Hand Surgeon Felicity Fishman, MD, Joins Loyola | Loyola Medicine
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hand Surgeon Felicity Fishman, MD, Joins Loyola Medicine

Felicity Fishman, MD

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.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.