Local care is a priority at Jefferson Healthcare and creating a network of local medical professionals is critical for whole-person care. When surgeon, Joseph Meyerson, MD joined the Orthopedic team as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, specializing in hand and wrist surgery, he did so with one major goal: to provide the community with the same quality care found in a larger city.
Dr. Meyerson, a native to the Pacific Northwest, grew up in Edmonds and received his Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Washington State University. He completed his Doctor of Medicine and plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. During his training he spent time in a plastic surgery practice in Coos Bay, Oregon where he began to experience firsthand the need for specialty services in rural communities; and understood that without the access to proper care the result is poorer outcomes for the patients.
So why does a rural community like Jefferson County need a plastic surgeon and why does a plastic surgeon want to practice in a rural community? “Plastic surgery is often represented in pop culture and the media as synonymous with cosmetic surgery”, said Dr. Meyerson. “In fact, plastic and reconstructive surgery is an immensely broad field that encompasses surgery from head to toe. The cases in a small community are no different than in other places like Seattle, whether its hand and wrist surgery, breast and skin cancer reconstruction, wound care or cosmetic procedures there is a need for the care no matter where the patient lives.” Dr. Meyerson believes the difference for him is the relationships he can establish and the connection to the community.
Dr. Meyerson completed his fellowship in hand and wrist surgery as part of the Orthopedic Surgery Department at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. When asked about his choice to pursue hand and wrist surgery he stated, “It is simple, I love the detail and precision of complex hand surgery. When I perform surgery to restore the use of a hand, I’m not just relieving pain, I’m working to restore the function of that hand and in turn restoring the quality of life for my patient.”
His techniques and practice of plastic and reconstructive surgery will also be valuable in the Wound Clinic at Jefferson Healthcare. A variety of acute and chronic wound patients present in the Wound Clinic. There are some situations require the additional expertise a plastic surgeon can offer. With the knowledge and skills of a plastic surgeon, scarring may be reduced and healing improved.
Dr. Meyerson’s heart belongs to the Pacific Northwest and he is excited to be back home and enthusiastic about the impact he can have in a smaller community like Jefferson County. His specialized hand and wrist training, together with plastic and reconstructive surgery background provide multiple advantages for those dealing with complex hand issues including hand trauma and the effects of nerve compression, Dupuytren’s contracture, hand and wrist arthritis, ganglion cysts and tendonitis as well as wound management.
“I am truly excited to start my practice here with my patients and my new community.”
Dr. Meyerson is currently accepting new patients. Call 360.344.0400 to schedule a consultation today.