Dr. Peter Townsend, MD

Dr. Peter Townsend, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 60
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Dr. Peter Townsend, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Newark, DE. He is 60 years old and has been practicing for 33 years. Read his story

1096 Old Churchmans Rd

Newark, DE 19713

Contact Information

(302) 655-9494

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerihealth
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Bluegrass Family Health
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Health Care of Delaware
  • Humana
  • 2 More

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Osteoarthritis of Hands
very high
more than 99% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
very high
more than 99% of peers
Trigger Finger
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Townsend's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Townsend "Quick Bio Dr. Peter F. Townsend has practiced in Wilmington, Delaware, since 1990. Serving the community where he was born and raised, Dr. Townsend is a hand, forearm and elbow surgeon (upper extremity surgeon) with the Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists. Dr. Townsend graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he also completed his orthopaedic residency, followed by a fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at both the Roosevelt–St Luke's Hospital and Cornell's Hospital for Special Surgery. Elected to the American College of Surgeons in 1994, he has also served on the editorial board of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, had his work published in many peer-reviewed journals, and has presented his work on international stages. Dr. Townsend was elected President of the Delaware Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons in 2014, and has been Delaware's representative to the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference since 2013. Having been the team physician for several area high schools, Dr. Townsend is an active participant in charitable and other community events. He has frequently been named a "Top Doc" in Delaware Today magazine and Philadelphia magazine. Dr. Townsend enjoys being outdoors while mountain biking, fishing, scuba diving, and doing occasional triathlons. Specialties Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery (Elbow, Forearm and Hand) Upper Extremity Sports Medicine Peripheral Nerve Surgery Arthroscopic/Endoscopic Surgery Microvascular Surgery Ultrasound and Ultrasound guided procedures Medical School University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Residency Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Fellowship CV Starr Hand Center, Roosevelt Hospital, and Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City New York Mets baseball team New York Philharmonic Orchestra New York City Ballet Certifications Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (FAAOS) Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS) Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand (CAQ Hand) Professional Societies American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons American College of Sports Medicine American College of Surgeons American Medical Association American Society for Surgery of the Hand Delaware Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons, President Medical Society of Delaware National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference Hospital Affiliations Christiana Care Hospital System St. Francis Hospital Community Interests Arthritis Foundation, Past President Mike Clark Legacy Foundation Boys and Girls Club of Delaware Team Physician, Wilmington Friends School "


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  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Injuries
  • Wrist Pain


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  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery, Endoscopic
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand Tendon Repair
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Joint Drainage
  • Neuroplasty
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Ultrasound, Musculoskeletal
  • Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Ligament Reconstruction
  • Wrist Reconstruction
  • Wrist Replacement

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Delaware.

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.


  • University Of Colorado
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1979
  • University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1984
  • Perelman School Of Medicine University Of Pennsylvania
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1985
  • Perelman School Of Medicine University Of Pennsylvania
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1989
  • Cv Starr Hand Surgery Fellowship
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1990
  • St Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center/Columbia University
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1990

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Townsend has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Townsend's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Townsend to family and friends
based on 26 total reviews (6 with comments)
Dr. Townsend's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (6)
Strasburg, PA |
Dr.Townsend is one of the best hand and arm specialist I've ever had the pleasure to see. He fixed my arm 14 years ago and didn't a wonderful job and I was able to return to a job I love. Thank you Dr.Townsend and staff wonderful experience and I'd always come back to you if I ever needed too.
Wilmington, DE |
Very knowledgeable. Straightforward explanations of your condition & explains your condition with words that the patient can understand. Very matter of fact person.
Wilmington, DE |
This doctor and staff will be your best friends until they get your surgery scheduled and they make the big bucks. Then trying to get in with post-operative concerns is impossible. You will get a nurse practitioner who won't be able to answer any questions, or you will wait hours (yes, hours) to see Dr. Townsend who will be rushed and unhelpful. It is like buying a car at this place, once you are 'out of warranty', they don't care about you. Now starting with a new hand specialist
in Wilmington, DE |
Dr. Townsend operated on my wrist and repaired the carpal tunnel. He did a great job and I feel so much better now! Spent time talking with me about the procedure and answering my questions.
in Arnold, MD |
I have broken many fingers and two broken wrists that Dr. Townsend has fixed. His surgery has allowed me to continue playing sports. He is great, super friendly.
in Wilmington, DE |
He was a very warm and caring doctor. He fixed my carpal tunnel 100%. I have no more pain!
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Dr. Townsend accepts 11 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Amerihealth
    Amerihealth PPO
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
    Open Access
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Bluegrass Family Health
    Worker's Compensation WC
  • Coventry Health Care
    Group Plan PPO
  • Coventry Health Care of Delaware
    Coventry Health Care of Delaware HMO
  • Humana
  • Keystone Health Plan East
    Keystone Health Plan East HMO
    Keystone Health Plan East POS
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO

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