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Hand, Wrist, Elbow, and Shoulder Surgery Experts

Robert J. Goitz, MD
Chief, Division of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

Dr. Goitz is chief of the Division of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery in the UPMC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and a lead member of the hand transplant surgical team. Chosen as one of the “Best Doctors in America” every year since 2005, Dr. Goitz has contributed to more than 80 publications, has given more than 70 regional, national, and international presentations, and serves as a consultant editor for three major medical journals. Dr. Goitz specializes in all disorders of the arm from hand to shoulder, including nerve disorders, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendon problems, such as rotator cuff tears, joint arthroscopy, and pediatric/congenital problems.

Dr. Goitz received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His surgical training included a general surgery internship and orthopaedic residency at UPMC, followed by a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Indiana Hand Center. Dr. Goitz currently holds the position as professor in three different areas of study — orthopaedic surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and bioengineering at Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering. His research interests include osteoarthritis of the hand, carpal tunnel syndrome, forearm biomechanics, and wrist injuries.

John R. Fowler, MD
Dr. John R. Fowler is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He earned his medical degree from the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, where he also completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery. Additionally, he completed a Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery fellowship at UPMC.  He is the director of research for the Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship, a member of the Young Member Steering Committee for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and member of the Research Committee for the American Association for Hand Surgery.  He is active in both resident and fellow education.

Dr. Fowler specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery, treating all disorders from the clavicle to fingertips. His areas of research interest include carpal tunnel syndrome, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and dispelling dogmas in orthopedic surgery. 

Gregg Lincoln Goldstrohm, MD
After completing both his undergraduate and residency at the UPMC, Dr. Goldstrohm joined the UPMC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as a clinical assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery in the Division of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. He also is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with a subspecialty in hand and upper extremity surgery.

Robert A. Kaufmann, MD
Dr. Kaufmann is an associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and a practicing UPMC physician who specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery.

Dr. Kaufmann graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked as a design engineer and then enrolled at the Temple University School of Medicine. He stayed at Temple to complete his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at Temple University Hospital. He completed a hand surgery fellowship at the Philadelphia Hand Center, which is affiliated with Jefferson University Hospital.

Dr. Kaufmann is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in upper extremity surgery. He has been the upper extremity surgery consultant for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers and the Duquesne Dukes Men’s and Women’s Athletic Teams since 2004. He has been the upper extremity surgery consultant for the Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Club since 2012. He is the medical director of the UPMC Monroeville Surgery Center.

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