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.
Hand Surgery Fellowship
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:
- David Ring, MD, PhD, Chief, Hand & Upper Extermity Service
- Neal Chen, MD
- James H. Herndon, MD, MBA
- Jesse Jupiter, MD
- Sang-Gil Lee, MD
- Chaitanya Mudgal, MD
Common injuries and conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow and upper arm include (more conditions coming soon):
Thank you to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand for providing the patient education information on common conditions of the hand and upper extremity.
MGH Hotline 07.31.09 In General awards and honors
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.
MGH Hotline 8.13.10 In General Awards and Honors
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.
MGH Hotline 12.17.10 In General Awards and Honors
Boston Magazine recognizes 134 MGH physicians on its annual list of top doctors in the Boston area.
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, MD, PhD, has been appointed the new chief of Hand and Upper Extremity Service in the MGH Department of Orthopædic Surgery.
The most senior enlisted member of the U.S. Army visited the Red Sox Foundation and MGH Home Base Program on Sept. 12.
Hand and Upper Extremity Service
Hand & Upper Extremity Surgeons
David Ring, MD, PhD
Neal Chen, MD
James Herndon, MD, MBA
Jesse Jupiter, MD
Sang-Gil Lee, MD
Chaitanya Mudgal, MD
Marilyn Maguire, NP