F. Thomas D. Kaplan, M.D., joined the practice in 2003. He treats all conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder, and has special interest in shoulder arthroscopy and reconstruction, fracture care, and Dupuytren disease. His practice philosophy is to provide both time-tested and state-of-the-art care in a way that emphasizes the patient’s goals while taking time to understand the patient, and make sure the patient understands their condition and options. “My goal is to listen to, and hear, what patients are telling me, clarify the options available, and then tailor treatment to their individual needs.”
Dr. Kaplan comes from Baltimore, MD, where he graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian of his medical school class. He trained in orthopaedics at NYU / Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City, then pursued sub-specialty training in hand, microvascular, and upper extremity surgery at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center in 2001. Dr. Kaplan is very involved in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and was selected as a Young Leader by the Society in 2007. He has subsequently served on and chaired multiple committees, and is a reviewer for the Journal of Hand Surgery.
Dr. Kaplan has a strong commitment to research and education. He has been integrally involved as a lead investigator in multiple studies on collagenase injection for Dupuytren contracture, culminating in FDA approval and publication in the New England Journal of Medicine. He has given numerous national and international lectures, and has been published in multiple journals. Dr. Kaplan is also actively involved in our fellowship program, a cornerstone to the mission of the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center. Dr. Kaplan presently serves as the Fellowship Director for the Hand Fellowship Program at The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center, one of the largest training programs in the US for specialization in the hand, upper extremity, and microvascular surgery.
Suzanne Cornelius, PA-C
Suzanne Cornelius graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Health Science Physician Assistant from Butler University in 2004. She received her certification and joined the practice with Dr. F. Thomas D. Kaplan shortly after her graduation. She enjoys treating fractures and conservative treatment of arthritis. She has a great interest in research and has acted as Sub-Investigator and Study Coordinator on multiple studies focused on Dupuytren Contracture and Frozen Shoulder. She has lectured at the Hand Care Conference on several topics including wound assessment, surgical drains, pain management, and the safety of NSAID use.
Suzanne Cornelius is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants. She served on the board of directors for the Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants from 2009 to 2014.
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