Project Description

Jake Thayer, MD

2022-23 Hand Fellow


Jake Thayer was born and raised in Howards Grove, Wisconsin. He attended college at Marquette University and then stayed in Milwaukee for medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed an integrated plastic surgery residency at Southern Illinois University Institute for Plastic Surgery. He enjoys running, weight lifting and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

Why Pitt?

I was drawn to UPMC for its legacy in hand surgery training. The robust clinical volume and mix of traumatic and elective hand surgery were both strengths for me. Additionally, the ability to learn from countless faculty from both plastic and orthopedic surgery backgrounds reinforced that this would be an excellent place to train.


  • SIU Surgical Resident Teaching Award recipient (2021, 2020, 2017)
  • Bennett Hiner Research Award recipient (2015)
  • 1st Place Best Medical Student Presentation, Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons (2014)


Peer Reviewed Journals:

Thayer JA, Yan JG, Zhang LL, Agresti M, Havlik R, Comparison of Peripheral Nerve Axonal Area Differences in

Central and Peripheral Zones of Injured and Repaired Nerves. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2015 Jun 30.

LoGiudice JA, Thayer JA, Hoyt A, Mueller WM. Use of a Dermal Regeneration Template in Complicated Craniotomy Wounds: Review of a Series. Neurosurgery. 2015 Aug 14.

Yan, J.-G., Shen, F.-Y., Thayer, J., Yan, Y., LoGiudice, J., Matloub, H., Sanger, J., Zhang, L.-L. Havlik, R. (2017), Repair of the musculocutaneous nerve using the vagus nerve as donor by helicoid end-to-side technique: an experimental study in rats. Journal of Neuroscience Research. doi:10.1002/jnr.24074

Thayer J, Mailey B. Versatility of the Berger-Tenenhaus Approach for Mandibular Fractures. J Craniofac Surg. 2020 Mar 11. PubMed PMID: 32168128.

Thayer J, Mailey BA. Two-stage Neoscrotum Reconstruction Using Porcine Bladder Extracellular Matrix after Fournier’s Gangrene. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2020;8(8):e 3034. Published 2020 Aug 25.

ThayerJ, LeeG, Mailey B. Radiographic Landmarks for Ideal Port Placement in Wrist Arthroscopy. Journal of Wrist Surgery. Accepted for publication 10/19/21.



Neumeister EL, Beason AM, Thayer JA, El Bitar Y. Perioperative Pain Management in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. Clin Plast Surg. 2020 Apr;47(2):323-334. doi: 10.1016/j.cps.2019.12.004. Epub 2020 Feb 5. Review. PubMed PMID: 32115058.

Romanelli MR, Thayer JA, Neumeister MW. Ischemic Pain. Clin Plast Surg. 2020 Apr;47(2):261-265. doi: 10.1016/j.cps.2019.11.002. Epub 2020 Jan 7. Review. PubMed PMID: 32115051.


Areas of Interest

Hand and peripheral nerve, general plastic surgery