Plastic Surgeon & Hand Specialist
Galen Wachtman, MD, is a board-certified reconstructive plastic surgeon with a practice dedicated to hand and upper extremity surgery, reconstructive surgery, and microsurgery. He offers a wealth of surgical experience to the men and women in the vicinity of Austin, Texas, at Orthopedic Associates of Central Texas. His specialties are surgeries of the hand, wrist, and upper extremity, including microsurgical reconstruction of extremities, at the center’s location in Austin. Orthopedic Associates also has offices in Round Rock, Cedar Park, La Grange, and Lockhart, Texas.
His medical education and training prepared Dr. Wachtman for a career in reconstructive plastic surgery, equipping him to treat conditions both in skeletal and soft tissues of the hand, wrist, and upper extremities. Additionally, he has a specialized practice in reconstructive microsurgery, including head and neck, breast, abdominal wall, and extremity reconstruction.
Dr. Wachtman graduated with honors from Penn State University in Pennsylvania, then earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed both his residency in plastic reconstructive surgery and his fellowship in orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).
Field success came quickly for Dr. Wachtman. UPMC’s transplant team quickly made him a core member, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society also awarded him its prestigious membership. Dr. Wachtman won the Charles E. Moore Award for resident teaching and received a research fellowship from the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation for his work in composite tissue allotransplantation, which refers to transplanting tissue from a non-identical donor.
With certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, he practices with a special interest in peripheral nerve compression (carpal and cubital tunnel syndromes), wrist and hand arthritis, and minimally invasive upper extremity surgery. Dr. Wachtman also passionately excels in hand and trauma fractures as well as upper extremity reconstruction. He served as the Chief of the Department of Surgery at St. David’s Medical Center from 2016 to 2018. In 2017, his peers named him to the Super Doctors Rising Star list in Texas Monthly for the third year in a row.