Robert B. Carrigan, MD

Robert B. Carrigan, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon at CHOP with a focus on treating hand and upper extremity conditions and injuries. He is also an attending surgeon in the Hand Transplantation Program.

Areas of Expertise: Acquired/developmental problems of the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, arm and shoulder, Congenital hand and arm differences, Pediatric hand and upper extremity injuries, Shoulder reconstruction after brachial plexus injury
Locations: Main Campus; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, King of Prussia, S. Goddard Blvd.; Specialty Care, Virtua
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Background

    Robert B. Carrigan, MD, is an attending surgeon in CHOP's Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with special expertise treating hand and upper extremity conditions and injuries.  He is also an attending surgeon in the Hand Transplantation Program. Combining the expertise of the Penn Transplant Institute and the Hospital’s Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Division of Orthopedics, the Hand Transplantation program aims to help children who have undergone unilateral or bilateral amputation of arms or hands to regain function and independence. Hand transplantation, or vascularized composite allotransplantation, is a rare procedure performed by only a few surgical teams around the world. 

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA (1999)

    Internship

    Orthopedic and General Surgery - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

    Residency

    Orthopedic Surgery - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

    Fellowship

    Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery - Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

    Board Certification

    American Board of Orthopedic Surgery Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon

    Attending Surgeon, Hand Transplantation Program

    Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Departments and Services
  • Research Interests
    • Epidemiology of pediatric hand injuries
    • Tendon healing in children
    • Rehabilitation of pediatric hand injuries
  • Publications

    Books

    Carrigan, RB: Fractures of the Hand and Wrist in Contemporary Management of Fractures and Complications, Jaypee, Philadelphia 2013, pp 116-139.

    Carrigan, RB: The Upper Extremity (Chapter) in Nelson, Nelson Textbook in Pediatrics 19th Edition, Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2011, pp. 2383-2387.

    Papers

    Kanj W, Gunderson M, Carrigan R, Sankar W. Acute Compartment Syndrome of the Upper Extremity in Children. JCO. 2013 June; 7(3):225-233.

    Pretell-Mazzini J, Carrigan RB: Simultaneous distal radial fractures and carpal bones injuries in children: a review article. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2011 May 27. [Epub ahead of print]

    Pretell-Mazzini J, Carrigan RB: Simultaneous distal radial fractures and carpal bones injuries in children: a review article. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2011 May 27. [Epub ahead of print] 

    Posters and Presentations

    Thumb Hypoplasia-September 17, 2014, American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

    Elbow Fractures: A Panel Discussion - May 1, 2014, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America Annual Meeting, Hollywood, CA

    Chronic Monteggia Fracture Reconstruction-May 2, 2013, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario Canada

    The Utility of Wrist MRI in the Pediatric Population-May 2, 2013, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario Canada

    Referral Patterns of Emergent Pediatric Hand Transfers to a Tertiary Care Center - May 2, 2013, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario Canada

    Upper Extremity Injuries in the Skeletally Immature Patient - October 4, 2012 Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society Fall Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA

    Acute Compartment Syndrome of the Upper Extremity in Children. -  May 1st 2012, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

    Ten Common Hand Conditions - Oct. 27, 2011, Pottstown Memorial Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Pottstown, PA

    Distal Ulna Fractures instruction course lecture - Sept., 10, 2011, American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV

  • Editorial and Academic Positions

    Editorial Position

    Journal of Hand Surgery, consultant reviewer

    Academic Position 

    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery: Appropriate Use Committee (AUC) – Pediatric Supracondylar Humerus Fractures (2014)

    American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery: Standard Setting Committee (2014)

    American Society for Surgery of the Hand: Young Leaders Council (2012)

    Member of the Resident Admission Committee, Department of Orthopedic Surgery (2012, 2010)