Congratulations to A. Bobby Chhabra, MD, who has accepted the position of Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics. Dr. Chhabra is the Lillian T. Pratt Distinguished Professor and Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery; Professor of Plastic Surgery; and Co-Director of The UVA Hand Center. Until this appointment, he was also the Vice Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics.
Dr. Chhabra’s dedication and vision for patient care led to the creation of the University of Virginia Hand Center that was supported by a Buchanan Grant for New Clinical Initiatives. The UVA Hand Center combines the services of Orthopaedic and Plastic Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Radiology, Occupational Therapy and Nursing in a single facility at the forefront of technology. Dr. Chhabra serves as the Co-Director of The UVA Hand Center, one of the busiest and most successful clinics in the Health System.
For the last 11 years, he has also served as a team physician for UVA’s Department of Athletics. His areas of expertise include hand, wrist, and elbow trauma and arthritis, with a particular interest in athletic injuries and congenital hand surgery. He has directed a successful, federally funded, basic science laboratory investigating flexor tendon healing using growth factors, stem-cell technology, and tissue-engineering principles.
Dr. Chhabra serves in a variety of committees and positions within the University of Virginia Health System and the School of Medicine. Most recently, he served a two-year term as the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Surgical Services. His skills in collaboration, listening and advocacy have created significant changes in the OR with regard to patient centeredness, workplace environment, resource utilization, efficiency, quality, access, employee satisfaction and accountability.
Dr. Chhabra is a nationally recognized orthopaedic educator and has been a course director for several orthopaedic educational conferences. He has been Program Chair or Course Faculty for 15 national and international meetings and given over 110 invited lectures. He has 75 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters to date. He has received the University of Virginia Master Educator Award, the University of Virginia School of Medicine Award for Excellence in Teaching, and is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Educators. He served as Program Director for the Orthopaedic Residency Program from 2007-2011 and Vice Chair for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery from 2008–2013. Dr. Chhabra is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and a fellow of the American Orthopaedic Association. He is past President of the Virginia Orthopaedic Society, has served as an Executive Council Member for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and has been listed for the past 6 years as one of America’s “Best Doctors.”
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Chhabra on this appointment!