Peter Waters, MD

Peter M. Waters, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon-in-Chief, Orthopedic Center; Director, Brachial Plexus Program; Director, Hand & Orthopedic Upper Extremity Program; Director, Clinical Effectiveness Research Center

John E. Hall Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

"I am blessed to care for children and their parents, with both highly specialized and more common problems of the hand and upper limb."

Medical Services


  • Brachial Plexus
  • Congenital Anomalies
  • Congenital Malformations
  • Elbow Injury
  • Hand and Upper Extremities
  • Hand Surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Shoulder Injury
  • Trauma


  • Orthopedic Center
  • Orthopedic Surgery


  • English


  • Advanced Fetal Care Center
  • Brachial Plexus Program
  • Hand and Orthopedic Upper Extremity Program
  • General Orthopedic Program
  • Orthopedic Trauma Program
To schedule an appointment: Call 617-355-6021 or Request an Appointment
Peter Waters, MD

Philosophy of Care 

Simply, I entered medicine to care for children. I followed my father, a pediatric hematologist and oncologist, in this regard. Despite initial pediatric residency, I realized surgical care, especially of the child’s hand, was my life path. I am blessed to care for children and adolescents and their parents, with both highly specialized and more common problems of the hand and upper limb. Every day, I try to improve and share my continuing education and research with others.

At the same time, I am deeply devoted to my family and community. My dad died suddenly when I was 10, and the impact of his loss has guided me each day to treasure my time with those I love. I was fortunate to coach soccer and basketball for years including Division 1 soccer through high school age, and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball on a regional and national level, and even Division 3 college basketball. Our 501c3 program of leadership, education and sport combined urban and suburban youth in a way that I am most proud of. Those young men went to college; some of those women now attend medical school.

Experience and Education


Medical School

Tufts University School of Medicine, 1981

Boston, MA


Massachusetts General Hospital, 1981-1982

Boston, MA


Harvard Combined Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program, 1984-1988

Boston, MA


Brigham and Women's Hospital, 1988-1989

Boston, MA


  • Orthopedic Surgery

  • Certificate of Added Qualification for Hand Surgery

Professional History

Dr. Peter Waters is co-author of the highly acclaimed Pediatric Hand and Upper Limb Surgery textbook and co-editor of the gold standard pediatric orthopedic textbook, Rockwood and Green: Fractures in Children. He has written extensively in peer-reviewed journals and other textbooks (over 200 publications) and his work has been recognized with society awards. Dr. Waters is recognized nationally and internationally for his clinical and surgical expertise on the hand and upper limb in children and adolescents, especially congenital differences, post-traumatic complications and brachial plexus birth palsies. Patients from near and far come for consultation and care when faced with difficult care dilemmas. 

Dr. Waters has been president of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) and is currently co-President of the International Pediatric Orthopaedic Think Tank (IPOTT). He is the John E. Hall Professor at Harvard Medical School and Orthopaedic Surgeon-in-Chief at Boston Children’s Hospital.

To schedule an appointment: Call 617-355-6021 or Request an Appointment


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