Orthopedics This Week names Jeffrey A. Greenberg, M.D. one of the “12 Leading North American Hand Surgeons”


Orthopedics This Week recently named Jeffrey A. Greenberg, MD, one of the “12 Leading North American Hand Surgeons” in the March 7, 2017 issue. Orthopedics This Week is the most widely read publication in the Orthopedics industry.

Orthopedics This Week is a four time winner of the MORE award for journalistic excellence, and is the essential and most widely read publication in Orthopedics. Orthopedics This Week delivers breaking news, analysis and commentary. Orthopedics is now the largest sector in all of medicine with more than 75 million patients treated in the U.S. annually (2.3x that number globally), this is an industry that affects roughly 1 in 4 people.

Congratulations Dr. Greenberg.

Dr. Thomas D. Kaplan patient featured on WTTV segment about Shoulder Replacement


Dr. Thomas D. Kaplan was recently featured on Debby Knox ‘s “4 Your Health” segment on shoulder replacement procedure for arthritis pain.


Kathryn M. Peck leads at Curiosity, Confidence, Challenge workshop


Kathryn M. Peck, M.D. recently took part in the workshop “Curiosity, Confidence, Challenge.” It is a conference for middle school girls on careers in science, technology, engineering, and math held by Sycamore School in Indianapolis. It was the 20th consecutive year of the conference, an event designed to heighten girls’ interest in STEM careers and encourage them to select high school courses that will lead to success in college.  For the past several years, they have reached the maximum capacity of 400 middle school girls from all regions of Indiana in attendance at the conference.

The girls select four workshops from a total of 29 disciplines related to STEM careers. Women volunteers from each of these fields lead the 40 minute workshops with 5-10 minutes of enthusiastic discussion on their personal background, education, job responsibilities, career possibilities, etc.  The remaining 30-35 minutes are spent on a hands-on activity, or activities, related to their field.  The girls loved the hands-on aspect of the conference.  There are a maximum of 12 girls in each of the six workshop sessions.  The workshop leaders are a diverse group of professional women from large corporations (Lilly, Rolls-Royce, Allison Transmission, Dow AgroSciences), universities (Butler, IUPUI, Rose-Hulman), health care facilities (IU School of Medicine, Veterans Affairs, Zionsville Country Vet), parks departments, and small businesses.

Greg A. Merrell, MD gets a new patent approved

GAM_patentGreg A. Merrell was recently notified by the US Patent Office that he was awarded a patent on an intramedullary compression device.  The patent allows a novel technique for minimally invasive repair of forearm fractures.  Dr. Merrell looks forward to continuing his research on ways to improve patient care by helping them heal their injuries faster and with less invasive surgical techniques.

Prevent Unnecessary Injuries with these Winter Safety Tips

fb-snowblowerEvery year the board certified orthopedic surgeons at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center see patients with injuries due to careless use of snowblowers, frostbite and falls on ice.  If you’re spending time outdoors in the cold winter weather, please remember these tips to help prevent an unnecessary trip to the doctor’s office or emergency room due to injury.

Use your snowblower safely

Snowblowers are a great way to quickly clear snow from your driveway and sidewalks, but they can also cause serious injury if used improperly.  Avoid dangerous situations and unnecessary accidents while using your snowblower.

Please remember…

• Snow can clog a snowblower, causing it to temporarily malfunction.
• Propeller blades can still be in motion, even when the machine is turned off.
• Making contact with moving blades or parts can result in severe injury.
• Never remove and safety devices on the snowblower.
• Fill snowblowers with gas outdoors – not in an enclosed area.  If using electric snowblower, be careful not to trip on or run over the cord.

Beware of Icy Sidewalks and Parking Lots

When you’re taking a crisp winter stroll in your neighborhood or walking through the parking lot at work, use caution after snow has fallen.  Sidewalks and pavement can be slippery resulting in falls that cause serious injuries to the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hands.  Follow these tips.

• Wear sensible boots with thick, non-tread soles and low heels. Keep these in your car in case you become stranded or encounter car trouble.
• Thoroughly salt or sand your driveway, walkways and sidewalks.
•Wait until snow/ice has melted before walking on salted surfaces.
• Look before you walk.  Surfaces can re-freeze during nighttime hours, making sidewalks and parking lots slippery in the morning.
• Walk slowly and carefully, taking small steps.

Thomas D. Kaplan has one of the 5 most highly cited papers published in Journal of Hand Surgery

Kaplan Journal Certificate


The editors of Journal of Hand Surgery recently informed Dr. Kaplan that his paper, “Dupuytren contracture recurrence following treatment with collagenase clostridium histolyticum (CORDLESS Study): 3-year data,” published in 2013, is one of the most highly cited papers during 2014 and 2015. Congratulations Dr Kaplan.

The Journal of Hand Surgery publishes original, peer-reviewed articles related to the diagnosis, treatment, and pathophysiology of diseases and conditions of the upper extremity; these include both clinical and basic science studies, along with case reports. Special features include Clinical Perspective and History of Hand Surgery articles, Comprehensive Review manuscripts, and Surgical Technique articles that provide an overview of hand surgery, technical aspects of surgery, and current controversial topics.

For more information on the Journal of Hand surgery please visit

To find out more about Dr. Kaplan visit his profile.


Got Thumb Pain? Arthritis Could Be the Suspect

arthritis hand indiana hand to shoulder centerIf you notice increasing pain with activities as simple as opening a jar or turning a key, you likely are experiencing the effects of thumb arthritis, also known as basal joint arthritis. This condition is common in postmenopausal women, with nearly 25 percent of women eventually developing pain and other symptoms due to wear and tear on the joint at the base of the thumb.

For most women, thumb arthritis is not from prior injury. Men suffer from the condition with fewer incidences than women; however, male patients will frequently have a history of a prior injury.

The anatomy of the thumb basal joint depends upon two bones – the trapezium and the thumb metacarpal – along with several ligaments to maintain stability. These bones and ligaments are placed under tremendous stress on a daily basis. For example, if we pinch the equivalent of 10 pounds at the fingertip, the basal joint is placed under 120 pounds of pressure. During grasp, the basal joint may experience over 100 times the force. This repetitive force causes the ligaments to become thin, which leads to abnormal wear and, eventually, arthritis.

Treatment depends on the severity of the disease. Early disease typically responds to splinting and simple injections. As more conservative treatments become less effective and symptoms become unbearable, surgery becomes the best option for pain relief without limiting function.

Diagnosis is pain free. A simple evaluation and review of radiographs with an orthopedic surgeon usually is all that is necessary. Once diagnosis is confirmed, the physician and patient can tailor a team approach for the most effective treatment regimen.