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I am an orthopaedic surgeon who is the chief of hand surgery at Duke. Although we are referred to as hand surgeons I treat many people with wrist and elbow conditions. Because the hand is so complex patients who see me can have complaints that range from numbness and weakness to issues with range of motion. My grandfather my grandmother my mother and my father were all healthcare workers. I have wanted to be a surgeon since I watched M*A*S*H on the television as a child. I obtain great satisfaction from treating someone who has a very severe hand or arm injury reconstructing the part and restoring its basic function. Duke has been the strongest hand surgery program in the country for the past 50 to 75 years. As chair of the program I want patients to know that the best and the brightest providers are seeing them when they come to Duke.