Nicholas A. Smerlis, MD, FAAOS, CAQSH, is a fellowship trained, board certified orthopedic hand surgeon specializing in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of the hand and wrist. Dr. Smerlis began practice in 2007 and joined TPMG Orthopedics in 2019. He sees patients in the Newport News and Williamsburg offices. Dr. Smerlis is accepting new patients.
Dr. Smerlis earned his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He then completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in New York and received further specialized training at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, where he completed a hand fellowship prior to moving to the Hampton Roads. Dr. Smerlis received a Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand (CAQSH) in 2010.
Dr. Smerlis enjoys the hand surgery subspecialty for the blend of in-office patient interaction and the operating room experience. He values the development of unique physician-patient relationships and loves the technical skill and dexterity involved in procedures. Fascinated by the complex systems he tinkered with growing up and inspired by the relationships his father was able to build with his patients as a hometown dentist, Dr. Smerlis found hand surgery to be a natural fit and fulfilling career.
Dr. Smerlis brings extensive surgical knowledge to his practice which continually evolves through practice-based learning. Paramount to his practice is high ethical standards and professionalism. Although he specializes in surgery of the hand, not all problems need surgery and Dr. Smerlis often uses non-operative treatments such as medications, splints, injections, and hand therapy to restore function to the hand.
His practice includes treatment of a variety of conditions ranging from arthritis of the hand and wrist, nerve compression disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome to soft tissue injuries, hand fractures, Dupuytren’s contracture, and sprains. His special interests within hand surgery include both reconstructive and trauma surgery.
In addition to caring for his patients in the office, Dr. Smerlis has surgical privileges at Mary Immaculate Ambulatory Surgery Center (MIASC), Surgical Suites of Coastal Virginia in Williamsburg, Mary Immaculate Hospital, and Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center.
Outside of the office, Dr. Smerlis enjoys projects around the house, planning the next family adventure, and spending quality time with his wife and their two children.
Undergraduate: B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Residency: Orthopedics, University of Rochester School of Medicine
Fellowship: Hand Fellowship, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Board Certified: Orthopedic Surgery
Additional Certification: Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand (CAQSH)
HONORS & AWARDS
2020 Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc"
2019 Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc"
2018 Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc"
2017 Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc"
2016 Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc"
INTERESTS & ACTIVITIES
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)