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Reid Draeger

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics

Hand & Microsurgery


UNC Orthopaedics (Ambulatory Care Center)
102 Mason Farm Road
Second Floor
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Phone: (984) 974-5700
Referral Fax: (919) 966-7956

Provider Office
Phone: (919)966-7130
Fax: (919) 966-6730

  • MD: University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • Residency: University of North Carolina Hospitals – Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship: Orthopaedic Hand Surgery and Microsurgery, Mary S. Stern Fellowship, University of Cincinnati

Special Procedures

  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Cubital tunnel and other nerve decompression surgeries of the upper extremity
  • Thumb basal joint (CMC) arthritis surgery
  • Treatment of complex fractures about the hand, wrist, and forearm
  • Wrist and elbow arthroscopy
  • Treatment of Dupuytren’s contracture with both surgical and nonsurgical methods, including collagenase (Xiaflex) injections
  • Treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the hand, wrist, and elbow
  • Arthroscopic treatment of triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) tears
  • Microsurgical nerve and vascular repair
  • Flexor and extensor tendon repair
  • Treatment of tendonitis about the wrist and elbow, including DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis and lateral epicondylitis
  • Total elbow arthroplasty
  • Trigger finger release


  • Health literacy
  • Hand, wrist, and elbow arthritis
  • Trauma to the hand and wrist
  • Post-operative pain perception and control
  • Infections of the hand
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Patient-centered orthopaedic care
  • Patient access to orthopaedic care

  • ASSH Leadership Program Participant, 2017
  • AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinical Scholar Career Development Program, 2015
  • UNC School of Medicine Musculoskeletal Course Faculty Teaching Cup Winner, 2015
  • UNC Hospitals Resident Research Award, 2013
  • UNC School of Medicine Alpha Omega Alpha, Gamma Chapter, 2007
  • UNC School of Medicine Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship, 2007
  • UNC School of Medicine Howard Holderness Distinguished Medical Scholar, 2006-2008
  • UNC School of Medicine University Research Day Outstanding Visual Presentation Award, 2005
  • UNC School of Medicine NIH NIDDK Short Term Research Training Grant, 2004
  • UNC School of Medicine John B. Graham Medical Student Research Travel Award, 2004
  • UNC School of Medicine Michiko Kuno Outstanding Presentation Award, 2005
  • UNC School of Medicine John B. Graham Student Research Society, 2004
  • UNC School of Medicine Issac H. Manning Scholar, 2003-2005


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