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Effective October 1, 2011 Dr. Barmakian has merged The Orthopaedic Hand & Upper Extremity Center into the Summit Medical Group.

Powerful, supple and versatile, the human hand is a wonder of natural engineering. But the hand cannot function without its vital linkage to the elbow and shoulder. It is therefore important to treat the entire upper extremity, from the shoulder to the fingertips, as a functional unit.

The specialty of hand surgery had its origins during World War II. Dramatically improved results were obtained when severe hand and upper extremity injuries were treated by a select group of physicians specially trained in hand surgery. The specialties of orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery, general surgery, vascular surgery and neurosurgery all contributed to the base of knowledge and experience necessary to effectively treat the injured hand. After the war, “fellowships” in hand surgery were organized to impart this new expertise to young surgeons. In today’s fellowship programs, hand surgeons receive this same comprehensive, multi-specialty training and are able to successfully treat a wide range of injuries and disorders. Hand surgeons are thus uniquely qualified to treat this intricate and indispensable part of the body.

Dr. Barmakian offers treatment to patients of all ages, from infants with congenital hand disorders to senior citizens with arthritis. While many conditions can be effectively treated non-operatively, conventional surgery, microsurgery and arthroscopy are used to treat a wide variety of upper extremity injuries and disorders. Fractures, tendon and nerve injuries, sports injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, tumors, rotator cuff injuries, dislocations and tendonitis are some of the conditions treated. If needed, X-ray facilities are available on-site.

At the first visit, each patient first receives a thorough examination. Dr. Barmakian then provides a complete explanation of the diagnosis and a review of the various treatment options, with time for the patient’s questions to be fully answered. Finally, a recommendation is given for the treatment option that best fits the patient’s particular functional needs; a musician, for example, has different needs than a construction worker. It is through this time-tested system of examination, explanation and individualized recommendation that the best results for each patient are obtained.

Offices and hours

202 Elmer Street
Westfield, NJ 07090


Dr. Barmakian no longer sees patients at the METUCHEN OFFICE



Information about your problem

The links listed below will provide you with information about a variety of hand and orthopaedic problems.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: Arm & Elbow, Hand, Shoulder

American Society for Surgery of the Hand

Hospital affiliations - 

Dr. Barmakian has privileges at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ    908-522-2000

Outpatient surgery center affiliations - 

Dr. Barmakian has privileges at the Center for Ambulatory Surgery, a state-of-the-art outpatient ambulatory surgery center located at 1450 Route 22 West, Mountainside, NJ  908-233-2020.

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