Hand & Microsurgery

Your hands touch every aspect of your life. Trust the Washington University Orthopedics for all of your hand and wrist needs. With convenient locations in West St. Louis County, South County, and the Central West End on the Washington University School of Medicine Campus, our hand team features the largest and most experienced group of hand and wrist surgeons in the region.

Our specialists treat all conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow and forearm in patients of all ages. We treat the simplest to the most complex conditions, and offer a Multidisciplinary Complex Nerve Clinic that is dedicated to the treatment of patients with nerve injuries. 

Make an appointment today by calling 314-514-3500, or request an appointment online.

Commonly Treated Conditions


Our Team

We are the largest and most experienced team of hand and wrist surgeons in the region. Our surgeons are all board-certified and are highly specialized, with additional training in the areas of:

  • Arthritis and joint replacement arthroplasty
  • Sports injuries
  • Nerve entrapment and injury
  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Soft tissue loss requiring flap coverage
  • Birth differences of the upper extremity

Treatment Approach

We strongly believe in treating patients in the most optimal setting. In collaboration with Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, we have the ability to offer comprehensive services through either inpatient (hospital-based) or outpatient care at numerous locations across the St. Louis area. The vast majority of surgical procedures for hand and wrist problems are performed on an outpatient basis.

Replantation surgery, total joint replacement of the wrist and hand, flap coverage for soft tissue loss, and surgery to correct children’s deformities usually require a short stay in the hospital. Rehabilitation services are readily available in both inpatient and outpatient settings and focus on pain relief, mobility, and improved function.

Research & Clinical Trials

For information on current clinical trials related to orthopedics, or to make an appointment with a specialist with Washington University Orthopedics, please call (314) 514-3500 or toll free (866) 867-3627.

Meet Our Team

Martin Boyer, MD, FRCS(C), Co-Chief of Service

Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Co-Chief, Hand & Wrist Service

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Charles Goldfarb, MD, Co-Chief of Service

Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Orthopedic Surgery

Vice Chair of Pediatric and Adolescent Musculoskeletal Diseases

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Ryan Calfee, MD, MSc

Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery Associate Medical Director, Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Orthopedic Center

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Christopher Dy, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Richard Gelberman, MD

Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Lindley Wall

Lindley Wall, MD

Assistant Professor

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Patient Stories

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Melanie Rappard - Wrist Arthroscopy

Melanie has faced medical challenges throughout her young life. The 22 year-old from Springfield, MO has Marfan syndrome, a connective tissue disease that has required multiple surgeries, including aortic heart valve repair in grade school.

While a car accident in 2002 left her relatively unscathed, her wrist took the brunt of the impact. And her Marfan syndrome only made repairing her wrist more difficult.

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