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 Johnstown, 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 Brehm, 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.

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Hand & Elbow Surgery