Mark A. Ciaglia, DO



17450 St. Lukes Way, Suite 390

The Woodlands, Texas 77384

What does an airplane pilot, a down-to-earth Irish/Italian native Chicagoan and die-hard deep dish pizza fan, a perfectionist, and a world-class hand surgeon have in common? They are one in the same person—Dr. Mark A. Ciaglia of Woodlands Center for Specialty Surgery.


Dreaming of becoming a leader in the field of hand surgery isn’t usually something a youngster sets his sights on, but then again, there’s nothing average about the personable and talented Dr. Mark Ciaglia. When he was seven years old, his mother cut her hand horribly in the kitchen sink. Dr. Ciaglia helped her keep it covered and applied pressure until they could reach the hospital ER.

“At the time I didn’t realize my mom’s accident would have such a big impact on me,” Dr. Ciaglia said, “but I kept dwelling on it, thinking about how much we rely on our hands and how we take them for granted until something goes wrong.”


After earning his medical degree, Dr. Ciaglia headed to New York City. In Brooklyn, New York, he trained in general and trauma surgery for five years.

“I was in an inner-city level I trauma center in Brooklyn and handled everything imaginable. I could write a book about what I saw and did there,” Dr. Ciaglia shared. “At that time, I became even more fascinated by the sheer intricacy of the hands and found that the exacting nature of hand surgery fit me perfectly. I’m a total perfectionist and, with hand surgery, there is zero room for error. It’s all about absolute precision.”

Dr. Ciaglia left Brooklyn when he was accepted, out of 135 applicants, to the single hand surgery and microsurgical fellowship at Beth Israel Albert Einstein in Manhattan, New York. There, he trained under world renowned hand surgeon Dr. Charles Melone. As he perfected hand surgery and gained recognition, Dr. Ciaglia was invited to speak at state and national meetings about hand surgery. “I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to train with Dr. Melone. We got to work with high-profile musicians and treat some of the New York Yankees. It was really special,” Dr. Ciaglia said.


While in New York, Dr. Ciaglia met his beautiful wife, Susanne, and the pair agreed to head for a warmer climate after he finished his fellowship. “I feel like I’m on vacation living and working in The Woodlands!” Dr. Ciaglia said. “We love Texas. It’s a great place to live and raise our daughter, Gianna, who is one of my biggest inspirations.”

Aside from spending time with his family, Dr. Ciaglia spends a lot of time up in the air. His real passion is flying, and he loves performing aerobatics and stunts. “Flying is my escape, and it further leverages my penchant for precision. Just like hand surgery, flying requires precision. You can’t make mistakes. The better I become as a pilot, the better I become as a hand surgeon, and vice versa.”


Dr. Ciaglia is specialty trained in hand surgery and microsurgery, and treats everything from carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, shoulder injuries and fractures, to the most complex upper extremity problems, including pediatric congenital and advanced stage arthritis.

He uses the latest, most advanced techniques such as minimally invasive endoscopic and arthroscopic surgery to help get patients back to what they love doing. In addition, he works closely with other specialists, primary care, as well as occupational therapists to develop a post-operative and even nonsurgical treatment plans that return motion and strength to the affected extremity.

“When I see patients, I don’t see age. Whether you’re 30 years old or 70, I work diligently to get your hands back to how they felt when you were 18,” Dr. Ciaglia said.

Woodlands Center for Special Surgery also offers patients access to all methods of upper extremity diagnostic studies. On-site digital X-ray equipment alleviates traveling for X-rays. Although used very little, CT scans and MRIs can be scheduled the same day due to a close affiliation with a premiere imaging facility.


Dr. Ciaglia says the best thanks he can ever receive is the gratitude expressed by his patients. “Everything went better than I could have ever expected, and NO SCAR. Fast recovery.” “I’ve been having hand problems for years, even after surgery on each of them. Dr. Ciaglia came highly recommended by an office member. I’m so happy I went. He and his staff are all amazing individuals. Everyone was so friendly and professional. I’ve never had a surgeon care so much. He took his time, answered all my questions and even drew me pictures to help better explain my diagnosis. After having surgery two months ago, I’ve never felt better. He fixed the previous surgeons mistakes and I can now do things I haven’t been able to do in years. I would recommend Dr. Ciaglia in a heartbeat. Love, love, loved him!” “Excellent care, excellent outcomes. Ten weeks post-distal biceps tear and working as a chiropractor. Awesome!”


You wouldn’t expect a surgeon to stay in touch with patients, but Dr. Ciaglia says he often remains connected through referrals. “Family doctors and internists, for example, get to develop long-term relationships with their patients. Surgeons typically see a patient two or three times. I consider myself lucky because I get to stay connected through friends and family referred by previous patients. I even see multiple generations within a family.”


Call to schedule an appointment today. He welcomes patients of all ages and extends a special welcome to pilots and members of the military. Dr. Ciaglia earned a Bachelor of Science in biology at Illinois Wesleyan University, graduating with honors, and a medical degree (Doctor of Osteopathy) from Nova Southeastern University College of Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Visit for more information and to view Dr. Ciaglia’s interview on Great Day Houston and video testimonials from patients

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