D. Nicole Deal, MD

D. Nicole Deal, MD

Hand and Upper Extremity Orthopaedic Surgeon

DealCV 01 30 2014
Office Location:
Fontaine Research Park 415 Ray C Hunt Drive,
3rd Floor

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Dept Orthopaedic Surgery
Box 800159 HSC
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22908


Dr. D. Nicole Deal graduated from the University of Virginia and attended the Medical University of South Carolina where she completed her medical education. She then completed an NIH physician scientist post doctoral fellowship before completing her orthopaedic surgery residency training in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Wake Forest University. Dr. Deal went on to complete fellowship training in hand and upper extremity surgery and microsurgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Wake Forest University. She returns to the University of Virginia to join the faculty of the hand center. She was named the Co-Director of the UVa Hand Center of June 2014.  Dr. Deal's areas of expertise include hand, wrist and elbow trauma and reconstruction. She also specializes in microsurgery and arthroscopy of the upper extremity. Her research interests include nerve healing, regeneration, and repair techniques. Dr. Deal has received numerous awards for her research and academic excellence.


Beyond Orthopaedics

"....spending time with family, doing outdoor activities as well as gardening and travel...."


Co - Director UVa Hand Center

Associate Professor

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery




Upper Extremity Surgery


Upper extremity trauma and reconstruction

Microvascular Surgery

Upper extremity arthroscopy


2013  University of Virginia Dean’s Award for Clinical Excellence. Awarded for exemplary actions with patients and clinical excellence.

2013  Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. List of Top Doctors. Physicians on this list are nominated by their peers and considered to be the most outstanding in their medical specialties. Only the top 1% of doctors receive this designation.

2012   Top Orthopaedic Surgeons in Virginia:  Selected by Peers as One of 24 Top Orthopaedic Surgeons in the State of Virginia

2012   PuzzleCast, Popular Science Magazine - 2012 Inventions Award:  A Recovery-Accelerating Modular Cast

2011  American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Young Leaders Program, January 20-22, 2011, Chicago, IL

2010  University of Virginia, Leadership in Academic Matters (LAM), September 16-December 6, 2010, Charlottesville, VA

2009  University of Virginia, Excellence in Diversity Fellowship, Selected as Fellow, September 23-December 9, 2009, Charlottesville, VA

2005  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, Clinician Scientist Development Program, June 20-21, 2005, Huntington Beach, CA

2003  Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Frank E. Pollock, M.D. Academic Excellence Award

2001  Eastern Orthopaedic Association, Resident Research Award

2001  North Carolina Orthopaedic Association, Resident Research Award - 3rd Place

2000  Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery Resident Research Day, Basic Science Research Award – 1st Place

Education: 1992 University of Virginia, Bachelor of Arts 

2000 Medical University of South Carolina, Doctor of Medicine


2000-2002 Post Doctoral NIH Physician Scientist
Research Fellowship X

2002-2003 Internship, Department of General Surgery,
Wake Forest University

2003-2007 Residency, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery,
Wake Forest University 


2008-2009 Fellowship, Upper Extremity and Microsurgery,
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery,
Wake Forest University

State License:

North Carolina

Research Description:

Peripheral Nerve Repair and Regeneration

Denervation Injury

Nerve regeneration and muscular re-innervation using adipose derived stem cells