D. Nicole Deal, MD

Photo of Dr. D. Nicole Deal, UVA OrthopaedicsDr. D. Nicole Deal graduated from the University of Virginia and attended the Medical University of South Carolina where she completed her medical education.  She then completed an NIH physician scientist post doctoral fellowship before completing her orthopaedic surgery residency training in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Wake Forest University.  Dr. Deal went on to complete fellowship training in hand and upper extremity surgery and microsurgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Wake Forest University. She returns to the University of Virginia to join the faculty of the hand center. She was named Co-Director of the UVa Hand Center in June of 2014.  Dr. Deal’s areas of expertise include hand, wrist and elbow  trauma and reconstruction.  She also specializes in microsurgery and arthro- scopy of the upper extremity.  Her research interests include nerve healing, regeneration, and repair techniques.  Dr. Deal has received numerous awards for her research and academic excellence.


Office Location:
UVA Orthopaedic Center
2280 Ivy Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Mailing Address:
Dept. Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Virginia
PO Box 800159
Charlottesville, VA 22908

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Specialty and Subspecialty

Specialty: Orthopedics

Subspecialty: Upper Extremity Surgery


Education: University of Virginia, Bachelor of Arts 1992
Medical University of South Carolina, Doctor of Medicine 2000

Residency:Post Doctoral NIH Physician Scientist Research Fellowship 2000-2002Internship, Department of General Surgery,
Wake Forest University 2002-2003Residency, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery,
Wake Forest University 2003-2007

Fellowship: Upper Extremity and Microsurgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Wake Forest University 2008-2009

Special Expertise

Upper extremity trauma and reconstruction
Microvascular Surgery
Upper extremity arthroscopy


Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Resident Research Award 2000Eastern Orthopaedic Association
Resident Research Award 2001North Carolina Orthopaedic Association
Resident Research Award 2001Wake Forest University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Academic Excellence Award 2003American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Clinician Scientist
Development Program Attendee 2005

State License

North Carolina

Research Description

Dr. Deal’s main research interest is nerve healing and regeneration.  She has studied different nerve repair techniques and has presented her work at numerous meetings including the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery.