Kael Nahikian, MD

Hand & Wrist Surgery


Fellowship: University of Minnesota

Residency: Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

Internship:Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

Doctoral: Tufts University School of Medicine

Graduate Degree: Dartmouth College & Tufts University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Brandeis University

Personal Quote

“Specializing in hand surgery was an intuitive progression in my career- drawing from both my education in the fine arts as a sculptor and my rigorous training in surgery. Following my surgical residency, I completed an intensive year-long hand surgery fellowship focused on treating acute and chronic complex hand and wrist conditions. I additionally gained specialized training in micro-vascular and micro-neurosurgery during that time. While I am deeply passionate about the highly technical nature of hand surgery, I am equally focused on providing compassionate, personalized care to each of my patients and manage many conditions across the non-surgical spectrum as well. Understanding the crucial role our hands play in our daily lives, I am committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for every individual under my care.”

Procedures & Areas of Interest

  • Carpal & Cubital Tunnel Release
  • De Quervain Syndrome
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Extensor & Flexor Tendon Injuries
  • Ganglion Cysts
  • Hand & Wrist Disclocation and Fractures
  • Arthritis of the Hand & Wrist
  • Outpatient - Wide-Awake Hand Surgery
  • Pediatric Fractures
  • Scaphoid Fractures
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Arthroscopy

Professional Biography

Kael Nahikian, MD, is a Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Surgeon specializing in Hand & Wrist Surgery.

Prior to joining Northern Arizona Orthopaedics, Dr. Nahikian completed a Hand Surgery Fellowship at the University of Minnesota and received additional training in microvascular surgery at the Mayo Clinic Microvascular Surgery Training Center. He completed his internship and residency program at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts. Dr. Nahikian earned his Doctor of Medicine Degree and a Master of Science Degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, along with a Master of Science in Public Health from Dartmouth College.

Throughout his education, Dr. Nahikian engaged in various medical research roles and demonstrated a commitment to community service through volunteerism and tutoring, including providing French medical translation services at a free health clinic.
Dr. Nahikian is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American College of Surgeons.