Jonathan E. Isaacs, M.D. Associate professor and Chair, Division of Hand Surgery

Jonathan E. Isaacs, M.D.

Office information and hours

VCU Medical Center Ambulatory Care Center
417 North 11th Street, 3rd Floor
For appointments, call (804) 828-7069

Upper Extremity & Peripheral Nerve Center
8700 Stony Point Parkway, Ste 280
Richomnd, Va 23235
For appointments, call (804) 828-7069

Specialization

Dr. Jonathan E. Isaacs specializes in all traumatic and non-traumatic hand and wrist pathology, brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injuries, and avascular necrosis of the femoral head.

Board certification and licensure

  • Certficate of added qualification in hand surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Licensed, Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine
  • Board certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Educational background

  • Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center
  • Residency: Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
  • Medical school: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate study: University of Virginia

Professional affiliations

Dr. Isaacs is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Duke Hand Club, American Society of Surgery of the Hand, Richmond Academy of Medicine, Medical Society of Virginia, American Medical Association, Osteonecrosis Foundation, American Association of Hand Surgery, American Society of Peripheral Nerve and the Virginia Orthopaedic Society (on Governing Board).

Professional achievements

Dr. Isaacs has received national and international attention for his clinical and research achievements in Hand and Peripheral Nerve Surgery. He has given multiple invited lectures on peripheral nerve and brachial plexus surgery and is recognized nationally as an expert on these topics. He runs the Orthopaedic Microsurgery Lab at VCU, which is supported in part by a grant from the Department of Defense.

Dr. Isaacs recently published his first book on the treatment of upper extremity arthritis, he serves on the Editorial Board of HAND (an international journal on hand surgery) and is a reviewer for the Journal of Hand Surgery. The American Society for Surgery of the Hand recently named him a “Young Leader in Hand Surgery.” He serves on local, regional and national committees focusing on education and advancement of hand surgery and orthopaedic surgery in general.

Recent presentations

Isaacs, J. “Later Reconstruction: Tendon Transfers for the Wrist and Hand.” Invited Faculty Brachial Plexus and Nerve Reconstruction Pre-Course. American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. October 6, 2010.

Isaacs, J. “Cubital Tunnel Syndrome-The other cause of tingling fingers.” Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems Outreach Seminar, Richmond, VA, March 9, 2011.

Isaacs, J “Straightening out the Kinks in Older Hands.” Invited Speaker. 21st Annual Virginia Geriatrics Society Meeting. Williamsburg, VA, April 9-11, 2010

Isaacs, J., Adams, S., Mallu, S., Loveland, K., Sandbulte, Z. “A Comparison of the Performance of Chronically Versus Freshly Denervated Autograft in Nerve Repair.” American Society of Peripheral Nerve Annual Meeting. Boca Raton, FL, January 2010; Virginia Orthopaedic Society Annual meeting, Charlottesville, VA, May 2010. Residents Day, VCU Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Richmond, VA June 2010 (2nd Place, Best Presentation). Resident Research Day, VCU School of Medicine, Richmond, VA June 2010 (Awarded Best Presentation). Poster presentation: Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 2010.

Isaacs, J., Loveland, K., Mallu, S., Adams, S., Wodicka, R. “The Use of Anabolic Steroids as a Strategy in Reversing Denervation Atrophy.” American Society of Peripheral Nerve Annual Meeting. Boca Raton, FL, January 2010. Virginia Orthopaedic Society Annual meeting (awarded best podium presentation), Charlottesville, VA, May 2010. Residents Day, VCU Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Richmond, VA June 2010 (1st Place, Best Presentation). Poster presentation: Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 2010.

Isaacs, J. “Nerve Repair with Cable Grafts and Conduits.” Nerve Repair and Reconstruction in the Arm and Forearm Pre-Course for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, September 2009.

Isaacs, J., Use of “glues” in microsurgery. Grand Rounds, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UVA Health System, Charlottesville, VA, October 2008

Research interests

Dr. Isaacs’ primary research focus is on novel strategies of nerve repair and improved muscle recovery following significant nerve injury. His secondary interests include wrist biomechanics and novel repair strategies for ligamentous injuries in the wrist and hand fractures.

Recent publications

Arthritis and Arthroplasty: The Hand, Wrist, and Elbow. Edited by A. Bobby Chhabra and Jonathan E. Isaacs. Elsevier, Inc., Philadelphia, PA. 2010.

Isaacs, J., Adams, S., Mallu, S., Loveland, K., Sandbulte, Z. A Comparison of the Performance of Chronically Versus Freshly Denervated Autograft in Nerve Repair. J Hand Surg (AM), 2010 Dec; 35(12): 2001-2007.

Isaacs, J. Treatment of Acute Peripheral Nerve Injuries: Current Concepts. J Hand Surg (AM), 2010 Mar; 35(3): 491-7.

Isaacs, J., Howard, S., Gulkin, D. A Prospective Study on the Initial Results of a Low Profile Ulna Shortening Osteotomy System. Hand (N Y), 2010 June; 5(3): 148-154.