Sam Fuller, MD, is a Board-Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with additional Subspecialty Certification in Surgery of the Hand (SOTH). He attended college at the University of Notre Dame and graduated Cum Laude with a double major in Spanish Languages and Literature and Pre-Professional Studies. He continued his education at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. He then completed a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He went on to complete an Orthopaedic Upper Extremity Fellowship at The Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Fuller won numerous awards throughout his training, including the 2016 Michael S. Murphy Research Award for his research, "Design and Use of a Novel Coupling Device for Tendon Repair and Reconstruction." Dr. Fuller and his co-authors also won Best Hand Paper in 2014 from the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal for, "Fat Transfer to the Upper and Lower Extremity in Patients with Raynaud's Phenomenon- A Novel Therapeutic Modality."
Dr. Fuller specializes in hand, wrist, and forearm surgery. His diverse training allows him to bring a very unique “hybrid” approach to the upper extremity. He is able to combine his plastic surgery knowledge of microvascular and soft tissue reconstruction with his orthopaedic training to properly diagnose and treat bony and ligamentous injuries. This is particularly significant in the hand and wrist, which requires anatomic expertise to address skin, tendon, nerve, vascular, and bony problems as a functioning unit. Dr. Fuller enjoys meeting his patients and establishing goals together in order to reach a satisfying and successful outcome through non-operative and operative treatment options. This may include injections, therapy, surgery, and the latest advancements in the field, such as Wide Awake Local Anesthesia No Tourniquet (WALANT), endoscopy, arthroscopy, and collagenase injections.
As a Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Fuller also treats a variety of general plastic surgery conditions, including skin cancer (resection and reconstruction), soft tissue reconstruction following sarcoma resection and radiation, Botox for facial wrinkles, facial fillers for volume loss, post-bariatric weight loss and body lifts including liposuction, tummy tucks, arm lifts, belt lipectomies, and complex wound care that may require skin grafts and flaps.
Dr. Fuller participates in medical mission trips, leads regional cadaver dissection courses, and routinely gives lectures and presentations on his broad and rewarding practice.
Dr. Fuller attended University of Notre Dame with double major in Spanish Languages and Literature and Pre-Professional Studies
As a native of Chicago, Dr. Fuller enjoys living in the Michiana area. His family spends their free time cheering for Notre Dame and Chicago sports teams, cooking, traveling, and enjoying Midwest life with family and friends.
- Tendon Repair and Reconstruction
- Carpal Tunnel Surgery Outcomes
Meals C, Osterman M. The Hand Surgery Fellowship Application Process: Expectations, Logistics, and Costs. J Hand Surg Am. 2015 Feb 24. (Acknowledgement).
Fuller SM, Butz D, Vevang C, Makhlouf VM. Application of 3D Printing in Hand Surgery: Innovations in Technology. Abstract, Huggins Research Symposium, March 12, 2014.
Fuller SM, Butz D, Vevang C, Makhlouf VM. Application of 3-Dimensional Printing in Hand Surgery for Production of a Novel Bone Reduction Clamp. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Sep;39(9):1840-5.
Bank J, Fuller SM, Henry G, Zachary LS. Fat Transfer to the Upper and Lower Extremity in Patients with Raynaud’s Phenomenon- A Novel Therapeutic Modality. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 May; 133(5):1109-18.
Fuller SM, Bindra RR. Response to "Image-Guided Distal Radius Osteotomy Using Patient-Specific Instrument Guides." J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Jan;39(1):174.
Fuller S, Kleiber G. Soft Tissue Coverage of the Hand and Upper Extremity. In Janis JE, ed. Essentials of Plastic Surgery. 2nded. Missouri: Quality Medical Pub; 2014.
Butz DR, Fuller S, Crosby MA. Genitourinary Reconstruction. In Janis JE, ed. Essentials of Plastic Surgery. 2nded. Missouri: Quality Medical Pub; 2014.
Fuller SM, Bindra RR. Ulnar Head Implant Arthroplasty. In Weisel SW, ed. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery. Volume 4. Pennsylvania: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2015 (Expected year of publication).
Fuller SM, Roughton MC, Gottlieb LJ. The Inner Prepuce Flap for Penile Scald Burns. J Burn Care Res. 2014 Jul-Aug;35(4):e250-7.
