The field of Plastic Surgery is quite broad, encompassing many subspecialties including the discipline of Hand Surgery. Since the hand is composed of relatively small, delicate structures it is logical that treating this area would fall into the realm of Plastic Surgery. All Plastic Surgery residents are trained in the area of Hand Surgery during their Plastic Surgery residencies. The full spectrum of hand disorders are taught including management of broken bones, cut nerves or tendons, treatment of arthritic disorders, diagnosis and care of nerve compression such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, management of circulatory disorders, and growth removal.
Following his Plastic Surgery residency, Dr. Steven Shoen completed a Hand Surgery and Microsurgery Fellowship at Harvard Medical School's Beth Israel and Deaconess Hospitals. This additional training allowed Dr. Shoen to expand and consolidate his Hand Surgery expertise. In addition to achieving Board Certification in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Shoen also acquired certification in Hand Surgery, a rigorous process culminating in a comprehensive examination composed by the combined boards of Plastic Surgery, Orthopedics and General Surgery. To learn more about this component of Dr. Shoen's practice see his Hand Surgery web site at Shoenhandsurgery.com .