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Katherine Au

Katherine Au, MD

  • Plastic Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
Languages Spoken:
  • English

Dr. Katherine Au is a double board-certified hand and plastic surgeon at Shriners Children's Southern California. She was born and raised in San Francisco where she attended Lowell High School and then graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in molecular and cellular biology. From there, she earned her medical degree at Penn State University and elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She continued at Penn State and completed her residency in plastic surgery. There, she was awarded the Department of Surgery Resident Professionalism/Humanism Award and the Steven H. Miller Outstanding Plastic Surgery Teaching Award. She moved back to California to compete her fellowship in hand and microsurgery at UCLA.

Dr. Au's passion for teaching and mentorship has continued. She is a clinical assistant professor of plastic surgery at USC and a clinical assistant professor of orthopedics at UCLA. She is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand Resident Education Committee and a member of the USC plastic surgery professionalism committee.

Dr. Au specializes in congenital and traumatic pediatric hand reconstruction, burn reconstruction and microsurgery. She also has an interest in non-surgical scar treatment.

She is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Association for Hand Surgery and the Pediatric Hand Study Group.

Dr. Au has three brothers and is the mother of two boys. She knows what it is like to be in a busy household. She loves being a full-time surgeon, educator and mother. In her limited free time she likes to exercise, read and spend time with her family.

Pediatric Care


  • Hand Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery

More About Me

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery - General
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery, Surgery of the Hand
Education and Training

Medical Education
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA
United States of America

UCLA Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA

Academic Positions and Locations

Assistant Clinical Professor

Associate Clinical Professor

Leadership and Memberships
  • 2019-Present: Professionalism Committee, USC
  • 2019-Present: Meeting Resident Day Committee, ASSH
  • 2015-Present: Resident Education Committee, ASSH
  • Member, ASSH
  • Member, AAHS
  • Member, ASPS
Awards and Honors
  • 2019-2021, Top Doctors, Pasadena Magazine
  • 2017-2021, Southern California Super Doctors
  • 2017-2020, Los Angeles Top Doctors
  • 2016-2017, Top Doctors and Dentists for Women
  • 2013-2015, Southern California Rising Stars
Academic Works and Presentations
  • Presentation: Division of Plastic Surgery, Penn State Hershey Medical Center - Pediatric Hand Surgery (3/2019)
  • Presentation: Plastic Surgery Meeting 2019 - Postoperative Pain and Opioid Use in Pediatric Upper Extremity Surgery San Diego, California (9/2019)
  • Lecture: Residents as Leaders and Teachers (5/2021)
  • Lecture: Pediatric Hand Trauma (3/2021)
  • Presentation: Plastic Surgery Meeting 2019, San Diego, California - Does Medi-Cal Really Provide Comprehensive Healthcare Access for Low Income Individual: Outpatient Occupational Therapy Access in Government Sponsored Plans (9/2019)


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