A. Bobby Chhabra

A. Bobby Chhabra, MD

Hand and Upper Extremity Disorders
Orthopaedic Surgery
Call 434.982.4263
Primary Location:

PO Box 800159

Charlottesville, VA 22908-0159

Secondary Locations:
ABMS Certification:
Orthopaedic Surgery, Surgery of the Hand
Research Interests:

Tissue engineering for flexor tendon repair, distal radius fracture fixation techniques

Clinical Practice:
Elbow Fracture, Forearm Fracture, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, De Quervain's Tenosynovitis (Stenosing Tenosynovitis or Washerwoman's Sprain), Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow), Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer's Elbow), Finger Extensor Tendon Injury, Finger Flexor Tendon Injury, Finger Fracture, Mutilating Hand Injuries, Trigger Finger, Boutonnière Deformity of Finger (BD), Boxer’s Fracture, Carpal Tunnel Release, Colles' Fracture, Fracture, Dislocated Finger, Congenital Limb Defects- Pediatric, Pediatric Orthopedics, Hand Surgery, i-limb digits™

Chairman of Orthopaedic surgery



Dr. Chhabra graduated from Johns Hopkins University with an undergraduate degree in Biology before completing his medical education at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the UVA Health. He received his fellowship training in hand and upper extremity, microvascular and congenital hand surgery at the Hand Center of San Antonio and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. 

Professional Expertise

Dr. Chhabra returned to the University of Virginia in 2002 during which time he helped create the University of Virginia Hand Center. Dr. Chhabra is currently the Lillian T. Pratt Distinguished Professor and Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Virginia. He is the Division Head of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. He is also the hand and upper extremity consultant for the University of Virginia Department of Athletics. His areas of expertise include hand, wrist, and elbow trauma and arthritis with a particular interest in athletic injuries and congenital hand surgery. He has a basic science laboratory that is investigating flexor tendon healing using growth factor and stem cell technology and tissue engineering principles.


Dr. Chhabra is a nationally recognized Orthopaedic educator and has been a course director for several orthopedic board review courses. He has received the University of Virginia Master Educator Award and the University of Virginia School of Medicine Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Chhabra is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and a fellow of the American Orthopaedic Association. He is past President of the Virginia Orthopaedic Society.

Dr. Bobby Chhabra in Charlottesville

Bobby Chhabra, MD, co-founded the UVA Hand Center. An orthopedic specialist with expertise in hand surgery, Dr. Chhabra is now the director of the UVA Orthopedic Department.

Learn more about Dr. Chhabra at UVA and his work:

  • 2018, 2019 Best Bedside Manner Awards, OurHealth Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley Magazine; Second Place, Surgery: Hand
  • 2011-2020 Best Doctors in America® List
  • 2010 – 2011 President, Virginia Orthopaedic Society
  • 2010 Charles W. Miller Chief Resident Teaching Award, University of Virginia, Department of Orthopaedics
  • September 2009 Appointed to the Executive Council of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Board Member at Large
  • June 2009 Charles J. Frankel Endowed Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • May 2009 President-Elect, Virginia Orthopaedic Society June 2008 Induction into the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA)
  • 2007 - 2013 "Best Doctors in America" Award
  • 2007 Recipient of the University of Virginia Master Educator Award
  • 2006 Recipient of the University of Virginia School of Medicine Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2006 Inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Educators
  • 2006 Charles W. Miller Chief Resident Teaching Award, University of Virginia, Department of Orthopaedics
  • 2006 Best Lecturer Award, Colorado Orthopaedic Review Course
  • 2006 Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, Career Development Award
  • 2004 Robert Pruner Resident Teaching Award, University of Virginia, Department of Orthopaedics
University of Virginia, 1995
Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Virginia
Hand and Microvascular Surgery, Hand Center of San Antonio