I am blessed to care for children and their parents, with both highly specialized and more common problems of the hand and upper limb.


Caregiver Profile

Congenital Hand Differences

Caregiver Profile

Meet Dr. Peter M. Waters

Congenital Hand Differences

Learn more about diagnosis and treatment of congenital hand differences in children

Peter Waters, MD

Peter Waters, MD

Peter Waters, MD

Peter Waters, MD


Medical School

  • Tufts University School of Medicine , 1981 , Boston , MA


  • Massachusetts General Hospital , 1982 , Boston , MA


  • Harvard Combined Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program , 1988 , Boston , MA


  • Brigham and Women's Hospital , 1989 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

Simply, I entered medicine to care for children. I followed my father, a pediatric hematologist and oncologist, in this regard. Despite initial pediatric residency, I realized surgical care, especially of the child’s hand, was my life path. I am blessed to care for children and adolescents and their parents, with both highly specialized and more common problems of the hand and upper limb. Every day, I try to improve and share my continuing education and research with others.

At the same time, I am deeply devoted to my family and community. My dad died suddenly when I was 10, and the impact of his loss has guided me each day to treasure my time with those I love. I was fortunate to coach soccer and basketball for years including Division 1 soccer through high school age, and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball on a regional and national level, and even Division 3 college basketball. Our 501c3 program of leadership, education and sport combined urban and suburban youth in a way that I am most proud of. Those young men went to college; some of those women now attend medical school.


Dr. Peter Waters is co-author of the highly acclaimed Pediatric Hand and Upper Limb Surgery textbook and co-editor of the gold standard pediatric orthopedic textbook, Rockwood and Green: Fractures in Children. He has written extensively in peer-reviewed journals and other textbooks (over 200 publications) and his work has been recognized with society awards. Dr. Waters is recognized nationally and internationally for his clinical and surgical expertise on the hand and upper limb in children and adolescents, especially congenital differences, post-traumatic complications and brachial plexus birth palsies. Patients from near and far come for consultation and care when faced with difficult care dilemmas. 

Dr. Waters has been president of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) and is currently co-President of the International Pediatric Orthopaedic Think Tank (IPOTT). He is the John E. Hall Professor at Harvard Medical School and Orthopaedic Surgeon-in-Chief at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Waters serves as an expert for the Department of Orthopedics for Boston Children's Hospital Precision Medicine Service. For more information about the Precision Medicine Service please visit bostonchildrens.org/precisionmed.


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, General Orthopaedics
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hand Subspecialty