Fuller SM, Foley RT, Siu B, Glick DB. Utilizing Recorded Commands for a Bilingual Patient During Emergence From Anesthesia. Anesthesia & Analgesia. Feb 2007, Vol 104, 2S
- University of Notre Dame
- Soft tissue reconstruction including skin grafts, flaps, and tissue rearrangement
- Nerve decompression and Repair
- Fractures of the hand, wrist, forearm, and elbow
- Tendon Repair and Reconstruction
- Nerve repair and decompression
- Plastic Surgery
- Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
- Aesthetic Surgery
- Amputation Of Finger
- Amputation Of Thumb
- Arm Lift
- Arthrodesis Of Wrist
- Arthroplasty Wrist
- Arthroscopy Of Wrist
- Basal Joint Arthritis Surgery
- Benign Tumor Removal Of The Hand
- Body Contouring
- Body Lift
- Breast Reduction
- Burn Reconstruction
- Bursectomy Of Hand
- Cancerous Tumor Removal Of The Hand
- Carpal Sequestrectomy
- Carpal Tunnel Surgery
- Cmc Thumb Arthroplasty
- Correction Of Syndactyly and Polydactyly
- Cubital Tunnel Surgery
- Cyst Removal
- Dermal Fillers
- Digital Nerve Repair
- Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release
- Excisional Biopsy
- Extensor Tendon Repair
- Fasciotomy Of Hand
- Fat Grafting
- Finger Injection
- Fingertip Repair
- Flap Surgery
- Flexor Tendon Repair
- Ganglion Cyst Removal
- Gynecomastia Surgery
- Hand Fracture Surgery
- Hand Steroid Injection
- Hand Tendon Repair
- Hand Tendon Transfer
- Independent Medical Examination (IME)
- Joint Surgery Of Hand
- Joint Surgery Of The Wrist
- Latissimus Flap
- Lip Augmentation
- Male Breast Reduction
- Metacarpal Sequestrectomy
- Metacarpophalangeal Fusion
- Mini Abdominoplasty
- Minimally Invasive Surgery Of The Hand
- Minimally Invasive Surgery Of The Wrist
- Musculocutaneous Flap
- Nail Bed Surgery
- Nerve Reconstruction
- Oncologic Reconstruction
- Percutaneous Pinning
- Peripheral Nerve Surgery
- Radial Forearm Flap
- Reconstruction Of Ear
- Reconstruction Of Nose
- Reconstruction Of Thumb
- Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
- Reconstructive Surgery Of The Hand
- Rectus Flap Reconstruction
- Release Scar Contracture
- Repair Mallet Finger
- Repair Trigger Finger
- Repair Trigger Thumb
- Scar Revision
- Skin Cancer Reconstruction
- Skin Cancer Surgery
- Skin Graft
- Skin Rejuvenation
- Skin Tag Removal
- Surgery For De Quervain's Tenosynovitis
- Surgery For Hidradenitis Suppurativa
- Synovectomy Of Wrist
- Tendon Pulley Reconstruction
- Tendon Repair Surgery
- Tenoplasty Of Hand
- Thigh Lift Surgery
- Ulnar Nerve Decompression
- Ulnar Nerve Surgery
- Vacuum Assisted Closure Therapy
- Vacuum Assisted Wound Closure
- Vertical Rectus Abdominis Muscle Flap
- Worker's Compensation
- Wound Care
- Wrist Fracture Surgery
- Wrist Fusion
- Wrist Reconstruction
- Wrist Surgery
- Diplomate of American Board of Plastic Surgery
- Hand, Upper Extremity, and Microvascular Surgery
- The Curtis National Hand Center, Baltimore, MD
- University of Chicago Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
- University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
Medical Society Memberships
- American Association of Hand Surgery, Candidate Member (AAHS)
- American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Candidate Member (ASSH)
- ASSH Young Members Steering Committee Member
- ASSH International Relations Committee Member
- Notre Dame Orthopaedic Society
- 53880 Carmichael Drive
South Bend, IN 46635
- 60160 Bodnar Blvd
Mishawaka, IN 46544
- 2349 Lake Ave Suite 201
Plymouth, IN 46563
- 5218 Beck Drive Suite 10
Elkhart, IN 46516
Hospital & Surgery Center Locations
- Memorial Hospital of South Bend
- Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center – Mishawaka
- Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center – Plymouth Campus
- Allied Physicians Surgery Center, South Bend
- Unity Medical & Surgical Hospital - Mishawaka
- I met with Dr Fuller to assess my dupuytren’s contracture and he effectively explained the cause of the condition, and the options to treat it, in clear and concise terms. My wife didn’t attend the appointment with me, so we emailed Dr. Fuller additional questions and he responded almost immediately with clear and detailed information. We met one additional time before the surgery and he again patiently explained every step of the process; from the surgery, to the recovery, and the rehabilitation – and everything transpired exactly as he described. There was only one surprise, the correction of the contracture was even better than we anticipated. I had 7 appointments (including 5 follow-up) with Dr Fuller - one via video conference due to the Corona virus – and it was easy, clear and an effective way to meet. He was always on time, never rushed, competent, compassionate, and understanding. Based on my experience, and the excellent results, I strongly recommend Dr Fuller.
