icon-physicians-largeDesmond J. Stutzman, D.O., Orthopedic Surgeon

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Dr. Stutzman is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in hand and elbow surgery with a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand and Elbow Surgery.  He has expertise in fractures, peripheral neuropathy (carpal tunnel syndrome), wrist and elbow reconstruction, as well as arthritis, tendon and ligament injuries from fingertip to elbow.  Dr. Stutzman received his Bachelor’s Degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He then attended The Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio and was a member of the Sigma Sigma Phi Medical Student Honor Society, where he received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree. He completed both his Internship and Residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Doctor’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Stutzman then completed a Fellowship at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery in Louisville, Kentucky where he was a member of the team that performed the second hand transplant in the United States.

“My career goal is simply providing the best orthopedic care from fingertip to elbow for all my patients, and give each patient the time that is required to accomplish this goal.”

Dr. Stutzman is involved in medical education and research, has given numerous presentations on Orthopedic topics and published a number of articles in The American Journal of Orthopedics.  He has served on advisory panels for new implants about the wrist and elbow, and continues to be involved in the development of new techniques in regards to hand and elbow surgery.  He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Ohio University.

Dr. Stutzman resides in Columbus, Ohio and enjoys an active lifestyle including golf and skiing, as well as a model aviation enthusiast.

  • Board Certifcation
    American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Certificate # 064775, 9-28-04
  • Undergraduate
    Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green Ohio; B.S.
  • Medical School
    Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens Ohio; D.O.
  • Residency
    Doctor’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio; Orthopedic Surgery
    Grant Hospital, Columbus, Ohio; Trauma Orthopaedics
    University Hospital, Bethseda Oak Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio; Hand Surgery
    Childrens Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Fellowships
    The Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY; Hand Surgery


Nurse Practitioner

Sarah Linkhart, CNP

  • Undergraduate
    Otterbein University; Westerville, OH; Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Graduate
    Otterbein University; Westerville, OH; Master of Science in Nursing

Previously worked as an RN for seven years in various settings including Trauma, Critical Care, and Orthopedics.  Began working for Dr. Stutzman in May 2014.  Certified as a Family Nurse Practioner.

Ratings and Comments

5 out of 5 (15 comments)


My daughter loved Dr. Stutzman. His care of her broken arm was great.


Thank you so much Dr. Stutzman and Ashlee McAfee!!! Also, I think her name was Tina, great job on the cast. Very impressed.


Always good care


Excellent care!


I love Dr. Stutzman. He has one again taken care of my agonizing hand pain and I feel he is a knowledgeable and trustworthy physician.


Efficiency of the office outstanding .


great experience overall.


i have now seen 3 dr’s in the last few years and i continue with the quality of life that i desire due to care i recieved especially from Dr Cheney who had to basicly rebuild my foot all the Dr’s are so comforting and display their expertise so happy to have found orthoneuro


The few times we have been there we have had excellent experiences. Thank you.


I saw Sarah, CNP for Dr. Stuzsman. She was wonderful and answered all of my questions and is very kind and understanding. Explained everything thoroughly and helped decrease my anxiety


This is my 5th visit with them ,highly recommend


Dr Stutzman is a great doctor, def recommend for future.


Great doctors and outpatient surgery center was great. Staff very helpful and friendly .


Everyone was great, from front desk to doctor or physician assistant, nursing staff, and billing and scheduling.



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