Dr. Kamal’s research program complements his clinical practice, and focuses on providing high-quality hand surgery care and improving our existing knowledge of wrist and elbow pathology.


High-Quality Hand Surgery Care

In collaboration with hand surgeons from Duke University, Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Brown University, Dr. Kamal is a member of the Hand Surgery Quality Consortium (HSQC) which focuses on defining and improving hand surgery care. Through quality improvement initiatives and clinical research projects at these institutions, the HSQC ‘s mission is to ensure all patients receive the best care possible.

Wrist Kinematics and Kinetics

There is a delicate balance between the eight bones of the wrist that allow them to maintain stability when loaded, and have a full range of motion. Along with his research colleague Michael Rainbow PhD at Queen’s University, Dr Kamal has created the virtual Wrist Institute, which focuses on studying normal and abnormal kinematics and kinetics of the wrist. They have already completed multiple research projects on patients using a novel non-invasive technique, and are currently developing a computer-based model to predict wrist motion and load transfer. Dr. Kamal and Dr. Rainbow also study common wrist disorders, such as CMC arthritis (base of the thumb arthritis), wrist fractures (distal radius fractures), scaphoid fractures, scapholunate ligament tears, and wrist arthritis. Their research goal is to use this data to provide improved and patient-specific surgical reconstructions for patients. See Dr. Kamal’s articles on wrist kinematics below:

Distal Scaphoid Excision
Elongation of Dorsal Carpal Ligaments
In Vivo Kinematics of Scaphoid Lunate
In Vivo Kinematics

Current Research

Dr. Kamal has previous national and international research experience, including the National Institutes of Health as well as the University of Barcelona. Dr. Kamal’s research program falls under the following overarching themes:

  • Improving outcomes of distal radius fractures
  • Improving outcomes of elbow fractures
  • Understanding carpal kinematics and kinetics
  • The development of a predictive model for carpal kinematics
  • Understanding patient expectations and their effects on outcomes
  • Understanding the social and financial burden of hand injuries
  • Improving health literacy in hand surgery
  • Improving hand rehab after surgery
  • Defining, measuring, and benchmarking quality in hand surgery

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