Welcome to Robert E. Markison, MD!

Dr. Markison with original hand illustration

Dr. Markison is an experienced and innovative Hand Surgeon and UCSF Clinical Professor of Surgery with more than 30 years experience maintaining the creative hands of creative people; also widely known and trusted for fair and thoughtful resolution of complex medicolegal matters.


I'm particularly interested in the ergonomics of music, arts and crafts, and the surgical and nonsurgical management of:

Carpal tunnel syndrome and other entrapment neuropathies.

Dupuytren's contracture.

Thumb CMC (basal joint) arthritis.

Trigger fingers (stenosing tenosynovitis.

DeQuervain's and less common wrist level stenosing tenosynovitis.

Challenging extremity cumulative trauma disorders.


I do perform ultrasound-guided Sonex technique (quick recovery/very minimal "down time") percutaneous carpal tunnel releases - VIDEO BELOW


I'm frequently engaged as a Hand Surgery Specialty California Workers Compensation Treatment Consultant, Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME), and as an Agreed Medical Evaluator (AME).


I'm also a musician and artist.



Born in Washington, DC

BA in Biology: Columbia University

MD: Dartmouth Medical School

Surgery Residency: University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Research: White blood cell function, wound healing, UCSF

Hand Surgery Fellowship:  Dr. Kilgore and Dr. Newmeyer, UCSF

Microsurgical Training:  Buncke Clinic, San Francisco, CA

Chief of Hand Surgery/Trauma Team Surgeon, San Francisco General Hospital, 1981-1989

San Francisco Hand Specialists, 1989-1994

Co-founder of the UCSF Health Program for Performing Artists (1984)

Solo Practice Hand Surgery, 1994-present

Clinical Professor of Surgery, UCSF  

Faculty Member, San Francisco Orthopedic Residency Program

Member, American Society for Surgery of the Hand


Other activities and interests:

Teaching:  medicine, surgery, and a variety of other subjects including arts and crafts.

General health, preventive medicine, nutrition:  considering the whole patient

Medical illustration: a drawing for every patient to explain diagnosis and treatment options

Invention and redesign of tools and instruments: to prevent or relieve strain injury

Public speaking: favorite topics include care of creative hands and people, design and invention, ergonomics, creativity and health, and early childhood education

Performing, recording and composing music: reeds, brass, strings, piano, and a variety of other instruments

Artwork: portrait and wildlife painting, sculpting, engraving, glassblowing and solid glass sculpting, metalsmithing, surgical and musical instrument making, gem carving and faceting, custom pen making, and a variety of other arts and crafts

Nature photography:  particularly birds.


96y.o. Man with Speedy Recovery 8 days after Sonex Microinvasive Percutaneous Ultrasound Guided Carpal Tunnel Release and US Guided Trigger Digit Release 

Musical Biofeedback for Musculoskeletal Troubleshooting:

Dynamic Ultrasound Anatomy of the Carpal Tunnel:

Coin Sleights for Ambidexterity:

My Services

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