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Korsh Jafarnia

Korsh Jafarnia

Houston Methodist Hospital
9090 Katy Freeway, Suite 200
Houston, TX 77024


Texas (TX)

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Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic Surgery

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish


Dr. Korsh Jafarnia is a hand and upper extremity surgeon who specializes in hand trauma and common as well as complex hand, wrist and elbow injuries and conditions.  He currently serves as Chief of Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine - West Houston and has served as Chief of Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine - Willowbrook and Director of the Hand Center at the Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital.  He served as hand specialist and assistant professor of clinical orthopedics at UT Ortho, a part of the UT Physicians group and the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute, before returning to Houston Methodist hospital to help grow the hand and upper extremity program at the new, state-of-the-art Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine - Memorial City / Spring Valley facility. He also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Institute for Academic Medicine
Houston Methodist. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery with Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Surgery of the Hand.

Dr. Jafarnia completed a fellowship in Hand Surgery at Harvard Medical School and trained at the French Institute for Surgery of the Hand in Paris, France, learning the latest diagnostic techniques and treatment options for hand and upper extremity injuries and conditions.  He has served as a clinical assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine for nearly 15 years and as assistant professor for clinical orthopaedic surgery for Weill Cornell Medical College.  He also serves as an assistant professor for UT Health.

Dr. Jafarnia specializes in injuries and conditions affecting the hand, wrist, and elbow.  As an educator, researcher, and published author, he is among those contributing to advances in orthopedic medicine - offering the latest treatment options to patients, including minimally invasive arthroscopic and endoscopic procedures and injection therapies as well as fracture care and complex joint reconstruction.

Working with a select team of hand therapists, he utilizes the latest diagnostic technology and specialized hand therapy for the best possible outcome.

He was among the first in northwest Houston to offer Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) procedures and XIAFLEX therapy for Dupuytren's Disease.

He serves as Assistant Team Physician for the Houston Texans and works to keep professional, collegiate and high school athletes across Texas in the game.  In his spare time, he enjoys tennis, running and training for half marathons with his daughters. 

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About Korsh Jafarnia

Medical School: Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, The University of

Graduation Year: 1996

Professional Webpage:

Honors and Awards:

At Baylor College of Medicine was awarded the Teaching Excellence, the Bronze Hammer and the Leonard Marmor Surgical Arthritis Foundation Awards.

Baylor College of Medicine, 2002

Special Licenses/Certifications:

Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand (CAQSH)


Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery


Professional Activity:

Member of the Ethics Committee at Houston Northwest Medical Center
Volunteer staff member at the Shriners Hospitals for Children
Fellow of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Member of the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association and the Harris County Medical Society.


Community Service:

Volunteer Staff Member at Shriners Hospitals for Children

Free Hand and Upper Extremity Seminars throughout the community as part of Houston's hand surgery specialists and affiliated hospitals.

Publications, Lectures and Presentations:


Collins ED, Hildreth DH, Jafarnia K.  A Clinical Study of Extracorporeal Shockwaves for the Treatment of Chronic Lateral Epicondylitis.  Current Orthopaedic Practice. 2011 March/April;22(2):185-192.

Collins ED, Jafarnia K, Lichtman DM: Proximal Row Carpectomy. Atlas of the Hand Clinics 1999; 4 (2): 145-161.

Jafarnia K, Bennett JB, Collins ED, Kohl HW, Ilahi OA: Reliability of the Lichtman Classification for Kienböck's Disorder. Journal of Hand Surgery. 2000; 25A: 529-534.

Jafarnia K, Sullivan MJ, Hildreth DH: Hereditary Neuropathy with Liability to Pressure Palsies: A Case Report. Clinical Orthopedics & Related Research. 2001; 385: 253-255.

Jafarnia K, Gabel GT, Morrey BF: Triceps Tendinitis. Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine. October, 2001; 9 (4): 217-221.

Jafarnia K, Jupiter JB: Distal Radius Fractures: Anatomy, Biomechanics, and Classification. Hand Surgery Update 3, 2003; (6): 83-95.

