Areas of Expertise:
Acquired/developmental problems of the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, 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, Fractures, Sports injuries
Locations: Main Campus; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, King of Prussia, S. Goddard Blvd.; Specialty Care, Virtua; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Brandywine Valley
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)
Robert B. Carrigan, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon at who specializes in the treatment of upper extremity conditions in children. Dr. Carrigan treats a broad array of conditions affecting the upper limb. His areas of interest include congenital conditions such as syndactyly, polydactyly, hypoplastic or absent thumbs and symbrachydactyly. He also treats traumatic conditions of the upper extremity ranging from acute injuries to late presenting traumatic reconstructions. Dr. Carrigan sees and treats athletes at CHOP's Sports Medicine and Performance Center location in King of Prussia.
A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Carrigan received his entire education within the state. He earned an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the Pennsylvania State University and a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Carrigan completed his orthopedic surgery residency and fellowship in hand surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Carrigan has been an invited speaker at national and international meetings. He actively serves on several committees within the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the American Society for the Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA). He has also authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters.
Recently, Dr. Carrigan and other surgeons at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia performed the first bilateral pediatric hand transplant. 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
MD - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA (1999)
Orthopedic and General Surgery - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Orthopedic Surgery - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery - Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
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
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.
Robert B. Carrigan: Pre and Post Axial Polydactyly. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery, 2nd Edition. John M. Flynn M.D.Wudbhav N. Sankar, M.D. (eds.). LWW, Volume 4(Chapter 52): 1692-1696, July 2015.
Robert B. Carrigan: Clinodactyly. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery, 2nd Edition. John M. Flynn, M.D.Wudbhav N. Sankar, M.D. (eds.). LWW, Volume 4(Chapter 54): 1504-1506, July 2015.
Robert B. Carrigan: The Upper Limb. Nelson's Pediatrics, 20th Edition. Robert Kliegman, M.D. (eds.). Elsevier,(Chapter 680), May 2015.
Robert B. Carrigan, M.D.: Extensor Tendon Injuries. The Pediatric Upper Extremity. Scott H. Kozin, M.D. (eds.). Springer, 3: 929-941, March 2015.
Robert B. Carrigan, M.D.: Fractures of the Hand and Wrist. Contemporary Surgical Management of Fracture and Complications. B. David Horn, M.D.Martin J. Herman, M.D. (eds.). Jaypee Brothers, 3: 116-139, October 2014.
Nicholas Pulos, MD; Robert B. Carrigan, MD: Osteomyelitis as a Late Complication of Percutaneous Pinning of a Supracondylar Fracture of the Distal Part of the Humerus JBJS Case Connector 4(4), October 2014 Notes: 2014 Oct 22; 4 (4): e99 . http://dx.doi.org/10.2106/JBJS.CC.N.00063
Kanj W, Gunderson M, Carrigan R, Sankar W. Acute Compartment Syndrome of the Upper Extremity in Children. JCO. 2013 June; 7(3):225-233.
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
Consultant reviewer, Journal of Hand Surgery
Consultant review, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
2015, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery: Appropriate Use Committee (AUC) – Vascular Injury Associated with Pediatric Supracondylar Humerus Fractures
2014, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery: Appropriate Use Committee (AUC) – Pediatric Supracondylar Humerus Fractures
2014-present, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery: Standard Setting Committee
2013-present, Pediatric Society of North America: Resident News Letter Committee
- Editorial and Academic Positions