Joanie Columbia, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgery
1726 Shawano Ave
Green Bay, WI 54303
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Dr. Joanie M. Columbia is an Orthopaedic surgeon fellowship trained in hand and upper extremity. She specializes in all disorders of the upper extremity from the shoulder to the fingertip.

She has particular interests in trauma, work-related injuries, peripheral nerve surgery, arthritis, and overuse injuries of tendons and ligaments. Some common procedures Dr. Columbia performs include carpal and cubital tunnel release, trigger finger release, fracture fixation, rotator cuff repair, total shoulder replacements, and repair of torn tendons, ligaments, and nerves. However, Dr. Columbia develops an individualized approach to each patient, which often may include non-operative treatment options.

Dr. Columbia grew up in Phoenix, AZ, and earned her BS degree in Kinesiology from Arizona State University where she also competed as a varsity athlete in Cross Country and Track and Field. Prior to starting her medical degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Dr. Columbia was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army Medical Corps. After a military internship, she served four years of active duty service which included a one-year overseas tour in Afghanistan. Dr. Columbia was subsequently recognized as the Surgeon General’s Physician of the Year for a Captain and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in Washington D.C.

After an honorable discharge from active duty military service, Dr. Columbia completed her residency training in Orthopaedic surgery at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA. Following this, she graduated from a rigorous fellowship training program in hand, upper extremity, and microsurgery at the prestigious Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center in Indianapolis, IN.

Dr. Columbia is a candidate member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Columbia enjoys spending time with her family, running, traveling, hiking, and teaching.

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Arizona State University
B.S. Kinesiology
National Institutes of Health Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow, Laboratory of Respiratory Biology
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL
Madigan Army Medical Center
Tacoma, WA
Transitional Year Intern
Orthopaedic Surgery
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA
Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery
Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center
Indianapolis, IN
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Candidate Member
American Society for Surgery of the Hand - Candidate Member
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