Jonathan E. Isaacs, M.D. Professor and Eminent Scholar
Chair - Division of Hand Surgery
Vice Chair - Education and Research

Jonathan E. Isaacs, M.D.

Office information

VCU Ambulatory Care Center
417 North 11th Street, 3rd Floor
Richmond, VA. 23298
For appointments, call (804) 828-7069

VCU Stony Point Orthopaedic Clinic
9000 Stony Point Parkway, 1st Floor
Richmond, VA 23235
For appointments, call (804) 560-8945


Dr. Isaacs specializes in Orthopaedic Hand Surgery. His interests include:

  • Traumatic and non-traumatic hand and wrist pathology
  • Brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injuries (both lower and upper extremities)
  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
  • Avascular necrosis of the femoral head

Board certification and licensure

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Board Certified
  • Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Hand Surgery
  • Virginia Board of Medicine Physician License


  • Fellowship - Duke University Medical Center (Hand and Microvascular Surgery) - Durham, NC
  • Residency - Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center - Richmond, VA
  • Medical School - Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center - Richmond, VA
  • Undergraduate Study - University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA

Professional achievements

Dr. Isaacs has received national and international attention for his clinical and research achievements in Hand and Peripheral Nerve Surgery. He has given multiple invited lectures on peripheral nerve and brachial plexus surgery and is recognized nationally as an expert on these topics. He runs the Orthopaedic Microsurgery Lab at VCU, which is supported in part by a grant from the Department of Defense.

Dr. Isaacs recently published his first book on the treatment of upper extremity arthritis, he serves on the Editorial Board of HAND (an international journal on hand surgery) and is a reviewer for the Journal of Hand Surgery. The American Society for Surgery of the Hand recently named him a “Young Leader in Hand Surgery.” He serves on local, regional and national committees focusing on education and advancement of hand surgery and orthopaedic surgery in general.

Research interests

Dr. Isaacs' primary research focus is on novel strategies of nerve repair, improved muscle recovery following significant nerve injury, and the development or improvement of nerve repair tools. His secondary interests include tendon adhesions and wrist biomechanics.

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