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Format: 04/22/2014
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Allegheny Health Network Recruits Hand & Upper Extremity Specialists

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Pittsburgh, Pa—Three new physicians who specialize in hand and upper extremity surgery have joined the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) and the Allegheny Health Network.
Edward Birdsong, MD, Bradley Palmer, MD, and Peter Tang, MD. MPH, join AGH from leading U.S. medical centers to form the Allegheny Hand & Upper Extremity Institute. They are experienced in the treatment of hand and upper extremity injuries, which includes any complications occurring from the fingertips to the shoulder. They seek to provide highly specialized care for the best functional outcomes in a personable, patient-centered manner.
Hand and upper extremity conditions, such as carpal tunnel, arthritis, and other musculoskeletal issues, often interfere with an individual’s ability to perform simple, everyday tasks. Advanced surgical techniques such as arthroplasty, vascular surgery, microsurgery, arthroscopy, and joint replacement can provide significant pain relief and help patients return to a maximal level of function and independence.
“Drs. Birdsong, Palmer and Tang each bring unique backgrounds and qualifications to our Orthopaedic Surgery Department and will help us continue the tradition of outstanding, nationally recognized hand and upper extremity surgery that our department has offered to patients for many years,” said Patrick DeMeo, MD, Chair, AGH Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Allegheny Health Network Orthopaedic Institute. 
Dr. Birdsong completed a hand surgery fellowship at AGH and is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Medicine. He completed his surgical residency at Akron City Hospital/St. Thomas Medical Center in Ohio. Prior to joining AGH, Dr. Birdsong practiced at Vidant Orthopaedics in North Carolina. He has been certified by the American Association for Hand Surgery.
Dr. Palmer completed a hand and upper extremity surgery fellowship with the University of Rochester. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences and Chicago Medical School and completed his medical residency at Allegheny General Hospital. He has served as Resident Liaison to the Length of Stay initiative committee and established a resident committee on electronic medical records at AGH as well.
Dr. Tang completed a hand fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical School in New York and completed his orthopaedic residency at UPMC.  His past professional experience includes roles as Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery at Columbia University, Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at NewYork Presbyterian Allen Hospital in New York, and Clinical Instructor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UPMC.
Dr. Birdsong and Tang are certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, while Dr. Palmer is board eligible and is collecting cases for his board examination.
In addition to AGH, Drs. Birdsong, Palmer and Tang are also on staff at West Penn Hospital, Canonsburg Hospital and Forbes Hospital.
Allegheny Health Network’s Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Institute ranks among the nation’s best programs for the assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of injuries, deformities, and diseases affecting the musculoskeletal system. The Network’s orthopaedic surgeons are among the most highly trained and experienced physicians in the greater Pittsburgh area and offer patients a wide array of orthopaedic subspecialties, including sports medicine, hip and knee joint reconstruction, and spine, hand and foot surgery.
For more information about hand and upper extremity surgery or to make an appointment with Drs. Birdsong, Palmer, or Tang contact 1-877-660-677.
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