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

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

Accepting new patients

4.7 out of 5 (523 Ratings, 150 Comments)

Expertise

  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery

Special focus on

  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Hand Surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Nerve Surgery

Education

  • 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

Biography

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. 

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Languages

  • English

Patient Ratings

4.7 out of 5 (523 Ratings, 150 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Dec 31, 2019

    Dr. Solomon was patient, listened attentively and explained his diagnosis and assessment to my satisfaction. I feel confident that he will take the same care when doing hand surgery.

  • Dec 31, 2019

    I very much enjoyed my interactions with Dr. Solomon and his team. I found them very professional, helpful and understanding... and although I know they were all very busy... it never felt rushed. Thanks to all.

  • Dec 27, 2019

    Doctor was friendly, knowledgeable and provided help. Unfortunately, he was running 50 minutes behind schedule

  • Dec 13, 2019

    Well, I thought it was excellent. Yeah, that's it. I've never been with a doctor of this caliber before, and it was just excellent and top notch all the way. I appreciate everything y'all done for me and stuff, and continue on going on with it. Okay. Thank you. I appreciate your call. Goodbye.

  • Dec 12, 2019

    Everyone I met with on staff was thoughtful, knowledgeable and friendly. I felt like I was getting the best care and had peace of mind before and after the surgery

  • Dec 10, 2019

    Dr. Solomon is an excellent physician. He takes his time, listens to my concerns, explains things very clearly, and is personable and kind.

  • Nov 23, 2019

    Even though I was caught in traffic Dr. Solomon's office graciously didn't cancel my appointment. All staff was polite, pleasant and very helpful. Each visit has been great.

  • Nov 21, 2019

    No waiting. Explained what he was doing so that I understood.

  • Nov 21, 2019

    After 2 years of asking my Autistic sons Dr. about his fingers turning inwards to, help me figure out what was happening with his hands, one visit with Dr. Solomon we finally had an answer. I was so relieved to learn my son is in no pain due to his hands.

  • Nov 19, 2019

    Sorry, I hit the wrong button. I don't want to say anything but I liked him I like it.

  • Nov 08, 2019

    Dr Solomon and his staff are wonderful! They take time listen, really show they care and want to help!

  • Nov 05, 2019

    Dr Solomen is a great Doctor great personality and bedside manor. Will continue to use him every time I need surgery!

  • Nov 02, 2019

    This physician and his staff is a class act all the way??????

  • Oct 29, 2019

    It was good for a doctor visit. Had to wait awhile.

  • Oct 16, 2019

    I'm just very,very grateful. I am I was able to have Dr. Solomon as my surgeon and I am very much looking forward to the follow up visit and I believe I had them I believe I have is extremely fortunate that he accepted me as a patient and I want to say, thank you.

  • Oct 15, 2019

    Dr Solomon is efficient , caring, knowledgeable, thorough

  • Oct 14, 2019

    Very knowledgeable

  • Oct 08, 2019

    Dr. Solomon is very very thorough and very professional. I would highly recommend him to anyone that needed the type of surgery I need. Thank you.

  • Oct 01, 2019

    Professional.

  • Oct 01, 2019

    Dr. Solomon explained the diagnosis and treatment very clearly tome.

  • Sep 29, 2019

    I've had an extremely positive experience with Dr. Solomon all the times I have seen him.

  • Sep 27, 2019

    The provider provided me with all information that I needed and explained everything very well. And I was very much appreciative for that.

  • Sep 19, 2019

    Everyone was polite, easy to understand and very professional. The surgery was explained along with all questions answered. OHSU was a good choice, and Dr. Solomon was both sensitive to an older persons needs.

  • Sep 18, 2019

    Excellant totally met all my needs

  • Sep 13, 2019

    dr Solomon is knowledgeable, caring, thorough, and kind.

  • Sep 11, 2019

    Everything went well. Everyone was very helpful, responsive to all questions, attentive and made us feel comfortable and informed.

  • Sep 10, 2019

    I think we've had all the good with help with anybody from the hospital or from the doctors that have accumulated there at the hospital. That's all I have and any information that I have. Thank you.

