Suzanne R. Cornelius, PA-C

Suzanne Cornelius

Supervising Physicians



Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm


Suzanne Cornelius graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Health Science Physician Assistant from Butler University in 2004. She received her certification and joined the practice with Dr. F. Thomas D. Kaplan shortly after her graduation. She enjoys treating fractures and conservative treatment of arthritis.

She has a great interest in research and has acted as Sub-Investigator and Study Coordinator on multiple studies focused on Dupuytren Contracture and Frozen Shoulder. She has lectured at the Hand Care conference on several topics including wound assessment, surgical drains, pain management, and the safety of NSAID use.

Suzanne Cornelius is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants.  She served on the board of directors for the Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants from 2009 to 2014. She also serves on the board of St. Luke Mothers of Young Children and was president from 2019 to 2020 which provides programming and fellowship for mothers of preschool and elementary age children.

Suzanne Cornelius and her husband have four children which they adore.  She loves spending time with her family snow skiing in the winter and water skiing in the summer.  She has an interest in photography and likes to decorate her home with pictures she has taken of her travels and family

More About Suzanne

When did you know you were going to be a healthcare provider? (or why did you select a career in healthcare?)
My first interest in medicine came as a lifeguard in high school. I loved the part of lifeguard training that involved treating injuries. This led me to consider medicine as a career. I was drawn to orthopedics in my training because I enjoy performing procedures and “fixing” problems.
What inspires you about your work?
I love helping people and forming relationships with my patients. With traumatic injuries especially, I may be meeting someone during one of the worst days or weeks they have ever experienced. I try to approach all patients from a place of compassion. I want to give them hope and encouragement they will heal, and we will try our best to get them back to their normal selves as quickly as possible.
How would you describe your approach to patient care?
I want my patients to feel cared for, respected, and informed. I try to educate every patient about their diagnosis so they can have a better understanding of why the problem they are having occurred whether it be an injury or arthritis. If the patient understands why, then they can be a better partner in choosing a treatment plan which will best suit them. I try to form a partnership with them so we are both invested in their care.

For Fun

Lawrenceburg, IN, a suburb of Cincinnati, OH

3 words to describe yourself
Caring, adventurous, and organized

Favorite place in the world
Snowmass, Colorado

Favorite vacation
Snow skiing or anywhere on a beach

What are you currently watching on Netflix?
Any type of travel show.  I love learning about the world and adding new locations to my travel bucket list.

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Skyline Chili, It is a Cincinnati favorite and my whole family would agree.


Butler University Bachelor of  Science, Health Science Physician Assistant


  • NCCPA Board Certified Physician Assistant
  • Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Certification
  • Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support Certification


  • Graduated Cum Laude Butler University
  • National Society of collegiate Scholars
  • Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Fraternity
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Fraternity

Research Experience

  • Auxilium Collagenase Study Protocols 
  • AUX-CC-851/852    Phase III Double Blind         
  • AUX-CC-856     Phase III Open Label     
  • AUX-CC-857/858    Phase III Double Blind/Open Label  
  • AUX-CC-860 5-year Post Market
  • AUX-CC-870  Frozen Shoulder Study Phase 2a
  • AUX-CC-864 Phase III Multiple Injection     
  • AUX-CC-862 Recurrence Study       
  • AUX-CC-867 Phase III Multiple Injection
  • AUX-CC-901 Correct Registry
  • AUX-CC-871 Frozen Shoulder Study Phase 2b
  • AUX-CC-750 Nodule Study  
  • A Post Market, Open Label Study of the Safety and Efficacy of Delayed Manipulation after Xiaflex Treatment in Subjects with Dupuytren’s Contracture                                                   
  • The Efficacy and Safety of Xiaflex Injection for the Treatment of Thumb Cords in Dupuytren’s Contracture 
  • Locked Plate versus External Fixation for Displaced Intra-articular Distal Radius Fractures: A Prospective Randomized Study 
  • External Fixation with Percutaneous Pinning versus Open Reduction with Locked Volar Plate Fixation for Unstable Extra-articular Distal Radius Fractures: A Prospective Randomized Stud

Community Involvement

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants- Fellow Member
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand- Affiliate Member
  • Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants: Board of Directors- Secretary 2009-2015
  • St. Luke Mothers of Young Children- Board Member 2014-2021, Board President – 2019-2020