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Edward A. Athanasian, MD

Hand and Upper Extremity
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Edward A. Athanasian, MD

Hand and Upper Extremity
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Hospital for Special Surgery
4th Floor
523 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1962
Fax: 212.774.2880
Hospital for Special Surgery
4th Floor
523 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1962
Fax: 212.774.2880

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.

Patient Stories


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


Specialized Centers

Special Expertise

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


Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2006-2020
Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors for Cancer, 2006-2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2006-2021
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2005-2020
Newsweek, 2015
Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society



Insurance Information

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Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

As of November 13, 2019, Dr. Athanasian reported no relationships with healthcare industry.

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.

Dr. Athanasian in the News


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


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1997

State Licensure

Selected Publications

Argani P, Athanasian EA. Malignant Endovascular Papilary Angioendothelioma (Dabska Tumor) Arising Within A Deep Intramuscular Hemangioma, Arch Pathol Lab Med 121:992-995, 1997.

Healey JH, Nikolic ZG, Athanasian EA, Boland PJ. Quality of Life as Defined by Orthopaedic Oncology Patients. Ann Surg Oncol 4(7):591-596, 1997.

Athanasian EA, Bischop AT, Amadio PC. Autogenous Fibular Graft and Silicone Implant Arthroplasty Following Resection of Giant Cell Tumor of the Metacarpal: A Report of Two Cases. J Hand Surg 22A:503-507.

Athanasian EA, World LE, Amadio PC. Giant Cell Tumor of the Bones of the Hand. J. Hand Surg 22A 91-98, 1997.

Athanasian EA, Amadio PC, Beckenbaugh R. Treatment of Giant Cell Tumor of the Distal Radius. Orthop Trans. (In press)

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.