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Michael N. Nakashian, MD

Specializing in Hand & Upper Extremity
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About Michael N. Nakashian, MD

Specializing in Hand & Upper Extremity

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

More About Michael N. Nakashian, MD

Training & Education

  • Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Pittsburgh
  • Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington
  • MD, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway
  • MA, Masters Degree in Medical Sciences, Boston University Medical School, Boston
  • BA, Bowdoin College, Brunswick

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


  • 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
  • Nakashian MN, Pointer L, Owens BD, Wolf JM. Incidence of Metacarpal Fractures in the US Population. HAND. 2012;7(4):426-430. PMID: 24294164.
  • 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.
  • 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, https://www.clinicaladvisor.com/home/decision-support-in-medicine/shoulder-and-elbow/
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tawfik A, Katt BM, Sirch F, Simon ME, Padua F, Fletcher D, Beredjiklian P, Nakashian M. A Study on the Incidence of Hand or Wrist Injuries in Crossfit Athletes. Cureus 13(3): e13818. Doi: 10.7759/cureus.13818.

Hospital Affiliations

  • Toms River Surgery Center
  • Ocean University Medical Center
  • Surgical Institute of Neptune
  • CentraState Medical Center
  • SurgiCare of Freehold


  • Currently, Dr. Nakashian is available to see patients in Freehold and Brick Township, NJ.

Michael Nakashian, MD

Patient-First Orthopaedic Care

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Orthopaedic Institute Brielle Orthopaedics relentlessly pursues better orthopedic care by hiring doctors with unparalleled expertise, employing cutting edge technology, and spending actual time listening to our patients so we can better understand their goals.

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