Kourosh Jafarnia, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Academic Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Korsh Jafarnia, MD is a board-certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon, who specializes in the hand and upper extremity at Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. He performs the latest procedures in hand and upper extremity, including endoscopic carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel releases, tendon and nerve repair, fracture repair, arthroscopy, trauma, and joint reconstruction and replacement. An assistant professor of clinical orthopedic surgery of Houston Methodist Academic Institute and Weill Cornell Medical College, he is a published author and nationally recognized for his work in hand, wrist and elbow injuries and conditions.

Dr. Jafarnia has trained with top hand, wrist and elbow specialists at Baylor College of Medicine, where he received the Teaching Excellence, the Bronze Hammer and the Leonard Marmor Surgical Arthritis Foundation Awards. He has served as a clinical assistant professor for Baylor and an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Dr. Jafarnia’s experience and unique perspective provides both his pediatric and adult patients with the latest treatment options available for some of the most common as well as challenging hand and upper extremity injuries and conditions seen today – from childhood fractures and carpal tunnel syndrome to arthritis and other degenerative joint conditions.

Description of Research

Dr. Jafarnia has published a number of articles in peer reviewed journals and continues to work with colleagues to better identify the mechanism of repetitive stress, degenerative and traumatic injuries and conditions affecting the hand and upper extremity, as well as the technological advances  and efficacy of extracorporeal shockwave and ultrasound therapies in the treatment of lateral epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow).  His research has also focused on plate fixation and autogenous cancellous bone-grafting in ununited diaphyseal forearm fractures and the sideline management of sports-related joint dislocations.

Areas Of Expertise

Repetitive stress conditions Carpal tunnel syndrome Tennis elbow Fractures and dislocations Joint dislocation Joint replacement Upper extremity trauma Arthritis
Education & Training

Residency, Baylor College of Medicine
Internship, Baylor College of Medicine
Clinical Fellowship, Harvard University
MD, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Incidental bilateral scaphotrapezial coalition in a high-level throwing athlete a case report
Wininger, AE & Jafarnia, KK 2021, , JBJS case connector, vol. 11, no. 2, e21.00027. https://doi.org/10.2106/JBJS.CC.21.00027

Fracture of the supracondylar process of the humerus in an adolescent athlete
Wininger, AE, Liberman, SR & Jafarnia, KK 2020, , JSES International, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 1018-1020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jseint.2020.07.011

Sterile abscess with subsequent iatrogenic draining sinus tract formation 3 years after fiberwire and ENDOBUTTON distal biceps brachii tendon repair: A case report
Bernstein, DT, Sochacki, KR & Jafarnia, K 2017, , JBJS case connector, vol. 7, no. 2, e32. https://doi.org/10.2106/JBJS.CC.16.00201

Sideline management of joint dislocations
Schupp, CM, Rand, SE, Hanson, TW, Lee, BM, Jafarnia, K, Jia, Y, Moseley, JB, Seaberg, JP & Seelhoefer, GM 2016, , Current Sports Medicine Reports, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 140-153. https://doi.org/10.1249/JSR.0000000000000266

A clinical study of extracorporeal shock waves (ESW) for treatment of chronic lateral epicondylitis
Collins, ED, Hildreth, DH & Jafarnia, K 2011, , Current Orthopaedic Practice, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 185-192. https://doi.org/10.1097/BCO.0b013e31820d830e

Ununited diaphyseal forearm fractures with segmental defects: Plate fixation and autogenous cancellous bone-grafting
Ring, D, Allende, C, Jafarnia, K, Allende, BT & Jupiter, JB 2004, , Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - American Volume, vol. 86, no. 11, pp. 2440-2445. https://doi.org/10.2106/00004623-200411000-00013

Hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies: A case report
Jafarnia, K, Sullivan, MJ & Hildreth, DH 2001, , Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, vol. 385, pp. 253-255. https://doi.org/10.1097/00003086-200104000-00036

Triceps tendinitis
Jafarnia, K, Gabel, GT & Morrey, BF 2001, , Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 217-221. https://doi.org/10.1053/otsm.2001.26782

Reliability of the Lichtman classification of Kienbock's disease
Jafarnia, K, Collins, ED, Kohl, HW, Bennett, JB & Ilahi, OA 2000, , Journal of Hand Surgery, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 529-534. https://doi.org/10.1053/jhsu.2000.7377