Dr. Greenberg earned his undergraduate degree with honors from Grinnell College in 1980. He remains an active alumnus having served as President of the Alumni Association and as a member of the Board of Trustees. After receiving his master’s degree in human anatomy from Ohio State University in 1982 he went on to obtain his medical degree with honors from George Washington University. His general surgery internship and orthopaedic surgery residency were completed at the State University of New York at Syracuse. Dr. Greenberg was an Indiana Hand Center fellow from 1991 to 1992 and joined the practice in 1993. He maintains his board certification in orthopedic surgery through the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and has his Certificate of Added Qualifications in hand surgery.
Dr. Greenberg’s specialty interests include reconstructive surgery of the upper extremity with emphasis on the wrist, shoulder and nerve problems. He has great interest in arthroscopic management of wrist and shoulder disorders as well as treatment of nerve problems due to injury or prior surgery. In addition, Dr. Greenberg continues to be actively involved in scientific research, writing and teaching. His research on a new method for biceps tendon repair led to a new surgical technique. He holds a patent for a wrist replacement device that he has developed. He is an active faculty member on numerous courses focusing on teaching hand and upper extremity reconstruction and nerve reconstruction to surgeons nationally and worldwide. He has been the chairman for many courses held at annual meetings and has also written numerous book chapters and articles. He has been an associate editor for the Journal of Hand Surgery as well as the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. In addition to his teaching activities at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center, he holds a clinical teaching appointment at Indiana University. He is actively involved with the American Society for Surgery of the Hand as well as the American Association for Hand Surgery, serving on a variety of committees, on the foundation boards for both societies and coordinating academic sessions and scientific presentations. He is on the presidential line for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and will serve as president in 2021. In addition, he is an active volunteer and has done medical missions to under-served areas including India, Guatemala, Honduras and Northeastern Arizona.
Dr. Greenberg is married and has two daughters. His outside interests include golf (serving as chairman of the golf committee and as a member of the Board of Directors at Crooked Stick Golf Club), fishing, woodworking and home remodeling. Many of his woodworking projects have appeared in print in the Journal of Hand Surgery
More About Dr. Greenberg
What inspires you about your work?
I love the individual interactions with my patients. I love problem-solving. I am very much in tune with the fact that each person needs a different interaction and each person’s needs and concerns are addressed in an individual manner. The teaching aspect of my occupation is probably the most stimulating. I cannot fathom doing my job on a daily basis without fellow interactions. They continue to challenge and stimulate me and help tremendously in my overall patient care.
How would you describe your approach to patient care?
Individualized, friendly, open, honest, caring.
What aspect of your work are you the most passionate about?
Teaching in both the office and operating room. Training the next generation of hand surgeons. Paying attention to the details that are involved in patient care and using these details to solve the problems that patients are experiencing. Translating the patient interactions in the office into surgical reconstructions that allow patients to return back to the activities that they enjoy is most rewarding.
Brooklyn, New York
3 words to describe yourself
Fun-loving, casual but intense
Favorite place in the world
Singapore, my wood shop, Teton River in Idaho
Greek islands, Desert Mountain
What are you currently watching on Netflix?
Drive to Survive, Lupin
If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Grilled Fresh caught Arctic char
Outstanding. Dr. Greenberg was totally committed to my joint inflammation issue and knew what to do immediately. He was warm and extremely competent.
Ohio State University
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse
Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center
- American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery
- AOA Medical Honor Society Upjohn Achievement Award for Scholastic & Personal Achievement
- Grinnell College Alumni Award
- Grinnell College Alumni Association Award
- Greenberg JA and Lockwood RC: Elastofibroma dorsi: A case report and review of the literature. Orthopaedic Review
- Greenberg JA and Lockwood RC. Elastofibroma dorsi. PGY: Practical Issues for the Orthopaedic Resident
- Greenberg JA The presidency syndrome (letter). Journal of Medical Education
- Greenberg JA and Jones K. Hypergravity induced changes in mouse thymus. Ohio Journal of Science