Dr. Allan received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in 1991. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Chicago in 1997. Dr. Allan next completed a fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in 1998 with David Lichtman, MD, an international leader in reconstructive surgery of the wrist. Wrist surgery for both acute trauma and reconstruction remains a special interest and focus of Dr. Allan's practice.
Dr. Allan's research interests include regeneration and tissue engineering and their application to hand trauma. In 2004 he was awarded the prestigious AAOS/OREF Clinical Scientist Traveling Fellowship, working with mentor Brian Johnstone, Ph.D., on stem cells and regenerative medicine for hand and upper extremity trauma. In 2008 he joined a multicenter team of researchers funded for several years by DARPA, the United States Department of Defense central research organization, to study mammalian digit regeneration. He is a frequently invited speaker, author, and reviewer of publications and grant applications in these fields at the national level.
Dr. Allan's clinical interests include hand and wrist trauma and reconstruction. "My philosophy of patient care is to establish a partnership with each patient so that we can work together to choose the treatment most appropriate for that person. I feel strongly that my involvement in cutting-edge research programs ensures that my patients will always benefit from the most current science, but I work very hard to couple this with a personal approach to each individual I have the privilege to treat."