Physicians & Services

The Andrews Institute Hand Center offers patients the benefit of receiving services from orthopaedic physicians who have received specialized training in the management and care of simple and complex hand, wrist, forearm, elbow and shoulder injuries and diseases. Specifically trained to treat the bones, joints, muscles, tendons and nerves of the hand and upper extremity, they provide expert treatment of those conditions.

The Hand Center also provides access to on-site imaging, including a 3-Tesla MRI and the latest in digital X-ray technology, as well as hand therapy services (occupational therapy) and upper extremity wound management in the 12,000-square-foot Andrews Institute Rehabilitation facility. Occupational therapists who have completed additional training and have received designation as “Certified Hand Therapists” provide the necessary rehabilitation for maximal positive outcomes of hand disorders. Services such as custom-fabricated orthoses (splints) and a full-range of occupational therapy modalities and devices are used to treat a wide range of upper extremity injuries, diseases and conditions. Work Hardening and Functional Capacity Evaluation services are also available.

These services are available on the Andrews Institute campus providing a level of convenience unprecedented in any health care setting. Additionally, the Andrews Institute has several satellite locations offering occupational therapy services across the Gulf Coast.

  • Alexander C. Coleman, M.D.

    Alexander C. Coleman, M.D.  

    Fellowship: Hand and Microvascular Surgery

    Clinical Interests: Hand, wrist and elbow reconstruction, microvascular surgery, limb salvage

  • Steven C. Kronlage, M.D.

    Steven C. Kronlage, M.D.  

    Fellowship: Hand, Microvascular & Upper Extremity Surgery

    Clinical Interests: Hand surgery, wrist, elbow and shoulder, sports medicine injuries


    * James Piorkowski, M.D.  

    Fellowship: Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Fellowship, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
    Hand, Breast and Reconstructive Microsurgery Fellowship: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

    Clinical Interests: Diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders of the hand, wrist, and elbow; fracture care; peripheral nerve surgery; complex wound care; and reconstructive plastic surgery.