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Specializing in Orthopedic Surgery of the Hand & Upper Extremity Dr. Evan Collins

Dr. Collins' advanced patient care and research projects are internationally recognized. He is chief of the Houston Methodist Hand & Upper Extremity Center at the Texas Medical Center and the hand specialist for The Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM). Prior to joining the faculty at Houston Methodist Hospital and accepting a faculty appointment at Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Collins was the director of the Hand Fellowship and Chief of the Hand and Upper Extremity department for many years at Baylor College of Medicine. He is today also an attending physician at First Street Surgical Center.

His work with sports injuries and degenerative conditions of the hand and upper extremity has lead to advances in arthroscopic surgery and other less invasive treatment options. Following an FDA-sanctioned study establishing Dr. Collins as a lead investigator to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a new electrohydraulic shockwave treatments for chronic tennis elbow, he opened the Tennis Elbow Institute and was named the same year among H Texas Magazine's "Top Docs." His new joint reconstruction procedure has changed the way small bone implants are addressed - dramatically reducing recovery time for patients - and earning him a spot among Texas Monthly's "Super Doctors."

Dr. Collins is dedicated to research, in an ongoing effort to provide the most effective techniques and treatment options to his patients, as well as preventative early diagnostic imaging protocol for the medical industry.

His research efforts continue to produce articles for publication and findings that are influencing current surgical and diagnostic practice and standard of care. His research findings on high-energy shockwave therapy in the treatment of chronic tennis elbow will be published this year in Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery. And his latest book chapter, Volar Wedge Bone Grafting and Internal Fixation of Scaphoid Nonunuions, was published in Wiesel S. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery Vol 4 (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins) 2010 edition.

Dr. Collins is often invited to present his latest research findings at both national and international scientific conferences - including the annual meetings of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the Congress of the Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand (FESSH) and the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH). Early results from his ongoing study, Mesh Implant Arthroplasty for Treatment of Basilar Joint Arthritis, were presented for the first time at the 2008 annual meeting of the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS).

Education and Certification
Dr. Collins moved his family to Houston from New York after graduating Cum Laude with a Doctor of Medicine and completing an orthopedic residency at the State University of New York Health and Science Center. He completed his Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, where he also worked as an assistant professor. His certification includes: Certified of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand (CAQSH), the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, and the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Awards and Accomplishments
He was a finalist for the Hibbs Award recognizing outstanding spinal research - at the 1994 Scoliosis Research Society Meeting. He received the Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement from the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation from the University of New York Health Science Center, the Jackson H. Stuckey Award for Outstanding achievement in surgical research, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society.