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

    • Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery School of Medicine

Joel Solomon, M.D., Ph.D. is the Chief of Hand Surgery and the Program Director of the Hand Fellowship at OHSU. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, certified by the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and holds a certificate of added qualification in surgery of the hand (AQSH). He is broadly trained in the techniques of plastic and reconstructive surgery and has particular interest and expertise in the surgical management of nerve injuries, reconstructive surgery of the hand and upper extremity, reconstructive microsurgery, brachial plexus and oculoplastic surgery.

Dr. Solomon completed his medical training at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he also earned a Ph.D., in neurobiology. After general surgery training at Emory University, he completed a plastic surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine in 1999 and subsequently completed an additional year of fellowship training in hand surgery at Baylor in 2000. Dr. Solomon was formerly a member of the faculty of plastic surgery at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He was also 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. 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.

Dr. Solomon 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. He 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.

In his spare time, Dr. Solomon is often spotted with his daughter and Great Pyrenees/Bernese Mountain Dog, Lulu.

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  • M.D., Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis Missouri 1993
  • Residency:

    • General Surgery, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 1996
    • Plastic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 1999
  • Fellowship:

    • Hand Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2000
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2001


  • "Ketamine protects hippocampal neurons from anoxia in vitro" Neuroscience  1987
  • "Mycobacterium chelonae facial infections following injection of dermal filler" Aesthetic Surgery Journal February 2013
  • "Hyperpolarization-activated currents in isolates superior colliculus-projecting neurons from rat visual cortex" Journal of Physiology  1993
  • "Two kinetically distinct components of hyperpolarization-activated current in rat superior colliculus-projecting neurons" Journal of Physiology  1993
  • "Three-dose vs extended-course clindamycin prophylaxis for free-flap reconstruction of the head and neck" JAMA Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery July 1 2003
  • "Differential expression of voltage-gated calcium channels in identified visual cortical neurons" Neuron  1991
  • "Delayed removal of 3M® vein coupler does not disturb the anastomosis" Microsurgery  2009
  • "Evaluation and treatment of BRCA-Positive patients" Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery February 2000
  • "Differential expression of hyperpolarization-activated currents reveals distinct classes of visual cortical projection neurons" Journal of Neuroscience  1993
  • "Complications Following Collagenase Treatment for Dupuytren Contracture" Hand September 1 2017
  • "Joint Denervation in the Digits" Annals of Plastic Surgery January 1 2018

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