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

4.8 out of 5 (10 comments)


The experience at Ortho Neuro was great. Dr. Stutzman took the time to explain what was going on with my thumb and discussed options with me. He had a great bedside manner.


Dr. Stutzman and the staff were wonderful. I had nothing more than a positive experience with each visit.


I’m a repeat patient, unfortunately~ but I am so happy that Dr. Desmond is still with the Ortho-Neuro group to take care of my hands again!


One of the most professional and personable doctors I’ve ever seen. Thank you.


OrthoNuero is the most efficiently run practice I have ever been to. The ease of scheduling an appointment, the little wait time for the appointment, efficient scheduling of pre-tests and surgery it fantastic. You should be the model for ever practice!


I was very pleased with my appointment at the Westerville office. The doctor and physicians assistant were excellent at explaining things and setting my mind at ease. I had to wait a while but am fine with that. Very pleased with the doctor and assistant. Very kind considering I am very fearful of medical procedures and visits.


Dr. Stutzman was wonderful and most importantly, he LISTENED! I was so pleased with his explanation of the nerve damage I have, the treatment plan, and next steps. I feel confident that my condition will improve and I have received the best possible care from everyone, including the physical therapists, at OrthoNeuro. I recommend you to everyone!


Doctors are great


The friendliest doctors office I have ever been to. Everyone was awesome!


Dr. Stutzman is the best. Wouldn’t let anyone else treat my hand problems.

Hand & Elbow Surgery