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Joshua M. Abzug M.D.

Academic Title: Associate Professor
Primary Appointment: Orthopaedics
Secondary Appointments: Pediatrics
Additional Title(s): Deputy Surgeon-in-Chief, University of Maryland Children’s Hosptial; Vice Chair, Dean’s Council for Pediatric Surgery
Location: University of Maryland Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at Timonium, Suite 300

Personal History:

Dr. Abzug earned his MD at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine, a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and a fellowship in hand surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Abzug is a pediatric orthopaedist who has completed specialty training in problems related to the entire pediatric upper extremity and fractures involving the whole body. He is actively involved in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows as part of his position at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. In addition, he teaches numerous physicians at the local, regional, and national levels. Dr. Abzug is also actively involved in research projects pertaining to the pediatric upper extremity and has presented his findings locally, nationally, and internationally. His research has been published in medical journals. Dr. Abzug has also authored multiple book chapters.

Clinical Specialty:

Dr. Abzug specializes in pediatric orthopaedics and hand and upper extremity surgery.


Dr. Abzug's recent publications include the following articles:

Song X, Abzug JM. Congenital radial nerve palsy. J Hand Surg Am 2015;40(1):163-165.

Economedes DM, Abzug JM, Paryavi E, Herman MJ. Outcomes using titanium elastic nails for open and closed pediatric tibia fractures. Orthopedics 2014;37(7):e619-e624.

Abzug JM, Osterman M, Rivlin M, Paryavi E, Osterman AL. Current rates of publication for podium and poster presentations at the American Society for Surgery of the Hand annual meetings. Arch Bone Jt Surg 2014;2(3):199-202.

Herman MJ, Martinek MA, Abzug JM. Complications of the tibial eminence and diaphyseal fractures in children: Prevention and treatment. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2014;22(11):730-741.

Zlotolow DA, Tosti R, Ashworth S, Kozin SH, Abzug JM. Developing a pollicization outcomes measure. J Hand Surg Am 2014;39(9):1784-1791.

Schwartz BS, Nydick JA, Abzug JM. Aquatic hand injuries. J Hand Surg Am 2014;39(8):1623-1626.

Abzug JM, Little K, Kozin SH. Physeal arrest of the distal radius. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2014;22(6):381-389.

Abzug JM, Kozin SH. Radial longitudinal deficiency. J Hand Surg Am 2014;39(6):1180-1182.

DiPaola MJ, Abzug JM, Pizzutillo PD, Herman MJ. Incidence and etiology of unplanned cast changes for fractures in the pediatric population. J Pediatr Orthop 2014;34(6):643-646.

Fischer LH, Abzug JM, Osterman AL, Stern PJ, Chang J. Complications of common hand and wrist surgery procedures: Flexor and extensor tendon surgery. Instr Course Lect 2014;63:97-103.

Zimmermann MS, Abzug JM, Chang J, Stern PJ, Osterman AL. Iatrogenic nerve injuries in common upper extremity procedures. Instr Course Lect 2014;63:105-111.

Meyer C, Chang J, Stern PJ, Osterman AL, Abzug JM. Complications of distal radial and scaphoid fracture treatment. Instr Course Lect 2014;63:113-122.

Mangelson JJ, Stern PJ, Abzug JM, Chang J, Osterman AL. Complications following dislocations of the proximal interphalangeal joint. Instr Course Lect 2014;63:123-130.

Abzug JM, Kozin SH. Evaluation and management of brachial plexus birth palsy. Orthop Clin North Am 2014;45(2):225-232.

Abzug JM. Psychosocial factors are an important aspect of parent and patient-reported outcomes in neonatal brachial plexus palsy: Commentary. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2014;96(5):e43.

Rinaca LN, Stifler SL, Abzug JM. Pediatric wrist injury after a fall. JAAPA 2014;27(2):43-44.

Abzug JM, Kozin SH. Pediatric replantation. J Hand Surg Am 2014;39(1):143-145.

Neuhaus V, Bot AG, Guitton TG, Ring DC, and the Science of Variation Group including Abzug JM. Scapula fractures: Interobserver reliability of classification and treatment. J Orthop Trauma 2014;28(3):124-129.