- Dr. Fuller performed arthroplasty on my right (and dominant) thumb joint to relieve arthritic pain. Friends comment that my scars are barely noticeable. My rheumatologist and my OT have been impressed by the rate at which my strength and range of motion have improved since the surgery. I am grateful to be able to bathe, get dressed, open jars, etc. without sharp pain in my right thumb. Prior to surgery, Dr. Fuller thoroughly explained my condition and the available options. He took ample time to address my questions and concerns, and involved me in the decision-making process. He had me return for three post-op visits. Due to the pandemic and the current stay-at-home order, my final appointment was a virtual visit--a first for me. When I experienced technical difficulties on my end, Dr. Fuller patiently waited on a resolution to the problem and we successfully completed our conference. I would highly recommend Dr. Fuller for his skill, professionalism, and caring nature.
- I had been dealing with Dupuytren's Contracture for a few years. Some of my fingers were bending in toward my palms and I couldn't straighten them out. Dr. Fuller explained in great detail the steps that would take place. After the procedure was done, my fingers are now straight. I am so thankful for the job Dr. Fuller did!
- Dr. Fuller is very good at listening at concerns that you have. He is also a tremendous surgeon.
- Dr. Fuller is a wonderful and very caring Doctor . I would highly recommend him to family, friends any time. He is the best.uu
- Dr. Fuller discussed all the different options regarding the reattaching of my tendons and the realistic expectations of the surgery. Dr. Fuller also was very helpful in switching to a Therapy center closer to home. He made sure to discuss expections with the therapist which was a great help in the rehabilitation of my hand. I am greatful for his "hybrid" approach to fixing my hand and being honest and direct about everything.
- By far the best hand surgery experience I've had. Dr. Fuller has a great personality and great bedside manner.
- I took my son to see Dr. Fuller when he had his hand crushed in a sliding gate and broke two fingers. He helped fix that then noticed my son's other hand that was affected when he had a stroke 7 yrs ago. My son wasn't able to do much with that hand and it just hung there all the time. Dr. Fuller performed surgery on it and the tendons, even relocating a tendon. The surgery went great he is now in therapy twice a week and has gotten a large amount of movement back in that hand and wrist.
- A Dr. that puts your concerns and peace of mind first. Treats you with respect, listens carefully, and gives explanations in terms easy to understand . Wonderful caregiver. A great contributor to healthcare. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Fuller.
- Dr. Fuller was very personable! He explained things throughly, and took the time to answer all my questions! I would recommend him to anyone!
- Dr. Fuller is kind and compassionate. He takes the time to explain things and never seems rushed to get on to the next patient. He is very knowledgeable and I was completely at ease with him. I type for a living so having surgery was a bit scary, but Dr. Fuller's calm demeanor made me feel very at east and I did not have any reservations about having him preform the emergency surgery, as well as an elective surgery later. If I could rate him above 5 stars I would.
- Dr. Fuller was very thorough with the explanation of my problem. He gave me different options for treatment. He was compassionate, kind, and very professional. I would highly recommend him.
- I am a 32-year-old male. My mallet finger injury (torn extensor tendon) to left little finger was treated with graduated splinting - no surgery recommended. I reached full use with very minor soreness after just under 7 months of care - no splinting or pain meds, anymore. I am back to participating in activities with 100% confidence in my left little finger!
- Had carpal tunnel surgery done on both hands by Dr. Fuller. Wonderful doctor. He listened, on time for his appointments. Follow up was great.
- I had surgery on my wrist. Doctor Fuller thoroughly explained everything before and after surgery. He takes time in the office visits to go over things and for me to ask questions. He is also very concerned for the well-being of his patients. My recovery was fantastic, which I attribute to his good work. He is also considerate of patient wait-time and keeps it to a minimum. I highly recommend him.
- Excellent surgeon with great bed side manner. He operated on my wrists and I am currently pain free. Highly recommend.