Thomas A. Kowalski
Email: tksfcal@pacbell.net
Office Phone: 415.409.7364
Cell: 415.806.7034
Fax: 415.409.0735


Professional Experience
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2007-PRESENT
IPM Medical Group (www.ipmdoctors.com)
Formerly SFMMG (www.sfmmg.com)
San Francisco, California
Private Practice

2013 – 2017
Sutter VNA & Hospice
San Francisco, California
Occupational Therapist/Consultant

2000 – 2013
Sutter VNA and Hospice
San Rafael, CA
Occupational Therapist/Consultant for Upper Extremity Rehabilitation

1990 – 2007
California Pacific Medical Center
Department of Occupational Therapy
San Francisco, CA
Senior Occupational Therapist

1995-2000
Easter Seal Society, Oakland, CA
Outpatient Service
Occupational Therapist

1990 – 1994
Private Practice in Association with Michael Norris, M.D., Board Certified Plastic, Hand and Microsurgeon
Burlingame, CA
Occupational Therapist

1989 – 1990
UCLA Medical Center
Department of Occupational Therapy/Division
Of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Coordinator, Hand Rehabilitation Service
Microsurgical Replantation Service

1981 – 1989
Private Practice in Association with Elliott Rose, M.D. & Michael Norris, M.D., Board Certified Plastic, Hand & Microsurgeons
Burlingame, CA
Occupational Therapist

1989
St. Mary’s Hospital & Medical Center
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
San Francisco, CA
Acting Director, Occupational Therapy Service

1979 - 1988
Peninsula Hospital & Medical Center
Burlingame, CA
Director, Occupational Therapy

1976 – 1978
Beverly Hospital
Sacramento, CA
Program Consultant/Assistant Director, Occupational Therapy Component

1974 - 1976
Buffalo General Hospital (C.M.H.C.)
Buffalo, N.Y.
Assistant Director, Occupational Therapy Service

1973 – 1974
Veteran’s Administration Hospital
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service
Batavia, New York
Director, Occupational Therapy

Education & Licensure
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Education
Occupational Therapy
State University of New York, Buffalo, 1973

Licensure
California License #1324
Additional Certification in Hand Therapy (HTC)
and Physical Agent Modalities (PAM)
Certified Ergonomic Associated Specialist (CEAS)
Specialization in Functional Capacity Evaluations and Ergonomics

Organizational Memberships
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American Occupational Therapy Association

Congress of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

American Association for Hand Surgery

Bay Area Hand Special Interest Group

Academic Involvement
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1994-2001
Department of Occupational Therapy
Academic Search Review Board
Samuel Merritt College, Oakland, CA

Faculty Appointments

Clinical Faculty Member
Department of Occupational Therapy
Samuel Merritt College, Oakland, CA 1995-2001

Adjunct Clinical Faculty Member
Department of Occupational Therapy
Division of Allied Health Services
San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
1985-1989

Editorial Appointments
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Guest Editor
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Hand and Upper Extremity
1984-1988

Papers and Presentations
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Professional Papers

Annual Meeting, California Medical Association, 122nd Annual Scientific Assembly, 1993, Section on Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Old Disease/New Prevalence and Controversies”,
Co-Presented with Robert Sine, M.D., Alan Glass, M.D. and Norman Zemel, M.D.

Fourth International Congress, International Federation of Society for Surgery of the Hand, 1989, “Hand Rehabilitation: Post Resurfacing the Dorsum of the Hand with a Temporoparietal Facial Flap,”
Co-authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D., Michael S. Norris, M.D. and Leena Kanitkar, O.T.R.

Fourth International Congress, International Federation of Society for Surgery of the Hand, 1989, “The Palmaris Brevis Turnover Flap as an Adjunct to Internal Neurolysis of the Chronically Scarred Median Nerve in Recurrent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome,
Co-Authored with Elliott Rose, M.D. & Michael S. Norris, M.D.

Fourth International Congress, International Federation of Society for Surgery of the Hand, 1989, “The Reversed Neurovenous Arterial Nerve Graft for Digital Reconstruction Across Scarred Beds,”
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D. & Michael S. Norris, M.D.

Annual Meeting, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, 1988, “The Microsurgical Management of Complex Fingertip Injuries: Comparison to Conventional Skin Grafting,”
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D. and Michael S. Norris, M.D.

Annual Meeting, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 1988, “The Palmaris Brevis Turnover Flap as an Adjunct to Internal Neurolysis of the Chronically Scarred Median Nerve of the Hand,”
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D. & Michael S. Norris, M.D.

Annual Meeting, Reparation et Regenerative du Nerve Peripheral, 1988, "The Reversed Venous Arterial Nerve Graft in Digital Reconstruction Across Scarred Beds,”
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D. and Michael S. Norris, M.D.

IXth Symposium of the International Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, 1988, “The Reversed Venous Arterialized Nerve Graft in Digital Nerve Reconstruction Across Scarred Beds,”
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D. and Michael S. Norris, M.D.

Annual Meeting, Occupational Therapy Association of California, 1987, “Hand Rehabilitation Post Resurfacing the Dorsum of the Hand with a Temporoparietal Fascial Flap,”
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D. & Michael S. Norris, M.D.

Annual Meeting, American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, 1987, “The Reversed Venous Arterialized Nerve Graft in Digital Reconstruction Across Scarred or Avascular Beds,”
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D. & Michael S. Norris, M.D.

IXth International Congress of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, 1987, “Microsurgical Management of Complex Fingertip Injuries: Comparison to Conventional Skin Grafting,”
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D. & Michael S. Norris, M.D.

