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Meet Rachel Lefebvre, MD

Originally published January 2, 2019

Last updated July 22, 2022

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Dr. Lefebvre is an orthopedic surgeon at Keck Medicine of USC, who specializes in the treatment of hand and wrist injuries, arthritis and posttraumatic reconstruction.

Here’s what you won’t find on her resume.

She’s a musician, a lover of nature and a fan of the arts.

“When I’m not working, I love to spend time hiking, playing my violin and baking. I also enjoy visiting museums in Los Angeles — the Getty is a favorite — and going to the beach.”

Fall season in New England sweeps her off her feet.

“Much of my family lives in the Northeast, so I love to travel there to visit. New England in the fall is one of the most beautiful places in the world!”

Understanding is the key to successful care.

“One of the most rewarding parts of my job is helping patients understand their anatomy and diagnosis. When the patient and I have a common knowledge base about what’s being treated, we can make informed decisions together and move toward wellness.”

Her expertise involves many different specialties.

“Hand and wrist surgery is fascinating because it involves so many topics. Every day, I draw on principles from orthopedic and plastic surgery, vascular surgery, microsurgery, rheumatology, pathology and infectious disease.”

This advancement could change hand and wrist surgeries.

“My current areas of research focus on peripheral nerve injury as well as hand and wrist trauma. I think we’re still just beginning to understand peripheral nerve repair and reconstruction after injury. It’s an exciting, developing field that I think has big advancements on the horizon.”

She approaches each patient with kindness and respect.

“I try to approach all patients with kindness and respect. Every patient has a unique way that their hand, wrist or nerve issue impacts their life. I think it’s important to consider each patient’s individual wellness goals.”

The continual education from being at an academic medical center keeps her at her very best.

“Keck Medicine has a dynamic and engaging learning environment. Attending academic conferences regularly, collaborating with colleagues on research and working with medical trainees keeps me on top of new developments in our field and on my toes every day.”

Keck Medicine is her home.

“The multidisciplinary collaboration within our USC Hand Center is one of a kind. My physician, nursing and therapy colleagues within our subspecialty are outstanding. We collaborate on patient care, educational initiatives and research to advance our field. Keck Medicine fosters collaboration, which makes us all better at what we do and helps us provide the best care possible to our patients.”

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