Soma Lilly, MD
Board Certifications: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery; Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand
Fellowship: University of Cincinnati, Mary S. Stern Fellow in hand, microvascular, and upper extremity surgery
Residency: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Medical School: Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Undergraduate Education: Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, Cum Laude, Honors in Molecular Biology
Professional Memberships: American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Soma Lilly, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in injuries of the hand, wrist, and elbow. She understands that every patient requires different levels of care and provides customized treatment plans for every individual. In addition to traditional medical education and surgery residency, Dr. Lilly completed the Mary S. Stern Fellowship in hand, microvascular, and upper extremity surgery. There she mastered her skills in diagnosis, conservative non-surgical techniques, as well as advanced surgical procedures.
Along with her in-depth training, Dr. Lilly is board certified in hand and upper extremity surgery by successfully completing the rigorous exam for a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand. She joined The Center’s team of expert physicians in 2007. Her special interests include trauma and reconstructive surgery for conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow for pediatric and adult patients.
Publications, Activities, & Awards
- Lilly, SI, Stern PJ. Simultaneous carpal tunnel release and dupuytren’s fasciectomy. J Hand Surg. 2010, 5A: 754-759.
- Lilly SI, Messer TM. Complications after treatment of flexor tendon injuries. JAAOS. 2006; 14: 387-396.
- Janet M. Glasgow Achievement Citation of the American Medical Women’s Association- Awarded to women students in top 10% of class
- Alpha Omega Alpha Member- National medical student honor society
Dr. Lilly enjoys trail running, skiing, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and two children.
“I took a youth group to a camping trip at Lake Billy Chinook. We rented a boat and spent the day there. I had seen a cliff I wanted to jump off, so at the end of the day we headed over and I jumped. As I was climbing back up the cliff, one of the rocks came loose and I tumbled down. My body gained momentum and the rock crushed both of my hands on a table. My left hand was severely injured and I couldn’t feel it and my right hand was bleeding badly. All of the kids were in shock, but they got me back to the boat and to the closest hospital in Madras. When I regained consciousness, the ER doctor said I would lose my middle finger. I have played guitar since I was six years old, so I really wanted to keep it and asked him what my options were. He told me about Dr. Lilly in Bend, so I took an ambulance to St. Charles and she did the first surgery that day. It was a very complex injury and she was concerned about blood flow to the finger. After three surgeries and eight days in the hospital, I knew I would get to keep the finger. Dr. Lilly provided excellent care. She described everything in detail through the process, was very honest, and allowed me to make the decision about my treatment. I still rack my brain wondering how privileged I was to keep my finger when so many in the same circumstance would not.” – Gabe Meiers
“While visiting friends in Sisters, I fell down the stairs in the middle of the night and suffered a pretty bad break to my left wrist. The ER patched me up and instructed me to see you as soon as possible. You were kind enough to squeeze me in later that day and you even offered to do the surgery the following day. It was one kindness on top of another and I was so grateful for both of them. Had I not been far away from home I would have jumped at your kind offer. But the idea of recuperating in a friend’s home, as opposed to my own, just didn’t sound like what I needed at the time. While I ultimately opted to return to Chicago for my procedure, it was not for lack of confidence in you. My husband and I both left your office feeling like we were a bit disappointed that we would not have occasion to pursue a professional relationship with you. I was pretty bruised and battered when I walked in your office, both physically and emotionally. You calmed me down, allayed my concerns, and helped me understand my condition and my options. Thanks to you I survived and even enjoyed my last few days of vacation. For that, and for your gracious manner, I am ever so thankful.” – Michele Grimaldi Stein