Collins ED, Hildreth DH, Jafarnia K: A Clinical Study of Extracorporeal Shock Waves (ESW) for Treatment of Chronic Lateral Epicondylitis. Current Orthopaedic Practice, 2011; 22 (2): 185-192.

Ring D, Allende C, Jafarnia K, Allende B, Jupiter J: Nununited Diaphyseal Forearm Fractures With Segmental Defects: Plate Fixation And Autogenous Cancellous Bone-Grafting, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Am. 2004; 86-A(11): 2440-2445.

Jafarnia K: Marking Your Site for Surgery. American Society for Surgery of the Hand Correspondence Newsletter, January, 2011; Issue No. 3.


Kovach IS, Jafarnia K, Murray RC, DeBowes RM, Athanasiou K:
The Effects of Intra-Articular Corticosteroid Injections on Mechanical Properties Articular Cartilage and Subchondral Bone in Horses. The 37th Annual National Student Research Forum, Galveston, Texas, April 25 - 27, 1996.

Jafarnia K, Bennett JB, Collins ED, Ilahi OA: Reliability and Reproducibility of Lichtman”s Classification for Kienbock's Disorder. The 54th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Boston, Massachusetts, September 2 -4, 1999

Collins ED, Jafarnia K: Evaluation of Rotational Malalignment for Distal Radius Fractures. The 57th Annual Meeting of The American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Phoenix, Arizona, October 2002.

Ring D, Jafarnia K, Allente C, Jupiter JB: Diaphyseal Nonunion of the Forearm. The 57th Annual Meeting of The American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Phoenix, Arizona, October 2002.

Ring D, Jafarnia K, Allende C, Jupiter JB: Diaphyseal Nonunion of the Forearm. The 71st Annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, San Francisco, March 2004.

Jafarnia K: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Houston Northwest Medical Center Staff Presentation, Houston, Texas January 25, 2005.

Jafarnia K: Update on Distal Radius Fracture Operative Decisions Grand Rounds Presentation, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, June 1, 2005.

Jafarnia K, Hannahs G, Ortiz A: Forearm Injury-Gymnastics, American College of Sports Medicine 52nd Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee, June 1-4 2005.

Jafarnia K, Rosen A: Common Wrist Problems, Texas Women's University and The American Society of Hand Therapy, Houston, Texas, February 4-5, 2006.

Jafarnia K: Wrist Fractures, Texas Society of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, May 23 - 24, 2008.

Jafarnia K: Carpal Instability, Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, Baylor College of Medicine, February 13, 2009.

Jafarnia K: Carpal Instability, Hand Surgery Meeting, Baylor College of Medicine, February, 2010.

Jafarnia K: Elbow Fractures, American Society of Orthopedic Physician Assistants, Annual meeting with NOAT, Houston, Texas, August 5-7, 2010.


Other Outstanding Achievements:

University of Texas Health Science Center At San Antonio:
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society, 1995
Bartter Scholarship for Research - NIH funded, 1995
Psychiatry Student of the Year, 1995
Dean's Scholarship & Texas Legislative Merit Scholarship, 1992 - 1996
Medical School Admissions Committee, 1995 -1996
AMSA Malpractice Bowl Founder, 1995 - 1996
University of Texas at Austin:
Student's Association Senator, 1989 - 1990
Student Endowed Lectureship Committee, 1988 - 1989
UT Posse President, 1987 -1989
Zeta Beta Tau, 1987 - 1991


Dr. Korsh Jafarnia talks about the causes and latest treatment options for tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis).

Tennis Elbow, 2013

Dr. Jafarnia and his hand therapy team help Olympic hopeful, Chris Brooks of the US Men's Gymnastic Team, overcome a potentially career ending arm fracture to realize his dream and join the team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in England.

Helping Olympic Hopeful Get Back to His Sport, 2012

Dr. Jafarnia talks about his work as an orthopedic surgeon specializing in injuries and conditions affecting the hand, wrist and elbow.

His Work,

Dr. Jafarnia talks about some of the causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and the latest treatment options both conservative (non surgical) and surgical such as a Carpal Tunnel Release.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome,

Additional Locations

Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine - Memorial City / Spring Valley
9090 Katy Freeway
Suite 200
Houston, TX 77024

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