Ilvy H. Cotterell, M.D.Assistant professor

Ilvy Cotterell, M.D.

Office information

VCU Ambulatory Care Center
417 North 11th Street, 3rd Floor
Richmond, Va. 23219
For appointments, call (804) 828-7069

Neuroscience Orthopaedics and Wellness Center 
11958 West Broad Street, 3rd Floor
Henrico, VA 23233
For appointments, call (804) 360-4669


Dr. Ilvy Cotterell specializes in Orthopaedic Hand, Upper Extremity and Microsurgery. Her interests include:

  • Treatment of hand, wrist, and elbow conditions (Carpal tunnel, tendonitis, masses and cysts, trigger finger, arthritis, Dupuytren's contractures, deformities, etc.
  • Nerve conditions and nerve injuries of the upper extremity
  • Arthroscopy of the wrist and elbow
  • Ultrasound evaluation of hte upper extremity
  • Traumatic injuries to tendons, ligaments; dislocations and fractures from the clavicle to the fingertips
  • Reconstruction of shoulder function after nerve damage

Board certification and licensure

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Board Certified
  • Virginia Board of Medicine Physician License


  • Fellowship - Duke University Medical Center (Hand) - Durham, NC
  • Residency - Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center - Richmond, VA
  • Medical school - University of Minnesota School of Medicine - Minneapolis, MN
  • Undergraduate Study - Princeton University - Princeton, NJ

Professional achievements

  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand - Annual Meeting: Invited Ultrasound Instructional Pre-Course Faculty Member - 2016 and 2017
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery - 2017 American Association for Hand Surgery Specialty Day Faculty
  • Virginia Orthopaedic Society Meeting Session Moderator - 2017
  • Virginia Orthopaedic Society Meeting Planning Comittee and Moderator - 2016

Research interests

Dr. Cotterell's research interests include:

  • Developing ways to improve outcomes after tendon repair surgery
  • The VCU Hand Surgery Group is involved in multicenter clinical trials
    • evaluating different ways to surgically treat nerve repairs
    • evaluating outcomes after hand joint replacement surgery
  • Use of Ultrasound in diagnosing and treating compression neuropathies, tendon injuries/tendinopathies

To view listing of recent publications, please go to PubMed.