Joanie Columbia

Joanie Columbia

About Dr. Joanie Columbia

Dr. Joanie M. Columbia is a board-eligible orthopaedic surgeon specializing in all disorders of the upper extremity including fingers, hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. She has particular interests in trauma, work-related injuries, peripheral nerve surgery, arthritis, and overuse injuries of tendons and ligaments. Some common procedures Dr. Columbia performs include carpal and cubital tunnel release, trigger finger release, fracture fixation, rotator cuff repair, total shoulder replacements, and repair of torn tendons, ligaments, and nerves. However, Dr. Columbia develops an individualized approach to each patient, which often may include non-operative treatment options.

Dr. Columbia grew up in Phoenix, AZ, and earned her BS degree in Kinesiology from Arizona State University where she also competed as a varsity athlete in Cross Country and Track and Field. Prior to starting her medical degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Dr. Columbia was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army Medical Corps. After a military internship, she served four years of active duty service which included a one-year overseas tour in Afghanistan. Dr. Columbia was subsequently recognized as the Surgeon General’s Physician of the Year for a Captain and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in Washington D.C.

After an honorable discharge from active duty military service, Dr. Columbia completed her residency training in orthopaedic surgery at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA. Following this, she graduated from a rigorous fellowship training program in hand, upper extremity, and microsurgery at the prestigious Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center in Indianapolis, IN.

Dr. Columbia is a candidate member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgery. She has affiliations with Riverview Surgical Center, UnityPoint, MercyOne, Dakota Dunes Surgical Hospital, and Crawford County Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Columbia enjoys spending time with her family, running, traveling, hiking, and teaching.


  • Board Eligible Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship Trained Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

Background Information

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  • Fellowship: Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center
  • Residency: Loma Linda University
  • Medical Education: University of Illinois at Chicago

Patient Testimonials

Dr. Joannie Columbia is amazing. She knows what she’s been taught yet she also thinks outside the box and explains everything to you in a way you can understand. She’s got a very strong personality in the sense of showing you that she’s well educated, yet is open to new findings…she is serious in her work yet enjoys joking around…she will tell you exactly what you need to hear and exactly what you’re doing wrong or not educated correctly in but doesn’t make you feel like a fool lol I really like her personality, her knowledge and ideas and I esp love her ways of thinking. The fact that she listens to your ideas and your own personal knowledge is key to a great doc/patient experience. I have recommended her to others many times recently and have heard great things about her from others as well. Love love LOVE her!!!

- Anonymous