Camela Pokhrel, M.D.


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.



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.


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."



"Upon my daughter's recommendation, I brought an xray report and consulted Dr. Pokhrel because of a chronic, severe pain in my wrist and hand. She did a thorough evaluation and ultimately gave me two injections plus a brace. I've had three months of relief. Great people skills."



"Dr. Pokhrel is an excellent and compassionate surgeon. I recommend her highly."



"I was referred to Dr Camela Pokhrel with Dupuytren's contracture, a hand condition that had drawn my wedding ring finger onto the palm of my hand. I experienced the gradually worsening symptoms for seven years, and my left hand finally became disfuncional. I did quite a bit of research on the disease, and was aware that surgery to straighten my finger would be quite complicated.Dr. Pokhrel not only gave me back my hand function, but the process was much less painful and involved than I had anticipated. Her staff is terrific, and Dr Pokhrel has an extremely caring attitude and manner. My hand has healed much more rapidly than my research had predicted.I highly recommend Dr Pokhrel and her practice for any hand surgery a patient might need. Jane BauermannTucson"



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