A Physician with a Passion for Orthopaedics

A Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with specialty certification in surgery of the hand, Dr. Randall Culp is recognized nationally and internationally for his contributions to specialized Orthopaedics.  Consistently named as a “Top Doc” and Leading Physician in national and local publications, Dr. Culp’s passion for research and advancement in Orthopaedics is the driving force behind his “never say never” mentality when it comes to maximizing a patient’s successful outcome.  Dr. Culp acts as the treating physician for the local professional sports teams, including the Phillies, Sixers, Flyers and Eagles, and is regularly consulted by teams nationwide as well.  He is also actively involved and works with athletic trainers at the collegiate level, including Villanova, St. Joseph’s University, and Temple University.

Dr. Culp refuses to sit still.  In addition to treating patients, teaching, writing, and staying active in research, his passion motivates him to find time to give back.  Each year, Dr. Culp recruits a team of 7-10 volunteers, including nurses, occupational therapists, anesthesiologists, and other Orthopaedic surgeons to travel to an under-privileged country for 1-2 weeks at a time.  “We spend our entire time meeting people-adults and children-evaluating their needs and providing surgery and care for as many as possible during our stay.  It is truly so rewarding to see the face of a mother whose child will gain functionality in their hands, something they never had before. We see a lot of hard working men who have untreated injuries, some which have prevented them from being able to use their entire arm.  We are able to repair many of the injuries and give these husbands and fathers the ability to at least work and provide for their families.” Not only does “Team Culp” treat patients, they also have translators on site so that they can educate and train the local medical professionals.  “Our goal is to leave them with skills they would have never otherwise obtained.” It is a lot of work, with very little down time but the consensus from the team members is consistent, “It’s truly exhausting, but so worth it.” Dr. Culp’s most recent missions have been to Honduras and Peru.

Education & Training

Dr. Culp earned his undergraduate degree from College of William and Mary.  He then pursued his medical studies and earned a medical degree from Pennsylvania State University. He completed his General Surgery training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he continued in Orthopaedic Surgery Research prior to completing a Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Culp then completed a Hand Surgery Fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Professional Experience

In 1988, as an accomplished Lieutenant Commander in the Navy and a young motivated Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Culp found a way to combine his diverse trainings.  Upon completion of his Fellowship, Dr. Culp made his way to the west coast where he joined the medical staff of the Naval Hospital in Oakland, California.  In 1991, Dr. Culp served for 9 months in Operation Desert Storm on the U.S. Naval Hospital Ship Mercy as the only ship hand surgeon.  Once back on land, he decided to pursue his academic and research interests in Orthopaedics. Dr. Culp headed back east in 1992 to join the elite staff of physicians at The Philadelphia Hand Center and The South Jersey Hand Center.

A Leading Author, Invited Speaker and Instructor

Dr. Culp is a contributing author and editor of more than a dozen specialty teaching texts related to Orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation. He has authored and co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed papers in the medical literature and has presented annually, nationally and internationally as an invited speaker and instructor on various medical topics related to Orthopaedic care of the upper extremity.

Academic Appointments and Hospital Affiliations

Dr. Culp maintains several academic titles and roles, including Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University.  He is also on the medical staff of and affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System, Main Line Health, and the Surgery Center of PA.

Specialties & Interests in His Field

Dr. Culp's practice focuses on the hand, wrist, arm and elbow as well as some shoulder conditions. Dr. Culp specializes and takes great interest in small joint and wrist arthroscopy, ligament repairs, reconstruction of the wrist & elbow, amputations and nerve management, pediatric disease related to the upper extremity, advanced medical devices for surgical repairs, and all other hand and upper extremity surgical & reconstructive techniques and post-operative methodologies.

Professional Organizations

• American Society for Surgery of the Hand
• Hand Rehabilitation Foundation
• American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
• American Orthopaedic Association
• Eastern Orthopaedic Association
• U.S. Navy Society for Surgery of the Hand
• American College of Sports Medicine
• American College of Surgeons Keystone Chapter (Region 1 Councilor)
• Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society
• Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society
• American Society for Peripheral Nerve.

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