Dr. Peter Townsend, MD

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Dr. Peter Townsend, MD


Orthopedic Surgery | Male

Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists 1096 Old Churchmans Rd Ste 101, Newark, DE 19713 Get Directions
(302) 655-9494

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Quick Bio Dr. Peter F. Townsend has practiced in Wilmington, Delaware, since 1990. Serving the community where he was born...Read more

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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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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.



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



Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine



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



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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  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Board certified in Hand Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Delaware not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • 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 Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Injuries
  • Wrist Pain


  • Medical School
    University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1984

  • Internship Hospital
    Perelman School Of Medicine University Of Pennsylvania

    Completed in 1985

  • Residency Hospital
    Perelman School Of Medicine University Of Pennsylvania

    Completed in 1989

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Cv Starr Hand Surgery Fellowship

    Completed in 1990

    St Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center/Columbia University

    Completed in 1990

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of Colorado

    Graduated in 1979

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • 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