Michelle G. Carlson, MD

Dr. Michelle G. Carlson specializes in treating sports-related hand injuries and fractures, pediatric hand conditions, hand disorders in women, and neurologic injuries in the upper extremity. Throughout her career, Dr. Carlson has won several prestigious awards, including the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society/Zimmer Research Grant, the Lewis Clark Wagner Research Award, the T. Campbell Thompson Prize, and the Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation. Dr. Carlson is the director and founder of the Children and Adolescent Hand and Arm (CHArm) Center. She is currently an Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery and an Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.


Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College


Special Expertise

Sports-related Hand Injuries and Fractures
Pediatric Hand Surgery
Hand Disorders in Women
Neurologic Injuries in the Upper Extremity
Carpal Tunnel
Trigger Finger
Basal Joint Arthritis


Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society/Zimmer Research Grant
Lewis Clark Wagner Research Award
AOA Traveling Fellowship Award
T. Campbell Thompson Prize
Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
"Best Doctors in New York," New York magazine, 2009 - 2015.

Insurances Accepted

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MD, Weill Cornell Medical College


Hospital for Special Surgery


Hospital for Special Surgery, Upper Extremity and Microvascular Surgery, US


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Certificate of Added Qualification Hand Surgery

State Licensure

New York

Michelle G. Carlson, MD has contributed to the following educational materials:

For Patients - on HSS.edu

For Professionals - on HSS.edu

Selected Publications

Carlson MG, Hearns KA, Leach ME, Inkellis E. Early Results of Surgical Intervention For Elbow Deformity in Cerebral Palsy Based On Degree of Contracture. The Journal of Hand Surgery. (accepted for publication)

Dy CJ, Young KC, Carlson MG. The Maximum Distal and Ulnar Position of a Fixed-Angle Volar Plate to Avoid Intra-Articular Penetration: A Cadaver Study. The Journal of Hand Surgery European. March 15, 2012 (Epub ahead of print) 

Gyuricza C, Carlson MG, Weiland AJ, Wolfe SW, Hotchkiss RN, Daluiski A. Removal of Locked Plates After Distal Radius Fractures. The Journal of Hand Surgery American 36 (6):  982-5 (June 2011)

Kang L, Carlson MG.  Extensor Tendon Centralization at the Metacarpophalangeal Joint:  Surgical Technique. The Journal of Hand Surgery American 35A (7): 1194-7 (July 2010)

Carlson MG, Spincola LJ, McDermott E, Lewin J. Impact of Video Review on Surgical Procedure Determination in Patients with Cerebral Palsy. Journal of Hand Surgery; 34A(7): 1225-31 (September 2009)

Carlson MG, Brooks C. The Effect of Altered Hand Skills on Stereognosis. The Journal of Hand Surgery American 34(5): 896-9 (May-June 2009)

Carlson MG, Brooks C. Normal and Pathological Dynamic Elbow Electromyography in Patients with Cerebral Palsy. The Journal of Hand Surgery (Submitted)

Carlson MG, Gallagher K, Spiritos M. Surgical Treatment of Swan-Neck Deformity in Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy. The Journal of Hand Surgery American 32(9): 1418-22 (November, 2007)

Carlson MG, Athwal G, Bueno R. Treatment of the Wrist and Hand in Cerebral Palsy. Journal of Hand Surgery American 31(3): 483-490 (March 2006)

Carlson MG, Brooks C. Tendon transfers for thumb-in-palm deformity in Atlas of the Hand Clinics 7(1): 119 (March 2002)

Beredjiklian PK, Dugas J, Gerwin M,: Primary repair of the scapholunate ligament.  Tech. Hand Up Extrem Surg 2(4): 269-73 (1998 Dec)

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Dr. Michelle Carlson, Orthopedic Surgeon

Contact Information

Office Locations

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

Tel: 212.606.1546
Fax: 212.772.8813

Mailing Address

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

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