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Brandon S. Smetana, M.D. takes part in the ASSH Young Leaders Program

Brandon S. Smetana, M.D. was recently selected as one of only 15 distinguished hand surgeons in the country to take part in the ASSH Young Leaders Program in Chicago. The prestigious program, sponsored by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, gives enthusiastic and dedicated young surgeons the opportunity to develop leadership skills and increase their involvement in the society at the national level.  Members selected for this program participate in an active, ongoing discussion to identify key issues within the upper extremity profession and present their research and findings to the Council.

Issues discussed in this year’s Young Leader Program included topics ranging from developing methods to standardize educational curricula and skills for future hand surgeon trainees to pursuing initiatives to improve the efficiency and care for patients in the Emergency Department.

Dr. Smetana has become increasingly involved in numerous committees focusing on education since the conclusion of the program including initiatives to better define essential elements of hand fellowship training and to assist with the education of the next generation of hand surgeons through involvement in the AE Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference Committee and the Young Members Steering Committee. His involvement and ongoing commitment to advancing the field will continue the long standing tradition of the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center as we seek to provide the most up to date and cutting edge care to patients in our community.

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.

Emily’s Story – Dr. Kathryn M. Peck

Kathryn Peck patient photoEmily was playing the offensive position of jammer for her roller derby team when one of her opponents swept in for a big hit. Emily’s finger was pulled away from her hand resulting in the fifth metacarpal bone being fractured. Emily practiced through the pain not thinking anything was seriously wrong.  She posted a picture on Facebook of the injured finger and her friend, Dr Bree Simmons, who is also a sports medicine doctor at St. Vincent Sports Performance, suggested that maybe her injury was serious and needed a professional evaluation.

Emily visited Dr. Simmons, and she first splinted the injury to try to get the bone to reset on its own. She continued to play roller derby in a hard, protective splint. After several weeks, though, it became clear via X-ray that the bone was healing out of position. Since Emily is a writer by profession, her hand is a commodity, Dr. Simmons referred her to Dr. Kathryn Peck of the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center for an complete evaluation. Dr. Peck said surgery would be needed to repair the fracture and put it in a better position. Dr. Peck would implant a small plate and screws to support the bone.

“Emily had an impending mal-union where her bone was displaced and causing her fingers to cross over whenever she made a fist. It affected her grip strength as well as the function of her hand”, said Dr Peck. Dr.Peck would basically scrape off the part of the bone that was regenerating, restore the pieces to alignment and attach them with hardware. Emily had surgery just days after she met with Dr. Peck.

After surgery Emily visited the therapy department to start regaining her range of motion. The therapist used ultrasound treatment and exercises to restore the movement and range of flexibility in her hand. Emily also had exercises she had to do multiple times daily at home. “The staff was always very friendly and gave me different exercises to keep my hand on a steady arc of improvement. They also gave me different splints to maximize the range of movement my hand could have. This made my life easier at home and I’m sure encouraged the restoration of full function to my hand.” said Emily

Kathryn Peck patient

Emily was unable to participate in roller derby for around six weeks. Dr. Peck worked with Dr. Simmons (who is a former roller derby player who works to ensure all athletes keep as active as possible while healing from injury) to track her progress. “I think I was off skates for about four weeks, then I was allowed to skate with no contact for about two weeks, then finally I was allowed to fully participate with a protective splint. When they determined the bone was healed and not in danger of easily breaking in the same spot, I stopped using the splint.“ Emily said.

“Emily worked incredibly hard to get back to roller derby as quickly as possible. Her dedication and commitment to the rehabilitation process was amazing” said Dr Peck.

Kathryn Peck patient photo“My experience with the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center was the best you could expect from the situation of having a broken bone. I was reassured by the fact that I was going to a center with expertise in hands. Dr. Simmons had strongly recommended the practice and Dr. Peck in particular. Dr. Peck explained everything to me in terms I could understand and was open to helping me get back into full participation in my sport as soon as possible. I don’t know if she was familiar with roller derby before I walked into her office, but some medical professionals are freaked out by and overly cautious about the fact that I would choose to spend my free time playing a full-contact sport on wheels. However, Dr. Peck seemed to understand its importance and open to helping me reach my goals of getting back on skates as soon as possible. I felt she combined the best qualities in a health care provider in that she was both straightforward and honest, but also projected the kind of caring and concern you want in a medical experience. I also enjoyed working with the various therapists at the center. I like that the surgery center was attached to the same place where I met with Dr. Peck and got my x-rays. It felt like a comprehensive and cohesive practice in a way that’s kind of rare these days in health care.” said Emily.

