Welcome our two newest hand specialists!
Dr. John Gorski
Dr. John Gorski will open a hand surgery practice with offices in Novi and Livonia, offering surgical and non-surgical treatment of the hand, wrist and elbow. He will also provide plastic surgery procedures, like complex reconstruction and burn treatment.
He is a published expert of the wrist and the base of the thumb — however, as Dr. Gorski describes it, his true specialization begins with the ear. He knows patients worry about feeling unheard during their treatment process, so he is building his practice on a shared decision-making approach.
“I look at the patient and present options for a course of treatment, but then we reach a shared decision based on the patient — their lifestyle, occupation and hobbies,” Dr. Gorski says.
He wants anyone feeling hand and arm pain to schedule an appointment without worry. It is a non-threatening appointment, he explains, because patients always remain in control of their plan. “We always hear our patients before recommending treatment, and the final decision is always theirs,” he says.
This listening focus is just one way Dr. Gorski intends to lead a patient-friendly practice. He is working with a staff he describes as “very warm,” and together they promise to greet patients with compassion and to keep appointment wait times down.
For Dr. Gorski, the new practice also marks a return to his hometown region. He is a Troy native and International Academy graduate who went on to complete medical school at Michigan State University, residency at Saint Louis University and a fellowship at the University of Connecticut, where he trained with renowned hand specialist Dr. Kirk Watson. Now Dr. Gorski is thrilled to take the expertise gained in his travels and share it with his longtime neighbors.
Dr. Jason Samona
Dr. Jason Samona will open his hand and upper extremity surgery practice in Auburn Hills and West Bloomfield. As he opens his offices, Dr. Samona wants to strengthen not only arms but also communities.
Specializing in upper extremities — from shoulders down to fingertips — Dr. Samona knows that regaining comfort and strength in the arm helps his patients love life and do more for their families and neighborhoods.
“I came back to help people here live pain-free for their own self-benefit but also for the benefit of the community,” he says.
From his two main offices, Dr. Samona will tend primarily to residents of Oakland and Macomb counties, and he will perform on-call work at area hospitals.
Dr. Samona studied at Wayne State University and Michigan State University before conducting a fellowship at the renowned Florida Orthopaedic Institute. He is able to treat a wide range of hand and arm issues, including pinched nerves, torn rotator cuffs, fractured bones, tendinitis, arthritis, carpal tunnel, trigger finger, Dupuytren’s and shoulder joint replacements.
He knows that while training is important, medicine is a people business. For Dr. Samona, whose younger brother, Scott, is also a surgeon with Michigan Surgery Specialists, that means making patients feel like honorary members of the Samona bunch.
“I treat patients the way I want my family treated,” Dr. Samona says. “I ask, ‘If this was myself, my son, my wife sitting in front of me, how would I treat them?’ Patients are extended family in that sense, and thankfully with the training I have, I’m well-equipped to serve them.”
He hopes anyone in the region experiencing arm pain will schedule an appointment with him and join his growing set of unofficial relatives.