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The Hand Center is committed to caring for our patients while taking steps to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus by minimizing exposure to our patients and staff members.

We ask our patients to:

  • Call to reschedule your appointment if you have a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing or if any member of your household is experiencing these symptoms.
  • Call to reschedule if you or a member of your household has returned from travel to a known high-risk area.
  • Do not bring your entire family to your appointment.With schools cancelled across the state, it may be difficult, but to avoid unnecessary social interactions, please try to come to your appointment alone if possible or with only one family member or visitor.
  • In the waiting room, please try to sit at least six (6) feet from other patients.
  • Although our check-in tablets are disinfected after every patient use, our staff can push the patient questionnaires to your personal mobile devices.Please request this option. 
  • Please follow all CDC guidelines on hand washing and personal hygiene including not touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth, covering your nose and mouth if your cough or sneeze, not shaking hands and staying home if you are sick.

Our main telephone number to reschedule an appointment is (860) 527-7161.

About the Practice

At The Hand Center in Connecticut, a highly skilled and educated team of board-certified doctors, surgeons, and physician assistants diagnose and treat conditions of the hands and upper extremities. With four convenient offices in Hartford, Glastonbury, Tolland, and Bloomfield, Connecticut, patients receive comprehensive care for many conditions and ailments affecting their hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders.

In addition to treating common conditions like arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and ganglion cysts, the experienced surgeons treat complex conditions of the hand that affect the nerves, bones, tendons, and skin. In-house hand therapists work closely with the surgeons to provide comprehensive hand care under one roof. The medical team is experienced in diagnosing and treating pediatric hand disorders and provides treatment for work-related injuries and sports injuries.

To learn more about the comprehensive orthopedic services available at The Hand Center, call the practice office nearest you or use the convenient online booking tool to schedule an appointment.




Dr. H. Kirk Watson is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and hand surgeon at The Hand Center. An award-winning surgeon, Dr. Watson was named Orthopaedist of the Year by the Connecticut State Medical Society in 2000, listed in Best Doctors of American from 1992-2004, and listed in the Leading Physicians of the World in 2010-2011 by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals.

Dr. Watson earned his medical degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and completed his general surgery residency at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. He completed an orthopedic fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Lennox Hill, Manhattan, New York, and a hand surgery fellowship with the Joseph H. Boyes Hand Fellowship at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles.

In addition to his education and medical work experience, Dr. Watson has published many scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. He introduced the “Watsonian” approach to postoperative care in the early 1970s. He is the founder and first president of the New England Hand Society and the founder and director emeritus of the University of Connecticut Hand Surgery Fellowship, where he trained over 170 hand surgeons. Dr. Watson has retired from Practice but his legacy lives on. His CV addresses much of his history.

Dr. Watson is a lifetime member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Board of Medical Specialties.

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For any coverage-related questions, please contact our office. Patients with PPO and EPO Plans are advised to call Member Services at their insurer to confirm that The Hand Center is in-network.

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