Kyle grew up in Southern California and attended UC Berkeley and UCLA, where he received his B.S. in Psychobiology. He graduated from UCLA with his M.D. and completed his Residency in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center. He received an AO International Fellowship with Dr. Ueli Buchler in Bern, Switzerland, focusing on orthopedic trauma surgery and reconstruction of the upper extremities. Dr. Bickel then completed the Fellowship in Hand Surgery at the Raymond Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore, MD.
Following training, Dr. Bickel joined the faculty of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with joint appointments in Plastic Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery. At Hopkins, Dr. Bickel was a founding co-director of the Hand Surgery Service and was also active in teaching, lecturing, and research.
Dr. Bickel left Johns Hopkins to return to California, where he established The Hand Center of San Francisco in 2000.
For more detailed information about Dr. Bickel’s background, certification, activities, and publications, please refer to his C.V. here.
Dr. Bickel remains active in Surgical Treatment of Upper Extremity problems, Teaching, and Research. He is on the Clinical Faculty of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He also remains a member of the teaching faculty for AO North America, helping to instruct other surgeons, residents, and fellows in the principles of fracture management in the upper extremities.
Dr. Bickel has been active for over 25 years in charitable medical missions to developing countries, providing medical and surgical treatment to their populations and helping to educate their health professionals. These missions have included projects in Peru, Guyana, Brazil, Jamaica, Vietnam, Myanmar (Burma), and Bolivia. He also worked with The Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund to coordinate charitable medical care in the U.S. for a young refugee child who received surgical and rehabilitation care for traumatic injuries to his hand, wrist, and arm.