Peter M. Prokopis, M.D.

Hand and Upper Extremity Specialist
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I truly enjoy making a difference in my patients’ lives.

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Board Certified and fellowship trained in Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Prokopis’ practice focuses on the management of all aspects of hand and upper extremity problems. When conservative measures fail, Dr. Prokopis uses the latest upper extremity surgical techniques to restore function and allow his patients to get back to their pre-injury state. He was involved in caring for the New York Giants and Mets.

Postgraduate Training:

  • 2004-2005 Fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery: The Hospital for Special Surgery (New York, NY)
  • 2000-2004 Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery: Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • 1999-2000 Internship in General Surgery: Boston University (Boston, MA)


  • 1999 Doctorate of Medicine: Boston University School of Medicine (Boston, MA)
  • 1994 Master of Arts in Medical Sciences: Boston University School of Medicine (Boston, MA)
  • 1992 Bachelor of Arts: College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA)

Professional memberships:

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • Active Member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Massachusetts Medical Society
  • Certification of Added Qualifcations in Surgery of the Hand (CAQH)


Dr. Peter M. Prokopis is an orthopaedic surgeon who concentrates his practice entirely on problems in the hand and upper extremity. Originally from Boston, he received his B.A. at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA. He then completed his M.A. at the Boston University School of Medicine where he did basic science research in immunology for his master’s thesis. Before medical school, he was a high school science teacher in Marblehead, MA.

In 1999, he graduated with his M.D. degree from Boston University School of Medicine. While there, he participated in orthopaedic surgery research with Boston University team physician Dr. Anthony Schepsis, with whom he authored his first paper. He then spent five rigorous years in the Boston University Orthopaedic Surgery Residency. He was fortunate to be trained by some of the leaders in orthopaedic surgery. For example, he learned basic orthopaedic science from his world renowned chairman Dr. Thomas A. Einhorn, as well as intense orthopaedic trauma and fracture training from nationally recognized traumatologist Dr. Paul Tornetta. His interest in the hand and upper extremity was sparked by his experience at the Lahey Clinic where his mentors remarked that he had a special gift that he should pursue. During training, he spend 6 ½ months at the Shriner’s Hospital where he did outreach clinics in Puerto Rico as well as the Dominican Republic.

His fellowship training was performed at the world famous Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. At HSS he spent time with pioneers in the field of hand, upper extremity, and microvascular surgery. Under the direction of nationally known Dr. Scott W. Wolfe, this elite fellowship provides incredible training. Dr. Prokopis was a Senior Clinical Associate in Orthopaedic Surgery for Weill-Cornell Medical College, teaching the physicians of tomorrow. He was privileged to work intensely one on one with world famous Dr. Andrew J. Weiland where he was fortunate to gain what Dr.Weiland has learned in his over 30 years of experience dealing with disorders of the hand and upper extremity. He spent dedicated time with Dr. Robert N. Hotchkiss, a pioneer in elbow surgery who has helped to change the way orthopaedic surgeons view the elbow and its disorders. Dr. Edward Athanasian is unique for his diversified training in hand surgery as well as orthopaedic oncology. Under the direction of Dr. Athanasian, Dr. Prokopis worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as part of his fellowship training. He also participated in caring for the New York Giants and New York Mets.

Dr. Prokopis is Board Certified with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is an Active member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. In 2011 he was awarded the Certification of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand. He is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Massachusetts Medical Society.

Although Dr. Prokopis has extensive training in state of the art surgical treatment for problems in the hand and upper extremity, he is very conservative in the treatment of his patients. He strives to answer all of his patients’ questions as clearly and concisely as possible. He will maximize non-surgical methods of treatment for his patients prior to recommending surgical treatment. He regularly treats patients with injections, custom splints, dedicated hand and occupational therapy, as well as medications to maximize relief without surgery. When these methods do not provide relief, Dr. Prokopis will discuss, at length, the potential surgical options for his patients. These options include minimally invasive surgical techniques as well as reconstructive procedures for the entire upper extremity.

A caring and compassionate physician and surgeon, he is also intensely dedicated to his family. He enjoys being active and is an avid runner who completed the grueling 2005 Boston Marathon.

“I went to see Dr. Prokopis after an extremely bad break in my right wrist (dominant hand). He asked me why I traveled all the way to Peabody from Sandown, NH to see him. I said because Sports Medicine North (SMN) is the best. I had never personally had Dr. Prokopis, prior to this, but my sister goes to him and has always spoken highly of him. My mom, sister, and brother have all had surgeries with doctors from SMN with positive experiences. Dr. Prokopis told me that he thought surgery was my best option (Exactly what the emergency room doctor believed too). I knew from the minute I met him I had made the right decision, his compassion, knowledge, and confidence are what gave me the confidence I needed. I had the surgery on 12/5/17 (a plate and 11 screws). It was painful, especially after the block wore off... Poor Dr. Prokopis called and I was in agony and whining. He calmly told me what to do over the next 24 hours. Surprisingly I slept well and within the next 36 hours I barely needed the narcotics and was primarily taking just Tylenol and Advil. Dr. Prokopis explained that I may have some limitations, permanent swelling or not have a full range of motion (ROM). Well fast forward... I finished Occupational Therapy (OT) eight sessions early on 3/16/2018. I'm back at the gym and able to do everything (burpees, planks, etc. I've taken some self-defense classes (Krav Maga) where there is a lot of punching and holding the mitts for others to punch with no issues... I believe that my success has to do with yes some of my own determination, but primarily from an outstanding surgeon. Dr. Prokopis gave me my life back :).”
– Donna P.
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