Dr. Nicholas D. Pappas

Nicholas D. Pappas, M.D. is a Board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in hand surgery who specializes in various hand and upper extremity conditions. A New Orleans native, he graduated from St. Martin’s Episcopal School (Metairie, LA). He then traveled to Princeton University (Princeton, NJ) for college, where he earned a B.A. in Philosophy and pitched for the baseball team. While at Princeton, he played baseball for all four years on a team that won 2 Ivy League Baseball Championships and made 2 appearances in the NCAA Division I College World Series Tournament.

After college, he earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN). He then completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA). After residency, he returned to Vanderbilt University to complete a fellowship in Hand, Microvascular, and Upper Extremity Surgery.

Prior to joining Hand Surgical Associates, Dr. Pappas had been practicing as a hand surgeon at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas (Greenville, SC), where he also served as a Clinical Instructor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of South Carolina. He returned to New Orleans to join Hand Surgical Associates as well as assume the role of Chief of Orthopaedic Hand Surgery and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (New Orleans, LA).

Dr. Pappas is also a candidate member of several medical societies including the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He serves as a consultant reviewer for the Journal of Hand Surgery, American. He has an active interest in clinical research, particularly fractures of the upper extremity, and has over 25 peer-reviewed publications to his credit.