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James Clune, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery (Plastic); Leader, Multidisciplinary Care, Melanoma Program

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James Clune, MD

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Mailing Address

  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    PO Box 208062

    New Haven, CT 06520-8062

    United States



Dr. James Clune is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Clune specializes in the treatment of patients with melanoma, merkel cell carcinoma, sarcoma, and complex cutaneous malignancies. In addition to treating patients with cutaneous tumors he specializes in procedures for the treatment of tumors of the upper extremity, brachial plexus tumors, brachial plexus reconstruction and peripheral nerves. Research interests include targeted muscle reinnervation after tumor extirpation or amputation and isolated limb perfusion of the extremities for soft tissue tumors and understanding the tumor microenvironment of desmoplastic melanoma.

Dr. Clune graduated from Wesleyan University and attained his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine. He then completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at Children's Hospital Boston in craniofacial reconstruction. His specialty training in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery was completed at Yale with a special research focus in melanoma, followed by a fellowship in upper extremity surgery at the University of California and Shriners Hospital for Children Los Angeles with Dr. Neil Ford Jones where he focused on reconstruction of the upper extremity, soft tissue tumors of the extremities and peripheral nerve and brachial plexus reconstruction.

After completion of fellowship in California additional training was completed in Madrid, Spain in adult and pediatric brachial plexus reconstruction at the Hospital Universitario La Paz with Dr. Aleksandar Lovic and reconstructive microsurgery in Santander, Spain with Dr. Francisco Pinal.

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Upper Extremity Reconstruction
    Shriners Hospital for Children/University of California (2016)
  • Resident Plastic Surgery
    Yale New Haven Hospital, Yale School of Medicine (2015)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow
    Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School (2009)
  • MD
    George Washington School of Medicine (2008)
  • BA
    Wesleyan University (1999)

Professional Service

National Plastic Surgery Advisory Board, VAMember2022 - Present

Departments & Organizations