John W. Durham, M.D. (Retiring)

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

As of summer 2018, Dr. John Durham will be retiring from his practice at Northern Arizona Orthopaedics. We wish him all the very best in his new chapters in life ahead. Thank you for all your years providing such excellent care at NAO, Dr. Durham! 

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

”Amazing surgeon. Good communicator, very skilled and knowledgeable. Highly recommend for orthopedic surgery on hands, arm and reconstruction after an accident. We are most grateful to him - and his team of specialists. “

C. and Paul H.

”“Did a great job on my elbow, and I would definitely recommend him. I am very happy w the results, and I'm back to using my arm. No more pain! Thank you!”“


”The hardest part of being a retired physician is no longer being in charge of my medical matters. With Dr. Durham it is easy. I have enjoyed my encounters with him, both medically and socially. He has provided, in my opinion, excellent care.“


”Dr. Durham is professional, personable, and extremely knowledgeable. Every aspect of my procedure I would grade a 10 out of 10. If you need the best hand surgeon, do your research, ask around, and you will concur with my recommendation.“


”My wrist surgery was performed by Dr. Durham and his excellent staff. Using the WALANT method, I was wide awake throughout the procedure. I highly recommend Dr. Durham, the staff, and WALANT. I commend the nursing staff for their ability to calm me prior to the surgery and throughout the procedure. Follow up with physical therapy continued the excellent care. Today I have a faint scar and complete range of motion.“