Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Thomas Graham of Cleveland Clinic

Written by Rachel Fields | July 26, 2010 | Print  |
During his decade at the Curtis National Hand Center at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Md., Thomas Graham, MD, estimates he helped around 1,700 professional athletes. He has been sought out by NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, golfer Anthony Kim and Boston Bruins center David Krejci.

But his famous patients aren't the only important ones: As a renowned hand surgeon, Dr. Graham has committed to providing the best possible care to every patient. In a statement on the Curtis National Hand Center website, he said, "Medicine is the ultimate service industry. The patient's level of satisfaction is judged not only by the clinical outcome, but by the totality of the experience."

In an interview with the Baltimore Sun, Dr. Andrew Tucker, head team physician for the Baltimore Ravens, praised his colleague's work. "Tom has a reputation as a superb clinician and a great reputation for hand care," he said. "It doesn't matter if you're talking about professional athletes, college or high school athletes. He always made himself available — whether it was my neighbor down the street or a Baltimore Raven."

Dr. Graham left his post at Union Memorial Hospital in late June to return to the Cleveland Clinic, where he worked from 1994 until 2000. During those six years, he worked in the department of orthopedic surgery and served as a leader of its upper extremity division. He came back to serve as chairman of Cleveland Clinic Innovations, the corporate venturing unit that commercializes Clinic inventions.

Dr. Graham specializes in surgery of the hand, wrist and elbow and is a recognized expert on complicated reconstruction after trauma, complex elbow disorders and congenital hand surgery. He has held appointments as associate professor in orthopedic and plastic surgery at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and currently serves as director of MedStar SportsHealth in Columbia, Md.

Dr. Graham earned his MD from the University of Cincinnati and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He also undertook fellowships in hand and upper extremity surgery at The Indiana Hand Center and in elbow surgery at Mayo Clinic.

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