In addition to his roles at Marshall Health and Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Dr. Koester serves as the chief of orthopaedic surgery at Cabell Huntington Hospital.He specializes in surgery of the fingers, hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder, including microsurgery and joint replacement surgery.

Education & Training

  • Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (Springfield, Ill.)
  • Residency: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine - Orthopaedic Surgery (Springfield, Ill.)
  • Fellowship: University of New Mexico - Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery (Albuquerque, N.M.)

Honors & Memberships

  • America's Top Doctor since 2023, Castle Connolly
  • Member, Permanent Total Disability Board for the State of West Virginia


  • Certified: American Board of Independent Medical Examiners
  • Certified: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, subspecialty certification in Hand Surgery

Marshall Orthopaedics - Huntington

A provider-based department of Cabell Huntington Hospital
Marshall University Medical Center
1600 Medical Center Drive
Suite G500 (Ground Floor)
Huntington, WV 25701
Phone: 304.691.1262

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Gerola RP, Corsello JL, Koester A, Cooper M. 2020. Suprascapular abcess extending to supraclavicular region: Surgical treatment and negative pressure wound therapy Southern Medical Journal. 2020 113 (12), 716-718

. 2019. Shoulder Arthroplasty Outlines in Orthopedic surgery, Antoci V, Eltoral A, Thieme ISBN-13: 978-1626238992

Lycans D, Koester A, Kim J. 2017. Upper Extremity Replantation Lycans D., Kim J.,Koester A (2017) Uppery Extremity Replantation. In: EltoraiA., Eberson C.,Daniels A.,(eds) Orthopedic Surgery Clerkship. Springer, Cham

Buchanan GS, Koester A. 2017. Carpal Instability Buchanan G.S.,Koester A. (2017) Carpal Instability. In: Eltorai A., Eberson C., Daniels A. (eds) Orthopedic Surgery Clerkship. Springer, Cham

Mehta SP, George HR, Goering CA, Shafer DR, Koester A, Novotny S. 2017. Reliability, validity, and minimal detectable change of the push-off test scores in assessing upper extremity weight-bearing ability. J Hand Ther. 2017 11 6;32(1):103-109.
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Koester A. 2017. Humeral Shaft Fractures Koester A.R. (2017) Humeral Shaft Fractures. In: Eltooai A., Eberson C.,Daniels A. (eds) Orthopedic Surgery Clerkship, Springer, Cham

Stiff PJ, Koester AR, Weidner MK, Dvorak K, Fisher RI. 1991. Autologous bone marrow transplantation using unfractionated cells cryopreserved in dimethylsulfoxide and hydroxyethyl starch without controlled-rate freezing. Blood. 1987 10 1;70(4):974-8.
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Stiff PJ, Koester AR. 1987. In vitro chemoseparation of leukemic cells from murine bone marrow using VP16-213: importance of stem cell assays. Exp Hematol. 1987 3 1;15(3):263-8.
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Stiff PJ, Koester AR, Eagleton LE, Hindman T, Braud E, Weidner MK. 1987. Autologous stem cell transplantation using peripheral blood stem cells. Transplantation. 1987 10 1;44(4):585-8.
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Stiff PJ, DeRisi MF, Langleben A, Gulati S, Koester A, Lanzotti V, Clarkson BD. 1983. Autologous bone marrow transplantation using unfractionated cells without rate-controlled freezing in hydroxyethyl starch and dimethyl sulfoxide. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1983 1 1;411:378-80.
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Torres LA, Koester AR. . Shoulder Arthroplasty

. . Chapter 18: Humeral Shaft Fractures; Chapter 49: Carpal Instability; Chapter 53: Upper Extremity Replantation