Robert E. Blackwell, MD

Board Certified Hand Specialist

Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon in Macon and Warner Robins

Dr. Blackwell joined OrthoGeorgia (formerly, Macon Orthopaedic & Hand) in 2001 and specializes in Hand Surgery. He is a native of South Carolina and holds degrees in both Mechanical Engineering (BS-’84) and Bioengineering (MS-’91) from Clemson University. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from MUSC in Charleston (’95), then completely a five year Orthopaedic Residency at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga (’00). Subspecialty training in Surgery of the Hand was completed in San Antonio (’01) under the Fellowship direction of Dr. David P. Green. He is one of five Fellowship Trained hand specialists at OrthoGeorgia, and we are the only facility in Central GA to provide care from physicians with this distinction. 

The specialty of Hand Surgery incorporates expertise derived from many surgical disciplines including Orthopaedics, General, Plastics, Vascular and Neurosurgery – all employed to manage conditions affecting the Hand. Dr. Blackwell’s clinical practice encompasses both acute and chronic conditions, arising from injury or aging, with an anatomic focus spanning from elbow to finger-tips. Although 50% of his clinical practice involves Hand Injuries (i.e., fractures and/or soft-tissue damage to skin, muscle, tendons, arteries or nerves), Dr. Blackwell routinely treats acquired conditions of the Hand, Wrist and/or Forearm which stem from tendonitis, arthritis, nerve compression syndromes, infections, vascular disease or tumors. Dr. Blackwell treats patients of all ages. Hand conditions arising from work are also managed.  

Dr. Blackwell is Board Certified in Orthopaedics (ABOS) and holds subspecialty certification in Surgery of the Hand (CAQ). Professional membership and associations include the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Medical Association of Georgia, Georgia Orthopaedic Society, and Bibb County Medical Society. He is married with three children and enjoys spending time with family, creative design, building projects, automobiles and music.  



Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand


Fellowship in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery at University of Texas at San Antonio


University of Tennessee/Erlanger Medical Center, Chattanooga

Medical Degree

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston


OrthoGeorgia Surgery Center
Medical Center Atrium Health Navicent
Piedmont Macon North Hospital
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Dr. Blackwell’s Orthopaedic Specialties

Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery and Care in Central GA

  • Surgical and non-surgical fracture care from the wrist to the fingers in children and adults
  • Endoscopic carpal tunnel release
  • Treatment of thumb basal joint and wrist & finger joint arthritis
  • Treatment of Dupuytren’s with Xiaflex or open surgery
  • Microsurgery including nerve repair
  • Arthroscopic surgery of the wrist

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Dr. Blackwell’s Advanced Practice Provider

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Kimberly W. Spires,

Awards and Affiliations

Viewers Choice 2024
The Telegraph Best of 2021
Greater Macon Business of Year
Go Beyond Proffit Member
Top 100
AAAHC Accreditation
ACR Radiology Computed
ACR Radiology Magnetic
ACR Radiology Magnetic
TheOrthoForum Member
Greater Macon Business of Year