I became a part of Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic in 2008 following completion of my fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. I am board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and have a special interest in Endoscopic (minimally invasive) carpal tunnel surgery, the treatment of hand and wrist arthritis and tennis elbow treatment. I am a member of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS), and MAYO alumni Association. I earned my undergraduate degree at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas and my medical degree at the University of Kansas, School of Medicine. My residency was completed at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. I chose orthopaedic surgery because I like fixing things, as well as fixing people; and I am happy when I am able to help them get back doing what they want to be doing. The hand intrigues me because of the mixture of delicate features such as the tendons and nerves with the stronger supporting bones and how those all work together to provide necessary functions. When I am outside of the clinic and operating room, I enjoy reading, running, traveling, biking and spending time with my family. I find my job very rewarding. My favorite thing about my job is seeing a patient come in with a problem or condition that keeps them from doing what they want to do and then helping them work through the issues. I enjoy helping them return to their previous activities.
Dr. Elton'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
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Orthopedic Hand Surgery
Adult Orthopedic Surgery
Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
Adult Rehabilitation Orthopedic Surgery
Bone & Joint Non-Surgical Orthopedics
General Hand Surgery
Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
Joint Reconstruction Orthopedic Surgery
Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
Joint Replacement Orthopedic Surgery
Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Orthopedic Fracture Care
Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
Orthopedic Sports Medicine
Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
Why It Matters: Dr. Elton's Board Certifications
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.
Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
Brachial Plexus Palsy
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
De Quervain's Disease
Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
Glenoid Labrum Tear
Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
Osteoarthritis of Hands
Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
Rotator Cuff Injuries
Rotator Cuff Tear
Rupture of Ulnar Collateral Ligament of Thumb
Scaphoidectomy - Four Corner Fusion
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
Thumb Basal Joint Arthritis
Ulnar Nerve Entrapment at Wrist
Arthroscopic Shoulder 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)
Excision of Radius or Ulna
Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
Rotator Cuff Surgery
Rotator Cuff and Labral Repair
Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Shoulder, Elbow, Hand, and Wrist Joint Reconstruction
Shoulder, Elbow, Hand, and Wrist Joint Replacement
Trigger Finger Release
Trigger Point Injection
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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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.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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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.
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St.Mary's University-San Antonio, Texas
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1998
University of Kansas / School of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 2002
University of Texas Southwestern
Internship Hospital | Completed 2003
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center At Dallas
Residency Hospital | Completed 2007
Mayo Clinic Rochester-Hand and Microsurgery
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2008
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Elton has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
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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