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A.  Bobby  Chhabra,  MD

Department Chair of Hand and Upper Extremity Disorders
Orthopaedic Surgery

Contact Information

Address: Hand Center, 415 Ray C. Hunt Dr. P.O. Box 800159 , Charlottesville, VA, 22908
Phone: 434.982.4263 Fax: 434.924.0782

Training & Certification


Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Virginia


Hand and Microvascular Surgery, Hand Center of San Antonio

  • Orthopaedic Surgery; Surgery of the Hand

Clinical Practice

Conditions Treated:

Carpal Tunnel Release, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Fractures, Hand, wrist, elbow Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis, Nerve injury, Sprain, Strain, Tendon Injury, Tennis Elbow, Trauma, Shoulder, Arm, Elbow, Broken Arm, Olecranon (Elbow) Fractures, Radial Head Fractures, Compartment Syndrome, Erb's Palsy (Brachial Plexus Birth Injury), Ulnar Nerve Entrapment, Elbow (Olecranon) Bursitis, Lateral Epicondylitis, Dupuytren's Contracture, deQuervain's Tendinitis, Ganglion (Cyst) of the Wrist, Kienböck's Disease, Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome of the Wrist, Boutonnière Deformity, Trigger Finger, Growth Plate Fractures, Distal Radius Fracture (Colles' Fracture), Finger Fractures, Hand Fractures, Thumb Fractures, Wrist (Scaphoid) Fracture, Biceps Tendon Tear at the Elbow, Elbow Dislocation

Special Expertise:

Sports related injuries to the hand, wrist, and elbow. Congenital and pediatric hand surgery. Trauma and arthritis of the hand, wrist and elbow. Microvascular surgery.

Research Interest:

Dr. Chhabra's main area of research is focused on enhancing healing of flexor tendon lacerations in the hand. He has an active laboratory investigating the effect of growth factors and tissue engineering principles and how these tools can be used to accelerate flexor tendon healing to allow for improved clinical outcomes. His work has been presented at numerous meetings including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the Orthopaedic Research Society. His research is supported by the NIH/NIAMS.



Bobby Chhabra: Education 

Dr. Chhabra graduated from Johns Hopkins University with an undergraduate degree in Biology before completing his medical education at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the University of Virginia Health System. He received his fellowship training in hand and upper extremity, microvascular and congenital hand surgery at the Hand Center of San Antonio and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. 

Bobby Chhabra: Professional Expertise

Dr. Chhabra returned to the University of Virginia in 2002 during which time he helped create the University of Virginia Hand Center. Dr. Chhabra is currently the Lillian T. Pratt Distinguished Professor and Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Virginia. He is the Division Head of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. He is also the hand and upper extremity consultant for the University of Virginia 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 a basic science laboratory that is investigating flexor tendon healing using growth factor and stem cell technology and tissue engineering principles.

Dr. Chhabra: Accomplishments

Dr. Chhabra is a nationally recognized Orthopaedic educator and has been a course director for several orthopedic board review courses. He has received the University of Virginia Master Educator Award and the University of Virginia School of Medicine Award for Excellence in Teaching. 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.

Dr. Bobby Chhabra in Charlottesville

Bobby Chhabra, MD, co-founded the UVA Hand Center. An orthopedic specialist with expertise in hand surgery, Dr. Chhabra is now director of the UVA Orthopedic Department.

Learn more about Dr. Chhabra at UVA and his work:

  • 2010 – 2011 President, Virginia Orthopaedic Society 
  • 2010 Charles W. Miller Chief Resident Teaching Award, University of Virginia, Department of Orthopaedics 
  • September 2009 Appointed to the Executive Council of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Board Member at Large
  • June 2009 Charles J. Frankel Endowed Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • May 2009 President-Elect, Virginia Orthopaedic Society
  • June 2008 Induction into the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA)
  • 2007 - 2013 "Best Doctors in America" Award
  • 2007 Recipient of the University of Virginia Master Educator Award
  • 2006 Recipient of the University of Virginia School of Medicine Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2006 Inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Educators 
  • 2006 Charles W. Miller Chief Resident Teaching Award, University of Virginia, Department of Orthopaedics 
  • 2006 Best Lecturer Award, Colorado Orthopaedic Review Course 2006 Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, Career Development Award 
  • 2004 Robert Pruner Resident Teaching Award, University of Virginia, Department of Orthopaedics
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