639 South Walker Street, Bloomington, IN 47403
Phone (812) 333-4000 /  Fax (812) 333-0611

Dr. Michael Pannunzio

Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Pannunzio grew up in South Florida, leaving to attend Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1989. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Virginia's School of Medicine in 1993 and stayed on in Charlottesville for residency training.

During his general surgery internship, Dr. Pannunzio was awarded a one-year post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Gait Analysis at the Kluge Motion Analysis Laboratory. Following this, he stayed at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center where he completed his Orthopaedic Surgery training in 1999. He then traveled to San Antonio, TX for a one-year fellowship at The Hand Center of San Antonio in Hand and Micro-vascular Reconstructive surgery.

During his fellowship year, Dr. Pannunzio was recruited to return to the University of Virginia to join the teaching faculty in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. During his tenure at the university, he co-directed the orthopaedic residency and hand fellowship programs, and received the Residents Award for Teaching Excellence in 2005. He developed an entirely new vein of research, investigating the potential of genetically modified cells to improve outcomes in peripheral nerve repair. He published multiple articles and book chapters, spoke at numerous national conferences, and with his partners developed a regional Center of Excellence for upper extremity care.

In March, 2005, Dr. Pannunzio joined Reconstructive Hand Surgeons of Indiana to focus on upper extremity care below the shoulder. He treats patients of all ages with traumatic, non-traumatic or congenital conditions of the upper extremity and has a special interest in complex elbow reconstruction, treatment of the arthritic hand and micro-vascular reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Pannunzio remains active in resident education and continues to lecture as an Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the IU School of Medicine.

Dr. Pannunzio lives in Zionsville and is an avid boater. He enjoys woodworking, racquetball and spending time with his family.


  • Undergraduate: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Medical: University of Virginia School of Medicine, VA


  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: University of Virginia, VA
  • Post Doctoral Research Fellowship: Gait Analysis, Kluge Motion Analysis, VA
  • Hand and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship: The Hand Center of San Antonio, TX

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Dr. Michael Pannunzio

Michael Pannunzio, M.D.

Dr. Pannunzio is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon specialized in micro-vascular reconstruction. Dr. Pannunzio is a respected authority on traumatic and non-traumatic conditions involving the hand, wrist and elbow.

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