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David Ring, MD, PhD

  • Hand & Upper Extremity Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School


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Dr. Ring devotes his world renowned dedication to health and wellness - as manifested in his extensive research, writing, and national and international education - to each patient with arm injury or illness.



Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

Clinical Interests
  • Arm fractures
  • Nonunions of fractures
  • Stiffness
  • Heterotopic ossification
  • Elbow surgery
  • Post traumatic reconstruction
  • Hand surgery
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Arm Illness
Medical Education
  • MD, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Surgery of the Hand
Foreign Languages
  • Spanish
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Waltham: Mass General West
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric

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David Ring, MD, PhD is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and served as chief of the Hand & Upper Extremity Service from 2013-2016.

Under the mentorship of Dr. Jesse Jupiter, he has become an authority on complex arm trauma and post-traumatic reconstruction. His PhD from the University of Amsterdam was on the psychosocial aspects of arm illness.

He has published 160 original research papers, 150 reviews or book chapters and edited 4 books. He is a Deputy Editor for The Journal of Hand Surgery and The Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, and he is on the Editorial Boards of The Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and Shoulder and Elbow.

Recent news:

While myths have been debunked, more research is needed on carpal tunnel syndrome, Orthopaedics Today, 06.2015

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Research & Publications

Research Summary
Common hand problems
Psychosocial aspects of arm illness
Complex arm trauma
Post-traumatic sequellae

Dr. Ring has published more than 160 original research publications, approximately 200 reviews and book chapters and five textbooks. Here is a short selection:

Ring D. Fractures and Dislocations of the Elbow. In: Rockwood and Green's Fractures in Adults. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2010.

Vranceanu AM, Cooper C, Ring D. Integrating patient values into evidence-based practice: effective communication for shared decision-making. Hand Clin. 2009 Feb;25(1):83-96, vii.

Lozano-Calder_n S, Anthony S, Ring D. The quality and strength of evidence for etiology: example of carpal tunnel syndrome. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2008;33(4):525-38.

Lindenhovius A, Henket M, Gilligan BP, Lozano-Calderon S, Jupiter JB, Ring D. Injection of dexamethasone versus placebo for lateral elbow pain: a prospective, double-blind, randomized clinical trial. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2008;33(6):909-19.

Jupiter JB, Ring DC. AO Manual of Fracture Management: Hand and Wrist. Stuttgart: Thieme;2005.

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News & Events


  • Orthopaedics at MG West

    The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is proud to announce the opening of their new state-of-the-art outpatient facility in Waltham, housing the new Foot & Ankle Center.


Orthopaedic Associates
55 Fruit Street
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, Suite 2C
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone 1: 617-726-4700
Fax: 617-726-0460

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