Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center Physicians named in Indianapolis Monthly Top Docs



The annual Top Docs issue of Indianapolis Monthly (November) is out and 6 of our physicians are featured in the Hand Surgery section. Congratulations Dr. Baltera, Dr. Creighton, Dr. Fischer, Dr. Greenberg, Dr. Kaplan and Dr. Merrell.


William B. Kleinman, MD awarded the Lee Osterman Teaching Award

It is with deep gratitude and respect that the Physicians of the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center congratulate their colleague William B. Kleinman on the reception of the Lee Osterman Teaching Award.  The Osterman award is granted to only one member of the ASSH (American Society for Surgery of the Hand).  The recipient is a member who has dedicated his or her career to the advancement of the Surgery of the Hand education.  The recipient is deemed to have demonstrated excellence in educating students, resident and fellows, as well as other Hand Surgeons.  During the course of his career Dr. Kleinman has trained thousands in his specialty.  He has been in the practice of hand and upper extremity surgery at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center since the completion of his post-residency Fellowship training in 1978. He earned his doctorate degree in medicine from Cornell University/New York Hospital in New York City in 1972. He completed a two-year general surgery residency at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver in 1974, followed by a return to New York City to complete his three-year residency training in orthopaedic surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in 1977. His formal one-year Fellowship training in Hand Surgery was also completed at Columbia-Presbyterian, under the tutelage of his legendary mentor, Dr. Robert E. Carroll. Dr. Kleinman’s training in microvascular reconstruction followed at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina.

He is a full Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Much of his work at the I.U. Medical Center throughout his career has been in children with hand and upper extremity birth defects. Services have been provided through the Congenital Hand Deformities Clinic at the Riley Children’s Hospital, where he served as founder and director from 1978 to 1995.

The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center has provided excellence in care of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder for over 45 years.  Their world class team treats simple conditions to complex/traumatic injuries.  With teaching requests worldwide, and patients coming from around the globe, the physicians at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center stand ready to offer compassionate care and excellent surgical outcomes.

Gregory A. Merrell, MD publishes new article in the Journal of Hand Surgery

Gregory A. Merrell, MD had an article titled “Suture constructs for rehabilitation using early active motion after tendon transfer surgery” in the Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume). The purpose of this study was to better define an ideal tendon transfer suture construct to allow for early active range of motion.

Gregory Merrell article

Work Comp Seminar Held at IHTSC

Dr. Greg Merrell and our team at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center held another successful Work Comp educational luncheon last week, Dr. Merrell’s presentation and Q&A on Causation in Work Related Injuries was another step forward in providing excellence in patient care.


Fireworks Safety

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) Urges Firework Safety in an Effort to Reduce the Number of Injuries Each Year

Fireworks are a part of many seasonal celebrations, but many people fail to realize just how dangerous they really are. Many accidents each year result in life-altering injuries for people of all ages. Firework injuries can be particularly difficult to treat because they involve both burns and blast injuries, which damage tissues from the skin through the bone and can even cause partial or complete hand amputation.

Fireworks caused over 11,000 injuries in 2016, most commonly damaging hands and fingers. Sparklers, which many parents consider to be safe, burn at greater than 1,000 degrees F and can quickly cause serious injury. Injuries to the hand may include disfigurement and permanent disability, affecting jobs and life satisfaction.

Many states recognize the danger and limit the use of consumer fireworks at varying levels. As hand surgeons who specialize in this type of injury, ASSH urges the public to understand that:

– All fireworks are inherently dangerous.
– Firework use should be limited to professional display; explosive materials should only be handled by professionals.
– Firework injuries to the hand can be devastating and have large personal and economic costs.

Fireworks are unpredictable, and even trained technicians are susceptible to injury. Yet, we understand that consumers may continue to use fireworks, so we recommend additional safety precautions should always be taken:

1. Use personal protective equipment, including eye protection, when handling any flammable material.
2. Ensure that people nearby are aware of any plan to ignite fireworks and are in a safe area.
3. If attending a public display, pay close attention and obey all rules and regulations established by the authorities and crew in charge of safety.
4. Do not consume alcohol or use other drugs when choosing to use a firework, as it may impair judgment and dexterity.
5. ASSH’s full position statement includes additional safety recommendations from the National Council on Firework Safety.

Hands are our primary tools for exploring the world; an injury can permanently impact your home and work life. Please be safe this season!

“As a young child, I clearly remember asking my mother to buy fireworks for the 4th of July. She told me about her childhood classmate who lost an eye due to a firework injury and told me ‘no,’” recalls hand surgeon Steven H. Goldberg, MD. “Now, as a hand surgeon, I’ve had to treat multiple patients with injuries so severe that their fingers required amputation or were already missing. It is not easy news to share, and it’s not easy for patients to hear. In a split second, their hand, their life, their employment is changed forever. Listen to my mom, and say ‘no’ to the personal use of fireworks this summer.”

For more information visit:…/…/ASSH-Position-Statement-on-Fireworks

Kevin R. Knox, M.D. in La Paz, Bolivia volunteering with The Touching Hands Project

Kevin R. Knox, M.D. is in La Paz, Bolivia this week volunteering with The Touching Hands Project.

The Touching Hands Project – WHAT WE DO

Each THP medical team is comprised of hand surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, and hand therapists. The teams travel around the world to poor countries such as Haiti, Ethiopia and Honduras to treat and evaluate patients for hand and/or arm conditions, deformities and injuries. During each 1- or 2-week mission, the THP team will see and treat around 100 patients!

Many of the patients treated are victims of horrific violence that takes place in these struggling countries. The people in the communities we visit have limited access to healthcare and sometimes have no hand surgeons in the entire country. Our teams are giving children an opportunity to grow up and function as a normal child and are giving adults the opportunity to use their hands again, which can be a matter of survival in countries where manual labor dominates the work force.


The Touching Hands Project (THP) provides free hand surgery and hand therapy to adults and children in underserved communities around the world. From children with deformities to adults with chronic pain or victims of unspeakable violence, the THP volunteers work to better the lives of patients who desperately need hand care. We send teams of hand surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and hand therapists to countries that have little access to medical care. Our work allows these patients to use their hands again, whether it’s to hold their child, return to work, eat a meal, or put on their shoes. Your support, even in the smallest amount, can change a life.

Hand Care 2018 held at Downtown Marriott in Indianapolis

HAND CARE 2018: Advancing the Quality of Patient Care through Medical Education was held May 10 – 12 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown in Indianapolis, Indiana with over 400 in attendance. The next Hand Care Conference will be held in 2020. Thank you to all that attended.

Hand Care 2018 is directed toward the practicing clinician and is presented at an intermediate level.  It is recommended for occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians, physician assistants, and nurses with a special interest in hand rehabilitation.  A comprehensive format is designed around the dynamics of a team approach for total upper extremity care.  The course includes a full spectrum of subjects pertaining to the upper extremity including lecture presentations with handouts and reference lists, an anatomy and splinting lab, panel discussions and exhibits.  A portion of the proceeds from this course will be contributed to the American Hand Therapy Foundation (AHTF). AHTF supports the advancement of hand rehabilitation through clinical and scientific research.

Hand Care has been an Indiana Hand Center and Hand Rehabilitation Center of Indiana tradition since 1984. The meeting was established to share clinical knowledge with the goal of advancing the practice of hand therapy and quality of patient care both nationally and internationally.  In recent years the practice made an important decision to expand the practice name to Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center, reflecting our comprehensive treatment of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.  In complement to this, the name of the therapy division of the practice was changed to Hand to Shoulder Therapy Center.