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Hand and Upper Extremity Service
Adult Orthopaedics

Hand and Upper Extremity Service



Steve K. Lee, MD

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2021 Surgical Volume: 3,114
2021 Published Studies: 26

Comprising 12 surgeons, the Hand and Upper Extremity Service is world-renowned for treating patients with a wide range of hand and upper extremity conditions, such as brachial plexus and traumatic nerve injuries, congenital deformities, tumors and complex reconstruction.

Recent Achievements

Training future leaders in hand and upper extremity surgery remains a core mission for the service. Our fellowship program focuses on educating trainees in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions ranging from the most complex peripheral nerve dysfunction to more common sports-related injuries. We continue to train leaders in the field both academically and clinically. All our 2020 graduating fellows accepted full-time positions at either academic or non-academic institutions. This year, we matched three of our top applicants.

Research plays an integral role in the advancement of hand and upper extremity treatment methods. In April, the Hand and Upper Extremity Service went live with our service registry. The registry serves as a prospective, longitudinal and observational study of all patients undergoing upper limb surgery at HSS, including children. Patient registries help us examine the long-term effects of disease and the performance of surgical interventions and treatments, as well as provide a deeper understanding of the physical, psychological and socioeconomic impact for patients.

Scott Wolfe, MD, Steve Lee, MD, and Duretti Fufa, MD, were awarded a grant for the first-ever multicenter study of scapholunate ligament repair/reconstruction from the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand. This is a significant accomplishment and required a substantial amount of teamwork between our faculty, our fellow Khusboo Desai and our research coordinator Christian Victoria. We expect the study to provide pivotal advancements in the treatment of scapholunate ligament injuries.

We also successfully recruited Talia Chapman, MD, to join the service. Dr. Chapman is an assistant attending orthopaedic surgeon at HSS and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She specializes in orthopaedic conditions and trauma of the hand and upper extremity, degenerative conditions and bone/soft tissue tumors as well as limb salvage and reconstructive procedures. Dr. Chapman received fellowship training in hand and upper extremity surgery at HSS and additional fellowship training in orthopaedic oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering. She is a tremendous asset to the service.


The Epidemiology of Carpal Tunnel Revision Over a 1-Year Follow-Up Period. Wessel LE, Gu A, Asadourian PA, Stepan JG, Fufa DT, Osei DA. J Hand Surg Am. 2021 Sep;46(9):758-764. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2021.04.003. Epub 2021 May 28. PMID: 34059387

Comparative Analysis of 3 Techniques of Scapholunate Reconstruction for Dorsal Intercalated Segment Instability. Burnier M, Jethanandani R, Pérez A, Meyers K, Lee S, Wolfe SW. J Hand Surg Am. 2021 Jul 28:S0363-5023(21)00369-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2021.05.030. Online ahead of print. PMID: 3433281

The critical difference in the DASH (Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand) outcome measure after essential upper extremity tumor surgery. Ogura K, Yakoub MA, Christ AB, Fujiwara T, Nikolic Z, Boland PJ, Athanasian EA, Healey JH. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2021 Sep;30(9):e602-e609. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2020.11.027. Epub 2021 Jan 20. PMID: 33484830


The Hand and Upper Extremity Service continues to focus on establishing a comprehensive research infrastructure to support both our faculty and trainees. As HSS continues to expand, the Hand and Upper Extremity Service plans to increase access to top care outside of New York City. Patient accessibility to HSS surgeons is of the utmost importance to our service.

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