About Us

For more than 30 years, Norfolk Hand Surgery Center, Inc. has been dedicated to providing world class care and service to their patients. We believe in treating the whole individual and restoring as much function as possible.
Dr. Frank W. Gwathmey founded our center. He dedicated his professional career to building the Hand Center into the best facility for hand and elbow care in the Hampton Roads area.
The practice draws patients and referrals from the entire region including the states of Virginia, North Carolina, and Maryland. There are also patients in other regions of the country who come to the center to receive care.

Dr. Christopher K. Hersh - Hand Surgeon

Christopher K. Hersh, MD, MBA

Dr. Christopher K. Hersh, MD, MBA graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Economics. He attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and obtained his MD in 1990. He was awarded membership to Alpha Omega, a medical honor society for the top graduates of medical school.

Upon graduation, Dr. Hersh began work in orthopedic surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center, where he trained with some of the nation’s top orthopedic surgeons. He stayed in San Antonio, completing a fellowship in microvascular and hand surgery with the San Antonio Hand Center.

He came to the Hampton Roads area to teach and serve in the United States Navy at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. He served active duty and reserve time while in the Navy. He is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery and has a Certificate of Added Qualifications of Hand Surgery. He is active in the maintenance of certificate programs to keep his training up to date and current with the most innovative hand surgery techniques. Dr. Hersh has been named as one of the region’s top hand surgeons for multiple years.

Douglas R. Trzcinski, MD, FACS

Douglas R. Trzcinski, MD, MS, FACS

Dr. Trzcinski graduated from Auburn University with degrees in Zoology and Mechanical Engineering, as well as a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical Engineering emphasis). He obtained his MD from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in 1997. After 5 years of General Surgery training, he went to the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he completed his Plastic Surgery Training. Dr. T spent 2 years in Private Practice in Upstate New York, then he further expanded his hand surgery skills by completing the INTEGRIS Baptist/University of Oklahoma Orthopedic Hand Surgery Fellowship in 2007.

Dr. T participated in the Trauma Program at Norfolk General Hospital from 2007 until 2020, and he was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at The Eastern Virginia Medical School (2007 to 2014) teaching medical students and surgery residents. He joined the Norfolk Hand Surgery Center in 2016 where he continues a general Hand Surgery practice including fracture, nerve and soft tissue care of the wrist and hand. Dr. T is also an FAA Designated Senior Airman Medical Examiner (AME) providing flight physicals for airline and civilian pilots.

Dr. Trzcinski is Board Certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and is ABPS certified in the Subspecialty of Surgery of the Hand. He is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has received special recognitions and awards by his peers and patients for his quality care and teaching.

Contact our hand surgeon in Norfolk, Virginia, for effective care that restores mobility to your hand or elbow.