About Abhiram Bhashyam, MD, PhD

Dr. Abhiram R. Bhashyam is a fellowship-trained hand and upper extremity surgeon who brings expertise in performing a wide range of surgeries, from simple to complex, to help patients regain meaningful function of their hands and arms. He understands the deep impact hand and arm problems can have on patients' lives—treatment begins with partnering with patients to provide individualized care to achieve the best possible outcomes, whether surgery is needed or not.

Dr. Bhashyam received his BS in Biomedical Engineering and Applied Math & Statistics at The Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated with the highest honors. He received his MD from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program, where he served as a chief resident. He then completed a Hand and Microvascular Surgery Fellowship at the University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center, and Seattle Children's Hospital. Dr. Bhashyam also earned an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a PhD at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

Guided by his drive to improve clinical outcomes, Dr. Bhashyam has won several prestigious research awards at national and international meetings and is widely published in peer reviewed academic journals. He is passionate about ensuring optimal patient outcomes while training the next generation of residents and medical students. In recognition of his clinical care, research and teaching, Dr. Bhashyam received the James H. Herndon Award for resident teaching and mentoring and Best Clinical Thesis award upon graduation from residency. He is a member of the American Orthopaedic Association's Emerging Leaders Program, American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and American Academic of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

Dr. Bhashyam's goal is to help patients get back to what they enjoy most, often using a multidisciplinary approach. His clinical interests include hand/wrist/elbow fractures, complex traumatic and post-traumatic reconstruction of the upper extremity, nerve injuries and reconstruction (including brachial plexus injuries), treatment of stiff or unstable elbows, wrist and elbow arthroscopy, joint replacement or reconstruction for hand/wrist/elbow arthritis and pediatric hand surgery. Many of his patients also see him for old injuries that never properly healed, debilitating pain or nagging injuries that impair quality of life.

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Hand & Arm Service
55 Fruit St.
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
Suite 2C
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-4700

Hand & Arm Service at Mass General Waltham
52 Second Ave.
3rd Floor, Suite 3300
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 617-726-4700

Medical Education

  • MD, Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts)
  • Residency, Harvard / MGB Combined Training Program*
  • Fellowship, University of Washington Medical Center

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To improve patient care directly and rapidly, Dr. Bhashyam applies research methodologies from non-medical fields to study clinical and translational research topics in orthopaedic surgery. Recent interdisciplinary and innovative projects include studies on patient outcomes/quality improvement, surgical education, the role of socioeconomic factors in patient care, opioids in orthopaedics, and mathematical modeling. His current research has three focus areas:

  1. Outcomes/quality improvement in trauma and upper extremity surgery, especially the role of socioeconomic factors in patient care
  2. Surgical education
  3. Mathematical modeling and imaging, especially patient-specific simulation


  • Select Publications:

    • Abhiram R. Bhashyam, Jerry Huang. Hand and Wrist Injuries, Fractures and Reconstruction; Microsurgery and Replantation. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 14. 2021. Chicago, IL: AAOS Publishing.
    • Bhashyam AR, McGovern MM, Mueller T, et al. The Personal Financial Burden Associated with Musculoskeletal Trauma. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2019 Jul 17;101(14):1245-1252.
    • Bhashyam AR, and Dyer GSM. "Virtual" Boot Camp: Orthopaedic Intern Education in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2020 Sep 1;28(17):e735-e743.
    • Bhashyam AR, Fernandez DL, Fernandez dell'Oca A, and Jupiter JB. Dorsal Barton fracture is a variation of dorsal radiocarpal dislocation: a clinical study. J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2019 Dec;44(10):1065-1071.
    • Bhashyam AR, and Jupiter JB. Revision Fixation of Distal Humerus Fracture Nonunions in Older Age Patients with Poor Bone Quality or Bone Loss - Is This Viable as a Long-term Treatment Option?. Arch Bone Jt Surg. 2019 May;7(3):251-257.
    • Bhashyam AR, Ochen Y, van der Vliet QMJ, et al. Association of Patient-reported Outcomes With Clinical Outcomes After Distal Humerus Fracture Treatment. J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2020 Feb;4(2).
    • Bhashyam AR, Liu Y, and Kao DS. Targeted Peripheral Nerve Interface: Case Report with Literature Review. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2021 Apr;9(4):e3532.
    • Bhashyam AR, Fils J, Lowell J, et al. A novel approach for needs assessment to build global orthopedic surgical capacity in a low-income country. J Surg Educ. 2015 Jul-Aug;72(4):e2-8.
    • Bhashyam AR*, Basilico M*, Harris MB, and Heng M. Prescription Opioid Type and the Likelihood of Prolonged Opioid Use After Orthopaedic Surgery. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2019 May 1;27(9):e423-e429.

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