“Any time I hear anyone has a hand or shoulder injury, I recommend the Indiana Hand to Shoulder and Dr. Peck. Her down-to-earth approach, combined with her expertise, make her an excellent physician, from this patient’s perspective. I only have a small scar and my hand works great. “

Sawyers’ Story

fb_sawyer_story_peckI want to take a minute to share our story and give recognition to not only a wonderful Doctor but an outstanding individual that I owe so many thanks to! Back in October a fall off of our kitchen bar stool, left my 3-year-old with a nasty fracture of both the ulna and radius bones in his left wrist. It was reduced in our local emergency room and casted for 4 weeks. Five days after getting that cast off, a slip in the kitchen proved to be too much for the just broken wrist and we found ourselves yet again in the ER with yet another break, this time of only the radius bone. A few days following that break my son was complaining of pain so I took him into our local Ortho doctor to get checked out, only to find that the bone had shifted the opposite way and would need a pin placed as soon as possible. This was the day prior to Thanksgiving of course and our local Ortho was wanting to do surgery that day at 4:00 in our local hospital. After so many dealings between the breaks and our local hospital having not seen many of these cases I was not interested in him having surgery and wanted a second opinion. Due to his pain I was unsure of what to do.

I quickly called my friend who is a hand specialist for a referral on who was the best and she advised we see Dr. Kathryn Peck. After a quick look over her bio while sitting in the office waiting for his previous Doctor to return, I was fortunate enough to have her call and speak with Dr. Peck’s nurse who then immediately called me and started gathering information, she even had me text a picture of our x-rays to present Dr. Peck. On Thanksgiving night I received a phone call from Dr. Peck herself with news that she had an opening for surgery the following morning. I was a ball of mess and literally crying on the phone as we went over the details and arrival times. Not once did she make me feel as though I was overreacting or out of control even though looking back it’s clear I was.

The following morning we arrived at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. Meeting Dr. Peck for the first time it was clear she was referred to us as the best because she was indeed the best. Immediately after speaking with her my husband and I were at ease with putting our child’s health in her hands. I felt as though I was sending Sawyer with a lifetime friend who would treat him as though he were her own. I can’t begin to explain how thankful we are for her compassion. I had 5 million questions which were probably dumb and barely made sense as I tried to speak with nerves that made it hard to even breath. She hugged me before taking our little guy back and assured us everything would be fine.

We are now 8 weeks out from having his cast on and he is better than ever. There aren’t enough words in the dictionary to explain our thanks and gratitude for such an amazing woman but thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are forever grateful!

God Bless, Daniel & Ashley B.

Kathryn M. Peck, MD: Brayden’s Story

Brayden’s Story

fb_brayden_kathryn_peckOur family came to Dr. Peck in hopes that we had finally found someone with the kind of pediatric expertise we needed, and the kind of compassion shown by a mother that we desired. Her bedside manner was amazing & genuine with every single encounter! Not once did I ever feel like a bother to her with my many questions. She even helped me make sure every question on my list had an answer written down before I left each visit. She looked at my son as a kid, as our future, not just as an experiment or a paycheck. She took an interest in him as a person.  She made sure he was comfortable during our visits and felt included. She got his opinion on things and asked what questions he had.

Brayden had lost his left thumb due to a lawnmower accident just days after his 5th birthday.  Several doctors on different panels across the U.S. called Brayden’s case a head-scratcher because of the CMC joint now missing after the accident. With minimal options,  we were originally preparing to wrap a very active toddler like a mummy for 4 weeks to be able to allow the skin to grow so that they could do the pollicization – moving the index finger down to the thumb area.  Dr. Peck reached out to one of her fellow surgeons that had done 1000’s of these surgeries to see if there was any way to keep us from going through more stress.  We gave the situation to God, and waited.  The day before the skin flap surgery, I got an exciting call from Dr. Peck from her personal cell phone on a Sunday afternoon saying she had spoken with her colleague and they both had faith that she could make this work without the flap.  We went forward with the pollicization.  The day of surgery, I felt like things were in the hands of a lifelong friend, not just some surgeon. The kind of trust that had built up, and the compassion that came from Dr. Peck, took every worry I had ever had and threw it out the window.

After 28 days in a cast, and a few months of therapy, Brayden was able to master just about anything you put in front of him!  April 1, 2017, a year after the surgery, I am ecstatic to report that there is nothing that this happy boy can’t do!  He can even push buttons through holes, which we didn’t think he would be able to do.  He has more movement & mobility than they thought possible with the missing CMC joint; and we have God & Dr. Kathryn Peck to thank for such an amazing outcome and bright future!

Crystal Clairday

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.