George Peter Nanos III, M.D.

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  • Associate Professor (PAR) of Orthopaedic Surgery


Arthritis, Arthritis of the Hand, Arthritis of the Wrist, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Fractures, Hand Fractures, Orthopaedic Hand Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Tendinitis of the Hand, Tendon Injuries, Tendonitis of the Hand and Wrist, Trigger Finger, Upper Extremity Reconstruction, Wrist Fracture more

Research Interests

treatment of combat injuries; reconstruction after upper extremity amputation; prosthetics; targeted muscle reinnervation more

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Johns Hopkins Health Care and Surgery Center

Appointment Phone: 240-762-5100
6420 Rockledge Drive
Bethesda, MD 20817 map
Fax: 410-367-2237


George Nanos, M.D., is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in conditions affecting the elbow, hand and wrist. As a former hand surgeon with the U.S. Navy, Dr. Nanos has extensive experience with traumatic injuries, including limb reconstruction and complex nerve and tendon injuries. He also treats patients with nontraumatic conditions such as carpal tunnel, arthritis, trigger finger and similar hand, wrist and elbow issues.

Dr. Nanos obtained his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, followed by a hand surgery fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. 

Most recently, Dr. Nanos has served as a staff orthopaedic hand surgeon at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and as Navy orthopaedic surgery leader and consultant to the U.S. Navy surgeon general. During his military career, he completed a tour as a flight surgeon on the USS Constellation in 2001 and a tour as a forward surgical team commander and staff orthopaedic surgeon in Afghanistan in 2011. 

Dr. Nanos has received several medals, including two Meritorious Service Medals, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals.

Dr. Nanos’ research interests include treatment of combat injuries and reconstruction after upper extremity amputation, including the use of prosthetics and targeted muscle reinnervation. He has co-authored numerous research papers on these and other topics, which were published in peer-reviewed academic journals. more


  • Associate Professor (PAR) of Orthopaedic Surgery

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  • MD; Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (1998)


  • Orthopaedic Surgery; National Capital Consortium (2006)


  • Hand Surgery; Mayo Clinic (2009)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (Orthopedic Surgery) (2008)
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (Surgery of the Hand) (2013)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Nappo KE, Hoyt BW, Balazs GC, Nanos GP, Ipsen DF, Tintle SM, Polfer EM. Union Rates and Reported Range of Motion Are Acceptable After Open Forearm Fractures in Military Combatants. Clin Orthop Relat. Res. 2019 Apr;477(4):813-820.

Dumanian GA, Potter BK, Mioton LM, Ko JH, Cheesborough JE, Souza JM, Ertl WJ, Tintle SM, Nanos GP, Valerio IL, Kuiken TA, Apkarian AV, Porter K, Jorsan SW. Targeted Muscle Reinnervation Treats Neuroma and Phantom Pain in Major Limb Amputees: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Ann Surg. 2019 Oct 26. PMID: 30371518

Morgan EN, Potter BK, Souza JM, Tintle SM, Nanos GP 3rd. Targeted muscle reinnervation for transradial amputation: description of operative technique. Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2016 Dec;20(4):166-171. PMID: 27824734

Balazs GC, Dworak TC, Tropf J, Nanos GP 3rd, Tintle SM. Incidence and risk factors for volar wrist ganglia in the U.S. military and civilian populations. J Hand Surg Am. 2016 Nov 41(11):1064-1070. PMID: 27663053

Balazs GC, Donohue MA, Drake ML, Ipsen D, Nanos GP 3rd, Tintle SM. Outcomes of Open Dorsal Wrist Ganglion Excision in Active-Duty Military Personnel. J Hand Surg Am. 2015 July 27 epub. PMID: 26228481

Activities & Honors


  • NATO ISAF Service Medal
  • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal (2 bronze stars)
  • Meritorious Service Medal


  • American Orthopaedic Association (AOA)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS)


  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA)
  • Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons (SOMOS)
  • Washington Hand Society
  • Washington Self Insurers Association (WSIA)
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2008


Professional Activities

  • Flight Surgeon, Carrier Air Wing Two, Operation Southern Watch, 2001
  • Commander and Staff Orthopaedic Surgeon, Alpha Surgical Company, 2nd Medical Battalion Forward, 2011

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Distal Radius Fracture-a-palooza: A case-based presentation
    Presentation, Regional Health Care Conference (RHCE),, Garmisch, Germany (11/21/2019)
  • Combat Upper Extremity Trauma
    Presentation, Regional Health Care Conference (RHCE), Garmisch, Germany (11/21/2019)
  • Replantation Challenges in Combat Upper Extremity Injury
    Presentation, Project C.A.R.E. and Federal Advanced Amputation Skills Training Conference, San Diego, CA (09/20/2019)
  • Advances in Amputation: Upper Extremity
    Presentation, Extremity War Injury Symposium XIII, Washington D.C. (01/22/2018)
    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Orthopaedic Trauma Society
  • National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Math Zero Preventable Death Report: Navy Service Update
    Presentation, Extremity War Injury Symposium XIII, Washington D.C. (01/23/2018)
    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Orthopaedic Trauma Society

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