Morristown Hand Surgery LLC
Michael A. Baskies, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.O.S.
Hand and Upper Extremity Surgical Specialist of Northern New Jersey

Approach to Patients

"I am dedicated to applying my training and experience to help patients make well-informed decisions.  The operative and non-operative management of hand and upper extremity problems requires attention to the aspirations and goals of each individual patient.  Every interaction with a patient is an opportunity to discuss therapeutic options to help patients achieve their objectives.  By utilizing a practical approach to solve difficult problems, and incorporating the latest techniques available, the goals of the patient and the surgeon may be achieved.

It is a strong interest in anatomy that drove me to pursue a career in the surgical subspecialties and ultimately orthopaedic surgery.  Within orthopaedics, the hand surgery community has a unique opportunity to approach conditions caused by traumatic incidents, to confront restrictions rendered by acquired deformity, to treat injuries sustained in the pursuit of athletic achievement, and to remedy limitations associated with congenital malformations.  It was not one individual case which drew my attention to hand surgery, but rather the multitude of problems and clinical issues affecting the hand which compel me to become an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in treatment of the hand.  As a student of orthopaedic surgery, I realize the importance of the hand and upper extremity in enabling patients to enhance their quality of life and to complete their activities of daily living.  

Diligence, motivation, and subscribing to the precept of delayed gratification have helped me in my interactions with patients.  Furthermore, appreciation of the importance of teamwork and communication allows me to work effectively with patients, therapists, and my colleagues.  I am extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to train under Dr. Joseph Zuckerman at NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases in Manhattan for orthopaedic surgery residency training.  This was followed by completion of the Harvard Combined Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship; this involved work with internationally recognized upper extremity surgeon, Dr. Jesse Jupiter at Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as training at Boston Children’s Hospital with Dr. Peter Waters focusing on treatment of pediatric upper extremity disorders.  

It is a personal objective to continue these practices at Morristown Hand Surgery with respect to individualized patient care.   Furthermore, I feel privileged to have the opportunity to help people explore their options for care and impart treatment that may enable patients to improve their function."

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