A. Bobby Chhabra MD

Lillian T. Pratt Distinguished Professor and Department Chair
David A. Harrison Distinguished Educator

A. Bobby Chhabra, MD

Dr. A. Bobby Chhabra graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with undergraduate degree in Biology before completing his medical education at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the University of Virginia Health System.  He received his fellowship training in hand and upper extremity, microvascular and congenital hand surgery at the Hand Center of San Antonio and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. He returned to the University of Virginia in 2002 during which time he helped create the University of Virginia Hand Center.  Dr. Chhabra is currently the Lillian T. Pratt Distinguished Professor and Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, the David A. Harrison Distinguished Educator,  and a Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Virginia.  He is the Division Head of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. He is also the hand and upper extremity consultant for the University of Virginia Department of Athletics. His areas of expertise include hand, wrist, and elbow trauma and arthritis with a particular interest in athletic injuries and congenital hand surgery. He has a basic science laboratory that is currently investigating stem cell technology and tissue engineering principles for volumetric muscle loss and he is actively involved in clinical trials research.

Dr. Chhabra is a nationally recognized Orthopaedic educator and has been a course director for several Orthopaedic board review courses.  He has received the University of Virginia Master Educator Award, the University of Virginia School of Medicine Award for Excellence in Teaching and the highest honor bestowed by the UVA School of Medicine, the David A. Harrison Teaching Award.

Dr. Chhabra is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and a fellow of the American Orthopaedic Association. He is past President of the Virginia Orthopaedic SocietyIn 2014, Dr. Chhabra was inducted into the Raven Society for his contributions to the University of Virginia.

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Beyond Orthopaedics

“I enjoy spending time outdoors with my wife and kids and I am an avid Virginia Cavalier and Washington Redskins sports fan.

Contact

Office Location:
UVA Hand Center
Fontaine Research Park
415 Ray C. Hunt Dr, 3rd Floor
Mailing Address:
Box 800159 HSC
Dept Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22908

Clinical Office Phone:
434.982.4263
Administrative Office Phone:
434.243.0218
Office Fax:
434.243.0290

Appointments
  • Chair, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Virginia
  • Lillian T. Pratt Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • David A. Harrison Distinguished Educator
  • Division Head, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Consultant, University of Virginia Athletics
  • Professor of Plastic Surgery
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Consultant, UVa Athletics
Specialty and Subspecialty

Specialty: Orthopaedics

Subspecialty: Hand, Wrist, and Elbow Surgery, Microsurgery

 

Special Expertise
  • Sports Related Injuries to the Hand, Wrist, and Elbow
  • Congenital and Pediatric Hand Surgery
  • Trauma and Arthritis of the Hand, Wrist, and Elbow
  • Microvascular Surgery
Education

Education: Johns Hopkins University, BA, Molecular Biology 1991
University of Virginia School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, 1995

Residency:  General Surgery Internship
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Orthopaedic Basic Science
Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery,
University of Virginia 1995-2001

Fellowship: Fellowship in Hand, Upper Extremity,  Microvascular & Congenital Hand Surgery, Hand Center of San Antonio, TX 2001-2002

Certification and Licenser

Orthopaedic Surgery, through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2004
Certificate of Added Qualification for Surgery of the Hand, 2005 , Virginia

Awards
  • David Harrison Distinguished Educator Award, the most prestigious teaching award at the UVA School of Medicine, 2016
  • Inducted into the Raven Society, the most prestigious honorary society at the University of Virginia, 2014
  • Appointed Lillian T. Pratt Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2013
  • President, Virginia Orthopaedic Society, 2010-2011
  • Charles W. Miller Chief Resident Teaching Award, University of Virginia, Department of Orthopaedics, 2010
  • Appointed to the Executive Council of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Board Member At Large, September 2009 (3-year term)
  • Appointed Charles J. Frankel Endowed Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, June 2009
  • Induction into the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), June 2008
  • Selected as a Consultant to the Surgery of the Hand Certification and Recertification Examinations, May 2008
  • Selected as the Virginia State Representative for the Congressional National Orthopaedic Leadership Delegation, Washington DC, 2008
  • Selected for the American Society of Surgery of the Hand Young Leaders Program, 2008
  • Selected for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Leadership Fellows Program, 2008
  • “Best Doctors in America” Award, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Recipient of the University of Virginia Master Educator Award, 2007
  • Selected by the Dean of the University of Virginia to participate in the Leadership in Academic Medicine Symposium, 2007
  • Recipient of the University of Virginia School of Medicine Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2006
  • Inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Educators, 2006
  • Charles W. Miller Chief Resident Teaching Award, University of Virginia, Department of Orthopaedics, 2006
  • Best Lecturer Award, Miller Orthopaedic Board Review Course, 2006
  • Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, Career Development Award, 2006
  • Robert Pruner Resident Teaching Award, University of Virginia, Department of Orthopaedics, 2004
Research Description

Dr. Chhabra’s main area of research is focused on volumetric muscle loss in the hand. He has an active laboratory investigating the effect of growth factors and tissue engineering principles and how these tools can be used to accelerate muscle healing to allow for improved clinical outcomes.

 

Publications

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News

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