MEET DR. POKHREL
Board-certified surgeon Dr. Camela Pokhrel is a fellowship-trained physician who performs advanced treatments and surgeries for patients with a broad range of hand-related concerns. Her all-encompassing knowledge of hand care and management is a great asset to our Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery. Dr. Pokhrel's philosophy for patient care is centered around providing men and women alike with a compassionate, high-quality experience. Having received expert training at one of the nation's preeminent hand surgery fellowships, Dr. Pokhrel is eager to use her vast knowledge and skills to help patients all across Tucson, AZ who suffer from hand-related issues and injuries.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Dr. Pokhrel received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in her native Chicago, IL where she played for the women's golf team. She then went on to earn her medical degree from the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Following the completion of her formal education, Dr. Pokhrel completed her general surgery residency at the University of Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Group Hospitals. During her stay, she received the William A. Tito, M.D., F.A.C.S. Highest Senior ABSITE Score Award, which is only awarded to those who exhibit incredible academic excellence.
SPECIALTIES & EXPERTISE
A board-certified surgeon, Dr. Pokhrel received extensive training in hand surgery and microsurgery at the prestigious Christine M. Kleinert Institute at the University of Louisville. Following the completion of her hand surgery fellowship, Dr. Pokhrel elected to join her brother, Dr. Rao, at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery. At Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery, she specializes in treating patients with a range of hand-related issues, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, arthritis, fractures, tendonitis, nail injuries, trigger finger, Dupuytren's contracture, as well as sports- and music-related injuries. Dr. Pokhrel's impressive education and years of training make her highly qualified to operate on this delicate part of the body.
MEMBERSHIPS & Privileges
Dr. Pokhrel is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and Hand Surgery. She's a member of the following professional associations:
- American Society for Surgery of the Hand
- American College of Surgeons
- Association of Women Surgeons
- Kleinert Society
- Warren H. Cole Society
Additionally, she has privileges at the following esteemed medical facilities:
- St. Joseph's Hospital
- St. Mary's Hospital
- Surgery Center Tucson
A lover of our Tucson, AZ community, Dr. Pokhrel is proud to provide hand and wrist care to residents all across southern Arizona and beyond. When she's not hard at work in the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. Dr. Pokhrel enjoys golfing, playing guitar and bass, and photography.
"Dr Pokhrel is the best. She spotted an infection in my hand due to a fall that resulted in a compound dislocated finger and did surgery to remove the infection. She prescribed physical therapy which ultimately resulted in 99% flexibility restoration. I am very happy with the care and would recommend Rao services to anyone. Very caring and professional."
"I got what I needed after cast removal and referred to excellent hand therapists."
"Dr. Camela Pokhrel was called in to do emergency surgery on my left wrist, the night that I fell. I couldn't be more happy with the surgery and care that she gave me. I would recommend her to anyone needing hand surgery!"
"Hand surgeon Dr. Camela Rao Pokhrel is phenomenal! She's very caring, knowledgeable and best of all she goes that extra step to help a person understand their condition. I highly recommend Camela and I have referred several family and friends to the Rao Plastic and Hand Surgery office."
"I have been to a few hand surgeons over the years and hands down (no pun intended) Dr. Pokhrel is by far the best. Not only was the surgery easy and successful - but she is an exceptional person. She is perhaps the most thoughtful physician I have seen. I would recommend her - she is the only hand surgeon in Tucson to see!"