Valerie A. Deardorff, MD

Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery with a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Hand Surgery

 

Specialty Interests

Hand surgeon specializing in acute and chronic conditions of the elbows, forearms, wrist, and hands including fractures, tendon and nerve injuries, arthritis, nerve compression syndromes such as carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, masses such as ganglion cysts.

 

Fellowship

Hand and Upper Extremity, University of Miami at Jacksonville Memorial, Miami, Florida; 2006-2007

Internship/Residency

Orthopedic Residency, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, Kansas; 2001-2006

Doctor of Medicine

University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, Kansas; 2001

 

Certifications

American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Certificate of Added Qualifications for Surgery of the Hand

 

Membership

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Society of Surgery of The Hand

 

I am truly blessed to have been given the ability to pursue such a meaningful career as medicine. Being a problem-solver, I love caring for the patient from the initial diagnosis to the surgical treatment and beyond. One of the most important roles as a physician is as an educator. Working with patients so they understand their symptoms and diagnosis as well as finding a solution that meets their goals is what fuels my passion for orthopedic surgery.

 

 

Meet Dr. Valerie Deardorff

“I really enjoy the variety of patients I’m able to help at my practice.”

 

Dr. Valerie Deardorff is APEX Orthopedics & Sports Medicine’s upper extremity specialist in Kansas City. She is Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery with a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Hand Surgery.

 

Dr. Deardorff has been specializing in acute and chronic conditions of the elbows, forearms, wrist, and hands for years and is passionate about helping her patients.

 

Learn about Returning to Work after
Upper Extremity Surgery
with Dr. Deardorff

Many of the patients who come to APEX Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Kansas City with an upper extremity (elbow, wrist, or hand) injury, often ask how soon they’ll be able to return to work after surgery.

 

There are many factors to consider for each individual when it comes to getting back to activities and work, and Dr. Deardorff always ensures her patients are educated about a safe recovery timeline.

Learn about Hand Fractures
with Dr. Deardorff

 

If you have injured your hand and believe you may have a fracture, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Hand fractures can heal quickly; therefore, ensuring your hand heals properly helps avoid problems down the road.

 

Dr. Deardorff, the hand injury specialist at APEX Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, explains the importance of seeking medical care, along with factors that determine whether an injury requires surgery or simply a cast.

 

Additional Information

 

Dr. Valerie Deardorff is an orthopedic hand and upper extremity subspecialty surgeon in Overland Park, KS. She treats acute and chronic conditions of the elbows, forearms, wrist, and hands including fractures, tendon and nerve injuries, arthritis, nerve compression syndromes such as carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, masses such as ganglion cysts and many other upper extremity disorders. She is a board certified orthopedic surgeon with the certificate of added qualifications for surgery of the hand.

She spent her childhood on a farm near Wichita, Kansas and am the oldest of four children. Many hours spent cooking, taking care of her younger siblings, and working in the field and on the farm equipment helped make her who she is today.

 

 

While in college, she was able to spend a summer studying Italian and cooking in Florence, Italy where she was able to experience Italy as a “living museum”. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Genetics with distinction and the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.  

It was the many hours working on the farm that led her to find orthopedic surgery as her calling. She completed an orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Kansas in Wichita, and her sense of adventure sent her to Miami, Florida for a Hand Surgery Fellowship. However, a Midwestern farm girl at heart, she happily returned to Kansas in 2007 and joined Apex Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (then known as Carondelet Orthopedics).

 

 

Outside of Work

Dr. Deardorff is married with 2 children. She enjoys relaxing and reading at home, and doing almost any outdoor activity. She is also adventurous and loves experiencing the world, traveling to enrich herself and her family with new food, cultures, and experiences.

Dr. Deardorff is an art history enthusiast who can spend days in a museum. Follow Dr. Deardorff on Twitter @vdeardorffmd

Come see us!

Since 1967 (organized as Carondelet Orthopedics Surgery), Apex Orthopedics has been the premier provider of sports medicine in Kansas City.

In that time, we have worked tirelessly to help our clients feel better than they ever have before. And it never gets old.