Helping Hands: Get to Know Hand Surgeon Dr. Paul Chubb
He didn’t know it at the time, but taking an anatomy class in high school was just the spark Paul Chubb, D.O., needed to open his eyes to a career in medicine. He started to think about the possibility of becoming a doctor and went on to explore his options in college as he studied to be pre-med. The rest is history.
Dr. Chubb went on to medical school, where anatomy continued to play an important role in his life. On his first day of medical school, in anatomy lab, he met the woman who would become his wife. Together, they pursued their medical paths as she worked toward becoming a pediatrician and he pursued a career in surgery.
Discovering His Surgical Path
During his time at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and his general surgery internship at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, Dr. Chubb began to hone his interests even further, choosing to focus on orthopaedic surgery and specifically hand surgery.
“I really enjoy the anatomy and the variety of hand surgery,” said Dr. Chubb, referencing the variety of parts in the hand that he can help repair, including bones, tendons, ligaments, and nerves.
Early in his medical career, Dr. Chubb had the opportunity to build rapport with and learn from two, skilled hand surgeons who helped solidify his interest in this surgical pathway. He went on to complete his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Memorial Hospital in York, Pennsylvania, followed by a fellowship at the University of California in San Francisco.
Today, he is an orthopaedically trained hand surgeon, which means he can perform hand, wrist, and elbow surgery in addition to general orthopaedic treatment and surgery.
The Road to Sun City
Dr. Chubb worked in Pennsylvania and New Jersey before receiving the invitation to join the team at Sun City Orthopaedic and Hand Surgery Specialists in 2015. He brings a depth of experience to his treatment of a wide range of hand, wrist, and elbow issues and injuries, including carpal tunnel, trigger finger, wrist fractures, and finger fractures. He also stays in close touch with hand surgeons around the nation. If patients need more specialized care for unique situations, Dr. Chubb will help make recommendations.
He enjoys the rapport with his fellow doctors at Sun City as well as the strong patient-centered focus of the practice. “We do everything we can to make sure our patients are taken care of. We’re advocates for them,” he said.
When he’s not treating patients or performing surgery, Dr. Chubb passes along his expertise to the next generation of physicians by teaching at a medical school. His wife continues to work in pediatrics, and they have two young children. In any spare time he can find, Dr. Chubb enjoys cooking and has taken up baking during the 2020 quarantine. He is also trained in jiu jitsu.
If you meet with Dr. Chubb, ask him about his eclectic taste in music. Some of his favorite songs range from Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” to “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers and “Three Little Birds” by Bob Bob Marley. “People sometimes ask me if I listen to music in the operating room,” he said. And he does. Background music can help surgeons focus and minimize distraction from the noise of the machines in the room. Ask him what he listens to the next time you see him. The answer might surprise you.
If you’re in need of treatment for the hand, wrist, or elbow, call 915-581-0712 to schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Chubb.