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Duretti Fufa, MD

Hand and Upper Extremity, Trauma

About Dr. Fufa

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Dr. Duretti Fufa is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand surgery with additional expertise in reconstruction and microsurgery. She earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University before completing her orthopaedic surgery residency at Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Fufa completed fellowship training in hand and upper extremity surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. Her subspecialty training continued with a plastic surgery fellowship in trauma and microsurgery at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan.

With unique training in both orthopedic and plastic surgery, Dr. Fufa's interests range from fractures and common hand and wrist problems to complex wound coverage, limb salvage and post-trauma functional enhancement. Aside from these clinical and research interests, Dr. Fufa is interested in global medicine and volunteerism and has traveled to Germany, China, India, Honduras and Ethiopia on medical exchanges.

Learn about Dr. Fufa's work at CURE for her latest mission at the CURE Ethiopia Children’s Hospital.

 

Departments

Specialized Centers

Center for Brachial Plexus and Traumatic Nerve Injury
Limb Salvage and Amputation Reconstruction Center (LSARC)

Special Expertise

Hand and wrist surgery
Upper limb trauma
Complex reconstruction of the upper and lower limb
Functional surgery after trauma, replantation, burns

Procedures

Hand and Wrist Conditions:
Fractures
Lacerations
Carpal tunnel 
Trigger finger
Arthritis
Microsurgery
Complex Soft Tissue Wounds & Reconstruction
Post-traumatic deformity and dysfunction
Free Tissue Transfer

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Insurance

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Credentials

Appointments

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

Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Orthopaedic Association
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
American Association for Hand Surgery
American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
American Society for Peripheral Nerve
American College of Surgeons
American Heart Association, Healthcare Provider BLS/ACLS Certification
New York Society for Surgery of the Hand
The Thomas B. Quigley Society for the Advancement of Sports Medicine
The J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society
Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
The Association for Surgical Education

Certification

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Certificate of Added Qualifications, Surgery of the Hand

Awards

Nancy Bischoff Mentor Award, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2021
New York Magazine: Top Doctors, 2019-2021
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2021
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctors, 2019-2020
Top Doctors New York Metro Area, 2019-2020
American College of Surgeons Annual Surgical Simulation Summit, Best in Show Award, 2019
American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Emmanuel Kaplan Award, 2019
Exceptional Women In Medicine, 2019
New York Society for Surgery of the Hand Residents and Fellows Night, 1st Place Prize, 2018
American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders Program, 2017
American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Gelberman Scholar Award, 2017 
Hospital for Special Surgery Richard S Laskin, MD Young Attending Award, 2017 
American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand Resident/Fellow Fast Track Grant, 2017.
American Society for Surgery of the Hand Young Leaders Program participant, 2014
AO Trauma International Fellowship, 2013
Overseas Chinese Affairs Council, Elite Scholarship, 2012
American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand-Health Volunteers Overseas, Young Surgeon Traveling Fellowship, 2009

Education

Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA – Doctor of Medicine, 2006
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA – Bachelor, 2002

Internship

General Surgery – New York Presbyterian/Weill-Cornell, New York, NY/USA, 2007

Residency

Orthopaedic Surgery – Hospital for Special Surgery, 2011

Fellowship

Hand and upper extremity surgery, Washington University, St. Louis, MO/USA 2012
Trauma and microsurgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taipei/Taiwan, 2013

State Licensure

Languages

English, Spanish

For My Patients

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Videos and Resources

Patient Education Articles

What Should You Expect from Needle Aponeurotomy Procedure for Dupuytrens


Volunteerism

Why I Volunteer with Duretti Fufa, MD

CURE Ethiopia Children's Hospital - Volunteer Mission

 

Publications by Dr. Fufa

Blog Posts

Editorial Appointments

Hospital for Special Surgery Journal
Journal Orthoplastic Surgery, Editorial Board member
Journal of Hand Surgery
Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery 
Orthoplastic Surgery
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open 

Selected Books/Chapters

Fufa D, Raphael B, Weiland A. Wrist Injuries in Baseball Players. In: Sports Medicine of Baseball. Edited by Dines J, Atlchek D. Andrews J, et al. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2012

Selected Journal Articles

Zohar-Bondar A, Stepan J, Chapman T, Sacks H, Verrett I, Fufa D. The Effect of Standardized Perioperative Patient Education on Opioid Use After Minor Soft Tissue Procedures Distal to the Wrist. J Hand Surg Am. 2021. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2021.06.009

Gu A, Asadourian P, Stepan J, Wessel L, Osei D, Fufa DT. The Epidemiology of Carpal Tunnel: Revision over a One Year Follow-up Period. J Hand Surg Am. Accepted for Publication.

Wessel LE, Gu A, Asadourian PA, Stepan JG, Fufa DT, Osei DA. The Epidemiology of Carpal Tunnel Revision Over a 1-Year Follow-Up Period. J Hand Surg Am. 2021;46(9):758-764. doi:10.1016/j.jhsa.2021.04.003

Endo Y, Sivakumaran T, Lee SC, Lin B, Fufa D. Ultrasound features of traumatic digital nerve injuries of the hand with surgical confirmation. Skeletal Radiol. 2021;10.1007/s00256-021-03731-w. doi:10.1007/s00256-021-03731-w

Shapiro LM, Chang J, Fox PM, Kozin SH, Chung KC, Dyer GSM, Fufa D, Leversedge FJ, Katarincic JA, Kamal RN. Quality Measures to Deliver Safe, High-Quality Care on Hand Surgery Outreach Trips to Low and Middle-Income Countries. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2020 doi:10.2106/JBJS.19.01506. PMID: 33337798

Chen F, Kerluku J, Mintz D, Burge A, Chen A, MacMahon A, Osei D, Fufa D. Non-Contrast Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Perforators for Preoperative Evaluation of Anterolateral Thigh Flaps. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2020. doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000003174

Stepan J, Sacks H, Verret CI, Wessel L, Kumar K, Fufa D. Standardized Perioperative Patient Education Decreases Opioid Use After Hand Surgery: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021;147(2):409-418. doi:10.1097/PRS.0000000000007574 PMID: 33235041.

