Richard Gelberman, MD
Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
All conditions of the hand and wrist in adults. Special interests include traumatic and degenerative conditions of the hand and wrist, fractures of the carpus and radius, tendon and nerve injuries, and wrist deformities due to rheumatoid arthritis.
Tendon repair, carpal instability, peripheral nerve repair and peripheral nerve compression
Fellowship trained in hand surgery, microsurgery, and children's orthopaedics, and the author of more than 275 manuscripts. He is the recipient of the Kappa Delta, Nicolas Andry, Emanuel Kaplan, Sumner Koch, and Marshall Urist Awards for Orthopaedic Surgery research. Dr. Gelberman served as the Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine from 1995-2014. In the past, he has served as the Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chairman of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' Council on Education and President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He is also a former president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In 2003, Dr. Gelberman was elected to the Institute of Medicine, a component of the National Academy of Sciences that deals with a broad range of health policy issues. He is past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand and recent past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
He is the recipient of the Kappa Delta, Nicolas Andry, Emanuel Kaplan, Sumner Koch, and Marshall Urist Awards for Orthopaedic Surgery research, the Washington University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Teacher of the Year Palma Chironis Award, and the American Orthopaedic Association Distinguished Clinician Educator Award. In 2013, he was awarded the Washington University Carl and Gerty Cori Award for Faculty Achievement and in 2016, he received the American Orthopaedic Association's Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Orthopaedic Surgery. He has been listed as a Best Doctor in America® in 1992-1995, and 1998-present.
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1976; Certificate of Added Qualifications (hand surgery); Recertified, 2007
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Wisconsin
Pediatric Orthopaedics, Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard University
Hand & Microvascular Surgery, Duke University Medical Center