UA Orthopaedic Surgery Creates New Hand And Upper Extremity Service

George Humphrey
May 15, 2001

The University of Arizona orthopaedic surgery department has appointed Dr. Joseph E. Sheppard to head its new Hand and Upper Extremity Service.

Sheppard, who specializes in hand surgery, has a medical degree from the University of Florida, where he also completed an internal medicine internship, a microsurgery research fellowship and an orthopaedic surgery residency. He also finished an upper extremity surgery clinical fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and instructed at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

His other hand and upper extremity and microsurgery appointments were at Marshfield Clinic, Wisc., where Sheppard was affiliated with the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison; and at the Arkansas Center for Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity in Little Rock, Ark. He worked with the Indian Health Service in 1998.

His most recent orthopaedic surgery position was at Texas Tech University Medical Center.

In 1989 Sheppard earned a certificate of added qualification (CAQ) from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and presently is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Sheppard and Dr. Marci Dara Jones, who joined the UA orthopaedic surgery department last fall, provide hand and upper extremity (wrist, elbow and shoulder) evaluation, treatment, surgery and rehabilitation. Conditions treated by the UA Hand and Upper Extremity Service include: traumatic injuries; cumulative trauma and repetitive motion disorders; congenital deformities; arthritis; fractures; nerve compression; and athletic and work-related injuries.




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