New Orthopaedics Physicians at UVA

Expand Access, Add Expertise

The University of Virginia Health System’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has recently added new physicians who will help expand access and bring new expertise.

The new physicians – one specializing in hand and upper-extremity procedures and one specializing in spine procedures – will aid the department’s pilot program, whose goal is to have all referred patients seen in a UVA orthopaedic clinic within a week of their referral.

“Dr. Nicole Deal and Dr. Adam Shimer both bring significant clinical expertise and an interest in advancing orthopaedic care through research into breakthrough treatments,” says Mark Abel, MD, the department’s chair. “They will help make UVA’s specialized orthopaedic care more accessible throughout the state.”

Here is a look at the department’s new physicians:

Nicole Deal, MDNicole Deal, MD

Nicole Deal, MD, received her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed her residency and a fellowship in hand surgery at Wake Forest University.

Her clinical practice will focus on upper-extremity procedures, including trauma, reconstruction, microsurgery and pediatrics. Her research will focus on improving treatments for upper-extremity trauma and reconstruction along with repairs to upper-extremity nerves, vessels and tendons.

Deal was attracted to UVA, where she received her undergraduate degree, because of the opportunity to combine patient care with research and teaching. “It’s exciting to join a department with several interesting research initiatives under way and such wide-ranging clinical interests and abilities among the faculty,” she says.


Adam Shimer, MDAdam Shimer, MD

After receiving his medical degree at UVA, Adam Shimer, MD, completed the residency and served as an instructor in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center before completing a spinal surgery fellowship at The Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University.

His clinical practice will focus on spinal surgery, while his research will focus on molecular and cellular treatment strategies for intervertebral disc repair and regeneration. He has co-authored several research papers on stem-cell and gene therapies for the treatment of intervertebral disc degeneration.

Shimer is excited to return to UVA. “It’s a great opportunity to joint a world-class department and medical center,” he says. I look forward to partnering with my colleagues in the department to provide state-of-the-art surgical and nonsurgical spine care.”

To refer a patient to Dr. Deal or Dr. Shimer, call UVA Physician Direct at 800.552-3723.










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