About the Physician
(in addition to English)
Dr. Diaz has been in private practice for 10 years. She has performed thousands
of upper extremity procedures and has extensive training and experience
in managing degenerative, traumatic, and sports-related conditions of
the shoulder and upper extremity. Her practice includes a particular emphasis
on shoulder arthroscopy for management of rotator cuff disease and shoulder
replacement surgery (including anatomic and reverse designs), with a strong
track record of successful outcomes. She offers comprehensive nonoperative
management and surgical treatment of upper extremity fractures and soft
tissue injuries. Whenever possible, she employs the least invasive treatment
option available, including:
- single-incision endoscopic carpal tunnel release for carpal tunnel syndrome.
- percutaneous needle release (aponeurotomy) for Dupuytren Disease.
- small incision, early mobilization protocols for reconstruction of arthritis
at the base of the thumb.
Medical School: University of Florida
Internship: Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami
Residency: Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami
Fellowship: Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
Board Certification: American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons; Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand
William F. Enneking, M.D. Award in Orthopedics, University of Florida, 2004.
Research & Publications
Research & Publications
Schmidt CC, Diaz VA, Weir DM, Latona CR, Miller MC. Repaired distal biceps
magnetic resonance imaging anatomy compared with outcome. Journal of Shoulder
and Elbow Surgery, 2012 Dec;21(12):1623-31.
Diaz VA, Baratz ME. Arthroscopic Treatment of Elbow Osteoarthritis. Arthritis
of the Hand and Upper Extremity: A Master Skills Publication. Ed. Steven
Z. Glickel and Richard A Bernstein, ASSH 2011.
Diaz VA, Aronowitz J, Kalandiak SP. Outcomes of Intramedullary Fixation
for Middiaphyseal Clavicle Fractures. Podium Presentation AAOS Meeting,
New Orleans, LA 2009.
Diaz VA, Vernon S, Ouellette EA. Pain and deformity of the proximal phalanx
in a 41 year-old woman: a case report. CORR 467(5): 1387-91, May 2009.
Chen FS, Diaz VA, Loebenberg M, Rosen JE Shoulder and Elbow Injuries in
the Skeletally Immature Athlete, JAAOS, 13(3): 172-185, May/June 2005.
Dy C, Ouellette, EA, Malik, A, Diaz VA, Herndon E, Makowski A, Milne E,
Latta L: Mechanical Testing of Distal Radioulnar Repair: Ligament Reconstruction
vs Capsulorraphy. AAHS, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jan 10-13, 2007.
Complex Elbow Trauma Case Presentations. North American Traveling Fellows
Conference, October 2007.
Flexor tendon injuries: biology, rehabilitation, and outcomes of primary
repair. University of Miami Department of Orthopedics, Division of Hand
Surgery, November 2006.
Muscle Injury and Regeneration. Doctors Hospital/UHZ Sports Medicine, October 2005.
Resurfacing arthroplasty for avascular necrosis of the humeral head . University
of Miami Department of Orthopedics Grand Rounds Lecture, March 2008.
Biomechanical profiles of non-bridging external fixation vs locked volar
plating for intraarticular distal radius fractures (with Drs. E. Anne
Ouellette, MD and Loren Latta, PhD).
Staff Research Associate, Dr. Nigel Killeen, PhD., Department of Immunology,
University of California San Francisco, 1999 - 2000. Developed soluble
forms of murine T-cell receptors for use in kinetic experiments.
Undergraduate Thesis, Dr. Lee Silver, PhD., Department of Molecular Biology,
Princeton University, 1998 – 1999. Variation in levels of aggression
among mice strains in a behavioral genetics lab. Princeton University Press,