27171-Adkinson, Joshua

Joshua M. Adkinson, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery

Phone 317-944-3636
EH 232
Indianapolis, IN
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Dr. Joshua Adkinson grew up outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Ursinus College and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Biology, while earning membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He subsequently attended Jefferson Medical College and graduated in 2006. He completed a General Surgery internship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Memorial Hospital and later completed a Plastic Surgery Residency at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He went on to the University of Michigan to complete a renowned hand and microsurgery fellowship, focusing on complex reconstruction for both adult and pediatric patients.

After completing training, Dr. Adkinson joined the faculty at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. His practice was based at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, where he practiced general plastic surgery and upper extremity reconstruction for children. He was subsequently recruited to the Indiana University School of Medicine as Chief of Hand Surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery in 2016. Dr. Adkinson is interested in complex upper extremity reconstruction in adults and children. He primarily practices at Eskenazi Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children and is a founding member of the pediatric and adult brachial plexus injury multi-disciplinary teams. Dr. Adkinson is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery with a Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ hand).

Dr. Adkinson has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and 28 book chapters in plastic surgery and hand surgery and serves on multiple committees for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Surgery of the Hand (chair of committee), and the Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons (executive committee member). He is a reviewer for the Journal of Hand Surgery and has won multiple awards for research. He has also given over 80 regional and national presentations on topics including hand surgery, hand trauma and general reconstruction.

Dr. Adkinson takes pride in his approach to patient care. He often sees patients during very challenging periods of their lives. Whether for an injury or a congenital anomaly, he is committed to offering the best in patient-centered care.

Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Program Director, Hand Surgery Fellowship
  • Education
    2014 FEL Hand Surgery and Microsurgery, University of Michigan Medical Center
    2013 FEL Plastic Surgery, Lehigh Valley Health Network
    2010 RES General Surgery , Lehigh Valley Health Network
    2006 MD Jefferson Medical College
    2002 BS Ursinus College
  • Research

    My research interests are: 

    • Clinical outcomes in adult and pediatric hand surgery
    • Role of TMR in the extremities
    • Disparities in hand and upper extremity care

  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Surgery - Surgery of the Hand
    American Board of Plastic Surgery - Plastic Surgery
  • Clinical Interests

    My Clinical Interests include:

    • Congenital Hand Differences
    • Hand Trauma
    • Wrist Injuries
    • Nerve Injuries
    • Reconstruction After Brachial Plexus Injuries
    • Free Tissue Transfer
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR)

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