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 (512 Ratings, 144 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 (512 Ratings, 144 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

  • Oct 15, 2019

    Dr Solomon is efficient , caring, knowledgeable, thorough

  • Oct 14, 2019

    Very knowledgeable

  • 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 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 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

  • Jun 30, 2019

    Yeah, he is certainly competent and fixed my hand fine, but he was late. So I almost, 45 minutes or an hour and that's unacceptable.

  • Jun 29, 2019

    My experience with Dr. Joel Solomon was excellent. I appreciated the time that he took to check out my hand and figure out what's wrong with it and he gave me a shot for a hammers ... for trigger finger and I'm to watch it for a week. And right now it's feeling pretty good. So I'm going to ... I will get back to him and let him know how I'm doing and if ... and if I need further assistance, I will be sure to call and make another appointment with him because I liked it very much. She was very professional and just very knowledgeable and I appreciated him very much. He's just a nice guy. Thanks.

  • Jun 28, 2019

    The 4th surgery went really well. I didn't have any problems whatsoever with any of the staff at the hospital. Everything seems to always run smoothly through the 3 surgeries that Joel Solomon did on me. So, I'm extremely happy.

  • Jun 28, 2019

    Yeah, very good, polite and knowledgeable and you can't say enough about how good they are they are excellent. Thank you.

  • Jun 28, 2019

    For me the doctor was excellent, a great professional and attentive.

  • Jun 26, 2019

    Excellent care

  • Jun 22, 2019

    Dr. Soloman was highly recommended and I was not disappointed. He listned to me and found a solution that would at the least improve my carpal tunnel problem or possibly eliminate it.

  • Jun 21, 2019

    Everyone seemed confused and unfamiliar with how my injury was addressed at the Silverton Hospital ER. I truly didn’t have anything done except having it looked at and redressed, then “come back in a week.”

  • Jun 19, 2019

    Excellent! Prompt, efficient, and informative.

  • Jun 13, 2019

    Dr. Solomon was exceptional, he was very compassionate. The nursing staff, support staff, and anesthesia team was just as impressive. Overall, I had a wonderful experience and would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Jun 09, 2019

    Dr Solomon, dr cross Emily the nurse anesthetist, Jen my admitting Rn, Kathryn my OR nurse. Pacu, I was too sleepy to remember her name,nurse and Liz my discharge nurse were all kind, thorough, and just great at their jobs, I knew I was safe secure and in the best hands.

  • Jun 09, 2019

    Dr. Solomon and his assistant explained a lot to me that I wasn't aware of and they were very kind and very patient and I will see them again gladly. Thank you.

  • Jun 08, 2019

    Thoughtful careful excellent

  • Jun 07, 2019

    Dr. Solomon is an excellent surgeon. He has done both of my LRTI surgeries with excellent results. Dr. Solomon is knowledgeable, kind, and very thorough in his explanations. Thank you, Dr. Solomon!

  • Jun 01, 2019

    It was very informative. I still have a few questions I forgot to ask. So hoping I can through on my chart.

  • May 31, 2019

    Friendly kind and comfortable person is the doctor

  • May 29, 2019

    I absolutely love(d) him and his staff.. every interaction with him-he was totally patient and answered everyone of my million questions,explaining them in a way we could understand. he was open and honest with no noticable ego that you get with so many doctors and surgeons! Plus he was kind and fun! As was every single person who my husband and I interacted with that day.. everyone seemed thouroghly competent, willing to answer questions, cared about me as a patient and still took the time to joke around and make a less than ideal situation, comforting and fun!

  • May 11, 2019

    Dr. Solomon is an excellent physician and I felt very, very honored to have his help.

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