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Orthopedic Hand Surgery | Male

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Dr. Michael McNamara specializes in the surgical care of problems and injuries of the upper extremity. This includes the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. Dr. McNamara holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in the Hand, making him one of Alaska's premier surgeons for conditions of the hand. He focuses on a comprehensive approach that that utilizes orthopedic evaluation and treatment as well as specialized therapeutic management of your condition to achieve the best results long-term.

Biography

Dr. Michael G. McNamara is a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon who has over 20 years of experience treating simple and complex hand, elbow, and shoulder problems. Dr. McNamara graduated from University of Washington Medical School in 1987 and completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in 1993. In 1994 he completed his Fellowship at the Hand Center of San Antonio and earned his Certification in Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand. His specialized training includes hand, elbow, and shoulder surgery as well as trauma, sports medicine, and total elbow and shoulder replacement.

Dr. McNamara was a member of the US Air Force from 1988 to 1999 and served at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage from 1994 to 1999. During his time in Alaska he was the Chief of Orthopedics at Elmendorf from 1997 to 1999. Dr. McNamara then moved to Washington State and continued his surgical practice at The Everett Clinic from 1999 to 2002, serving as Chief of Orthopedics from 2001-2002.

Dr. McNamara and his family returned to Alaska in 2002 where he established his private specialty clinic for surgery of the hand, elbow, and shoulder. He continues to enhance the field of medical research on the upper extremity by developing instruments specialized for the surgical procedures he performs. In February of 2013, Dr. McNamara was awarded his first patent, and since then, he has been awarded a total of 3 patents. Each of these patents help advance the field of scapholunate ligament repair. For more information on Dr. McNamara's current research, visit the Research link on our website. Dr. McNamara is also the current President of the Alaska Surgery Center in Anchorage.

Dr. McNamara also finds time to enjoy the Alaskan outdoors with his wife Joanne and their three children, Kirsten, Shannon, and Jake. He is an avid small plane pilot and enjoys exploring Alaska from behind the stick of a SuperCub. Dr. McNamara also enjoys photographing his many adventures including hunting, fishing, and skiing with his family and friends. In the past, he has contributed his expertise to many Alaska youth activity programs, such as soccer and ski teams. Dr. McNamara is now regularly leading and participating in mission trips to Guatemala to care for the medical and dental needs of underserved children and families.

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Dr. Michael G. McNamara is a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon who has over 20 years of experience treating simple and complex hand, elbow, and shoulder problems. Dr. McNamara graduated from University of Washington Medical School in 1987 and completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in 1993. In 1994 he completed his Fellowship at the Hand Center of San Antonio and earned his Certification in Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand. His specialized training includes hand, elbow, and shoulder surgery as well as trauma, sports medicine, and total elbow and shoulder replacement.

Dr. McNamara was a member of the US Air Force from 1988 to 1999 and served at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage from 1994 to 1999. During his time in Alaska he was the Chief of Orthopedics at Elmendorf from 1997 to 1999. Dr. McNamara then moved to Washington State and continued his surgical practice at The Everett Clinic from 1999 to 2002, serving as Chief of Orthopedics from 2001-2002.

Dr. McNamara and his family returned to Alaska in 2002 where he established his private specialty clinic for surgery of the hand, elbow, and shoulder. He continues to enhance the field of medical research on the upper extremity by developing instruments specialized for the surgical procedures he performs. In February of 2013, Dr. McNamara was awarded his first patent, and since then, he has been awarded a total of 3 patents. Each of these patents help advance the field of scapholunate ligament repair. For more information on Dr. McNamara's current research, visit the Research link on our website. Dr. McNamara is also the current President of the Alaska Surgery Center in Anchorage.

Dr. McNamara also finds time to enjoy the Alaskan outdoors with his wife Joanne and their three children, Kirsten, Shannon, and Jake. He is an avid small plane pilot and enjoys exploring Alaska from behind the stick of a SuperCub. Dr. McNamara also enjoys photographing his many adventures including hunting, fishing, and skiing with his family and friends. In the past, he has contributed his expertise to many Alaska youth activity programs, such as soccer and ski teams. Dr. McNamara is now regularly leading and participating in mission trips to Guatemala to care for the medical and dental needs of underserved children and families.

Dr. McNamara's Care Philosophy

Dr. Michael McNamara specializes in the surgical care of problems and injuries of the upper extremity. This includes the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. Dr. McNamara holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in the Hand, making him one of Alaska's premier surgeons for conditions of the hand. He focuses on a comprehensive approach that that utilizes orthopedic evaluation and treatment as well as specialized therapeutic management of your condition to achieve the best results long-term.

Dr. McNamara's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  •  Board certified in Hand Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Alaska not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • CORE Physician of the Year Award, 1998
    • Meritorious Service Award, 1999
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  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Finger
  • Arthritis of the Hand
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Avulsion Fracture
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Shoulder Blade
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Fractures
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complex Fractures
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Compound Fracture
  • Congenital Hand Anomaly
  • Contracture
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Distal Radius Fracture
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Disorders
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Extra-Articular Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand Ligament Rupture
  • Hand Pain
  • Intra-Articular Fracture
  • Joint Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Ligament Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Pediatric Fractures
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis of Hand and Wrist
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Scaphoid Fractures
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Muscle Strain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Sprain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Trigger Finger
  • Upper Extremity Fracture
  • Wrist Disorders
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Pain

Education

  • Medical School
    University Of Washington School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1987

  • Internship Hospital
    Tacoma General Allenmore Hospital

    Completed in 1988

  • Residency Hospital
    University Of Texas Health Science Ctr

    Completed in 1993

  • Fellowship Hospital
    The Hand Center Of San Antonio

    Completed in 1994

  • Undergraduate School
    Pacific Lutheran University

    Graduated in 1983

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Adult Joint Reconstruction
  • Arthritic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Arthroscopic Labrum Repair
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Bicep Repairs
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery, Endoscopic
  • Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery, Open
  • Congenital Hand Surgery
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Ligament Reconstruction
  • Elbow Reconstruction
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Endoscopic Hand Surgery
  • Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Hand Reconstruction
  • Hand Surgery
  • Hand Tendon Repair
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hand, Elbow, and Shoulder Microvascular Surgery
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Ligament Reconstruction
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff and Labral Repair
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Resurfacing
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Tendon Surgery
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Replacement
  • Wrist and Forearm Tenotomy