Dr. Nicholas Pappas III, MD

Dr. Nicholas Pappas III, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 38
Dr. Nicholas Pappas III, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Metairie, LA and has been practicing for 6 years. He graduated from Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med in 2006 and specializes in orthopedic surgery.Read his story

4228 Houma Blvd Ste 600B

Metairie, LA 70006

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  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

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Nerve Block, Somatic
very high
more than 93% of peers
Peripheral Nerve Block
very high
more than 92% of peers
Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
more than 89% of peers

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Dr. Pappas III' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Pappas III "Nicholas D. Pappas, M.D. is a Board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in hand surgery who specializes in various hand and upper extremity conditions. A New Orleans native, he graduated from St. Martin's Episcopal School (Metairie, LA). He then traveled to Princeton University (Princeton, NJ) for college, where he earned a B.A. in Philosophy and pitched for the baseball team. While at Princeton, he played baseball for all four years on a team that won 2 Ivy League Baseball Championships and made 2 appearances in the NCAA Division I College World Series Tournament. After college, he earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN). He then completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA). After residency, he returned to Vanderbilt University to complete a fellowship in Hand, Microvascular, and Upper Extremity Surgery. Prior to joining Hand Surgical Associates, Dr. Pappas had been practicing as a hand surgeon at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas (Greenville, SC), where he also served as a Clinical Instructor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of South Carolina. He returned to New Orleans to join Hand Surgical Associates as well as assume the role of Chief of Orthopaedic Hand Surgery and Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (New Orleans, LA). Dr. Pappas is also a member of several medical societies including the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He serves as a consultant reviewer for the Journal of Hand Surgery, American. He has an active interest in clinical research, particularly fractures of the upper extremity, and has over 30 peer-reviewed publications to his credit."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Pappas III "I do my best to care for patients on an individual level and provide them with care based specifically on their needs."

1  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

30  Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture

20  Procedures

  • Arm Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • 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
  • Joint Drainage
  • 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
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Replacement

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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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.


  • Princeton U
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2002
  • Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 2006
  • University Of Pennsylvania
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2007
  • University Of Pennsylvania
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2011
  • Vanderbilt University
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2012

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Pappas III has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Pappas III' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Pappas III to family and friends
10 total reviews (7 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (10)

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  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Pappas III' Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (7)

Dr. Pappas has operated on my daughter for a lacerated finger and several of my friends for carpal syndrome and trigger fingers. All have had a great experience. I highly recommend.
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Dr. Pappas was amazing. Other doctors have performed surgery on my hands, and by far, this time was the easiest. It was very good to be treated with professionalism and care. My hand surgery was very successful, and if need be, Dr. Pappas will be the only one to perform surgery on my hands. I am...more
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Excellent doctor! He has treated many of my friends and family for various hand injuries. All have been very impressed with his care and bedside manner. Highly recommend!
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When I cut my index finger with an exacto knife, I had to be rushed to his office. He sewed me up so perfectly, there is NO scar. I forget where the cut even was. He was extremely professional, comforting, and knowledgeable throughout the entire process. He has also treated several of my mom's...more
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DO NOT SEE Dr. Pappas for care. I am a Doctor of Internal Medicine. My sister was concerned about her care prior to her surgery since she did not think her care was timely or comprehensive. She and my mother questioned him prior to the surgery and he became defensive and talked to them in an...more
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