After graduating from Phillips Academy Andover, Dr. Ugwonali obtained a B.A.S. in economics and biology from Stanford University in 1994 and earned his M.D. at the Yale University School of Medicine in 1999. At Yale, Dr. Ugwonali won first place for his M.D. thesis on multiple births in Nigeria and Brazil.
Upon completion of his degree, he was awarded a 1-year research fellowship at Columbia University’s Orthopedic Research Laboratory. For his research on thumb arthritis, he was awarded first place in an orthopedic research and education foundation conference. He then pursued his orthopedic residency training at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he published several articles in the Journal of Hand Surgery, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and other peer reviewed journals. Dr. Ugwonali was also recognized for obtaining the department’s highest orthopedic in-training examination scores for two years in a row.
He completed subspecialty fellowship training in hand, shoulder, elbow, and microvascular surgery at Harvard School of Medicine’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston. At Harvard, Dr. Ugwonali served as an attending staff member at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Veterans Affairs Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is credentialed with Emory University School of Medicine as an assistant clinical professor of orthopedics. He is currently on staff at Northside Hospital, Piedmont Hospital, and Children’s Hospital in Atlanta.
Dr. Ugwonali is fluent in Igbo.
Fellowships: Columbia University Orthopedic Research Laboratory, New York, NY | Harvard School of Medicine’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston, hand, shoulder, elbow, and microvascular surgery, Boston, MA
Residency: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
Medical School: Yale University School of Medicine, M.D., 1999, New Haven, CT
Undergraduate: Stanford University, B.AS., economics and biology, 1994, Stanford, CA
- American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- American Society for Surgery of the Hand
- National Medical Association
- American Medical Association
- Georgia Orthopaedic Society
- Medical Association of Georgia
- Medical Association of Atlanta
ACCOLADES & ACHIEVEMENTS
Dr. Ugwonali has been chosen as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor for 2022. Castle Connolly identifies Top Doctors based on an extensive nomination process. The physician-led research team reviews and screens all nominated physicians before selecting those regarded as the most outstanding healthcare providers in the country. Dr. Ugwonali has been named as one of Atlanta’s top orthopedic hand surgeons from 2017-2022. Click here to visit his profile.
Dr. Ugwonali recently treated a patient who wrote to acknowledge his deep appreciation and gratitude for the care he received. The patient was in a car accident that caused injuries to both rotator cuffs and his left knee. He writes, “Since Dr. Ugwonali operated both my shoulders…I feel ‘normal.’ I would recommend Peachtree Orthopedics to anybody, especially Dr. Ugwonali. I gained a doctor, the best specialist I could ever have and, moreover, a friend.” Click here to read the entire letter.
Another recent patient stated that her pain level went from a “10” to a “1” following her surgery. She states “Dr. Ugwonali exuded a kindness and competence that made it easy to select him as my surgeon. He gave me a lot of detail on the procedure so I could have a complete understanding…the follow-up care was easy, and with recommended rehab I feel I have recovered completely. My life is full again with no pain and full range of motion with my hand.”
Dr. Ugwonali and his team are always happy to hear from patients who have benefited from the care and treatment they have provided. Read more testimonials here.