Our Physicians

Decades of experience.
Specialized, ongoing training makes a difference in treatment.

Our physicians specialize in hand and arm microsurgery, therapy, and other advanced upper-extremity medical treatments. In addition to traditional medical education and surgical residencies, each of our doctors received two years of fellowship training focused solely on treatment of hand and arm injuries. It’s a rare qualification that results in a meaningful difference.

Along with their in-depth training, all of our doctors have passed rigorous exams to become members of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. The result of this focus? We typically need to perform fewer surgeries to achieve the results you want. We help patients who’ve had unsuccessful surgeries or treatments elsewhere gain greater mobility and function in their hands and arms. And we’re experienced with, when necessary, aggressive surgical techniques that help patients maintain use of arms or hands in the everyday activities that are most important to you (including the use of toes for thumbs).

Meet our physicians

Paul A. Cook, MD

Paul A. Cook, MD

Dr. Cook attended the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio, and served both his internship and residency at the Ohio State University Hospitals in Columbus. He received his fellowship training in Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity at the Raymond M. Curtis Hand Center in Baltimore, Md.

Dr. Cook’s certifications and professional affiliations include:
  • Certified, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

Charan Gowda, MD

Charan Gowda, MD

Dr. Gowda attended the Duke University School of Medicine, served his medical internship at Duke University, and performed his residency at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Orthopedics. He received his fellowship training in Hand Surgery at The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center.

Dr. Gowda’s certifications and professional affiliations include:
  • Certified, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand

Raymond J. Kobus, MD

Raymond J. Kobus, MD

Dr. Kobus attended medical school at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and served his internship and residency at The Ohio State University [Medical Center]. He served his Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship at the Hand Rehabilitation Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa.

Dr. Kobus’s certifications and professional affiliations include:
  • Certified, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

Lawrence M. Lubbers, MD

Lawrence M. Lubbers, MD

Dr. Lubbers studied medicine at the University of Louisville, served his internship at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and his residency at The Ohio State University Hospitals. His fellowship training included Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity, Kristine Kleinert Fellowship in Microsurgery Research, at the University of Louisville, and Special Fellowship in Orthopedic Surgery, Section of Hand Surgery, at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minn.

Dr. Lubbers’ certifications and professional affiliations include:
  • Certified, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery

James F. Nappi, MD

James F. Nappi, MD

Dr. Nappi attended medical school at The Ohio State University in Columbus. He served his medical internship at The Ohio State University Hospitals and his residency at Akron City Hospital. For his fellowship training, he studied Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity at the Raymond M. Curtis Hand Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Nappi’s certifications and professional affiliations include:
  • Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • American Society of Peripheral Nerve
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We’ve helped train hundreds of local emergency medical technicians and paramedics on how to transport an amputation. Therefore, the patient has the best opportunity for recovery. The result: We’re able to do more to help patients when we meet them at the hospital, because they’re appropriately cared for at the injury site.
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Non-Surgical Treatment for Carpal Tunnel

“I have always worked with my hands, mostly with hand tools but occasionally with power saws. As an artist, designer, and craftsman, I took care not to lose parts of my hands. So I was shocked when symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome started to appear last year – first in one wrist, then the other. Thanks to Dr. Nappi’s expertly placed injection, my hands were restored to their former usefulness.”

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