Dr. Thomas Kaplan treats all conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder, and has a special interest in shoulder arthroscopy and reconstruction, fracture care, and Dupuytren disease.
Dr. Thomas Kaplan joined the practice in 2003. He treats all conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder, and has a special interest in shoulder arthroscopy and reconstruction, fracture care, and Dupuytren disease. His practice philosophy is to provide both time-tested and state-of-the-art care in a way that emphasizes the patient’s goals while taking time to understand the patient and make sure the patient understands their condition and options. “My goal is to listen to, and hear, what patients are telling me, clarify the options available, and then tailor treatment to their individual needs.” Dr. Kaplan comes from Baltimore, MD, where he graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian of his medical school class. He trained in orthopaedics at NYU / Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City, then pursued sub-specialty training in hand, microvascular, and upper extremity surgery at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center in 2001. Dr. Kaplan is very involved in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and was selected as a Young Leader by the Society in 2007. He has subsequently served on and chaired multiple committees, and is a reviewer for the Journal of Hand Surgery. Dr. Kaplan has a strong commitment to research and education. He has been integrally involved as a lead investigator in multiple studies on collagenase injection for Dupuytren contracture, culminating in FDA approval and publication in the New England Journal of Medicine. He has given numerous national and international lectures and has been published in multiple journals. Dr. Kaplan is also actively involved in our fellowship program, a cornerstone to the mission of the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center. Dr. Kaplan presently serves as the Fellowship Director for the Hand Fellowship Program at The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center, one of the largest training programs in the US for specialization in the hand, upper extremity, and microvascular surgery. AWARDS / ACHIEVEMENTS Clinical Pearl Award – American Society For Surgery Of The Hand 2012 Award for Best Poster: Safety and Efficacy of Concurrent Collagenase Clostridium Histolyticum Injections to Treat Multiple Dupuytren’s Contractures Top Doctor Award – Hand Surgery Indianapolis Monthly November 2012, 2013, 2014 Jacques Duparc Award 2013 European Federation Of National Associations Of Orthopedics And Traumatology –Award for one of the 10 best posters. 14th EFORT Congress Istanbul, Turkey June 2013 PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Fellow: March 23, 2006 American Society for Surgery of the Hand Active Member: 2006 Young Leaders Program 2007 Indiana State Medical Association American Medical Association Indianapolis Medical Society Indianapolis Hand Society Synergy Hand Club President and Founder PROFESSIONAL COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS American Society for Surgery of the Hand Coding and Physician Reimbursement: 2007 - present Young Members Committee: 2007 - 2011 Vice Chair 2009 - 2010 Chair 2010 - 2011 Public Awareness Committee: 2008 - 2013 Website Committee: 2008 - present Public Education Committee: 2013 - present