About Gary Perlmutter, MD

Dr. Gary Perlmutter's practice focuses exclusively on disorders of the shoulder with a particular interest in arthroscopic treatment of rotator cuff tears.

Dr. Perlmutter received his BA from the State University of New York, College at Oneonta. He earned his MD from Hahnemann University School of Medicine where graduated with High Honors in Medicine and Surgery. During medical school Dr. Perlmutter completed the Senior Honors Research Program and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Following medical school he completed two internships, Internal Medicine and General Surgery, which was followed by an Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the University of Miami's Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

Dr. Perlmutter completed the Carter Rowe Shoulder Fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1993 and has been an active staff member since. A member of the prestigious American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, he has extensively published and lectured on disorders of the shoulder. Dr. Perlmutter is a Clinical Instructor in Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

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Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital

1 Hawthorne Pl.
# 105
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-8656

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Medical Education

  • MD, Hahnemann School of Medicine
  • Residency, Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Dr. Perlmutter's research interests include:

  • Axillary nerve injuries in athletes
  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder
  • Adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder
  • Acromioclavicular joint biomechanics


  • Select Publications:

    • Perlmutter GS, Leffert RD, Zarins B. Direct injury to the axillary nerve in athletes playing contact sports. American Journal of Sports Medicine 1997; 25(1):65-68.
    • Perlmutter GS, Apruzzese W. Axillary nerve injuries in contact sports: recommendations for treatment and rehabilitation. Sports Medicine 1998; 26(5):351-361.
    • Perlmutter GS, Leffert RD. Pectoralis major tendon transfer for serratus anterior muscle paralysis. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 1999; 81A(3):377-384.
    • Perlmutter, GS. Axillary nerve injury. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 1999; 368: 28-36.
    • Leffert RD, Perlmutter GS. Thoracic outlet syndrome: Results of 282 transaxillary first rib resections. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 1999; 368: 66-79.

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