Coastal Orthopedic Associates has two fellowship-trained specialists in hand and wrist surgery, Dr. Robert Waugh and Dr. Gabriel Merlin.


The hand is a very complex organ with many joints, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. Your hands play an important role in practically every action you perform – reaching, touching, grasping, holding, cradling, lifting, and so much more. So when your hand is injured or unable to perform its job well, the quality of your life suffers.  Our specialists are trained and qualified to treat all bone and soft-tissue conditions affecting your hands. 

 Some of these conditions include:


Robert Waugh, M.D.

Hand & Upper Extremity


Gabriel Merlin, M.D.

Hand & Upper Extremity