Rick I. Ahmad, MD

Hometown:  Eugene, Oregon; however, I tell people I am from east Tennessee, that’s where I call home.  I went to Tennessee undergraduate and Vanderbilt Medical School.  I went to the University of Tennessee because that’s where I was from, my family went there, my father taught there.  I went to Vanderbilt Medical School because it just seemed like the right fit when I interviewed.

What drew me to BROC?  I jointed Baton Rouge Orthopaedic Clinic because they were what I was looking for when I started looking for a job.  It was a large group in a college town and good size city.  I had never been to Louisiana before I came to visit the group.  I was impressed with the architecture, the food, and the friendliness of the people in Baton Rouge.  

What is your speciality?  I specialize in hand surgery.  It appeals to me because of the meticulous nature of the work and the complexity of the structure of the hand.  I also do quite a bit of elbow work for that very same reason.  The elbow is actually a complex relationship of three joints inside one joint capsule.  Making it even more fun is the fact that all three major nerves to the hand wrap tightly around the elbow. 

What aspect of your job do you enjoy the most?  I think I enjoy most about my job is solving problems for patients.

Outside of work I spend most of time with my family.  I also like to water ski and fish, do projects around the farm, either building or fixing things.  For exercise I either run or water ski. 

I also spend a lot of time at basketball games.  My daughters played basketball from kindergarten on through the end of high school.  I spend a lot of time watching and coaching girl’s basketball, this led me to become the team physician of LSU women’s basketball team. 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science
    University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN)
  • Doctor of Medicine
    Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)

Training:

  •  Residency
    Indiana University Medical Center
    (Indianapolis, IN)
    Orthopaedic Surgery
  •  Fellowship
    The Indiana Hand Center (Indianapolis, IN)
    Hand Surgery

Certifications:

  •  American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  •  American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  •  East Baton Rouge Medical Society
  •  Louisiana State medical Society

Patient Resources: HAND & WRIST