MAYWOOD, IL – Orthopaedic surgeon Felicity Fishman, MD, who specializes in complex hand surgery in children and adults, has joined Loyola Medicine.
Dr. Fishman, who comes to Loyola from Yale School of Medicine, is an assistant professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
Dr. Fishman treats upper extremity (arm and hand) conditions in children. She treats adults from the forearm down.
Among the most complex cases Dr. Fishman performs are congenital hand differences in children, including polydactyly (too many fingers), syndactyly (webbing between fingers) and clinodactyly (curved fingers).
"I love interacting with children, and being able to make a major difference in their lives," Dr. Fishman said. "If a child is verbal, I try to engage and talk to them as well as their parents."
Conditions Dr. Fishman treats in adults include carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, distal radius (wrist) fractures and trauma. Dr. Fishman also performs nerve transfers and nerve bypasses to treat injuries to the brachial plexus (the group of nerves that extend down the arm).
"I try to provide as much information as possible, without overloading a patient," Dr. Fishman said. "It's a partnership, and during my visits with patients, I try to take enough time to hear what they are saying and to be thorough in my explanations."
Dr. Fishman earned a medical degree from New York Medical College. She completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Duke University School of Medicine and fellowships in hand and upper extremity surgery at the University of Minnesota and pediatric upper extremity surgery at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Dr. Fishman is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and has a subspecialty certificate in hand surgery. She sees patients at the Loyola Outpatient Center in Maywood and Loyola Center for Health at River Forest.