Michelle Palazzo, MD Hand Surgeon

Who is Dr. Michelle Palazzo

Q and A with Dr. Michelle PalazzoThis is our fourth blog in our Meet the Doctor’s series. Today, we are getting to know Dr. Michelle D. Palazzo.

Dr. Palazzo works in our Downtown, Chamberlain, East Louisville, KY offices and our New Albany, IN office. She is a 1999 graduate of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. After graduation, Dr. Palazzo completed a residency in General, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at St. Louis University, followed by a Fellowship in Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery of the Breast at Georgetown University in Washington DC. In 2006, Dr. Palazzo completed a one-year fellowship at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Palazzo joined Kleinert Kutz as staff, in September of 1996, and was appointed Clinical Instructor with the University of Louisville Department of Surgery, Division of Hand Surgery.

Q: What is your full name?

A. Michelle D. Palazzo

Q: Where are you from?

A: I grew up in Illinois.

Q: What made you want to be a doctor?

A: My curiosity with medicine started before I could read. I would flip through my parent's home family medical guides before I could even read and never stopped. I loved it.

Q: What drew you to Kleinert Kutz?

A: My husband was from Louisville, which is how I came to know about the fellowship.

Q: What is your favorite part of your profession?

A: Taking care of patients of all generations from head to toe hand and plastics problem.

Q: What do you love about Louisville?

A: Big but small city with a great cost of living, and friendly people.

Q: What is your favorite quote?

A: Work hard, play hard.

Q: Who do you consider your mentor?

A: Dr. Harold Kleinert, Dr. Scott Spear, and Dr. Chris Paletta.

Q: What book are you currently reading?

A: Any book by Patricia Cornwell (medical mystery)

Q: What is your specialty (General, Ortho, Plastics)?

A: Plastics

Q: What is your level of appointment at the University of Louisville?

A: Assistant Clinical Professor of Hand Surgery.

Q: Within hand and arm care, what do you consider your specialty?

A: Soft tissue such as tumors, nerves, and tendons.

Q: Favorite Patient Story:

A: There are too many wonderful grateful patients to single out just one out of the 12 years here.

If you would like to see Dr. Palazzo as a new patient or current patient, please call (502) 561-4200. Please call your insurance company directly to ensure that Dr. Palazzo is in network.

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