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Edward A. Athanasian, MD

Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon
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About Dr. Athanasian


Dr. Edward A. Athanasian is Chief Emeritus of the Hand and Upper Extremity Service and works primarily with orthopedic trauma and orthopedic conditions of the hand. At Hospital for Special Surgery, he specializes in the treatment of hand, wrist, and forearm fractures, traumatic injury, arthritis, and benign tumors.  At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, he specializes in the treatment of upper extremity bone and soft tissue tumors, and in limb salvage and reconstruction. While attaining his medical education, Dr. Athanasian attended some of the finest institutions of higher learning, including Harvard and Columbia Universities. Additionally, he received training at some of the nation's best hospitals, including Boston's Beth Israel Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Athanasian was born and raised in eastern Long Island and is currently an attending orthopedic surgeon.


Specialized Centers

Children and Adolescent Hand and Arm (CHArm) Center
Center for Brachial Plexus and Traumatic Nerve Injury
Limb Salvage and Amputation Reconstruction Center (LSARC)

Special Expertise

Trauma/injuries to the hand, wrist, and forearm
Upper extremity bone and soft tissue tumors
Limb salvage and reconstruction

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If your insurance is not listed, please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out-of-network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.



Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Chief Emeritus, Hand and Upper Extremity Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Clinical Member, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Attending Surgeon, Orthopedic Service, Department of Surgery, Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1997


Castle Connolly Top Doctor, 15 Years 
Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2006-2020
Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors for Cancer, 2005-2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2006-2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2005-2022
Newsweek, 2015
Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society


MD, Columbia University


Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Hospital For Special Surgery


Mayo Clinic, Hand and Microvascular Fellow
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer

State Licensure



For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Athanasian

Selected Journal Articles


Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Athanasian as of May 10, 2024.

  • HS2, LLC - Ownership Interest
  • Joint Effort Administrative Services Organization - Ownership Interest

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.

Patients should feel free to ask their HSS physicians questions about these relationships.

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