S. Houston Payne, Jr., M.D.

"The hand is complex and amazing.  I enjoy the daily challenge of helping patients regain function and getting them back to the work and hobbies they enjoy.”

Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Dr. Payne earned his bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina as a Morehead Merit Scholar. After obtaining his medical degree from the The University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis, he completed his general surgical internship and orthopaedic residency at The Medical College of Georgia. In 1994, he finished his fellowship in hand and microsurgery at The Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore, Maryland. For research completed during his fellowship, he received the Joseph H. Boyes award from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Dr. Payne joined Georgia Hand, Shoulder, & Elbow, P.C. in 1994. He has served as president of The Georgia Society for Surgery of the Hand, Georgia Society of Ambulatory Surgery Centers, and president of The Atlanta Orthopaedic Society. He is past Chairman of Orthopaedics at Piedmont Hospital. He served as upper extremity physician to the Atlanta Thrashers during their time in Atlanta. He presently serves as President of Georgia Hand, Shoulder, & Elbow, P.C.

His particular areas of interest are complex nerve reconstruction including brachial plexus injury and the treatment of difficult disorders of the elbow. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery at Emory University.