Dr. Gaffney

Daniel L. Gaffney, MD - Hand, Wrist, & Elbow Specialist

Dr. Gaffney is a board-certified, fellowship-trained upper extremity surgeon. He specializes in comprehensive care of patients with shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand conditions. This includes care of all upper extremity fractures, arthritis, rotator cuff injuries, and carpal tunnel. He has special interests in pain-free ultrasound diagnosis of carpal tunnel and rotator cuff tears, as well as wide awake minimally invasive surgery of the hand.

Outside of work, Dr. Gaffney enjoys spending time with his family, strength training, mountain biking, and spending time outdoors.

Prior to joining MD West ONE, Dr. Gaffney served as a flight surgeon in the Air Force. This afforded him the opportunity to serve his country and care for the sick and injured evacuees from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dr. Gaffney enjoys athletics and outdoor activities such as triathlons, strength training, mountain biking, snowboarding, climbing, hiking, camping. He also enjoys more leisurely activities such as spending time with family and organic gardening.


Fellowship: Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

Residency: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE

Undergraduate: Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Professional Memberships & Certifications:

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons


  • Arthritis 
  • Basal Joint Arthritis 
  • Boxer's Fracture 
  • Broken Bones 
  • Carpal Tunnel 
  • Colles' Fracture 
  • Complex Nerve Problems 
  • Congenital Abnormalities & Deformities 
  • De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis 
  • Dupuytren’s Contracture 
  • Finger Dislocations 
  • Finger Fracture 
  • Finger Amputations 
  • Ganglion Cysts 
  • Hand Fracture 
  • Hand Pain 
  • Hand Tendonitis 
  • Hand Trauma 
  • Joint Contractures 
  • Kienbock’s Disease 
  • Mallet Finger 
  • Overuse Conditions 
  • Raynaud’s Disease 
  • Sports-Related Injuries 
  • Tennis Elbow 
  • Trigger Finger 
  • Workers Comp & Occupational Injuries 
  • Wrist Fractures 
  • Wrist Pain 
  • Wrist Sprains & Strains 
  • Wrist Tendonitis 
  • Acromioclavicular Injuries 
  • Arthritis of the Elbow 
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder 
  • Biceps Tendon Rupture 
  • Biceps Tendonitis 
  • Broken Shoulder 
  • Burners & Stingers 
  • Collarbone Fracture 
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome 
  • Elbow Bursitis 
  • Elbow Growth Plate Injuries 
  • Elbow Tendon Inflammation 
  • Frozen Shoulder 
  • Golfer's Elbow 
  • Hill-Sachs Lesion 
  • Hyperextension of the Elbow 
  • Joint Stiffness 
  • Loose Shoulder (Instability) 
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Elbow 
  • Overuse Injuries 
  • Radial Tunnel Syndrome 
  • Rotator Cuff Injury 
  • Rotator Cuff Tear 
  • Shoulder Blade Fracture 
  • Shoulder Bursitis 
  • Shoulder Dislocation 
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome 
  • Shoulder Separation 
  • Shoulder Socket Fracture 
  • SLAP Tear 
  • Snapping Shoulder Syndrome 
  • Tennis Elbow 
  • Throwing Injuries 
  • Triceps Tendonitis


Some upper extremity injuries will require surgery, some will not. Whatever the case, Dr. Gaffney will work with you to find the best treatment for you. He offers both surgical and non-surgical treatments, including:

  • Arthritis Care and Treatment 
  • Cyst Removal 
  • DeQuervain’s Release 
  • Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release 
  • Fracture & Dislocation Treatment 
  • Hand & Wrist Arthroscopy 
  • Joint Replacement 
  • Ligament Repair 
  • Microsurgical Flap Procedures 
  • Microvascular Surgery 
  • Nerve Repair 
  • Reconstructive Surgery 
  • Tendon Repair 
  • Trigger Finger Release 
  • Finger Amputations 
  • Acromioclavicular Reconstructions 
  • Arthroscopic Bankart Repair 
  • Arthroscopic Capsular Plication 
  • Arthroscopic Capsular Release 
  • Arthroscopic Debridement of the Elbow 
  • Non-surgical treatments such as splints, casts, exercise and strength building programs, pain management, and rehabilitative therapy 
  • Biceps Tendonitis 
  • Cubital Tunnel Release at the Elbow 
  • Elbow Arthroscopy 
  • Elbow Replacement 
  • Fracture Treatment 
  • Ligament Reconstruction 
  • Medial Epicondylectomy 
  • Medial Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction (Tommy John Surgery) 
  • Broken Shoulder Surgery 
  • Radial Tunnel Release at the Elbow 
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement 
  • Rotator Cuff Repair 
  • Shoulder Arthroplasty 
  • Shoulder Impingement Surgery 
  • Shoulder Resurfacing 
  • SLAP Repair 
  • Total Shoulder Replacement 
  • Ulnar Nerve Transposition at the Elbow 

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