James Verheyden, MD

I knew early in my medical training that I wanted to focus on hand and upper extremity injuries, the immediate results patients see after a well-performed surgery are what satisfy me the most.

Board Certification: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Fellowship: Hand and Microvascular Surgery at University of Washington, Seattle
Residency: State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse
Medical School: University of Wisconsin Medical School
Undergraduate Education: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Professional Affiliations: Fellow American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Member American Society for Surgery of the Hand


Dr. Verheyden is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon, specializing in elbow, hand, shoulder, wrist, and trauma and fracture care. He joined The Center’s orthopedic team in 1993. He provides comprehensive treatment, including advanced surgical procedures and techniques designed to avoid surgery.

Dr. Verheyden has done extensive research during his career to improve outcomes for his patients and advance medical knowledge, presenting his findings regionally and nationally in New York, California, Boston, Chicago and Las Vegas. Most recently he has focused on research for Dupuytren’s contracture, his patients have traveled from as far as Hawaii, Alaska and Florida to seek nonsurgical Xiaflex collagenase injection solutions for this condition. In addition, Dr. Verheyden has authored many peer-reviewed publications and several book chapters.

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Dr. Verheyden enjoys cross country skiing, physical fitness, mountain and road biking, hiking, travel, forestry and forest management, concrete production and construction, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, and spending time with his children.


“Thank you for the very informative consultation regarding the early-stage Dupuytren’s contracture in my right hand. I learned a lot, and felt very encouraged about the potential prognosis of my condition. I also enjoyed reading the newspaper articles in your exam room, and particularly the study you published in The Journal of Hand Surgery. I can’t tell you how lucky I am to have you as my hand doctor. It is extremely encouraging to see a medical professional looking for alternative treatments, and with such a successful track record. Not only is the collagenase injection more cost effective, it is also far less invasive than surgery. This makes it much more feasible to perform a repeat procedure if the condition returns. This is truly a win-win situation, which greatly reduces any anxiety I have about future treatment of my hand–if that ever becomes necessary.  

I’m one of the few Americans that pays for his own health insurance (the very high deductible type, with an associated HSA account), and with no government subsidy. I pay my own way. As such, I am much more aware of medical costs, and the probable outcome. This is a big problem with the health care system–not enough consumers pay attention to costs and alternatives, because they participate in the “all you can eat” free buffet. I know this, because for years, I was part of a corporate plan with virtually no deductible.

But honestly, more than cost and value, I am happy to see a non-surgical alternative. I have always believed surgery should be the last course, if other options are not viable. Surgery can be invasive, and as you pointed out in our consultation, the scar tissue would make a future procedure much more difficult. When I had neuromas in both feet, my podiatrist (also a runner) opted to inject each foot with a solution that numbed the nerve tissue, rather than performing surgery. More than 10 years later, I have no problems. Thanks again–I consider myself very fortunate to have you as my hand doctor.” – Mike McComb

“I fell off a 26’ ladder and shattered my wrist. The first doctor I saw told me it couldn’t be repaired and had to be fused. I am a painter and an amateur pool player so I needed the full use of my left hand. I decided to get a second opinion with Dr. Verheyden. It was an emotional time for me because I was planning on becoming a professional pool player and going to a big pool tournament in Las Vegas before my injury. When I arrived for my appointment, I was expecting the same diagnosis and that I would have to get my wrist fused. Dr. Verheyden told me it was a bad injury and in pretty rough condition, but that he could reconstruct it. He had all the confidence in the world and it made me feel confident going ahead with surgery. I’m so thankful that I have a moving wrist. He gave me light again at the end of the tunnel. I’m back at it, playing pool and going to give it another go at turning professional.” – Mario Chavez


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