Joel S Solomon, M.D., Ph.D.

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Plastic Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Special Interests:
Microsurgery, Hand Surgery, Brachial Plexus Injury, Nerve Surgery
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Dr. Joel Solomon is the chief of the hand surgery service within the Department of Surgery and the program director of the hand fellowship. Dr. Solomon is board certified in plastic surgery and holds a certificate of added qualification in surgery of the hand. He is broadly trained in the techniques of plastic and reconstructive surgery and has particular expertise in the surgical management of nerve injuries, reconstructive surgery of the hand and upper extremity, reconstructive microsurgery, brachial plexus, and occuloplastic surgery. Dr. Solomon completed his medical training at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, where he also earned a Ph.D. in neurobiology. After general surgery training at Emory University, he completed plastic surgery training at Baylor College of Medicine and subsequently completed an additional year of fellowship training in hand surgery at Baylor. Dr. Solomon was formerly a member of the faculty of plastic surgery at The University of Alabama in Birmingham and was a visiting scholar in The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand and in The Department of Plastic Surgery at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan. Dr. Solomon specializes in upper extremity surgery. His hand surgery practice is broad and includes the treatment of trauma to the hand and wrist, arthritis of the wrist and digits , congenital deformities of the upper extremity , vascular disorders, and nerve compression.  Common procedures include carpal tunnel syndrome and Dupuytren’s Contracture.  He continues to pursue his longstanding interest in problems affecting the nerves. His training at The Texas Medical Center and at Mahidol University makes him one of the most experienced brachial plexus surgeons in North America. He performs a variety of procedures for the treatment of nerve disorders, including: nerve decompression, neurolysis, nerve grafting, nerve transfer, tendon transfer, and functional free muscle transfer. Dr. Solomon also has an interest in facial nerve disorders and has performed facial reanimation. In addition to his clinical interests in nerve disorders, Dr. Solomon is involved in multiple basic science research projects focusing on nerve regeneration and synapse formation. 


  • Degree:
    MD Washington University, St. Louis, MO 06/1993, PhD Washington University, St. Louis, MO 06/1993
  • Residency:
    General surgery, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 07/1993 to 06/1996, Plastic surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 07/1996 to 06/1999
  • Fellowship:
    Hand surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 07/1999 to 06/2000
  • Certification:
    American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2001; ABPS CAQ Hand Surgery, 2002

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