  • Sep 05, 2019

    I believe Dr Solomon is a brilliant and most accomplished surgeon. I feel so privileged that he accepted me as a patient. He is also a great and precise communicator and very caring and attentive to his patients. And very nice and reassuring.

  • Aug 30, 2019

    Good afternoon. It was a very pleasant experience, very, very attentive, and thank you very much for everything.

  • Aug 30, 2019

    It's allways a good experience to see Dr. Salomon, he takes time to answer and explains every question.

  • Aug 30, 2019

    Professionally he listened my concern. Appreciated his honest inputs

  • Aug 27, 2019

    Dr. Solomon's very helpful to me, very information-wise, told me all I needed to know - the only problem I have is when I went to therapy. Therapy could not transfer my information down to Tillamook hospital, so I could have therapy - it took me to threaten them, saying I was just going to tell the doctor what was going on - 5 minutes later, they sent the message. So I'm not happy with their therapy people.

  • Aug 23, 2019

    He is thorough and explains things well. I trust his advice.

  • Aug 20, 2019

    Excellent

  • Aug 16, 2019

    Fabulous

  • Aug 13, 2019

    I felt this provider was very dismissive of my concerns. I felt like my provider did not believe what I was saying about my own body, and I left wondering if I was actually making up the pain I have been feeling. My provider was reluctant to order additional scans to try to investigate further into what might be causing my pain, and actually said to me that if he were a betting man he'd bet that the scans will show nothing. I left being told to take Ibuprofen, I guess indefinitely, with little concern about what the root cause of my issue was. I had to press for additional options if Ibuprofen doesn't help, and if the scans do not show my original tumor growing back, and was finally given the option of physical therapy which was the one hopeful thing that came out of this appointment. It is disheartening and demoralizing to feel like my health care provider has very little interest in helping me. This appointment had been a hard, and scary appointment for me to schedule because I was afraid my tumor was growing back. I left feeling humiliated and demeaned.

  • Aug 13, 2019

    Yes, I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Solomon. He's always so polite and kind and he made me really feel real confident in the fact that my surgery went well, and then I'm doing good. I think he's a wonderful surgeon.

  • Aug 11, 2019

    I found Dr. Solomon to be amazingly professional and engaging. His bedside manner was next to none. The office visit was quick, just so efficient and fast, cordial, kind and very professional, so I had a great experience and the doctor and his assistant were fantastic. I felt very comfortable and answered all of my questions in detail. I didn't feel rushed and that was a really nice... a nice thing. So, thank you very much.

  • Aug 09, 2019

    I have complete confidence in Dr. Solomon, plus he is so nice to deal with!

  • Aug 08, 2019

    He was very attentive and professional.

  • Aug 06, 2019

    Dr. Soloman provided exemplary care.

  • Aug 05, 2019

    Dr. Solomon came into the room smirking and I had sent over records from previous doctor. I was wanting a consultation with Dr. Solomon for surgery. He refused to look at the records. He refused to look at the MRI. He couldn't find the x-rays I've had for nerve conduction studies at they all say I have carpal tunnel and after the manual test that he did. He said I didn't have carpal tunnel. And I said, did you read the all of the information I gave you? He says I'm not going to read a long report.So he he wasn't well versed on what is going on and*

  • Aug 01, 2019

    Dr. Solomon was very thorough had very good bed side manner. We was very sympathetic to my issues.

  • Jul 30, 2019

    Excellent staff but the waiting for dr was too long almost an hour half

  • Jul 29, 2019

    Dr. Solomon was very professional and also made you feel very at ease, made you feel comfortable with what was happening and he did a wonderful job. I would recommend him highly to anybody who needed surgery and he's like said great attitude. Can't say enough about the guy.

  • Jul 12, 2019

    He was competent, knowledgeable, and told me everything that I needed to know.

  • Jul 12, 2019

    He is detached and disinterested he asks if you have questions but does not teach anything about what to e pact. He is robotlike.

  • Jul 11, 2019

    He is very kind, listens, he thoroughly tests and looks around at the area and around, he talks about the options and let's you decide after he tells you about the choices. He is a great dr

  • Jul 11, 2019

    Every one of your staff was kind, friendly, professional and competent. It was a good experience.

  • Jul 03, 2019

    very nice man . actually looked like he cared , about my hand

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