Dr. Diane Payne, MD

Dr. Diane Payne, MD

Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 47
Dr. Diane Payne, MD is a hand and upper extremity surgery specialist in Atlanta, GA and has been practicing for 8 years. She graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in 1995 and specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery and orthopedic surgery.Read her story

49 Jesse Hill Jr Dr SE # Orthopedicsurgery

Atlanta, GA 30303

Contact Information

(404) 778-1550

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Ambetter
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

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very high
more than 96% of peers
Broken Arm
very high
more than 93% of peers
Elbow Injuries
very high
more than 92% of peers

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Dr. Payne's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Payne "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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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Payne "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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2  Specialties

  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Physician Specialties*

40  Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • 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
  • Scoliosis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture


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51  Procedures

  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm 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
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • 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
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Surgery
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Replacement


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Georgia.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Miami University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1992
  • Emory University School of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1995
  • Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 2004
  • Duke University
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2009
  • Duke University
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2010

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Payne's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Payne to family and friends
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Dr. Payne's Performance

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  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


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