Hand and Nerve Specialist John Bracey, M.D., Joins UAMS Orthopaedics Department

By Lee Hogan

He is also an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedics in the UAMS College of Medicine. He began Aug. 15.

“Dr. Bracey was a tremendous resident in our program, and we are excited to have him join our team of physicians,” said C. Lowry Barnes, M.D., chair of the Department of Orthopaedics. “We know his knowledge, surgical skills and professionalism will translate well to patient care and teaching at UAMS.”

Bracey earned his bachelor’s degree at Hendrix College and was the top-ranked student in his class at UAMS, where he earned his medical degree. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at UAMS in 2015 and completed a fellowship in July in hand and upper extremity at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, North Carolina, Additionally, he traveled to Brazil to train under Jayme A. Bertelli, M.D., an expert in brachial plexus surgery.

“UAMS is a true leader of health care in Arkansas, and I’m happy to join a great team of physicians to provide orthopaedic care to all of Arkansas,” said Bracey.

Bracey’s research interests include hand trauma, wrist arthritis and peripheral nerve injuries. He’s been published in numerous scholarly journals and has presented nationally on hand trauma and sports medicine. His clinical interests include trauma to the hand, wrist and elbow as well as complex peripheral nerve injuries including the brachial plexus.



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