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Joseph Upton, M.D.

Joseph Upton, M.D.

Joseph Upton, M.D., is a plastic surgeon on the active medical staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Upton received an undergraduate degree in psychology and biology from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and earned a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Dr. Upton created the Hand/Microvascular Fellowship Program initially at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, which carried through his tenure at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. This is a post graduate training fellowship for board eligible surgeons. The administration of the program moved to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center when Dr. Upton moved his adult practice. The Boston Shriners Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital have always been a part of this fellowship and have provided invaluable experience for trainees.

Dr. Upton has published more than 250 articles and 60 book chapters, and has written two books. Dr. Upton is a clinical professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and director of the hand fellowship program at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.


  • Medical Degree, Baylor College of Medicine
  • BA, Psychology and Biology, Yale University

Board certifications:

  • Plastic Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery

Postdoctoral training:

  • Intern in Surgery, Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Resident in General Surgery, Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Orthopedic Surgeon, US Army Medical Corp, Eisenhower Medical Center
  • Resident in Plastic Surgery, St. Joseph Hospital
  • Fellowship in Hand Surgery, Roosevelt Hospital