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Our physicians specialize in the complete care for hand, arm, elbow, shoulder and knee conditions including microsurgery, therapy, and other advanced upper-extremity medical treatments. In addition to traditional medical education and surgical residencies, each of our doctors completed one year of fellowship training focused solely on treatment of upper extremity disorders and injuries. It’s a rare qualification that results in a meaningful difference. Contact Us for a Physician Consultation Today!

 

The result of this focus? We typically need to perform fewer surgeries to achieve the results our patients want. We can help those who’ve had unsuccessful surgeries or treatments elsewhere gain greater mobility and function in their hands, arms, elbows, and shoulders. When necessary, we’re experienced with aggressive surgical techniques that help our patients return to the everyday activities that are most important to them.

Paul A. Cook,
MD

With a strong focus on sports injuries as well as fractures and sprains, Dr. Cook’s extensive experience in the hand and arm is nationally renowned. Dr. Cook attended the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown and served both his internship and residency at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus. He received his fellowship training in Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity at the Raymond M. Curtis Hand Center in Baltimore, Md.

Areas of Focus

Fingers | Hand | Wrist | Arm

Conditions Commonly Treated

  • Sports Injuries & fractures in young athletes
  • Wrist injuries, including minimally invasive fracture repair
  • Arthritic conditions of the hand and wrist
  • Carpal and cubital tunnel with endoscopic carpal tunnel release

Certifications and Professional Affiliations

  • Certified, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
Charan Gowda,
MD

Dr. Gowda’s practice encompasses treatment of all bone and soft tissue disorders in the hand, wrist, and elbow. While he actively works with patients to find non-surgical solutions to their condition, he is expertly trained in all surgical procedures of the hand and upper extremity. He provides access to the latest and most minimally invasive surgical techniques available. Dr. Gowda attended the Duke University School of Medicine, served his medical internship at Duke University, and performed his residency at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Orthopedics. He received his fellowship training in Hand Surgery at The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center. When not interacting with patients, he enjoys working on cars, watching sports, and maintaining fitness. He and his wife stay busy with two active young boys.

Areas of Focus

Fingers | Hand | Wrist | Arm

Conditions Commonly Treated

  • Sports injuries & fractures in young athletes
  • Wrist injuries, including minimally invasive fracture repair
  • Arthritic conditions of the hand and wrist
  • Carpal and cubital tunnel with endoscopic carpal tunnel release

Certifications and Professional Affiliations

  • Certified, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
Raymond J. Kobus,
MD

Dr. Kobus attended medical school at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and served his internship and residency at The Ohio State University Medical Center. He served his Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship at the Hand Rehabilitation Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Areas of Focus

Fingers | Hand | Wrist | Arm

Conditions Commonly Treated

  • Sports Injuries & fractures in young athletes
  • Wrist injuries, including minimally invasive fracture repair
  • Arthritic conditions of the hand and wrist
  • Carpal and cubital tunnel with endoscopic carpal tunnel release

Certifications and Professional Affiliations

  • Certified, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
Thomas Kovack,
DO

Dr. Kovack attended The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri and completed both his medical internship and residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Ohio University. For his fellowship training, he studied Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at the Florida Orthopedic Institute at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida. In addition to being active in educating others in the medical community through his recent publications and industry papers, Dr. Kovack has performed many innovative surgeries. More information about Dr. Kovack can be viewed on columbusshoulderdoc.com.

A former personal trainer and competitive bodybuilder, Dr. Kovack believes his past experiences with health, sports and nutrition help him with treating patients and their orthopedic conditions. He is married with three children and enjoys spending time with his family, engaging in sports, and staying active in the gym to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Areas of Focus

Elbow | Arm | Shoulder | Knee

Conditions Commonly Treated

  • Tendon injuries of the shoulder/elbow/knee
  • Instability of the shoulder/elbow/knee
  • Arthritis, shoulder/elbow/knee
  • Fractures of the shoulder/elbow/knee

Certifications and Professional Affiliations

  • Board Certified, The American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Lawrence M. Lubbers,
MD

Dr. Lubbers studied medicine at the University of Louisville, served his internship at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and his residency at The Ohio State University Medical Center. His fellowship training included Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity, Kristine Kleinert Fellowship in Microsurgery Research, at the University of Louisville, and Special Fellowship in Orthopedic Surgery, Section of Hand Surgery, at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota.

Areas of Focus

Hand | Wrist | Arm

Conditions Commonly Treated

  • Sports Injuries & fractures in young athletes
  • Wrist injuries, including minimally invasive fracture repair
  • Arthritic conditions of the hand and wrist
  • Carpal and cubital tunnel with endoscopic carpal tunnel release

Certifications and Professional Affiliations

  • Certified, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
Chris McCarthy,
MD

Dr. McCarthy attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed his residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He received his fellowship training in Hand Surgery at Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA, where he honed skills in every area of upper extremity surgery, including microvascular repair and reconstruction. Dr. McCarthy’s experience allows his to treat everything from common trigger finger or nerve compression to complex upper extremity trauma. Outside of the office, he spends time exploring Columbus with his wife, Kari.

Areas of Focus

Fingers | Elbow | Wrist

Conditions Commonly Treated

  • Fractures and nerve injuries of the upper extremity
  • Carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Arthritis of the thumb, hand, wrist and elbow
  • Ligament injury repair and reconstruction

Certifications and Professional Affiliations

  • American Academic of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Association for Hand Surgery
  • Board eligible American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
James F. Nappi,
MD

Dr. Nappi attended medical school at the Ohio State University. He completed his internship and residency in Surgery at Akron City Hospital, his residency in Plastic Surgery at the Ohio State University, and his fellowship training in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at the Raymond M Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore, Md. Outside of medicine, he is an avid woodworker, and an NSCA certified shotgun instructor.

Areas of Focus

Fingers | Hand | Wrist | Arm

Conditions Commonly Treated

  • Sports Injuries & fractures in young athletes
  • Wrist injuries, including minimally invasive fracture repair
  • Arthritic conditions of the hand and wrist
  • Carpal and cubital tunnel with endoscopic carpal tunnel release
  • Dupuytren’s Disease with minimally invasive treatments, including Needle Aponeurotomy

Certifications and Professional Affiliations

  • Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • American Society of Peripheral Nerve

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