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Michael N. Nakashian

Hand & Upper Extremity

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  • Freehold - Star and Barry Ambulatory Campus
    • 901 West Main Street
      Building A., Suite 265
      Freehold, NJ 07728
    • 732-840-7500


    08:00 AM - 04:30 PM


    08:00 AM - 04:30 PM


    08:00 AM - 04:30 PM


    08:00 AM - 04:30 PM


    08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
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    08:00 AM - 04:30 PM


    08:00 AM - 04:30 PM


    08:00 AM - 04:30 PM


    08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

About Michael N. Nakashian, MD

Dr. Nakashian is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating all disorders of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. He is a fellow of both the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (AAOS), and American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). He is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery and has earned a Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand. 

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and history from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where he played on the rugby team, he went on to obtain a masters degree in medical sciences at Boston University. He returned to his home state of New Jersey, attending medical school at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where he was inducted into both the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He subsequently completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Connecticut, where he received the Cavazos Award as the “most outstanding resident, mentor and role-model.” This was followed by an orthopedic hand and upper extremity fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Nakashian has been active in research throughout his career, which has resulted in numerous publications in orthopedic journals and textbooks. He also has a passion for international volunteer medicine, having participated in the inaugural mission trip for The Touching Hands Project, traveling to Haiti and performing both general orthopedic trauma surgery and surgical treatment for children with congenital malformations of the hand and wrist.

Out of the office, Dr. Nakashian is a devoted husband and father. He enjoys playing guitar and various athletic pursuits, including surfing, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, soccer and rock climbing.

Titles & Certifications

  • Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand

Professional Associations

  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • New Jersey Orthopedic Society

Hospital Affiliations:

Toms River Surgery Center

Ocean Medical Center

Surgical Institute of Neptune

CentraState Medical Center

SurgiCare of Freehold


BA, Bowdoin College, Brunswick

MA, Masters Degree in Medical Sciences, Boston University Medical School, Boston

MD, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway


Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington


University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Pittsburgh

Accepting New Patients:




1. DeBerardino TM, Nakashian MN, Scordino L, Van-Meter RR, Browner BD.  Distal Femur, Knee, Patella in Musculoskeletal Emergencies: Fractures, Joint Problems, Soft Tissue Injuries, Infections. Elsevier, 2012

2. Nakashian MN, Pointer L, Owens BD, Wolf JM. Incidence of Metacarpal Fractures in the US Population. HAND. 2012;7(4):426-430. PMID: 24294164.

3. Nakashian MN, Cross AW, Baratz ME. Limited Wrist Arthrodesis in Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery 2nd Edition. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2016, pp 3300-3310.

4. Nakashian MN, Papatheodorou LK, Sotereanos DG. Evaluation and Management of Lateral 
Ligament Injuries of the Elbow. Clinical Decision Support System on Shoulder and Elbow. Decision Support in Medicine, LLC, 2015. (online publication,

5. Scordino LE, Bernstein J, Nakashian MN, McIntosh M, Cote MP, Rodner CM, Wolf JM. Radiographic Prevalence of Scaphotrapeziotrapezoid Osteoarthrosis. Journal of Hand Surgery. 2014;39(9):1677-82. PMID: 25037508.

6. Schmidt CC, Brown BT, Nakashian MN, et al. Effect of Radial Tuberosity Preservation on Supination and Flexion Strength Following a Distal Biceps Repair. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 2015;4(24):e121. doi:10.1016/j.jse.2014.11.028.

7. Schmidt CC, Brown BT, Williams BG, Rubright JH, Schmidt DL, Pic AC, Nakashian MN, et al. The Importance of Preserving the Radial Tuberosity During Distal Biceps Repair. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 2015;97:2014-23. PMID: 26677235.

8. Katt BM, Imbergamo C, Fletcher D, Aita D, Nakashian M, Kwok M, Beredjiklian PK. Telehealth for Upper Extremity Conditions: Perceptions of the Patient and Provider. JAAOS Glob Res Rev 2020;4:e20.00127. doi: 10.5435/jaaosglobal-D-20-00127.

9. Wang WL, Lutsky KF, McEntee RM, Banner L, Katt BM, Nakashian MN, Sodha SC, Rivlin 
M, Beredjiklian PK. Does Undergoing Outpatient Hand Surgery Lead to Prolonged Opioid Use? A Comparison of Surgical and Nonsurgical Patient. HAND (NY) 2020. PMID: 33073584. Doi: 10.1177/1558944720964967.

10. Saad A, Jimenez ML, Rogero RG, Saad S, Nakashian MN, Winters BS. Medial Femoral Condyle Periosteal Free Flap for the Treatment of Talus Avascular Necrosis. Foot & Ankle International 2020;41(6):728-734. Doi: 10.1177/1071100720917158.

11. Nakashian MN, Ireland D, Kane PM. Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: Current Concepts. Curr Rev Musculoskeletal Med 2020; 13(4):520-524. Doi: 10.1007/s12178-020-09650-y.

12. Baker W, Rivlin M, Sodha S, Nakashian M, Katt B, Fletcher D, Lutsky K, Beredjiklian P. Variability in Medicaid Reimbursement in Hand Surgery May Lead to Inequality in Access to Patient Care. HAND (NY) 2020. Doi: 10.1177/1558944720964966.

13. Tawfik A, Katt BM, Sirch F, Simon ME, Padua F, Fletcher D, Beredjiklian P, Nakashian MA Study on the Incidence of Hand or Wrist Injuries in Crossfit Athletes. Cureus 13(3): e13818. Doi: 10.7759/cureus.13818.