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Otto W. Wickstrom, MD

IU Health

Orthopedic Surgery | Hand Surgery

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Dr. Wickstrom is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine, and completed a residency at the McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint, Mich. He then attended an exclusive, world-class fellowship program at The Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Micro Surgery, which is a nonprofit education and research organization funded by the Kleinert-Kutz Endowment for Education and Research in Hand and Micro Surgery.

Harold E. Kleinert, M.D., started a hand surgery clinic in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1953. Joined by Joseph E. Kutz, M.D., in 1964, they formed the organization now known as Kleinert Kutz. The physicians of the Hand Care Center are teaching the next generation of hand surgeons through the fellowship program of the Christine M. Kleinert Institute. The institute is known worldwide for its research and education in upper extremity care and microsurgery – just eight US/Canada physicians are accepted as Fellows each year. To date, physicians from 58 countries have served as Fellows.

Kleinert and Kutz performed the world’s first reported repair of a digital artery as well as the first bilateral forearm and upper arm replantations. Additionally, Kleinert and Kutz performed the nation’s first five hand transplants and one of the world’s first cross-hand replantations.

Dr. Wickstrom sees patients on an outpatient basis at the Clarizz Blvd. office as well as through the Emergency Department at IU Health Bloomington Hospital. In addition to his focuses as an orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgeon, Dr. Wickstrom provides general orthopedic care and consultation. He is a Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor with the Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Wickstrom treats many conditions of the hand and upper extremities, including carpal tunnel syndrome and related nerve injuries, trigger finger, injury and arthritis of the thumb, hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder, and tendon and fracture care in the hand. In addition, Dr. Wickstrom is trained in specialized surgical procedures such as implantation of Scheker Prosthesis for joint replacement of the distal radio-ulnar joint, reconstruction of arthritic conditions for degenerative or post-traumatic arthritis, mini-open approach to nerve decompression, including carpal tunnel release, and wrist and elbow arthroscopy for joint loose bodies, arthritis, ligament injuries and fractures.

Specialties & Details


Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Surgery


School of Medicine:

Indiana University School of Medicine


McLaren Regional Medical Center


The Christine Kleinert Institute for Hand & Micro Surgery

Hospitals & Affiliations

Hospital Privileges:

IU Health Bedford, IU Health Bloomington, IU Health Paoli

Physician Group:

IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians

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