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Hand and Upper Extremity Service

Our Harvard Hand and Upper Extremity surgeons use innovative approaches to treat hand and elbow disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, nerve injuries, and complex hand and elbow fractures.

Advanced Practitioner

MassGeneral is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School

Patient care begins by focusing on restoring optimal hand or arm function and eliminating or reducing pain. We also realize that treating the upper limb is just one step in returning a patient to a fulfilling and productive life. As a result, our approach emphasizes managing the patient’s entire picture of health.

What to Expect

Our patients can expect compassionate, personalized care, which typically includes:

  • Comprehensive evaluation of the patient's hand or arm injury
  • Review of the patient's normal function
  • Diagnosis and presentation of the best treatment options
  • A treatment plan tailored to helping the patient resume daily activities as quickly and safely as possible

Most surgical procedures are performed in our operating rooms on an outpatient basis and incorporate minimally invasive procedures such as arthroscopy. A majority of our outpatient procedures are performed at the MG West Orthopaedic Ambulatory Surgery Center in Waltham, MA. For patients who may require admission after surgery, we prefer surgery at the main MGH campus in Boston.

Not everyone, however, requires surgery, and nonoperative treatments offer additional options for patients. Such options may include injection therapy, medication and/or occupational/hand therapy.

Please read the Hand Service Opioid Prescription Policy.

Treating the Entire Person

Although many patients choose our service because of our world-renowned specialists, they also have access to interdisciplinary resources and professionals who can assist with all aspects of rehabilitation.

Our diverse and multitalented team includes:

  • Onsite physical therapy experts who deliver comprehensive rehabilitation services
  • Occupational therapists who assist patients of all ages and livelihoods, especially victims of strokes and head trauma, in transitioning to everyday activities

In addition, we also provide a multispeciality approach in the management of patients with rheumatological disorders or with complex soft tissue wounds. Our co-location with the Rheumatology Service in our office space, as well as our very close interaction with the Plastic Surgery Service, allows us to comprehensively and effectively manage these patients.

Despite trying various therapies, some patients may still report pain or discomfort. We never dismiss these claims and work diligently to alleviate symptoms or help patients learn to cope, incorporating behavioral medicine methods as needed. Our patients can see physiatrists, which are rehabilitation physicians who help patients regain normal function and resume daily activities. Furthermore, if our patients need it, we also work with pain management specialists within the MGH.

Finally, our therapists are dedicated to preventing upper limb problems, especially in the work environment. They provide consultations on modifying workstations and other methods promoting employee well-being.

We manage care for a high volume of patients annually. Why do so many patients trust us? Because our specialists are among the world's most recognized authorities in treating hand and upper limb problems.

Our team handles the complete range of disorders, including:

We routinely address complex conditions resulting from trauma, such as fractures, burns and digits requiring replantation. We are one of the only hand services in New England that concentrates on treating upper limb deformities in patients with stroke and traumatic brain injury. Our capability to manage these difficult cases attracts patients from across the United States. And due to the depth and breadth of our experience, thousands more throughout the Northeast visit us for primary care of their hands and upper limbs.

Groundbreaking Research & Education

Our specialists continually develop advanced surgical techniques and are among the most widely published researchers in our field. As a result, our service draws some of the most capable physicians in the world to teach, study and practice. In association with the distinguished professional organization AO International, our physicians frequently travel abroad to exchange ideas with other innovators in our field.

Our academic programs, including a combined orthopaedic and plastic surgery Hand Surgery Fellowship Program, rank among the country's most sought after fellowships. In addition, our knowledgeable and dedicated residents and fellows help care for patients, ensuring treatment plans receive input from multiple physicians.

Internationally Renowned Physicians

The accomplished surgeons on our staff include:

 

Recent Events

25th Annual Smith Day & Inaugural Jupiter International Forum

Smith Day is in honor of Dr. Richard J. Smith, who served as the Chief of the Hand and Upper Extremity Service from 1972 until 1987. This year, Smith Day was followed by the two-day inaugural Jupiter International Forum, name for Dr. Jesse Jupiter. Dr. Jupiter served at Chief of the Hand & Upper Extremity Service for many years and is still an active clinician in the Hand & Upper Extremity Service. Read more.

In General awards and honors

MGH Hotline 07.31.09 In General awards and honors

Back to the music

MGH Hotline 9.25.09 Ramiro Sosa travelled from his home country of Argentina to Miama, Fla., to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional guitar player.

In General Awards and Honors 8.13.10

MGH Hotline 8.13.10 In General Awards and Honors

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.

In General 12.17.10

MGH Hotline 12.17.10 In General Awards and Honors

Mass General Hospital Physicians make “The List”

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

MGH performs its first hand transplant

On Oct. 26, 19 days after becoming the MGH’s first hand transplant recipient, Joe Kinan showed how his unwavering commitment to having a positive attitude has paid off – he wiggled the fingers on his left hand for the first time in public.

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.

Home Base hosts tour

The most senior enlisted member of the U.S. Army visited the Red Sox Foundation and MGH Home Base Program on Sept. 12.

Recent Events

25th Annual Smith Day & Inaugural Jupiter International Forum

Smith Day is in honor of Dr. Richard J. Smith, who served as the Chief of the Hand and Upper Extremity Service from 1972 until 1987. This year, Smith Day was followed by the two-day inaugural Jupiter International Forum, name for Dr. Jesse Jupiter. Dr. Jupiter served at Chief of the Hand & Upper Extremity Service for many years and is still an active clinician in the Hand & Upper Extremity Service. Read more.

Hand and Upper Extremity Service

Phone: 617-726-4700


Hand & Upper Extremity Service

make an appointment with the Hand and Upper Extremity Service

Phone: 617-726-4700

Hand & Upper Extremity Surgeons

Dr. David Ring, Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon

David Ring, MD, PhD
Chief, Hand & Upper Extremity Service
ph: 617-726-4700
fax: 617-724-8532
Yawkey, Suite 2C, Boston

Dr. Neal Chen, Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon

Neal Chen, MD
Hand & Upper Extremity
ph: 617-726-4700
fax: 617-724-8532
Yawkey, Suite 2C, Boston

Dr. James Herndon, Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon

James Herndon, MD, MBA
Hand & Upper Extremity
ph: 617-726-4700
fax: 617-724-0551
Yawkey, Suite 2C, Boston

Dr. Jesse Jupiter, Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon

Jesse Jupiter, MD
Hand & Upper Extremity
ph: 617-726-4700
fax: 617-724-8532
Yawkey, Suite 2C, Boston

Dr. Sang-Gil Lee, Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon

Sang-Gil Lee, MD
Hand & Upper Extremity
ph: 617-726-1344
fax: 617-724-7062
1 Hawthorne Place, Suite 105, Boston

Dr. Chaitanya Mudgal

Chaitanya Mudgal, MD
Hand & Upper Extremity
ph: 617-726-4700
fax: 617-724-8532
Yawkey, Suite 2C, Boston

Advanced Practitioner

Marilyn Maguire, inpatient NP Hand & Upper Extremity Service

Marilyn Maguire, NP
Nurse Practitioner
Inpatient