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Reid Draeger, MD

Reid Draeger, MD

Hand & Microsurgery

Education and Experience


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003 - 2008


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008 - 2013


  • University of Cincinnati, 2013 - 2014
  • Area: Mary S. Stern Hand Surgery Fellowship


  • Indiana University, 2013 - 2013
  • Area: Microsurgical Training Course-Plastic Surgery


  • Mayo Clinic, 2014

Clinical Expertise

  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Cubital tunnel and other nerve decompression surgeries of the upper extremity
  • Thumb basal joint (CMC) arthritis surgery
  • Treatment of complex fractures about the hand, wrist, and forearm
  • Wrist and elbow arthroscopy
  • Treatment of Dupuytren’s contracture with both surgical and nonsurgical methods, including collagenase (Xiaflex) injections
  • Treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the hand, wrist, and elbow
  • Arthroscopic treatment of triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) tears
  • Microsurgical nerve and vascular repair
  • Flexor and extensor tendon repair
  • Treatment of tendonitis about the wrist and elbow, including DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis and lateral epicondylitis
  • Total elbow arthroplasty
  • Trigger finger release

Research Interests

  • Health literacy
  • Hand, wrist, and elbow arthritis
  • Trauma to the hand and wrist
  • Post-operative pain perception and control
  • Infections of the hand
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Patient-centered orthopaedic care
  • Patient access to orthopaedic care

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

  • ASSH Leadership Program Participant, 2017
  • AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinical Scholar Career Development Program, 2015
  • UNC School of Medicine Musculoskeletal Course Faculty Teaching Cup Winner, 2015
  • UNC Hospitals Resident Research Award, 2013
  • UNC School of Medicine Alpha Omega Alpha, Gamma Chapter, 2007
  • UNC School of Medicine Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship, 2007
  • UNC School of Medicine Howard Holderness Distinguished Medical Scholar, 2006-2008
  • UNC School of Medicine University Research Day Outstanding Visual Presentation Award, 2005
  • UNC School of Medicine NIH NIDDK Short Term Research Training Grant, 2004
  • UNC School of Medicine John B. Graham Medical Student Research Travel Award, 2004
  • UNC School of Medicine Michiko Kuno Outstanding Presentation Award, 2005
  • UNC School of Medicine John B. Graham Student Research Society, 2004


  • Acute hand infections.
    Osterman M, Draeger R, Stern P. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Aug;39(8):1628-35; quiz 1635. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2014.03.031.
    PMID: 25070032
  • In reply.
    Osterman M, Draeger RW, Stern PJ. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Dec;39(12):2550. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2014.10.014. Epub 2014 Nov 21.
    PMID: 2545996
see entire list available at PubMed


UNC Orthopaedic Clinic at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC)
102 Mason Farm Road
Second Floor
Chapel Hill, North Carolina - 27514


Reid Draeger
Reid Draeger

Hand & Wrist