Dr. Diane Payne, MD

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Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery | Female

Emory University School of Medicine 49 Jesse Hill Jr Dr SE # Orthopedicsurgery Atlanta, GA 30303 Get Directions
Dr. Diane Payne, MD
I grew up in small, rural town in Texas, and then went to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where I obtained an undergraduate degree in Microbiology. Upon graduation, I decided to pursue physical therapy, and obtained a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy from Emory University. I married my soul mate, and together we moved to Boston, MA, followed by Durham, NC. I worked in the outpatient sports medicine world of physical therapy, and after practicing for several years, made the decision to return to medical school to become an orthopedic surgeon. At that point in my life, I lived in Kansas City, KS, where I attended University of Kansas School of Medicine. After confirming Orthopedic Surgery was my calling, I was able to join the family of residents at Duke University School of Medicine for residency, followed by a fellowship in Hand and Micro-vascular Surgery. From Durham NC, my husband, 2 children, cat and dog moved to Hawaii, where I practiced orthopedic surgery for 3 years. I then made the difficult decision to leave Hawaii to return to academic practice, and joined Emory University Department of Orthopedic Surgery as an Assistant Professor. I spend the majority of my time managing upper extremity trauma at Grady Memorial Hospital, where I am the Director of Hand Trauma. I am very interested in providing and improving resident education. I am also very interested in the public health epidemic of gun violence, prompting me to begin the Grady PIVOT program: Program to Interrupt Violence thru Outreach and Treatment - a collaborative effort between Grady Health System, the Atlanta Police Department and the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Atlanta GA. I am very active in many national organizations, and currently am a member of the Young Leaders Group, as well as the Resident Education Committee for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. I also sit on the ethics committee for Grady Memorial Hospital, and well as for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

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Dr. Payne's Care Philosophy

During my first career as a therapist, and now my second career as an orthopedic surgeon, I have found opportunity to truly make a difference in people's lives. Whether treating victims of mangling trauma at Grady or treating minor sprains, strains or arthritis, I feel a sense of accountability to my patients, to help them work thru their injury. This has become as a sense of purpose for me, which drives me to do the best job I can - to try to help turn the tide what can be a life-changing injury or event for a patient, into an experience of empowerment to persevere and recover. I am constantly awestruck by the power of patients to recover, and often try to work with patients to find the "glass half full", even thru devastating injury. I feel extremely lucky to to be an orthopedic surgeon, and feel like I have the best job in the world - we have the ability to help patients heal, return to function and return to their lives, which is an incredibly gratifying gift.

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Emory University School of Medicine49 Jesse Hill Jr Dr SE # Orthopedicsurgery
Atlanta, GA 30303
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I grew up in small, rural town in Texas, and then went to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where I obtained an undergraduate degree in Microbiology.  Upon graduation, I decided to pursue physical therapy, and obtained a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy from Emory University.  I married my soul mate, and together we moved to Boston, MA, followed by Durham, NC.   I worked in the outpatient sports medicine world of physical therapy, and after practicing for several years, made the decision to return to medical school to become an orthopedic surgeon.  At that point in my life, I lived in Kansas City, KS, where I attended University of Kansas School of Medicine.  After confirming Orthopedic Surgery was my calling, I was able to join the family of residents at Duke University School of Medicine for residency, followed by a fellowship in Hand and Micro-vascular Surgery.  From Durham NC, my husband, 2 children, cat and dog moved to Hawaii, where I practiced orthopedic surgery for 3 years.  I then made the difficult decision to leave Hawaii to return to academic practice, and joined Emory University Department of Orthopedic Surgery as an Assistant Professor.  I spend the majority of my time managing upper extremity trauma at Grady Memorial Hospital, where I am the Director of Hand Trauma.  I am very interested in providing and improving resident education.  I am also very interested in the public health epidemic of gun violence, prompting me to begin the Grady PIVOT program:  Program to Interrupt Violence thru Outreach and Treatment - a collaborative effort between Grady Health System, the Atlanta Police Department and the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Atlanta GA.  I am very active in many national organizations, and currently am a member of the Young Leaders Group, as well as the Resident Education Committee for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.  I also sit on the ethics committee for Grady Memorial Hospital, and well as for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.  

Dr. Payne's Care Philosophy

During my first career as a therapist, and now my second career as an orthopedic surgeon, I have found opportunity to truly make a difference in people's lives.  Whether treating victims of mangling trauma at Grady or treating minor sprains, strains or arthritis, I feel a sense of accountability to my patients, to help them work thru their injury.  This has become as a sense of purpose for me, which drives me to do the best job I can  - to try to help turn the tide what can be a life-changing injury or event for a patient, into an experience of empowerment to persevere and recover.   I am constantly awestruck by the power of patients to recover, and often try to work with patients to find the "glass half full", even thru devastating injury.  I feel extremely lucky to to be an orthopedic surgeon, and feel like I have the best job in the world - we have the ability to help patients heal, return to function and return to their lives, which is an incredibly gratifying gift.  

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Dr. Payne is a fellowship trained hand and micro-vascular surgeon, specializing in upper extremity traumatic injuries. She is currently the Director of Hand Trauma at Grady Memorial Hospital, where she manages the breadth of injuries from arthritis to minor wounds to mangled extremities.  As a previous physical therapist, Dr. Payne has the unique perspective and expertise to understand the postoperative rehabilitation required to obtain a functional recovery from a potentially devastating injury, and she works very diligently to facilitate and support the therapist and patient thru the rehabilitation process to achieve a successful outcome.

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  •  Specializes in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
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  •  No board actions found

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture

Education

  • Medical School
    Emory University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1995

    Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med

    Graduated in 2004

  • Residency Hospital
    Duke University

    Completed in 2009

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Duke University

    Completed in 2010

  • Undergraduate School
    Miami University

    Graduated in 1992

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Foot and Ankle DislocationTreatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Replacement