William B. Geissler, MD

Director, Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship
Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Programs
Sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, hand surgery, shoulder and elbow surgery
Phone: (601) 984-5144
Fax: (601) 815-3027


Dr. William B. Geissler graduated Summa Cum Laude from Washburn University with a double major in chemistry and biology in 1981.  He received his M.D. degree from Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans, LA in 1985.  From there, he completed his internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center finishing in 1990.  During that period, Dr. Geissler completed AO Trauma Fellowship in Aura, Switzerland concentrating on upper extremity.

Dr. Geissler then completed a one-year fellowship in advanced arthroscopy in sports medicine in Richmond, VA.  He then returned to the University of Mississippi Medical Center and completed a second one-year fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery.  Dr. Geissler is one of the few orthopaedic surgeons in the country with two one-year fellowships in two different sub-specialties.  Completing these two fellowships allows Dr. Geissler to concentrate his practice in disorders of the upper extremity and manage these disorders either arthroscopically or through open surgery.  Dr. Geissler is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon since 1994 and in addition, has the certificate and added qualifications in hand surgery.

Dr. Geissler is currently Professor and Chief of the Division of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  In addition, he serves as Chief of the Section of Arthroscopic Surgery and Sports Medicine for the department.  His duties include the team physician for several area high schools, consulting team physician for the Mississippi Braves (AA baseball team for the Atlanta Braves) and for the University of Mississippi Athletic Program.  In addition, Dr. Geissler is the program director for the hand and upper extremity fellowship for the department of orthopaedic surgery.

Dr. Geissler has been with the department of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center since 1992.  His particular interests include upper extremity joint replacement including the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and finger joints.  His practice also specializes in upper extremity trauma reconstruction and the sequelae of trauma to the upper extremity.  This would include acute fracture management and potential reconstruction from the residuals of trauma which relate to the upper extremity.  In addition, Dr. Geissler continues to practice arthroscopic surgery involving the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and knee.

Dr. Geissler has lectured extensively across the United States and internationally.  He has been chairman or faculty for courses sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Association of Hand Surgery, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America.  He has been a master instructor of arthroscopic surgery for the Arthroscopy Association of North America and chairman of its arthroscopy courses on wrist and elbow arthroscopy.

Dr. Geissler has worked with several leading orthopaedic companies on product development of shoulder and elbow replacement, wrist replacement, and upper extremity trauma reconstruction.  He was a co-designer with an international team of orthopaedic surgeons of the Integra total shoulder system.  This includes both the total and reverse designs.  He served as consultant for elbow replacement for several companies and in addition, holds a patent in total wrist arthroplasty.

In addition, Dr. Geissler has worked with multiple companies on trauma reconstruction.  He has designed or co-designed multiple implants for treatment of fractures of the upper extremity ranging from the scapula, clavicle, elbow, and distal radius.  He was awarded a resolution by the Mississippi State Legislature and commended on his development of products involving the wrist and shoulder.

Dr. Geissler is Director of the Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship Program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  This is one of the few hand fellowships in the country that emphasizes management of the entire upper extremity from the shoulder to the fingertip.  Fellow applicants from across the United States have participated in the fellowship.  The fellowship emphasizes arthroplasty of the upper extremity including shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand and upper extremity arthroscopy as well as trauma reconstruction.