Annual Meeting, American Association of Hand Surgery, 1986, “The Microsurgical Management of Fingertip Injuries,
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D. & Michael S. Norris, M.D.

Annual Meeting, La Corporation Professionelle des Ergotherapeutes du Quebec, 1985, “Restoration of Sensibility to Anesthetic Scarred Digits Via Free Vascularized Nerve Grafts from the Dorsum of the Foot and Sensory Re-Education,”
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D.

Annual Meeting, California Occupational Therapy Association, 1985, “Microsurgical and Rehabilitation Management of Fingertip Injuries,”
Co-Authored with Elliott H Rose, M.D.

Annual Meeting, American Society of Hand Therapists, 1985, “Rehabilitation of Free Dynamic Gracilis Muscle Transfers to the Upper Extremity,”
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D.

Annual Meeting, International Conference of Plastic Surgery, 1984, “Restoration of Sensibility to Anesthetic Scarred Digits with Free Vascularized Nerve Grafts from the Dorsum of the Foot,”
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D.

Annual Meeting, International Conference of Plastic Surgery, 1984, “Free Vascularized Dynamic Muscle Transfers in Upper and Lower Extremity Reconstructions,”
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D.

Annual Meeting, Occupational Therapy “Association of California, 1984, “Restoration of Sensibility to Anesthetic Scarred Digits with Free Vascularized Nerve Grafts from the Dorsum of the Foot and Sensory Re-Education,”
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D.

Annual Meeting, American Occupational Therapy Association, 1984, “Treatment of Traumatic Finger Pad Avulsions with Primary Neurovascular Island Flaps & Sensory Re-education,”
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D.

Annual Meeting, California Society of Plastic Surgeons, 1984, “Microsurgical Management of Fingertip Injuries,”
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D.

Annual Meeting, Occupational Therapy Association of California, 1983, “Treatment of Traumatic Fingerpad Avulsions via Primary Neurovascular Island Flaps and Sensory Re-Education,”
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D.

Annual Meeting, California Society of Plastic Surgeons, 1983, “Restoration of Sensibility to Anesthetic Scarred Digits with Free Vascularized Nerve Grants from the Dorsum of the Foot,”
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D.

Annual Meeting, California Society of Plastic Surgeons, 1983, “Free Vascularized Dynamic Muscle Transfer in Upper and Lower Extremity Reconstruction,”
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D.

Annual Meeting, California Occupational Therapy Association, 1983, “Microsurgical Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of the Upper Extremity,”
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D.

Annual Meeting, California Occupational Therapy Association, 1982, “Rehabilitation of Free Toe to Hand Transfers,”
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D.

Publications

The Palmaris Brevis Turnover Flap as an Adjunct to Internal Neurolysis of the Chronically Scarred Median Nerve in Recurrent Carpal Tunnel,”
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D., Michael S. Norris, M.D., Earl J. Fleegler, M.D., Journal of Hand Surgery, March 1994.

The “CAP” Technique. Nonmicrosurgical Reattachment of Fingertip Amputations,
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D. & Michael S. Norris, M.D., Journal of Hand Surgery, May 1989.

The Reversed Venous Arterialized Nerve Graft Across Scarred Beds,
Co-Authored with Elliot H. Rose, M.D. & Michael S. Norris, M.D., Journal of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, May 1989.

Microsurgical Management of Complex Fingertip Injuries Comparison to Conventional Skin Grafting,
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D. & Michael S. Norris, M.D., Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, January, 1988.

Restoration of Sensibility to Anesthetic Scarred Digits with Free Vascularized Nerve Grafts from the Dorsum of the Foot,
Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D., Journal of Hand Surgery, January, 1985.

Hand and Wrist Owner’s Manual, Patient Information Library, Pas Publishing, Daly City, California,
Co-Authored as Editing Consultant, 1983.

Previous Research

Long Term Nerve Outcome Study, Coordinated by Dr. S. Gaul (South Carolina Ortho. Assoc.) and the American Society of Hand Surgery/American Society of Hand Surgery Foundation in Association with Dr. L. Gordon (Cal. Pac. Med. Cntr.), a Multi-Center Retrospective Review of Nerve Repairs in the Upper Extremity.

Editorial Acknowledgements

Reconstruction of Central Metacarpal Ray Defects of the Hand with a Free Vascularized Double Metatarsal and Metatarsophalangeal Joint Transfer, Authored by Elliot H. Rose, M.D., Journal of Hand Surgery, January 1984.

Local Arterialized Island Flap Coverage of Difficult Hand Defects Preserving Donor Digit Sensibility, Authored by Elliott H. Rose, M.D., Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, December, 1982.

Video Presentations

Our Story Is You - Charles Fox (YouTube)

The Palmaris Brevis Turnover Flap as an Adjunct to Internal Neurolysis in Recurrent Carpal Tunnel. Exhibited at The American Society of Hand Surgery Meeting, 1988, Co-Authored with Elliott H. Rose, M.D. & Michael S. Norris, M.D.

Poster Presentations

Microsurgical Reimplantation, Reconstruction, and Rehabilitation: A Team Approach. E. Rose, M.D., K. McGinnis, M.D., W. Johnson, M.D. & T. Kowalski, O.T.
California Society of Plastic Surgeons, Annual Meeting, 1982.
American Congress of E.R. Physicians, Annual Meeting, 1982.
American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Annual Meeting, 1982.
California Medical Association Annual Meeting, 1981.
Awarded First Prize

Avocational Interests
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