Philip To, MD

Philip To, MD


As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a doctor. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was five-years-old. I remember going to the oncologist and wanting to be the person that could help my mom. After a hard fought battle with breast cancer, my mother passed, and at age 11 I was inspired to pursue a medical career.

During medical school, I found that orthopaedics was the ultimate profession to heal. While in residency, I truly enjoyed operating on the upper extremity. The meticulous detail and precision that went into the procedures really fit me well. I was also lucky enough to be mentored by many wonderful hand surgeons, including one of the most accomplished hand surgeons in the United States, Dr. Peter J. Stern. Fulfilling a childhood dream and helping people return to function is one of the many reasons why I love what I do.

Dr. To’s Credentials



Mary S. Stern Hand Fellowship, August 2013 – July 2014 Cincinnati, Ohio Fellowship Director – Peter J. Stern M.D.


Vanderbilt University, July 2008 – June 2013 Nashville, Tennessee

Medical School

The University of Cincinnati, June 2008 Cincinnati, Ohio Doctorate of Medicine


The Ohio State University, March 2004 Columbus, Ohio Bachelor of Science Major – Biology, Minor – Psychology G.P.A. – 3.80, Magna Cum Laude


AOA National Society of Collegiate Scholars Deans List – The Ohio State University, 2000 – 2004 ASSH/AFSH Annual Meeting Scholarship – 2012


Madhav TJ, To P, Stern PJ, The Palmer Fat Pad is a Reliable Intraoperative Landmark during Carpal Tunnel Release, J Hand Surg AM, Sept 2009: 34(7); 1204-1209

To P, Watson JT, Boutonniere Deformity, J Hand Surg AM, Jan 2011: 36(1); 139-142

To P, Atkinson CA, Lee DH, Pappas ND, The Most Cited Articles in Hand Surgery over the Past 20 Plus Years: A Modern Day Reading List, J Hand Surg AM, May 2013:38(5); 983-987


Madhav TJ, To P, Stern PJ. “The Palmar Fat Pad: An Anatomic Landmark During Carpal Tunnel Release.” Indianapolis – Louisville – Cincinnati Tri-State Hand Surgery Conference. June 8, 2007.

To P, Lee DH, “Anatomical Study of Proximal Humerus Plates” Hillman Lecture, Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute, April 7, 2011.

To P, “Character, Incidence, and Predictors of Knee Pain and Activity After Intramedullary Nailing of an Isolated Tibia Fracture.” Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Society Meeting. May 3, 2013.

To P, “Air Transportation for Upper Extremity Amputations: A Retrospective Review at a Level 1 Center.” Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Society Meeting. May 4, 2013.

To P “The Accuracy of Common Hand Injections.” Indianapolis – Louisville – Cincinnati Tri-State Hand Surgery Conference. June 13, 2014.

Book Chapters

Draeger R, To P, Little K. Galeazzi and Essex Lopresti Injuries. In Abzug JM, Kozin S, Zlotolow DA, eds. The Pediatric Upper Extremity – chapter completed

Research Projects

Air Transportation for Upper Extremity Amputations: A Retrospective Review at a Level 1 Center – manuscript completed

Electrodiagnostic Studies and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – manuscript completed

Character, Incidence, and Predictors of Knee Pain and Activity After Intramedullary Nailing of an Isolated Tibia Fracture – manuscript submitted to Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma

The Accuracy of Common Hand Injections – manuscript pending


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery – Resident Member American Society for the Surgery of Hand – Candidate Member


Foundation for Orthopaedic Trauma Lower Extremity Dissection Course – Las Vegas, 3/3/2010

Adrian E. Flatts Resident and Fellows Conference in Hand Surgery – Chicago, 9/5/2012

Microsurgery Training Program, Division of Plastic Surgery – Indianapolis, 8/26/2013 – 8/30/2013

Teaching Experience

Gross Anatomy Student Tutor – 2005 Assisted 1st year medical students review anatomical structures for coursework and exams CincyAfterSchool Program Tutor – 2005 Tutored children between the ages of 6 – 8 at an inner city school in reading and math Personal Care Attendant, Easter Seals, Columbus, Ohio – 2002 Tutored, supervised, and assisted in activities of daily life for two children who had cerebral palsy and an unknown developmental disorder

Orthopaedic Hand and Wrist Surgeon

OrthoArizona-Arizona Bone & Joint Specialists

Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona

Paradise Valley Hospital

The Orthopedic Surgery Center of AZ (TOSCA) (Ambulatory Services)

SurgCenter at Pima Crossing


all Honor Health hospitals

Desert Ridge Surgery Center

Camelback Surgical Center

Patient Downloads


Dr. To is pleased to accept many common insurances for patient convenience. Please check with your primary care physician to find out if you will need a referral for your visit to our office. Please note, insurances accepted are subject to change.

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