Dr. Charles Cefalu is a fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in care of the hand and upper extremity. He is a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedics Residency Program in Boston where he served as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Chief Resident. He then completed his fellowship in Hand, Upper Extremity, and Microvascular Surgery at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, North Carolina. He’s been the recipient of numerous awards during his post-graduate training including the Eastern Orthopaedic Association’s John and Marie Kelly Shoulder Award, the Harvard Orthopaedic Surgery Top Clinical Thesis, and the Southern Orthopaedic Association’s Michael O’Brien Travel Grant.

Dr. Cefalu’s love of Medicine came early and was largely inspired by his own father who worked as a Geriatrician. However, it wasn’t until late medical school that he understood that Orthopaedic SurgeryOrthopaedic Surgery was his destined path. As he witnessed the life-altering results that often accompany treatment of Orthopaedic injuries and ailments, he knew precisely which field of Medicine he was meant to pursue.

Today, Dr. Cefalu enjoys treating the entire arm and hand - from shoulder to fingertip – including fractures, arthroscopy, joint replacement, microvascular surgery, and nerve injuries. He finds pleasure not only in helping his patients find relief from their ailments, but also in genuinely getting to know people from all walks of life.

Having grown up in Slidell, Dr. Cefalu enjoys spending most of his spare time in the outdoors with his family. He and his wife are happy to move their family back to their home state of Louisiana, and he is proud to be serving Baton Rouge and surrounding communities as part of the Bone and Joint Clinic.


Selected Publications:

Cefalu, C. Li, Z. Surgical Treatment of Iatrogenic Nerve Injuries Following Elective Shoulder Surgery.

Cefalu C, Earp B, Simmons B, Blazar P. Long-term Outcomes of Silastic Arthroplasty of the Thumb Metacarpophalangeal Joint.

Zhang D, Ostergaard P, Cefalu C, Hall M, Earp B, Blazar P. Outcomes of Mini-Open Carpal Tunnel Release in Patients with Unrecordable Preoperative Nerve Conduction Potentials at a Minimum of 5 Years.

Cefalu C, Garvey K, Matzkin E. Patient Reported Outcomes Following Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair in Smokers Versus Non-smokers: A 2-Year Prospective Cohort Study.

Earp B, Cefalu C, Blazar P. Thumb Metacarpophalangeal Joint Arthritis.