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Howard Clarke

Title: Staff Surgeon, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Designations: MD, PhD, FRCS(C), FACS, FAAP
Alternate Contact Name: Heather Sellars
Alternate Phone: 416-813-6444
Alternate Email:
U of T Positions: Professor, Departments of Surgery and Physical Therapy


Dr. Howard M. Clarke is a Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto where he has been on the faculty since 1987. He practices in the Division of Plastic Surgery at SickKids. 

Dr. Clarke is responsible for the brachial plexus programme at SickKids, which provides a weekly multidisciplinary clinic for the evaluation of children with obstetrical brachial plexus palsy. He is extensively involved in both primary and secondary reconstructive procedures for these children. 

Education and experience

  • 1987Present: Surgeon, Division of Plastic Surgery, SickKids, Toronto, ON 


  • 20112012: President of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve 
  • 20152016: President of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons 
  • 20162018: Inaugural President of the International Confederation of Plastic Surgery Societies (ICOPLAST) 


  1. Ho, E.S.; Davidge, K.; Curtis, C.G.; Clarke, H.M. Sensory outcome in children following microsurgery for brachial plexus birth injury.  J. Hand Surg. [Am] 44:159.e1-e8, 2019. 
  2. Bains, R.; Kattan, A.; Curtis, C.G.; Stephens, D.; Borschel, G.; Clarke, H.M. Active range of motion over time in patients with obstetrical brachial plexus palsy:  A 10-year analysis.  J. Hand Surg. [Am] 43:386.e1-e7, 2018. 
  3. Rakhorst, H.A.; Badran, H.; Clarke, H.M.; Cooter, R.; Evans, G.R.D.; Kirschbaum, J.D.; Koh, J.S.; Lazier, C.; Murphy, R.X., Jr.; Nakatsuka, T.; Piccolo, N.S.; Perks, G.  Introducing the International Confederation of Plastic Surgery Societies:  ICOPLAST.  Plast. Reconstr. Surg.  140:627-633, 2017. 
  4. Lin, J.C.; Schwentker-Colizza, A.; Curtis, C.G.; Clarke, H.M.  Final results of grafting versus neurolysis in obstetrical brachial plexus palsy.Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 123:939-948, 2009. 
  5. Curtis, C.; Stephens, D.; Clarke, H.M.; Andrews, D.  The active movement scale:  An evaluative tool for infants with obstetrical brachial plexus palsy. J. Hand Surg. [Am]  27:470-478; 2002.

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