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  • Edward Akelman, MD

  • Edward Akelman, MD

    • Head of the upper extremity and microvascular surgery division of the department of orthopedics at Rhode Island Hospital
    • Professor and vice chairman of orthopedics at the Brown Medical School

    Edward Akelman, MD, devotes his practice to hand, wrist and elbow injuries and has expertise in caring for common hand problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome as well as fractures, sports injuries, arthritis, and nerve problems of the hand, wrist and elbow.

    Akelman is a graduate of Princeton University and Dartmouth Medical School. He completed his orthopedic training at Yale New Haven Hospital. He subsequently completed a hand fellowship at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. He is past president of the New England Hand Society and Rhode Island Orthopedic Society. He is currently president of the American Association of Hand Surgery Fellowships and president of the Staff Association of Rhode Island Hospital.

    Akelman is chairman of the AAOS CME committee in charge of all post residency education of orthopedists in the United States. He currently heads the departmental committee responsible for implementation and planning of the resident core curriculum for the department, and has been awarded the Department of Orthopedics Teaching Award by the orthopedic residents and students twice in the past five years.

    Akelman's research interests include nerve compression syndromes of the upper extremities, wrist and carpal kinematics and radiocarpal injuries. Akelman has written extensively on hand surgical conditions in hand surgery journals, and in chapters in orthopedic and hand surgery textbooks. He teaches and lectures throughout the world regarding hand, wrist and elbow surgery. He is currently an associate editor of the Journal of Hand Surgery and the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is director of the Brown University Hand Surgery Fellowship.