Hand Surgeon G. Thomas Frazier, M.D., Joins UAMS

By ChaseYavondaC

He is also an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine.

“Dr. Frazier and I have been friends and colleagues for more than 30 years and were founding members of a subspecialty fellowship-trained private practice group. Tom brings welcome expertise to our faculty, widening the scope of what we are able to offer in care for our patients and training for our residents. His status in the medical community of our state and his decision to join our transformation sends a very positive message that we are on the right track,” said C. Lowry Barnes, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Portrait of Dr. Frazier

G. Thomas Frazier Jr., M.D.

Frazier specializes in hand and microsurgery and has a special interest in joint replacement of the hand, wrist and elbow, and joint arthroscopy for the elbow and wrist, minimally invasive surgeries in which a tiny camera is inserted into the joint through a small incision, thereby avoiding traditional open surgery.

Frazier earned his medical degree at UAMS, where he also completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery and a fellowship in hand and microsurgery. He has been practicing in Little Rock for 28 years. He graduated from Hope High School and earned his undergraduate degree from Hendrix College in Conway.

“UAMS gave me the training I needed to get my start as a young doctor, and it is nice to be able to bring that full circle to return to UAMS to help educate the orthopaedic surgeons of tomorrow,” Frazier said. “In the clinic, I look forward to working with the talented hand and upper extremity team that UAMS has assembled. I look forward to being a part of their tremendous plans to be a true regional referral center for complex hand and upper extremity problems, as well as the more common hand and upper extremity problems such as arthritis, carpel tunnel syndrome and occupational injuries.”

He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, with a certificate of added qualifications in hand surgery.

Frazier is a member of the Southern Orthopaedic Association, Arkansas Orthopaedic Society, Arkansas Medical Society, Pulaski County Medical Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, Arkansas Hand Club, Mid-America Orthopaedic Association and American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

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