Medical Staff Appointments - Hand Surgeon
Dr. Taras is one of the nation's most renowned hand surgeons. He has served as the team hand surgeon for Philadelphia’s professional sports franchises, including the Eagles, and Flyers and has been a consulting hand surgeon for the Phillies and 76ers. Dr. Taras is also a consulting hand surgeon for many of the area’s collegiate athletic programs including Drexel, Rowan, and St. Joseph’s Universities.
Dr. Taras holds the position of Associate Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery at both Thomas Jefferson University and Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann Hospital, where he is the Chief of the Division of Hand Surgery.
Education and Experience
Having been selected to participate in an accelerated 6-year program, Dr. Taras earned his B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Michigan/University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor. Dr. Taras completed his internship and Orthopaedic Surgery residency at New York University/Bellevue Hospital. After his residency, Dr. Taras was awarded a traveling hand surgery fellowship at Lund University in Malmö, Sweden and the University of Bern in Switzerland and further refined his surgical skills with a hand and microsurgery fellowship at Duke University.
Dr. Taras specializes in treating injuries and afflictions of the hand and upper extremity and has been invited to present his clinical experience to his peers and physicians-in-training around the world. Dr. Taras is well-known for his expertise in flexor tendon reconstruction, nerve reconstruction, distal radius fracture repair, and management of hand and upper extremity injuries in the elite athlete. His research has led to the development of new suture techniques to repair tendon injuries, and he has pioneered the use of regeneration tubes and grafts to repair nerve lacerations.
Research and Medical Device Development
A new idea and an interest in design led Dr. Taras to bring a new wrist fixation device, the T-Pin®, to market. Dr. Taras designed, patented, and gained FDA approval to market this wrist fracture fixation device. Union Surgical, LLC, the company he founded to produce and sell the T-Pin®, continues to gain market share.
An Invited Speaker and Respected Author
Dr. Taras has contributed dozens of peer-reviewed scientific articles, textbook chapters, and case studies to the medical literature during the past two decades. He has published papers in diverse hand surgery topics including wrist fracture fixation, tendon repair and reconstruction, nerve reconstruction, and new technologies. He has presented his data and clinical observations at more than 200 national and international medical conferences and symposia. Dr. Taras continues to contribute to the hand surgery body of knowledge with his ongoing clinical studies and grants.Return to Physician's Directory