Scott W. Wolfe, MD


Dr. Scott Wolfe is acknowledged to be one of the most experienced, innovative and authoritative experts in orthopedic upper extremity care. He maintains an active practice and teaches students daily as a Cornell Medical School Professor of Orthopedic Surgery. He is recognized for his expertise in the wrist and complex nerve injuries, fracture care, and for his leadership in improving the surgical education, skill level, and techniques practiced by the most up-to-date hand surgeons. He give educational lectures to medical specialists globally. As lead author, he has published well over 100 major papers throughout his 25 year career in the most respected, peer-reviewed, American medical journals. His career goal is to help achieve consistently superior patient outcomes in hand and nerve surgery.

Dr. Wolfe is frequently called upon to operate on highly complex and problematic conditions. He treats upper extremity problems that are incapacitating to the fingers, hands, wrists, elbows and the plexus in patients of all ages. World class musicians and professional athletes have had their mobility restored through the care of Dr. Wolfe, who has consistently been rated as one of New York’s best doctors for over twenty years.

Dr. Wolfe was featured in Weill Cornell Medicine magazine in Helping Hand, an article about techniques in peripheral nerve and wrist injury. Read more about Dr. Wolfe on his personal website, www.scottwolfemd.com.

Appointments

Chief Emeritus, Hand and Upper Extremity Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Surgery and Nerve Repair, Weill Cornell Medical College
Director, Center for Brachial Plexus and Traumatic Nerve Injury
Faculty Director of Orthopedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery
Member, Executive Council, Hospital for Special Surgery
Senior Scientist, Research Division, Hospital for Special Surgery

Specialty

Subspecialty

Wrist
Nerve Repair
Hand
Brachial Plexus
Elbow

Special Expertise

Wrist
Wrist Fractures: Distal Radius and Scaphoid Fractures and Non-Unions
Wrist Replacement
Wrist Instability
Osteoarthritis
SLAC / SNAC Wrist
TFCC Injuries / Tears
Ligament Injuries
Basal Joint / Thumb Arthritis
Kienböck’s Disease
Sports Injuries
Wrist Deformities
Inventor: Innovative New Artificial Wrist

Hand
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Guyon's Canal
Peroneal Nerve Disorders
Radial Nerve Disorders
Median Nerve Disorders
Axillary Nerve Repair
Suprascapular Nerve Repair
Musculocutaneous Nerve Repair

Brachial Plexus
Nerve Transfer

Elbow
Biceps Tendon Ruptures
Ulnar Nerve Compression
Elbow Fractures

Awards

  • Best Doctors in New York Metro Area, Best Doctors, 2001-2013
  • Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, 2001, 2007-2011
  • $25K Fellowship Grant, Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation, 2010-2011
  • Patients' Choice Award, New York Physicians, Vitals, 2008-2010
  • "Most Compassionate Physician's List", 2009
  • Best Papers, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2009
    Wolfe, S.W., Henn, RF., Kuo, CE., Grande, DP,: Augmentation of Zone II flexor tendon repairs.
  • 2nd Prize, New York Society for Surgery of the Hand, Residents and Fellows Night, 2009
    Augmentation of Zone II Flexor Tendon Repair using GDF5 in a Rabbit Model.
  • Emanuel Kaplan Award, New York Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2009
    "In Vivo Radioscaphoid and Radiolunate Kinematics and The Dart Thrower's Motion"
  • Philip D. Wilson Award, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2008
  • 1st Prize, New York Society for Surgery of the Hand, Residents and Fellows Night, 2008
  • OREF Residents Award, 2nd Prize, Andrew Swanson, 2008
    Neurotization vs. standard nerve repair: A comparison of surgical technique in an animal model of chronic denervation.
  • First Place Award, 3rd Annual Bioengineering Expo, Institute for Biological Engineering, 2005
    Load Dependence of the thumb and carpal bone configuration during static pinch.
  • Best Scientific Exhibit, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2001
    Measurement of 3D Carpal Kinematics in Vivo
  • Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellowship, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 1997-98
  • The Wayne O. Southwick Teaching Award, Yale Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, 1996
  • The Wayne O. Southwick Teaching Award, Yale Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, 1992
  • The T. Campbell Thompson Award for Orthopaedic Excellence, Hospital for Special Surgery and Weill Cornell Medical College 1984
  • Dean's Research Prize for Orthopaedic Research, Weill Cornell Medical College, 1984

Affiliations

President, New York Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2014
Omicron Delta Kappa, Johns Hopkins University, 1997
Phi Beta Kappa, Johns Hopkins University, 1980

Specialized Centers

Insurances Accepted

Cigna
Connecticare
HIP

If Dr. Wolfe does not participate with your particular insurance plan, you may still have coverage subject to the availability of 'out-of-network' benefits. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage.

