomus tumors


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Patient-Related Risk Factors Associated With Surgical Site Complications After Elective Hand Surgery
Youngman T, Del Core M, Benage T, Koehler D, Sammer D, Golden A. HAND 2020 Sep
Comparison of Fracture Location and Extent of Comminution in Isolated Scaphoid Fractures Versus Transscaphoid Fracture-Dislocations
Suszynski TM, Ben-Amotz O, Kargel JS, Bass R, Sammer DM HAND 2020 May 15 3 384-387

Honors & Awards

  • Alice D. Jensen Fellowship in Hand surgery in Honor of Dr. Julian M. Bruner
    Award for excellence in hand surgery research at the Mayo Clinic (2008)
  • Microns Resident Research Award for Clinical Science
    Award for excellence in research at the University of Michigan (2007)
  • Alpha-Omega-Alpha Honor Society
    Honor Society for Academic Achievement (2001)
  • Southwestern Medical Foundation Academic Achievement Scholarship
    Academic Achievement Scholarship (2000)
  • Trademark Scholarship
    Academic Achievement Scholarship (1998)