Edward L. Birdsong, MD, FAAOS

Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Hand Surgeon
Fellowship Trained in Hand Surgery 

Shoulder Surgery, Arm and Hand Surgery, Joint Replacement
Edward Birdsong, MD, hand surgeon, shoulder surgeon, carson city

About Dr. Birdsong

Edward L. Birdsong, MD, FAAOS, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and hand surgeon, specializes in treating injuries and musculoskeletal conditions related to the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. Specifically, he has expertise in hand, wrist, and elbow surgery, as well as total shoulder replacement. Dr. Birdsong is a Fellow and Diplomat of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Dr. Birdsong attended both East Carolina University and Alderson-Broaddus College. He completed medical school at West Virginia University School of Medicine before finishing his orthopedic surgery residency at Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio. He served as chief resident. Dr. Birdsong went on to fulfill a Hand, Upper Extremity, and Microvascular Surgery fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.
Before joining Swift Institute, Dr. Birdsong practiced as a hand surgeon in Eastern North Carolina for 19 years before relocating to Pittsburgh, where he practiced full-time for 11 years while teaching orthopedic residents and Hand/Upper Extremity Fellows. Previous leadership experience includes serving as System Vice Chairman of the Orthopaedic Surgery Department in the Allegheny Health Network, Network Orthopedic Quality Officer, and Chief of Staff of the AHN Wexford Hospital. Dr. Birdsong has also served as the Medical Director of an Ambulatory Surgery Center.
Outside his practice, Dr. Birdsong stays active by bicycling, hiking, and skiing. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Polly, and their two dogs, Whiskey and Kobi.


Alderson Broaddus College, Philippi, WV
Medical School
West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV - M.D. Doctor of Medicine
Akron City Hospital/ St. Thomas Medical Center, Akron, OH - Orthopedic Surgery
Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA - Hand Surgery

Affiliations & Memberships

Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
American Association for Hand Surgery
American Medical Association


  • Top Doctors – Top Orthopaedic Surgeon Pennsylvania - 2022 & 2023
  • Chief Resident


Publications & Lectures

Chauhan, A, Schimoler, PJ., Miller, MC., Schessler, M., Birdsong, E., Palmer, B.
Comparing Biomechanical Properties, Repair Times, and Costs of Common Flexor Tendon Repairs, accepted for podium presentation American Association for Hand Surgery 2015 Annual Meeting

Regal, S., Palmer, B., Tang, P., Birdsong, E.
Return to Driving after Operative Fixation of Distal Radius Fractures Allegheny General Hospital, 2014- present

Schessler, M.,  Birdsong, E.  Ultrasound guided enzymatic fasciotomy using collagenase Clostridium histolyticum for treatment of Dupuytren’s disease, Allegheny General Hospital, 2013- present

Miller, Mark C., Rion, David, Lynch, Tennyson, Morgan, Timothy, Birdsong, Edward
Maximal Biceps Contraction During Supination Causes Radial Head Translation Allegheny General Hospital, Temple University

Birdsong, E., Ewing, J.W., Melby, A., and Askew, M.J.
A 2-12 year serial sampling of combined intra-and-extra articular reconstruction for anterolateral rotary instability of the knee. Presented: Seventh Annual Combined Orthopaedic Research Day Akron, Ohio 1993, The Ohio Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio 1994, Summa Health System 1994 Post Graduate Day Scientific Papers Presentation

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