David Ring, MD, PhD, has been appointed the new chief of Hand and Upper Extremity Service in the MGH Department of Orthopædic Surgery. Ring succeeds Jesse B. Jupiter, MD, who has been a vital part of the department for the past 18 years and who will remain active in the practice in the management of reconstructive problems in the hand and upper limbs.
“I am honored by the opportunity to lead MGH Hand Surgery,” says Ring, who was previously the director of research for the Hand and Upper Extremity Service. “I promise to carry the standard set by giants such as Dr. Jupiter, Drs. Richard Smith, James May and Richard Gelberman. I look forward to working with all of the experienced and dedicated hand surgeons with particular areas of expertise encompassing all of hand/upper extremity and microvascular surgery.”
Ring has a proven zest for knowledge, discovery and progress in his field. He has contributed to 250 peer-reviewed original research papers and five textbooks, and has been featured in more than 500 total publications. In his time at the MGH, Ring has become an authority on complex arm trauma and post-traumatic reconstruction. His interests range from common illnesses to complex fractures and include issues of quality and safety and the emotional aspects of recovery.
“I am delighted that David has been chosen after a thorough search,” says Jupiter. “I began to work with him during his Orthopædic residency and hand fellowship on numerous clinical projects. He brings to our unit a unique interest in the psychological aspects of hand and upper limb problems and how to treat the whole patient. I am confident that our service will grow and remain internationally renowned under his leadership.”
Says Harry Rubash, MD, chief of the Department of Orthopædic Surgery, "It is our pleasure to name such an outstanding individual as our newest service chief in the Department of Orthopædic Surgery. Dr. Ring will advance the clinical, educational and scientific mission of the service. We look forward to his many contributions."
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