AJ Julka, MD

Hand,Wrist, and Elbow Surgeon

Patient Testimonials

Read the first hand experiences of our patients with Dr. Julka and the entire JIS Orthopedic team. Our team's goal is to provide you a surgical experience that is truly unmatched.

Services Offered

Explore the the conditions we treat as well as their non operative and operative treatments. We take pride in specializing in all hand, wrist, and elbow conditions from simple to complex.

Surgical Videos

Patients rarely get a glimpse inside their surgeon's operating room. We encourage all our patients to do their research when it comes to choosing their surgeon. We invite you to view some of Dr. Julka's surgical videos.

About Dr. Julka

Dr. Julka is a board certified fellowship trained Orthopedic surgeon with JIS Orthopedics that specializes in hand, wrist and elbow surgery. He is dedicated to a personalized approach to patient care. He aims to provide every patient with time and attention they deserve while also providing the most innovative and minimally invasive approach to their care. 

Dr. Julka has extensive experience in primary as well as revision surgical procedures. He has spent years developing minimally invasive approaches to procedures and early recovery pathways to allow his patients to return to their normal lives as soon as possible. 

As of 2022 Dr Julka has performed over 5000 surgeries on the hand, wrist and elbow. He has been the recipient of two consecutive Ozagaki teaching awards for surgical teaching. He has published numerous book chapters, surgical technique videos and scientific papers in peer reviewed journals. 

In our practice above all other accolades or awards are the positive experiences of our patients. Dr. Julka in his over 300 five star patient reviews, more than any hand surgeon in Ohio. 


  • Associate Professor Orthopedic Surgery, JIS Orthopedics, 2021-Current
  • Associate Professor Orthopedic Surgery, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, 2017-2121
  • Assistant Professor Orthopedic Surgery University of Wisconsin Hospitals, 2014-2017


  • Board certified by American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


  • Cleveland Clinic Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship 2014-2015


  • Orthopedic Surgery, University of Michigan Hospitals 2008-2013


  • M.D. Ohio State University Medical School Magna Cum Laude 2004-2008
  • B.S. Med Microbiology and Immunology University of Wisconsin 2004-2008

Featured Testimonials

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I was recently treated for both left and right Carpal Tunnel and Ulnar Cubital Tunnel Syndrome through a surgery conducted by AJ Julka MD, a surgeon with Joint Implant Surgeons, Columbus, Ohio. The left and right surgeries were conducted within a two week period, with outstanding recovery. The preparation and explanation of the procedures were conducted by Dr. Julka and his staff, in a fashion that was easily understood and left a feeling of confidence that the diagnosed issues would be remedied The procedures were conducted under a "nerve block" and local anesthetic. Post op pain was minimal, with slight discomfort and no need for medication other than Tylenol. Dr. Julka's bedside manner, pre and post op, was outstanding, with excellent and concerned follow-up.
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Dr Julka was my wife's hand surgeon for carpal tunnel surgery. He talked with us as if we were human beings not just patients. So often patients are made to feel inferior when conversing with experts in a subject. Dr. AJ took time to explain and answer questions until we were comfortable. His confidence and calm demeanor made us immediately choose him to do her surgery. A few weeks later, we followed him to his new practice at JIS Orthopedics. He did her second hand surgery. The results had been as expected and she is healing very nicely. If I am ever in need of Orthopedic assist, I will contact Dr. Aj or his partners first. Excellence and expertise is what is needed with surgeons. Plus someone who will talk to you so you understand fully what will occur during the procedure as well as afterward. This was our experience with Dr. AJ. What a fine man! I can highly recommend him and his team of Orthopedic surgeons.
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We were referred to Dr. Abhishek Julka for my mother’s hand injury after she fell on ice and broke her radius and ulna. You can imagine how important it was for us (her seven children) that we find her someone with strong expertise in this field but also someone caring and compassionate! We found everything with this amazing physician! He saw her within a day and had her in for surgery the next. He even took the time to Face Time me during the pre operative visit so he could explain the procedure/x-rays and took plenty of time to answer our questions and concerns! Her surgery went well and she’s on the road back to recovery and an active lifestyle thanks to Dr. Julka! Forever grateful, Rachel
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Dr. Julka explains every option to you, gives you the choice as to which way you want to go. Then explains what he will do never rushing you to hurry up answering your questions, telling you how to reduce pain after surgery. I must say I followed everything he has told me and I have no pain in my thumb from day one. A very compassionate dr who does not like to keep his patients waiting.
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Fortunately I met Dr. Julka! He carefully listened to my issues and we discussed the possible benefit of corisone injections. He described what he would be doing and what I might expect in terms of recovery and relief. And so I scheduled the surgery for late June. And now just three months later, I have full use of my hand and am able to enjoy doing handiwork pain free. I would definitely recommend him to anyone that is experiencing discomfort or pain in their hand.

Surgical Videos

Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release

Dupuytren's Contracture release

Rheumatoid hand reconstruction

4 Locations to Serve You Best

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