Alexander Payatakes, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Office Information

Penn State Hershey Bone and Joint Institute
30 Hope Drive, Building B, Suite 2400
Hershey, PA 17033-0850
Tel: 800-243-1455 / 717-531-5638 Fax: 717-531-0983


Hand & Wrist Surgery Orthopaedic Surgery

Patient Services Provided

Carpal Tunnel Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Fractures and Arthritis Dupuytren’s disease Wrist arthroscopy Tendinopathies (trigger, DeQuervain’s, epicondylitis) Show all patient services »

Practice Locations

Biographical Information

Alexander Payatakes, M.D. is an Orthopaedic Surgeon specialized in Hand, Wrist, Upper Extremity Surgery and Microsurgery.

Dr. Payatakes attended Medical School at the University of Crete and the University of Patras in Greece. He obtained his M.D. in 1994, graduating in the top 5% of his class. He completed his residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University Hospital of Ioannina. In 2005 he was certified in Orthopaedic Surgery in Greece and the European Union, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Ioannina in 2006. He received U.S. Medical Licensure certification and in 2006 he completed a one-year clinical fellowship in Hand, Upper Extremity, and Microvascular Surgery at the Duke University Medical Center. In 2007 he completed a one-year clinical and academic fellowship in Hand, Elbow, and Shoulder Surgery at the Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. In 2008 he was accepted as Assistant Professor at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and appointed to the Hand and Wrist Service of the newly formed Bone and Joint Institute. Since January 2008 he has maintained a busy clinical practice managing the complete spectrum of hand and wrist pathology (see Clinical Interests).

Dr. Payatakes has been academically active throughout his career. He has published articles in peer-reviewed international journals and articles in Hellenic journals as well as textbook chapters (see Curriculum Vitae). 

Professional Education

Fellowship, Surgery, Hand, Allegheny General Hospital (2007) Fellowship, Surgery, Hand, Duke University Medical Center (North Carolina) (2006) Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, University Hospital of Ioannina (2005) M.D., University of Patras - Greece (1994)

Academic Interests

Member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Member of the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society
Member of the Piedmont Orthopaedic Society

Honors and Awards

Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Vincent D. Pellegrini, Jr., M.D. Teaching Award 2010 Best Free Paper: Thoracoplasty for Correction of Rib Deformity in Patients with Scoliosis. 57th Hellenic Association of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology Panhellenic Orthopaedic Congress, Athens, Greece 2001 2015 HCAHPS Dean's List for Patient Satisfaction for scoring in the 99th percentile among providers nationwide FYTD 2016HCAHPS Inpatient Dean's List Extraordinary Patient Satisfaction for scoring in the 99th percentile among providers nationwide