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Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the... More
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Delaware.
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor’s board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Graduated in 1984
Completed in 1985
Completed in 1989
Completed in 1990
Graduated in 1979
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We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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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
Ultrasound and Ultrasound guided procedures
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)
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
Christiana Care Hospital System
St. Francis Hospital
Arthritis Foundation, Past President
Mike Clark Legacy Foundation
Boys and Girls Club of Delaware
Team Physician, Wilmington Friends School