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Nikola Babovic, MD

  • Specialities

    Hand & Wrist Surgery, including Elective & Traumatic Conditions such as Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Dupuytren's, Trigger Finger, Fractures of the Fingers/Hand/Wrist, Nerve Injuries, Tendon Lacerations, Wrist and Finger Joint Replacement, Masses & Tumors

  • Fellowship

    Hand & Upper Extremity - Brown University

  • Residency

    Allegheny Health Network Orthopedic Surgery

  • Medical School

    Mayo Clinic School of Medicine

  • Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Dr. Babovic is a fellowship trained hand and wrist surgeon. He grew up in Minnesota, where he attended Carleton College. He attended medical school at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. While there, he learned to take care of patients with all types of ailments, but ultimately his passion for orthopedics prevailed. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, PA, and then went on to a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at Brown University in Rhode Island. Throughout his training, Dr. Babovic has contributed to the academic community by publishing numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, as well as presenting at national meetings.

He specializes in all conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow. He has extensive experience treating patients with common disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome and other nerve compressions, trigger finger, masses and lesions, and arthritis of the fingers and wrist. He also cares for of a wide array of traumatic injuries such as finger amputations, hand and wrist fractures, and traumatic nerve injuries. He has a special interest in applying innovative treatment techniques in effort of providing superior outcomes to patients. Dr. Babovic believes that the use of minimally invasive techniques helps decrease scarring, pain, and healing time, and improves patient outcomes.

When he is not working, Dr. Babovic can usually be found racing cars on the track or in the garage fixing them. He also enjoys mountain biking, hiking, playing tennis, skiing, cooking, and traveling with his wife and son.


  • Peer-Reviewed Articles

    Babovic N, Klaus D, Tang P, Miller MC. Assessment of Conduit-Assisted Primary Nerve Repair Strength with Various Suture Size, Number, and Configuration. HAND. 2018 Apr [Epub ahead of print].

  • Brogan DM, van Hogezand RM, Babovic N, Carlsen BT, Kakar S. The Effect of Metacarpophalangeal Joint Hyperextension on Outcomes in the Surgical Treatment of Carpometacarpal Joint Arthritis. Journal of Wrist Surgery. 2017;6(3): 188-193.

  • Chauhan A, Babovic N, Moraca R, Altman DT. Use of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation to Stabilize a Patient with Polytrauma During Intramedullary Nailing of a Femoral Fracture: A Case Report. JBJS Case Connector. 2014 Nov; 4(4): e112.

  • Babovic N, Cayci C, Carlsen BT. Cat bite infections of the hand: assessment of morbidity and predictors of severe infection. Journal of Hand Surgery. 2014;39(2): 286-290.

  • Babovic N, Trousdale RT. THA Using highly cross-linked polyethylene in patients younger than 50 with minimum 10 year followup. Journal of Arthroplasty. 2013;28(5): 815-817.

  • Gurrieri C, Weingarten TN, Martin DP, Babovic N, Narr BJ, Sprung J, Volcheck GW. Allergic reactions during anesthesia at a large United States referral center. Anesthesia & Analgesia. 2011;113(5): 1202-1212.

  • Babovic N, Simmons PS, Moir C, Thorland EC, Scheithauer B, Gliem TJ, Babovic-Vuksanovic D. Mucinous cystadenoma of ovary in a patient with juvenile polyposis due to 10q23 microdeletion: expansion of phenotype. American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A. 2010;152A(10): 2623-2627.

  • ova R, Babovic N, Lteif A, Eidem B, Kirmani S, Olson T, Babovic-Vuksanovic D. Vitamin A deficiency in an infant with PAGOD syndrome. American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A. 2009;149A(10): 2241-2247.

  • Babovic-Vuksanovic D, Ballman K, Michels V, McGrann P, Lindor N, King B, Camp J, Micic V, Babovic N, Carrero X Spinner R, O’Neill B. Phase II trial of pirfenidone in adults with neurofibromatosis type 1. Neurology 2006;67(10): 1860-1862.

  • In Process of Submission

    Babovic N, Chauhan A, Frank D, Demeo P, Miller M. What is at Risk During Ulnar Trans-Osseous Tunnel Drilling in Elbow Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstructions? American Journal of Sports Medicine.

  • Babovic N, Carlsen BT, Bishop AT, Moran SL, Shin AY, Cayci C. Functional Donor Site Morbidity Following Vascularized Medial Femoral Condyle Corticoperiosteal Flaps. Journal of Hand Surgery.

  • Babovic N, Klaus D, Palmer BA, Miller MC. Dual Plating of Dual Column Distal Humerus Fractures: Biomechanical Effects of Plate Lengths on Construct and Peri-Prosthetic Fracture Risk. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

  • Babovic N, Birdsong E. Clinical outcomes and cost analysis of a new technique for thumb carpometacarpal arthroplasty. Journal of Hand Surgery.

  • Book Chapters

    Babovic N, Carlsen BT. Chapter: Upper Extremity Amputation. Critical Limb Ischemia: Acute and Chronic, edited by Robert Dieter, Aravinda Nanjundappa, Raymond A. Dieter, Jr. and Raymond A. Dieter, III. ISBN 978-3-319-31991-9.

From the moment he walked through the door, I could tell he was going to be personable and spend some quality time with me. He was very professional yet had a great sense of humor when explaining the diagnosis and treatment plan of the ganglion cyst in my hand. Thank you!

The doctor explained everything in terms and language that was easy to follow and informative. His bedside manner was relaxing, not one of superiority, that was very welcoming.

It was a 2nd opinion. I felt awkward but he just treated it like a normal day with a normal visit. No attention was brought up regarding it. He was very thorough in explaining the procedure (I'm a visual). ROC made me feel like an important valued client and not we don't want to ever see you again because of the 2nd opinion factor.