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Christopher Allan MD

Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
Associate Professor

Email: callan@uw.edu | Phone: 206.744.5707

Dr. Allan received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in 1991, completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Chicago in 1997, and completed a fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in 1998. Following his training, he devoted 20 years to patient care in a hand and microsurgery practice at a Level I trauma center. In 2018 Dr. Allan transitioned to a research role to explore applications of  regeneration and tissue engineering to hand trauma. In 2019-2020 he earned a Masters of Applied Bioengineering at UW. He is currently a part-time Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. He is based in the Musculoskeletal Systems Biology Lab at the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine.


Research highlights: 

2004 AAOS/OREF Clinical Scientist Traveling Fellowship

2009-2011 site co-PI: multicenter DARPA study on mammalian digit regeneration

2012 Army Research Office pilot clinical trial: negative pressure wound therapy in digit tip amputations

2014 UW Coulter Award: prototype negative pressure therapy wound glove

2017 MTEC award (collaborator): develop wound glove manufacturing workflows

2019-2022 DoD CDMRP Peer-Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program Clinical Trial Award: negative pressure wound therapy glove for hand injuries


He is a frequently invited speaker, author, and reviewer of publications and grant applications in these fields at the national level.