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Michelle G. Carlson, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Hand and Upper Extremity
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Michelle G. Carlson, MD

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

Tel: 212.606.1546
Fax: 212.772.8813
East River Professional Building
523 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1546
Fax: 212.772.8813

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.

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


Specialized Centers

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


Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2012-2018
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2009-2018
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2002-2018
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



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Industry Relationships

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As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies if payments were received during the prior year, or if the HSS physician currently receives payment. 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 March 16, 2018, Dr. Carlson reported no financial interest 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, 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.


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

Patient Education by Dr. Carlson 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.

Professional Education by Dr. Carlson on HSS.edu