Education

Undergrad: Johns Hopkins University, 1980
Medical School: Cornell University Medical College, 1984

Residency

Roosevelt Hospital General Surgery, US, 1984-85
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, US, 1986-89

Fellowship

New York Orthopaedic Hospital, The Annie C. Kane Hand and Microsurgical Fellow, US
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, US

Certification

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Certificate of Added Qualifications, Surgery of the Hand
Microsurgery, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center

State Licensure

New York, Connecticut

Scott W. Wolfe, MD has contributed to the following articles on HSS.edu:

Editorial Appointments

Editor, Green's Operative Hand Surgery

Selected Publications

(of 103 peer-reviewed)

Wolfe SW, Barrie KA, Merrell GA. Letter regarding "Influence of locking stitch size in a four-strand cross-locked cruciate flexor tendon repair". J Hand Surg Am. 2012 Jan;37(1):188; author reply 188-9.

O'Shea K, Feinberg JH, Wolfe SW, Imaging and electrodiagnostic work-up of acute adult brachial plexus injuries. J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2011 Nov;36(9):747-59. Epub 2011 Sep 15. Review.

Gyuricza C, Carlson MG, Weiland AJ, Wolfe SW, Hotchkiss RN, Daluiski A., Removal of locked volar plates after distal radius fractures. J Hand Surg Am. 2011 Jun;36(6):982-5. Epub 2011 May 14.

Stoecklein HH, Garg R, Wolfe SW., Surface replacement arthroplasty of the proximal interphalangeal joint using a volar approach: case series. J Hand Surg Am. 2011 Jun;36(6):1015-21. Epub 2011 May 6.

Garg R, Merrell GA, Hillstrom HJ, Wolfe SW., Comparison of nerve transfers and nerve grafting for traumatic upper plexus palsy: a systematic review and analysis. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2011 May 4;93(9):819-29. Review.

Crisco JJ, Heard WM, Rich RR, Paller DJ, Wolfe SW., The mechanical axes of the wrist are oriented obliquely to the anatomical axes. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2011 Jan 19;93(2):169-77.

Garg R, Hammoud S, Lipman J, Wolfe SW., Preoperative computer-assisted design templating of complex articular olecranon osteotomy: case report. J Hand Surg Am. 2010 Dec;35(12):1990-4.e1. Epub 2010 Nov 18.

Henn RF 3rd, Kuo CE, Kessler MW, Razzano P, Grande DP, Wolfe SW., Augmentation of zone II flexor tendon repair using growth differentiation factor 5 in a rabbit model. J Hand Surg Am. 2010 Nov;35(11):1825-32.

Leventhal EL, Moore DC, Akelman E, Wolfe SW, Crisco JJ., Carpal and forearm kinematics during a simulated hammering task.
J Hand Surg Am. 2010 Jul;35(7):1097-104.

Orr CM, Leventhal EL, Chivers SF, Marzke MW, Wolfe SW, Crisco JJ., Studying primate carpal kinematics in three dimensions using a computed-tomography-based markerless registration method. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2010 Apr;293(4):692-709.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Research Description

The Development and Implementation of a Non-invasive Markerless Registration System to Study in Vivo Carpal Kinematics

The eight small bones of the carpus exhibit complex but coordinated motions during wrist flexion-extension and radioulnar deviation. Small perturbations in these coordinated motions, such as might be caused by fracture or ligament injury, can result in changes in joint loading and progressive carpal collapse and degenerative arthritis. Previous techniques to study carpal motion have been limited by the need to place invasive markers. We developed a technique using high resolution computed tomography to accurately identify and reconstruct surface contours and analyze rotation and translation of each bone throughout all planes of wrist motion. We have identified a plane of motion that requires almost no contribution from the proximal carpal row, and propose that this so-called "dart-throwers" plane may represent the functional plane of wrist motion and may have evolutionary significance.

Clinical Trials


More information on these subspecialties can be found on Dr. Wolfe's website: www.scottwolfemd.com

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Dr. Scott W. Wolfe, Orthopedic Surgeon, Hand & Upper Extremity Specialist

Contact Information

Office Locations

East River Professional Building
523 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1529

Greenwich Office
143 Sound Beach Avenue
Old Greenwich, CT 06870

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, New York 10021

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