Christopher Forthman, MD
|Shoulder, Hand, and Elbow Surgeon
Dr. Forthman provides a comprehensive orthopaedic upper extremity
practice covering a broad spectrum of diseases from the shoulder to
the hand. Commonly treated disorders include shoulder arthritis and
rotator cuff tears; elbow and wrist instability and fractures; and hand
problems such as thumb arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Dr. Forthman is fellowship trained in complex upper limb
reconstructions. He is sought after to perform innovative and
sophisticated procedures such as:
- reverse shoulder replacement for flail arms
- total shoulder, elbow, and wrist replacement for arthritis
- complex fracture repairs and malunion corrections
- vascularized bone transfers for recalcitrant nonunions
- tendon grafts for chronic soft-tissue injuries
- nerve transfers for paralyzed hands
- hand and arm transplantation
Minimally invasive techniques such as arthroscopic management for
tennis elbow and endoscopic nerve release are frequently offered.
And Dr. Forthman leads a trauma team nearly every week
reconstructing some of the most complex hand and arm injuries
occurring in Maryland and the surrounding states.
Surgeries are performed in Westminster, Lutherville, and Baltimore.
Dr. Forthman is from Eldersburg and traveled extensively growing up
in a military family. After completing his education, he settled back in
Maryland with his wife and children. He is a former collegiate wrestler
and enjoys running, climbing, biking, and other outdoor activities.
A commitment to patient education and evidenced-based medicine
separates Dr. Forthman's practice from many of his contemporaries.
He is honest and enjoys discussing both the art and science of
managing his patient's problems.
Dr. Forthman is dedicated to delivering personalized care - always
considering each patient's goals and health care needs. His patients
include athletes, laborers, professionals, gifted musicians and artists,
the young, and the old...
Dr. Forthman trained in Orthopaedics at Harvard with an emphasis on
complex shoulder, hand, and elbow surgery. This comprehensive
education laid the foundation for Dr. Forthman’s subsequent upper
extremity fellowship at the Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore.
Dr. Forthman teaches Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgeons each week
at the National Hand (Shoulder/Elbow) Center. He has multiple active
research projects and publishes / presents nationally and
internationally on disorders of the shoulder, hand, and elbow. He
also gives local television and radio interviews on popular topics.
Dr. Forthman regards physician quality, effectiveness, and efficiency
as key to providing optimal patient care. He writes on these topics
and serves as the Chief Medical Advisor for the Comparion Medical
Analytics - one of the nations largest privately-held healthcare
information services companies.
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Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons