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About Professor Michael Solomons

Professor Michael Solomons is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with a practice dedicated to the subspecialty of Hand, Wrist and Peripheral nerve surgery.


I am an Orthopaedic Surgeon by training with a dedicated interest in Hand, Wrist and Peripheral Nerve Conditions. I am one of the very few Private Hand Surgeons in the country with a strong link to Academic Medicine. Hence my recent promotion to Associate Professorship at the University of Cape Town. This country desperately needs Doctors and Doctors desperately need to know about Hand Problems which can make up 25% of their future case load. Sports injuries, Work injuries and Degenerative conditions of the Hand and Wrist are very common and successful management of these is the difference between restoring quality of life and denying someone the return to work or play. As the Head of the Martin Singer Hand Unit at Groote Schuur Hospital for 18 years, I have lectured countless students, taught and supervised more than 50 registrars in training and have had Fellows from all corners of the Globe come and spend time to learn from us. The baton of information and the ethos of Hand Surgery as passed by Mr Martin Singer, one of the Giants of Hand Surgery and awarded an International Pioneer in Hand Surgery in 1994, has now found its way into my hands and it is my responsibility to ensure that this ideology and High Standard is disseminated nationally and internationally to ensure the care of the Hand Injured in Our Society.

“There is no minor hand surgery, only minor hand surgeons” – Martin Singer 1994

I am incredibly proud and honoured to be a founding member and associate of the Cape Hand Clinic. The First Dedicated multi surgeon, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Hand and Wrist clinic in the country. Established in 2000 , we have treated tens of thousands of Hand Injured, Hand Affected and Hand Infected patients from our Community. We are currently Two Hand Surgeons, 5 Physiotherapist and 5 Occuptional Therapists. All with One goal – To make YOUR hand better!


Graduated from University of Cape Town Bachelor in Medicine and Bachelor in Surgery (MBChB)

Finished in top 10 of class


First South African Hand Surgeon to be invited to give International Guest Lecture to American Society for Surgery of the Hand

First South African to be invited to join International Wrist Investigators Workshop (IWIW)


Orthopaedic Registrar at Department of Orthopaedics University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital

Best Registrar in Training

J M Edelstein Medal – National best candidate in final exam


One Year Fellowship under Mr Martin Singer and Dr L De Jager

The Martin Singer Hand Unit


Associate Professor Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery UCT

Head: Martin Singer Hand Unit Groote Schuur Hospital

Private Practice Vincent Pallotti Hospital

Other Responsibilites:

Editorial Review Board Journal of Hand Surgery (European)

Executive Committee of South African Society for Surgery of the Hand for 15 years

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