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 has traveled to Germany, China, India, Honduras and Ethiopia on medical exchanges.
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Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Chief of Hand Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Hand and wrist surgery
Upper limb trauma
Complex reconstruction of the upper and lower limb
Functional and cosmetic surgery after trauma, replantation, burns
Hand and Wrist Conditions:
Complex Soft Tissue Wounds & Reconstruction
Post-traumatic deformity and dysfunction
Free Tissue Transfer
New York Magazine: Top Doctors, 2019-2020
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctors, 2019-2020
Top Doctors New York Metro Area, 2019-2020
Exceptional Women In Medicine, 2019
American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders Program, 2017
Eastern Orthopaedic Association Resident/Fellow Travel Grant for Sonographic Changes in the Median Nerve, Not Nerve Conduction Velocity, Correlate to Carpal Tunnel Symptom Severity, 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
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M.D., Harvard University, Boston, MA/USA, 2006
New York Presbyterian/Weill-Cornell, New York, NY/USA 2006-2007
Hospital for Special Surgery, 2006-2011
Hand and upper extremity surgery, Washington University, St. Louis, MO/USA 2011-2012
Trauma and microsurgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taipei/Taiwan, 2012-2013
The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Certificate of Added Qualifications, Surgery of the Hand
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
Wessel L, Fufa D, Canham B, Labore A, Boyer M, Calfee R. Outcomes following peripheral nerve decompression with and without associated double crush syndrome: a case control study. Plastic and Reconstr Surg. 2017 Jan; 139(1):119-127. PMID: 27627055
Hu CH, Fufa D, Hsu CC, Lin YT, Lin CH. Revisiting spontaneous rupture of the extensor pollicis longus tendon: Eight cases without identifiable predisposing factor. Hand (NY). 2015 Dec; 10(4): 726-3. PMID: 26568731
Lam WL, Fufa D, Chang NJ, Chuang DC. Management of infraclavicular (Chuang Level IV) brachial plexus injuries: A single surgeon experience with 75 cases. J Hand Surg Eur. Jul; 40(6):573-82. PMID: 25294737
Fufa DT, Chuang SS, Yang JY. Postburn contractures of the hand. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 39(9): 1869-1876. PMID: 25154575
Fufa DT, Lin CH, Lin YT, Hsu HC, Chuang CC, Lin CH Secondary Reconstructive Surgery Following Major Upper Extremity Replantation. Plast and Reconstr Surg. 2014 Oct; 134(4): 713-20. PMID: 24945950
Fufa DT, Lin CH, Lin YT, Hsu HC, Lin CH. Survival and secondary surgery following lower extremity replantation. J Reconstr Microsurg 2014 Jul;30(6):419-26. PMID: 24683136
Fufa DT, Chuang SS, Yang JY. Prevention and Surgical Management of Post Burn Contractures of the Hand. Curr Rev Muscoloskelet Med. 2014 Mar; 7(1):53-9. PMID: 24288147
Fufa DT, Calfee RP, Wall L, Zeng W, Goldfarb CA. Digit replantation: success of two U.S. level-I academic trauma centers. J Bone and Joint Surg Am, 2013, 4;95(23):2127-34
Fufa DT, Chuang SS, Yang JY. Prevention and Surgical Management of Post Burn Contractures of the Hand. Curr Rev Muscoloskelet Med. 2013 Nov 28 (epub ahead of print)
Fufa DT, Carlson MG, Calfee RP, Sriram N, Gelberman RH, Weiland AJ. Mid-term results following ulna shortening osteotomy. HSS J, accepted for publication
Fufa DT, Goldfarb CA. Sports wrist injuries. Curr Rev Muscoloskelet Med. 2013 Mar;6(1):35-40
Wessel L, Fufa D, Boyer M, Calfee R. Epidemiology of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome In Patients with Single Versus Multiple Trigger Digits. J Hand Surg Am. 2013 Jan;38(1):49-55
Fufa D, Osei D, Calfee R, Silva M, Thomopoulos S, Gelberman R. The effect of core and epitendinous suture modifications on repair of intrasynovial flexor tendons in an in-vivo canine model. J Hand Surg Am. 2012 Dec;37(12):2526-31
Fufa DT, Goldfarb CA. Fractures of the thumb and finger metacarpals in athletes. Hand Clin. 2012 Aug;28(3):379-88
Egidy C, Fufa D, Kendoff D, Daluiski A. Hinged external fixator placement at the elbow - navigated versus conventional technique. Computer Aided Surgery. 2012;17(6):294-9
Amirtharajah M, Fufa D, Lightdale N, Weiland A. Clinical, radiographic and patient-reported results of surface replacing proximal interphalangeal joint arthroplasty of the hand. Iowa Orthopaedic Journal. 2011; 31:140-4.
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
2018 AAOS Podium Presentations, New Orleans, LA. Accepted Podium Presentation: Quantitative and Qualitative Evaluation of the Relative Arterial Contributions to the Scaphoid. Fufa DT, Donders E, Klinger C, Lazaro L, Villa J, Helfet, D, Lorich D
2018 Eastern Orthopaedic Association, Miami, FL. Accepted Podium: Sonographic Changes in the Median Nerve Correlate to Symptom Severity and Nerve Conduction Severity in Patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Wessel L, Stepan JG, Marshall DC, MacMahon A, Nwawka ON, Miller T, Fufa DT
2018 American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Annual Meeting. Accepted Poster Presentation: Opioid Prescriber Education and Guidelines Decreases Opioids Prescribed after Ambulatory Hand Surgery. Stepan JG, Fufa DT, Osei D, Lovecchio M, Premkumar F, Sacks HA.
2017 American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Annual Conference. Poster Presentation: Effect of Plate Design on Flexor Pollicis Longus Tendon Irritation after Volar Locked Plating of Distal Radius Fractures. Stepan JG, Marshall D, Wessel LE, Nwawka OK, Weiland A, Fufa DT.
2017 American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Annual Conference. Accepted Podium Presentation: Radial Distraction to Stabilize Unstable Distal Radioulnar Joint During Radius Fixation. Wang JP, Fufa DT, Chang MC.
2015 American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Annual Conference. E Poster: Outcomes of Carpal and Cubital Tunnel Surgery for Double Crush. Wessel L, Canham B, Fufa D, Labore A, Boyer M, Calfee R.
2013 World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, Annual Conference. Podium Presentation: Survival and Secondary Surgeries Following Replantation of Complete Lower Extremity Amputation. Fufa D, Lin CH, Lin YT, Lin CH.
2012 American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Annual Conference. Podium Presentation: Long-Term Subjective Satisfaction after Ulna Shortening Osteotomy for Ulnar Impaction Syndrome. Fufa D, Carlson M, Calfee R, M.Sc., Sriram N, Gelberman R, Weiland A.
2012 American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Annual Conference. Podium Presentation: Digit Replantation: Experience of two U.S. Academic Level I Trauma Centers. Fufa D, Calfee R, Zeng W, Wall L, Goldfarb C
2012 American Association for Hand Surgery, Annual Conference. E-Poster: Partial Ulnar Carpal Excision in a Series of Four Patients Without Subsequent Volar Intercalated Segmental Instability. Kitay A, Fufa D, Athanasian E.
Current ongoing research projects:
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.
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.
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 help improve the education of adult learners and best prepare the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons.