Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
Microvascular Surgery
General Orthopaedic Surgery

Meet Dr. Iiams



Gordon J. Iiams, MD

Board Certified Orthopaedic Hand & Upper Extremity Surgeon

Dr. Iiams excels in numerous highly technical hand surgeries including arthroscopy of the wrist and elbow, microsurgical repair of nerves and blood vessels, and replantation of fingers. He is as passionate about the education of young doctors coming through medical school, as he is about his own work.

Dr. Iiams’s first career was as a line officer in the US Navy, driving ships for five years before going to medical school on a Navy scholarship. After 24 years of highly regarded service, he retired as a Navy Captain and Director of both the Hand Surgery Division and Sports Medicine Service at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital. In 1998, Dr. Iiams joined SMOC, where he continues his dedication to excellence as one of the most well-respected hand surgeons.

“Hand surgery is a 3-way combination of orthopaedics, neurosurgery, and plastic surgery. Cosmetics as well as function are critical aspects of hand surgery.” Dr. Gordon Iiams, MD Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon

Bachelor’s Degree

Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA

Medical Degree

Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA


Orthopaedic Surgery, Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, VA
Hand Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Additional Training

Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) I Hand Surgery, 1994 Past Chief of Surgery Department, Chesapeake General Hospital, Chesapeake, VA Chief of Medical Staff, Outpatient Surgery Center of Chesapeake


Navy Scholarship Program, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
University Appointments
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA


American Medical Association
AAOS: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons (SOMOS)
Tri County Medical Society, Past President

Breakthroughs in Treatment

Dr. Iliams is fluent in the newest treatment options for hands, including endoscopic carpal tunnel release, which is much less invasive, and Xiaflex injections for Dupuytren’s disease, which avoids surgical intervention. He is also continually evaluating improved surgical hardware for fracture fixation and reconstructive surgical techniques.

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