Kathleen E. McKeon

Orthopaedic Surgery / Hand, Wrist and Upper Extremity


Dr. McKeon specializes in hand, wrist and upper extremity orthopaedic surgery, including sports injuries, fracture care, nerve surgery, joint reconstruction and microsurgery.


Born in Birmingham, Dr. McKeon's family moved to Atlanta when she was 2-years-old. Dr. McKeon enjoys cooking, jogging, and spending time with friends and family, especially her husband, Nick, and 1-year-old twins, Finn and Chloe.

Dr. McKeon's research interests include sports-related injuries of the hand, wrist and upper extremity. She has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles, review articles and book chapters over the past several years. She's also given poster and podium presentations at several national meetings. She was a recipient of the Resident Research Award at Washington University in St. Louis in 2013 as well as a Leonard Goldner Award semi-finalist at the AOFAS meeting in 2011.

Dr. McKeon earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, graduating with honors. While at Yale, she was a four-year varsity letterman in springboard and platform diving. Following graduation, she earned her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, finishing with Alpha Omega Alpha honors for academic achievement. She completed a residency in orthopaedic survey at Washington University in St. Louis and a fellowship in hand surgery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

As a hand specialist, Dr. McKeon treats carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, arthritis, finger/hand/wrist fractures, nail bed injuries, nerve lacerations, soft tissue injuries, Dupuytrens contracture and ganglion cysts to name just a few. She serves as the team physician for Bessemer Academy.

Dr. McKeon says she chose to specialize in hands because they are vital for performing everyday tasks both at home and at work. "Being able to restore function to patients' hands and give them back their ability to work, care for their families and do the activities that they enjoy is immensely rewarding."


Washington University in Saint Louis School of Medicine (Saint Louis, Missouri)
Graduated - May 2008 (MD)

Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut)
Graduated - May 2004 (BA, History of Medicine; cum laude, with honors)

Washington University in Saint Louis/Barnes-Jewish Hospital (Saint Louis, Missouri)
Resident in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Graduated - June 2013

Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee)
Hand Surgery Fellow in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Graduated - July 2014