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Robert J. Heaps, MD

Multiple Locations

Hand & Upper Extremity Specialist

Robert J. Heaps, MD is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He subspecializes in hand and upper extremity surgery.

About Robert J. Heaps, MD

Injuries in high school brought Dr. Heaps to an orthopedic surgeon – the only doctor he really knew at the time. He appreciated what his doctor did for him and kept that experience in mind as he considered his career.

Dr. Heaps feels that as a orthopedic surgeon, it is really important to understand what his patients are going through.

“I remind myself that this is routine for us as surgeons, but it’s not routine for my patients. I try to check in with them so I consider what they are going through.”

Dr. Heaps enjoys the challenge of both common surgeries like carpal tunnel and trigger finger as well as the more complex surgeries to treat severe injuries.

“The nice thing about hand surgery is we see a wide variety of injuries and have many different treatments. So we’re not just doing one or two operations. There’s multiple operations in different parts of the hand, wrist and elbow.”

He also appreciates that more non-surgical treatments are becoming available.

“We’re now able to treat conditions like tennis elbow with platelet rich plasma, which is a patient’s blood product that we re-inject to stimulates the healing process.” Conditions like Dupuytren’s Contracture can also be treated with surgery or non-surgical procedures like injection of an enzyme known by the brandname Xiaflex.

Dr. Heaps takes pride in staying up to date with the changes in medicine and applying them to his patients every day.

Robert J. Heaps, MD is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Clinical Interests
Dr. Heaps specializes in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery and is recognized by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery with a Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand.

Education & Training
Dr. Heaps received his Bachelor of Science from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. He did his Surgical Internship at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia. He completed his Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. He completed his Fellowship in Hand and Microvascular Surgery at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.

Professional Affiliations
Fellow American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Member and Past President of the New Hampshire Orthopaedic Society.
Member New England Hand Society
Member Duke Hand Club
Member Piedmont Orthopaedic Society
Member Eastern Orthopaedic Association

Dr. Heaps has been voted top Hand Surgeon by New Hampshire Magazine in 2003, 2007, 2008, and 2010 through 2020.

Dr. Heaps has been living in New Hampshire for over 20 years and has enjoyed raising his three children with his wife Lisa.

Hobbies and Interests
Dr. Heaps enjoys playing golf, skiing and cycling.

Surgical Locations

  • Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center
  • Catholic Medical Center
  • Elliot Hospital
  • Parkland Medical Center
  • St. Joseph Hospital
  • Southern New Hampshire Medical Center
  • Nashua Ambulatory Surgical Center


  • Hand & Upper Extremity
  • Pediatric

Dr. Heaps's Care Team

  • Brooke E. Andrews, PA-C

    Physician Assistant

    Brooke works closely with Dr. Heaps and may see you before and after surgery. She is board certified by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants. She has additional certification from the National Association of Athletic Trainers Board of Certification. Brooke completed her masters program at DeSales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

  • Robert D. Goings, PA-C

    Physician Assistant

    Robert works closely with Dr. Heaps and may see you before and after surgery. He is board certified by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants. Robert completed his masters program at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Manchester, New Hampshire.

  • Amber C.

    Physician Coordinator


    Amber manages Dr. Heaps' patient schedule and communication. If you have any questions or requests about your care, please give Amber a call.

  • Laura A

    Surgery Coordinator


    If you are having surgery, Laura will be your primary contact from the time Dr. Heaps recommends surgery through your first post-operative visit. She will schedule both your surgery and any pre-operative tests you need

Exceptional orthopaedic care designed to keep you in motion.