Dr. Tristan Hartzell

Primary Clinics:

2701 W. Norfolk Ave., Floor 2
Norfolk, NE 68701 Ph: (402) 844-8291 Fax: (402) 844-8292 Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Friday: 8:00 a.m. - Noon Directions

Tristan Hartzell, M.D., F.A.C.S.


Our hands have the unique ability to not only sense the outside world, but also to manipulate and interact with it. They are our most precious tool.

Dr. Tristan Hartzell is a Duke, Harvard, and UCLA graduate and reconstructive surgeon specializing in orthopedic upper extremity care. His practice covers the entire arm, from infants to elderly.  

Dr. Hartzell handles cases from children with broken arms to major upper extremity trauma, including amputations.  Averaging around 20-30 replantations of amputated fingers, limbs or upper arms, per year, he is performing the most upper extremity replantations in the state of Nebraska.

Since beginning his practice in Norfolk, Dr. Hartzell has treated patients from across the United States including patients from Washington, Alaska, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, Iowa and South Dakota.

Dr. Hartzell specializes in upper extremity surgery. At Faith Regional, Dr. Hartzell has treated congenital hand deformities and pediatric trauma injuries (from clavicle to fingertips), including replantations. He has performed free flap reconstructions after mangling industrial accidents, minimally invasive upper extremity surgery including endoscopic nerve releases and wrist and elbow arthroscopy, and wrist and elbow joint replacements.  

He specializes in all care of the upper extremity for athletes including Tommy John's surgery for high level baseball players, arthroscopy, wrist ligament repairs and many others.  Dr. Hartzell cares for all levels of athletes including grade school, high school, collegiate, and professional.

As a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Hartzell offers comprehensive care in cancer reconstruction from skin cancers to sarcomas to breast cancer, and many others. He is one of the few surgeons in the upper Midwest who offers the entire spectrum of breast cancer reconstruction. This includes immediate or delayed implant based reconstruction, total autologous fat grafting, latissimus flap reconstructions, pedicle TRAM flap reconstructions, and free flap reconstructions including perforator flaps (such as the DIEP flaps).  

One of his most unique cases involved removing a 60 pound tumor from a patient.  In addition, Dr. Hartzell has published over 30 original articles and four book chapters. He also authored one of the original hand transplantation technique guides taught by academic institutions.

Languages:

English

Board Certifications:

  • Plastic Surgery 
  • Upper Extremity Surgery

Education:

Medical Degree: Duke University School of Medicine, Durham; Residency: Harvard Combined Plastic Surgery, Boston; Fellowship: UCLA Hand Surgery, Los Angeles