Ariel A. Williams, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon - Hand & Upper Extremity, Sports Medicine
★★★★★ ★★★★★
Specializing in Arthroscopic Surgery; Hand, Wrist & Elbow; Orthopedic Reconstruction; Sports Medicine; Upper Extremity; Regenerative Medicine; Occupational Therapy
Fax: 303-777-4563

Dr. Williams was drawn to Denver by her love for the mountains and by Hand Surgery Associates’ reputation for exceptional upper extremity care. She specializes in treating complex elbow, wrist and hand problems. At the University of Minnesota, she served as a team physician for Division I athletes and was named one of the state’s Top Doctors by Minnesota Monthly magazine. She has numerous publications and speaks nationally on upper extremity topics.

Dr. Williams graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. She earned her medical degree at Stanford and completed Orthopedic residency at Johns Hopkins University. She completed a sports medicine fellowship as well as a hand and upper extremity fellowship at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Williams is passionate about her work and believes in combining her expertise and technical skills with a patient-centered approach. Dr. Williams tailors every treatment plan to the unique needs and goals of each patient. She enjoys all areas of hand, wrist, forearm and elbow surgery with an interest in fracture care, nerve problems, arthritis reconstruction, wrist and elbow arthroscopy, and sports-related upper extremity conditions.

In her free time, Dr. Williams enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and her dog, Lila. She also enjoys hiking, fitness, reading novels, listening to music, struggling through crossword puzzles, and a never-ending list of creative projects.


  • Fellowships:
    • Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
    • Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT
  • Residency: Orthopedic Surgery Residency: John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • Medical School: MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
  • Undergraduate School: BS, Philosophy, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Board Certifications

  • Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery, 2020
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, 2019
  • National Board of Medical Examiner


Dr. Williams' Reviews
John WeckbaughJohn Weckbaugh
16:32 25 Apr 24
Pamela GettlerPamela Gettler
21:40 23 Apr 24
I would recommend Dr.Williams to my family friends, and also I work in Dermatology and sometimes we have to refer our patients to specialists. I would definitely refer Dr. Williams. I appreciate her she is an amazing doctor, she cares about her patients.
Bette Jane SchnabelBette Jane Schnabel
20:45 23 Apr 24
Dr. Williams provided a caring and thorough exam. She’s easy to discuss problems with!
Dyana DokosDyana Dokos
16:27 20 Apr 24
My experience was very good from the initial check in to the visit with DR. Williams. She is very personable and easy to talk to. I highly recommend this office and Dr Williams.
Elizabeth StensingElizabeth Stensing
18:12 02 Apr 24
Dr Williams did an excellent job on my wrist surgery. I highly recommend her.
Debra DunlapDebra Dunlap
05:30 23 Jan 24
I was there 40min from the time I gave the Valet my keys to the time I had my car back! And I walk with a cane. Dr Williams & her staff are so efficient at their jobs. I did not feel rushed at all. I was able to ask my questions and have them answered right away. I would have liked instructions on "what to do after a steroid injection" to refresh my memory. I do understand that most people don't. I had my last surgery done here & will have my next one done here too.
Michael FletcherMichael Fletcher
19:29 12 Dec 23
Dr. Williams and her staff have been fantastic. I was injured on a Sunday night and was able to get in the next day to get my hand looked at. Two days later I was in for surgery to repair a very bad compound fracture in my index finger. I don’t think I waited more than two minutes on any of my visits to the practice from day one, and everybody is courteous and friendly. I would recommend them to anyone needing medical care on their upper extremities.
Joe ToscanoJoe Toscano
12:50 08 Nov 23
I called in the morning for what looked like an infected finger and was given an appointment that day. The office personnel were very professional and courteous. Dr. Williams was very thorough and concerned for my health.
Samantha HardinSamantha Hardin
18:36 31 Oct 23
Dr. Williams provided me with the best care. I have a pretty thick medical record, and some pretty traumatic experiences. She helped fix my hand, but all provided me with a positive association with my overall experience. Healing, in more than one way. Thank you to her, and her wonderful staff, for everything.
Pamela KulisPamela Kulis
20:43 30 Sep 23
Dr. Williams and all of her staff are very kind, compassionate and knowledgeable about all medical proceedures necessary for Jay's hand. They promptly referred us to other specialists (i.e. Colorado Infectious Disease) as needed. They were willing to go above and beyond trying to clear the infection in Jay's index finger before suggesting the final outcome of amputation. We just cannot say enough about this wonderful group. They are very special. We are so very thankful for all of the special care that they gave Jay. Dr. Williams is very kind and more than willing to answer any and all questions.
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