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John Lubahn

John D. Lubahn, MD

  • Hand Surgery
Languages Spoken:
  • English
  • German

John D. Lubahn, M.D., received his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University. He completed a two-year general surgery residency, followed by a three-year residency in orthopedics, both at the University of Rochester. His final year of training was in hand and microsurgery with Harold Kleinert and Associates in Louisville. During that time, he felt fortunate to spend one month in Hamburg, Germany with Dieter Buck-Gramco, studying pediatric hand surgery.

Dr. Lubahn served as chairman, Department of Orthopedics at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA for over twenty years, retiring in 2019. For the past 15 years, he has served as the hand fellowship program director. He has written extensive articles and book chapters on numerous subjects ranging from extensor tendon injury to fracture treatment and reconstruction. Dupuytren's disease has been a major interest since his fellowship year. Dr. Lubahn's orthopedic specialty is primarily focused on hand and upper extremity conditions.

Pediatric Care


More About Me

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery - General
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Surgery of the Hand
Education and Training

Medical Education
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH
United States of America

University of Rochester
Rochester, NY

University of Rochester
Rochester, NY

University of Louisville Medical School
Louisville, KY

Pediatric Hand Surgery - Germany

Academic Positions and Locations

UPMC Hamot
Program Director

Leadership and Memberships
  • 2019-2020: Vice President, American Association for Hand Surgery
  • 2003-2004: President, Eastern Orthopaedic Association
  • 2001-2003: President, American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand
  • 2001-2002: President, Academic Orthopaedic Society
  • Member, American Association for Hand Surgery
  • Member, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Editorial Positions
  • 2001: Guest Editor, The Orthopaedic Workforce: Change Versus Status Quo
Awards and Honors
  • 2003, Nominee, ACGME's Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award
  • 1998, Paul Harris Fellow Award
Academic Works and Presentations
  • Presentation: AAOS Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada - Mallet Fingers: When I Recommend Surgery (3/2019)
  • Lecture: Hand Rehabilitation Foundation 21st Annual Hand Symposium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Fractures & Joint Injuries of the Hand (3/2019)
  • Lecture: AAHS Annual Meeting, Palm Desert, California - Compressive Neuropathies at the Elbow (2/2019)
  • Lecture: ASSH 73rd Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts - Making Skeptics into Believers: How to Identify and Treat Proximal Forearm Nerve Compression (9/2018)
  • Presentation: Hand Rehabilitation Foundation Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Schneider's Paradox: Is Surgery Ever Needed? (3/2018)


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