Alexander Vara, M.D. Orthopedic Specialists of South Florida

undefinedAlexander Vara, M.D.

Experienced Upper Extremity Surgeon

Alexander Vara, M.D. is a hand and upper extremity surgeon specializing in orthopedic issues of the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, and shoulder. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami earning his Bachelors of Science in Biology and Chemistry. Dr. Vara received his Medical Degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

He completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Beaumont Health in Royal Oak, Michigan. He was awarded the Charles Townley, M.D. Resident Research Award for the State of Michigan and The Mid-America Orthopedic Association Physician in Training award his chief year. He was then selected to complete advanced fellowship training in hand, microvascular, and upper extremity surgery at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dr. Vara has conducted extensive clinical research, published in peer-reviewed journals, and presented at numerous conferences around the country.

Languages: English, Spanish

Certifications, Societies, Memberships, and Professional Appointments:

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Medical Association
  • Mid-America Orthopedic Association
  • Associate Editor Journal of Hand Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

  • Surgicare of Miramar Outpatient Surgery Center
  • Memorial Hospital Miramar
  • Memorial Hospital West
  • Palmetto General Hospital

PUBLICATIONS

  1. Dineen H, Puzio T, Vara AD Merrell GA Fixation of Olecranon Osteotomies using Nitinol Staples in a Cadaveric Study Submitted 2019
  1. Baker E, Vara AD, Salisbury M, Fleischer M, Shokuhfar T, Friedrich C, Fortin P. Titania Nanotube Morphologies for Osseointegration via Models of In Vitro Osseointegrative Potential and In Vivo Intramedullary Fixation. Accepted September 2019 JBMR Applied Biomaterials
  1. Wu J, Daley E, Lilly Ryan, Vara AD, Koueiter D, Settecerri J. Operating Room Intervention Rates After Orthopaedic Resident-Reduced Pediatric Both-Bone Forearm Fractures Relative to the Academic Calendar. Accepted Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics July 2019
  1. Wu J, Lilly RJ, Vara AD, Sobol G. Post-traumatic bifid ulna in a pediatric Galeazzi-equivalent forearm fracture: A Case Report. J Hand Surg Dec 2018
  1. Siljander M, Vara AD, Koueiter DM, Wiater BW, Wiater PJ Novel Anterior Plating Technique for Patella Fracture Fixation. Orthopedics Jun 2017
  1. Vara AD, Koeiter D, Pinkas D, Gowda A, Wiater B, Wiater JM. Intravenous Tranexamic Acid Reduces Blood Loss in Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty: A Prospective, Double-Blinded, Randomized, Controlled Trial. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. Aug 2017.
  1. Siljander M, Vara AD, Koueiter DM, Gandhi S, Quigley M, Wiater B, Wiater P Plate Osteosyntehsis of Patella Fractures – A Video Case Report. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma (JOT) Aug 2017
  1. Vara AD, Wu J. Hematoma Block for Distal Radius Fracture Reduction. Hand-e Video Theater Sept 2016
  1. Vara AD, Wu J, Shin A, Sobol G, Wiater, B. Mini-open Carpal Tunnel Release recorded with an action camera. Hand-e Video Theater Sept 2016
  1. Wu J, Vara AD, Magnell T. Thumb Radial Collateral Ligament Reconstruction. Hand-e Video Theater Sept 2016
  1. Vara AD, Wu J, Shin AY, Sobol G, Wiater B. Video Recording With a GoPro in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. J Hand Surg Am. Oct 2016
  1. Vara AD, Miki RA, Alfonso DT, Cardoso R. Hand Fat Grafting Complicated by Abscess. HAND. Mar 2013
  1. Kardashian G, Vara AD, Miller SJ, Miki RA, Jose J. Stenosing synovitis of the extensor pollicis longus tendon. J Hand Surg Am. Jun 2011
  1. Asensio JA, Petrone P, Garcia-Nuñez LM, Deckelbaum D, Duran D, Robinson D, Stahl K, Ksycki M, Ruiz F, Capin A, Vara AD, Weston J, Namais, N: Emergency Department Thoracotomy. A critical appraisal of its indications and results. In Current Therapy of Trauma Surgery and Critical Care. Asensio JA, Trunkey DD, Eds. 5th Edition, Chapter 19, p 114-124. Elsevier/W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia, PA 2008
  1. Asensio JA, Garcia- Nuñez LM, Petrone P, King D, Castrellon R, Duran D, Vara AD, Weston J, Robinson D, Pizano L: Operative Management of Pulmonary Injuries. Lung sparing and formal resections. In: Current Therapy of Trauma Surgery and Critical Care. Asensio JA, Trunkey DD, Eds. 5th Edition, Chapter 38, p 282-297. Elsevier/W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia, PA 2008
  1. Asensio JA, Garcia-Nuñez LM, Petrone P, Duran D, Vara AD, Weston J, Robinson D, Feinstein A, Pizano L: Cardiac Injuries. In: Current Therapy of Trauma Surgery and Critical Care. Asensio JA, Trunkey DD, Eds. 5th Edition, Chapter 41, p 304-315. Elsevier/W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia, PA 2008
  1. Mohr AM, Garcia-Nuñez L, Petrone P, Morehouse A, Vara AD, Weston S, Lineen E, Robinson D, Karsidag T, Asensio JA: Exsanguination: Reliable Models to Indicate Damage Control. In: Current Therapy of Trauma Surgery and Critical Care. Asensio JA, Trunkey DD, Eds. 5th Edition, Chapter 60, p 445-448. Elsevier/W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia, PA 2008