Welcome to Robert E. Markison, MD!
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.
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 Manos technique (quick recovery/very minimal "down time") percutaneous carpal tunnel releases - VIDEOS BELOW (and click here for more info)
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, and a variety of other arts and crafts
Nature photography: particularly birds.
Remarkably quick recoveries following Manos carpal tunnel release:
77 year old woman 2.5 weeks after ultrasound-guided Manos technique percutaneous carpal tunnel release:
66 year old man 4.5 weeks after ultrasound-guided Manos technique percutaneous carpal tunnel release:
Musical Biofeedback for Musculoskeletal Troubleshooting:
Dynamic Ultrasound Anatomy of the Carpal Tunnel:
Coin Sleights for Ambidexterity:
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