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David Ring, MD, PhD

Chief, Hand and Upper Extremity Service

Hand & Upper Extremity Orthopaedic Surgeon

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

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.

Department of Orthopaedics


  • Cancer Center
  • Sarcoma and Connective Tissue Oncology
  • Osteosarcoma (Bone Cancer)
Clinical Interests
Arm fractures
Nonunions of fractures
Heterotopic ossification
Elbow surgery
Post traumatic reconstruction
Hand surgery
Psychosocial Aspects of Arm Illness
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Waltham: Mass General West
Medical Education
MD, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Surgery of the Hand, American Board of Surgery
Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Adult and pediatric
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


David Ring, MD, PhD is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Hand & Upper Extremity Service at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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

ResearchCommon 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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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.

MGH surgeons play for charity

MGH Hotline 10.01.10 Being skilled and dexterous with their hands is required of surgeons, who daily use special instruments that most people would never have the opportunity to handle.

Mass General Hospital Physicians make “The List”

Boston Magazine recognizes 134 MGH physicians on its annual list of top doctors in the Boston area.

David Ring named as new chief of the Hand and Upper Extremity Service

David Ring, MD, PhD, has been appointed the new chief of Hand and Upper Extremity Service in the MGH Department of Orthopædic Surgery.

Addressing musculoskeletal health disparities

Mood, mindset and coping strategies are often identified as major determinants of musculoskeletal pain and disability, but the impact of a patient’s ability to adapt to another culture or language remains unclear.

Four New Professors of Harvard Medical School in Orthopaedic Surgery

Harvard Medical School promoted Francis J. Hornicek, MD, PhD, Orhun K. Muratoglu, PhD, David C. Ring, MD, PhD & Mark S. Vrahas, MD to professors of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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