52148-Weber, Erin

Erin L. Weber, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

EH 232
Indianapolis, IN


Dr. Erin Weber joined Indiana University in 2020 and is an Assistant Professor in Plastic Surgery, specializing in hand surgery. Her clinical interest include hand and upper extremity reconstruction and nerve injury, including brachial plexus. Her practice is located at Methodist Hospital.

Dr. Weber grew up in a small town in western Maryland. She attended Rice University and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2000 with a degree in Biochemistry. She then completed a combined MD/PhD program at the University of Southern California, graduating in 2009. Her graduate thesis focused on altering the molecular design of viral vectors to reduce the risk of cancer as a side effect of gene therapy treatment. Dr. Weber then completed an internship year in general surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, followed by residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at USC. She paused her residency for three years to complete a postdoctoral research fellowship, investigating human hair follicle development and ways to enhance hair regeneration for the treatment of hair loss. Finally, she completed an orthoplastic fellowship in hand surgery at the University of Pennsylvania in 2020 before joining the IU family.

As a surgeon-scientist, Dr. Weber is continuing her research endeavors at Indiana University. Her interests include hair follicle regeneration and nerve regeneration.

When not caring for her patients or researching new treatments, Dr. Weber enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and dog. They enjoy hiking, biking, and skiing.


Key Publications

Weber EL, Werner JM, Johnson MB, Kim G, Tiongson E, Ramos-Platt L, and Seruya M. Characteristics of upper extremity recovery in acute flaccid myelitis: a case series. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2020.

Diamond S, Lundy JB, Weber EL, Lalezari S, Rafijah G, Leis A, Gray BL, Lin IC, and Gupta R. A call to arms: emergency hand and upper extremity operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Hand Surgery Global Online. 2020; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhsg.2020.05.004

Weber EL, Woolley TE, Yeh C-Y, Ou K-L, Maini PK, and Chuong CM. Self-organizing hair peg-like structures from dissociated skin progenitor cells: new insights for human hair follicle organoid engineering and Turing patterning in an asymmetric morphogenetic field. Experimental Dermatology. 2019; 28:355-366. PMID: 30681746

Weber EL, Leland HA, Azadgoli B, Minneti M, and Carey JN. Preoperative surgical rehearsal using cadaveric fresh tissue surgical simulation increases resident operative confidence. Annals of Translational Medicine. 2017; 5:302. PMID: 28856142

Weber EL and Chuong CM. Environmental reprogramming and molecular profiling in reconstitution of human hair follicles. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA. 2013; 110:19658-9. PMID: 24272942

Leto Barone AA, Zhou ZY, Hughes MW, Park R, Schulman RM, Lee S, Vidar EN, Shiba TL, Weber EL, and Cetrulo CL. Lentiviral transduction of face and limb flaps: implications for immunomodulation of vascularized composite allografts. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2012; 129:391-400. PMID: 22286422

Trinh AT, Ball B, Weber E, Gallaher TK, Gluzman-Poltorak Z, Anderson WF, and Basile LA. Retroviral vectors encoding ADA regulatory locus control region provide enhanced T-cell-specific transgene expression. Genetic Vaccines and Therapy. 2009; 7:13. PMID: 20042112

Weber EL and Cannon PM. Promoter choice for retroviral vectors: transcriptional strength versus trans-activation potential. Human Gene Therapy. 2007; 18:849-860. PMID: 17767401

Titles & Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Education
    2020 FEL Orthopedic Hand Surgery, University of Pennsylvania
    2019 RES Plastic Surgery, LAC + USC Medical Center - Los Angeles
    2016 FEL Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
    2010 RES General Surgery, Harbor - UCLA Medical Center
    2009 MD University of Southern California
    2007 PhD University of Southern California
    2000 BA Rice University
  • Clinical Interests

    Hand and upper extremity reconstruction, hand trauma, nerve injuries, brachial plexus injuries, lower extremity reconstruction, free tissue transfer

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