Shapiro LM, Chang J, Fox PM, Kozin SH Chung KC Dyer GSM, Fufa D. Leversedge FJ, Katarincic JA, Kama RN. Measuring and Improving the Quality of Care of Global Outreach Trips: A Primer for Safe and Sustainable Surgery. J Hand Surg Am. 2020 Jul 14:S0363-5023(20)30283-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2020.04.027. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32680787.

Coxe F, Verret C, Wessel L, Stepan J, Nguyen J, Fufa D. Impact of Patient-Reported Allergies on Early Postoperative Opioid Use and Outcomes Following Ambulatory Hand Surgery. HAND. 2020 Jun 7:1558944720928483. doi: 10.1177/1558944720928483. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32507056.

Wessel L, Gu A, Coxe F, Stepan J, Fufa D, Osei D. Operative Fixation for Distal Radius Fracture Increases Rates of Trigger Finder over a 6-Month Post-Operative Period. J Orthop Res. 6(4). 2020 Feb. doi:10.31031/OPROJ.2020.06.000642. 

Mahmood B, Marshall D, Lee S, Wolfe S, Fufa D. Cadaveric Evaluation of Myelinated Nerve Fiber Count in the Nerve to the Gracilis Muscle in Relation to Use as a Free Functional Muscle Transfer for Elbow Flexion. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2020 Jan. doi: 10.1055/s-0039-1701036.

Yang TC, Fufa D, Huang HK, Huang YC, Chang MC, Wang JP. Percutaneous A1 Pulley Release Combined with Finger Splint for Trigger Finger with Proximal Interphalangeal Joint Flexion Contracture. J Hand Surg Asian Pac. 2019 Sep;24(3):270-275. doi: 10.1142/S2424835519500334.

Stepan JG, Marshall DC, Wessel LE, Endo Y, Miller TT, Sacks HA, Weiland AJ, Fufa DT. The Effect of Plate Design on the Flexor Pollicis Longus Tendon After Volar Locked Plating of Distal Radial Fractures. J Bone Joint Surg Am. Published 2019 Sep 4;101(17):1586-1592. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.18.01087
 

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Research

Dr. Fufa’s clinical and research interests range from fractures, common hand and wrist injuries, to complex wound coverage, limb salvage, and post-trauma functional enhancement. Below is a brief description of her current research efforts, which could be furthered with the help of philanthropic support.

Research Interests

Diagnosis and Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Dr. Fufa is investigating how to better diagnose and treat carpal tunnel syndrome. Her research takes on a multimodal approach to improving treatment of patients with less invasive, more efficient and cost-effective methods. One of her studies explores the use of ultrasound to diagnose and predict response to treatment. She is also analyzing the use of physical examination as a potential predictor of patient outcome after carpal tunnel surgery. This work has to this point been supported by internal funding and has led to publication in the leading hand surgery journal. Findings from these ongoing projects will help to advance diagnostic and prognostic tools for patients with this common condition.

Public Health Care Delivery and Global Surgical Outreach
Dr. Fufa collaborates in a working group of hand surgeons with tremendous international surgical outreach experience called Global Quality in Upper Extremity Surgery and Training (QUEST). The mission of this group is to develop quality measures to quantify and ensure high-quality care on outreach trips. This research work can be used as a basis for all future hand surgical outreach trips and serves as a foundation to all participating organizations and physicians to ensure safe, high-quality care delivery, and appropriate utilization of resources.

Impact of Opioid Epidemic in Upper Limb Surgery
Dr. Fufa and her colleagues are studying the use of prescription opioids following upper limb surgery. This study has been ongoing for the past 2 years and is at the forefront of our research efforts given the narcotic abuse epidemic in the United States. It has been made possible by hospital and national grants and was won research awards with the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Findings from this ongoing research will be used to improve patient education at HSS and ultimately influence pain management efforts and patient care at institutions across the country.

Orthopaedic Training and Education 
As residency program director, Dr. Fufa oversees various institutional projects aimed at improving education of trainees in orthopaedic surgery. One such project known as the “Surgical Games,” uses lab-based surgical simulation to ensure resident preparedness for optimal safety and patient care. This research and its findings will be utilized to improve the education of adult learners and better prepare the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons. Dr. Fufa is also studying factors influencing women who specialize in orthopaedic surgery, a field where women are historically underrepresented.

Physician Burnout and Wellness
Physician burnout is on the rise and its causes are multifactorial. It is known that burnout negatively impacts not only physician wellness, but also patient care. Dr. Fufa’s work has involved assessing markers of burnout among orthopaedic surgeons and trainees and determining workplace factors associated with it. This work aims to design and measure targeted interventions to improve these factors.

Patient Registries

Industry Relationships

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.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Fufa as of December 31, 2019.

  • Integra Life Sciences - Consultant; Research Support
  • Medartis - Consultant

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.

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

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