John W. Durham, M.D.

Upper Extremities- Elbow, Wrist and Hand; Trauma and Fracture Care; WALANT surgery

Dr. Durham is a board certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon. Dr. Durham is best known and respected for his knowledge, expertise and positive patient outcomes; but his true specialty lives in the care and compassion he gives each of his patients. Recognizing patients’ individual needs, Dr. Durham tailors care plans to fit lifestyle. Durham strives to support his patients in many ways throughout their recovery process. A past Flagstaff Medical Center Physician of the Year, Dr. Durham is a leader in his field.

A hallmark of Dr. Durham and his surgical skill is a type of surgery that allows the patient to stay wide awake during the procedure. The state-of-the-art surgical technique, also known as WALANT, is fast becoming the choice for hand patients. In recent years, this has become a preferred type of surgery, allowing for many benefits to the patient. Read more about WALANT in a recent news article HERE.

Dr. Durham currently practices in our Flagstaff, Sedona and Prescott Valley clinic locations.

On a personal note, another passion involves facilitating medical care and implementing hospital infrastructure in Haiti. Since the 2010 earthquake, Dr. Durham has taken more than 16 volunteer trips to Haiti. A pioneer for providing essential care and relief to the people, as well as the medical facilities, affected by the earthquake, he was among the first medical crews to arrive in Haiti after the disaster. Like many first responders, he was shocked by the devastation and suffering – and by how unequipped Haiti’s few hospitals were to treat even the most basic injuries. Today, “Bull” leads efforts with Northern Arizona Volunteer Medical Corps, (a medical volunteer group founded in 1955 to help those in need all over the world) with a primary focus on helping Haitians. His passion for those in need has woven so deep, he has extended his family to help Haitian children, recently adopting a young girl. Dr. Durham also enjoys skiing, sea kayaking and rock climbing.



  • Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Hand Fellowship University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics , Iowa City, IA
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY
  • Doctorate of Medicine University of Vermont , Burlington, VT

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Flagstaff Alpine Ski Club, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Northern Arizona Volunteer Medical Corp

Community Service

  • Flagstaff Alpine Ski Club (FAST)
  • Northern Arizona Volunteer Medical Corp

Personal Quote

“The most satisfying aspect of my practice is the contact and connection I develop with my patients. I also feel a great satisfaction in supporting patients as they recover from injury and surgery.”

Patient Testimonials

”He takes the time he needs to determine the needs of the situation. He looks me in the eye and
speaks one-on-one to me.“

Mildred L

”He takes as much time as is needed on each visit.“

Jim G.

”He listens to my concerns and treats me with kindness. I feel he has my best interests at

Donna H.

”He (Dr. John W. Durham) explained my situation well and offered options but seemed to
respect my input. He isn't above coming out to the waiting room to get patients himself.“

Nancy W.