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Jesse Bernard Jupiter, MD

  • Hand and Upper Extremity Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Hansjorg Wyss AO Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School


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Dr. Jupiter specializes in the care of traumatic and reconstructive problems of the upper limb. These include arthritis, fracture healing and failure to heal, nerve compression and injury, and both pediatric and adult injuries to the upper limb.



Clinical Interests
  • Elbow problems
  • Wrist problems
  • Nonunions of fractures
  • Malunion of fractures
  • Hand surgery
Medical Education
  • MD, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 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
  • Centene/Celticare
  • 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
  • Medicaid
  • 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
  • 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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Jesse B. Jupiter, MD, MA is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at MGH. He earned his MD at Yale in 1972 and completed his surgical internship at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in 1973.

Following, Dr. Jupiter completed a two-year commitment as a general medical officer in the US Public Health Service Indian Health branch with the Pima Indians in Arizona. His interest in medical education was enhanced with the development of educational programs improving primary care for both diabetic and arthritic patients.

In 1975, he began the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program. In 1980, Dr. Jupiter traveled to Basle, Switzerland where he completed an AO Fellowship after which he completed a hand and microvascular fellowship in Louisville, KY.

He returned to Boston in 1981 and began his academic and clinical career at MGH. During his 33 years on the faculty he has had the opportunity to head the Trauma Service, Foot and Ankle Program and the Hand Service.

Dr. Jupiter is an honorary member of more than 20 international societies of either Hand Surgery or Orthopaedic Surgery and has been named to America's Top Surgeons annually and Best of Boston since 2007.

Dr. Jupiter is an internationally known and sought after hand and upper limb specialist. He has given more than 1000 scientific presentations, published more than 220 original publications, 140 analytic reviews, 115 chapters in scientific texts and was co-author or co-editor of 10 major texts in upper limb and orthopaedic problems. Dr. Jupiter has developed a worldwide reputation, especially related to problems of the wrist and elbow along with all other conditions involving the hand and upper limb.

Watch Dr. Jupiter's Grand Rounds presentation on Innovation and Innovators.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Jupiter has been involved in clinical research investigating the outcome of many problems involving the upper limb, in both retrospective and prospective studies.

Dr. Jupiter has worked on the development of new surgical methods, implants, and basic research in aspects of upper limb function. The research work is reflected in the more than 500 publications and numerous textbook chapters and textbooks that Dr. Jupiter has written or edited.

Watch Dr. Jupiter give a Grand Rounds lecture at MassGeneral.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

Dr. Jupiter has published over 220 original publications, 140 analytic reviews, 115 chapters in scientific texts, and was co-author or co-editor of 10 major texts in upper limb and Orthopaedic problems.

Select Publications:

Jupiter JB, Marent-Huber M; LCP Study Group. Operative management of distal radial fractures with 2.4-millimeter locking plates: a multicenter prospective case series. Surgical technique. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010 Mar;92 Suppl 1 Pt 1:96-106.

Jupiter JB, Fernandez DL, Levin LS, Wysocki RW. Reconstruction of posttraumatic disorders of the forearm. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2009 Nov;91(11):2730-9.

Kadzielski J, Malhotra LR, Zurakowski D, Lee SG, Jupiter JB, Ring D. Evaluation of preoperative expectations and patient satisfaction after carpal tunnel release. J Hand Surg Am. 2008 Dec;33(10):1783-8.

Shin EK, Jupiter JB. Radioscapholunate arthrodesis for advanced degenerative radiocarpal osteoarthritis. Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2007 Sep;11(3):180-3.

Nazzal A, Lozano-Calder?n S, Jupiter JB, Rosenzweig JS, Randolph MA, Lee SG. A histologic analysis of the effects of stainless steel and titanium implants adjacent to tendons: an experimental rabbit study. J Hand Surg Am. 2006 Sep;31(7):1123-30.

Jupiter J ed. AO Manual of Elbow and Foreram Trauma. Dubendorf, AO Publishing 2008.

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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 Hand Surgery
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-4700617-726-5100
Fax: 617-724-8532

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