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Lana Kang, MD

Hand and Upper Extremity

About Dr. Kang


Dr. Lana Kang was invited to join the faculty of Hospital for Special Surgery after completing her fellowship at HSS in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. Her practice is clinically diverse and encompasses a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions. Dr. Kang attended Stanford University, the University of California at San Francisco, and Brown University. She received a dual fellowship in Orthopedic Trauma.She is the former Director of the Orthopedic Hand Surgery Service at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center located in Bronx, New York City.

Dr. Kang serves on the editorial board for the Journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research and as an editorial reviewer for the Journal of Hand Surgery. She is a consultant investigator for academic clinical trials and a delegate for professional societies at both the local and national levels. She is the daughter of Korean immigrants, was born in the state of New Jersey, has lived on both the east and west coasts of the United States, and is currently a resident of the wonderful city of New York.  


Specialized Centers

Center for Brachial Plexus and Traumatic Nerve Injury

Special Expertise

Hand & Upper Extremity Trauma
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Endoscopic or Mini-open Surgery
Tendinitis & Arthritis
Overuse Injuries

Patient Stories

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


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Member
American Society of Surgery of the Hand, Member


Board Certified, Orthopaedic Surgery


Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2017-2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2022
inSCOPE Orthopaedic Fellowship, 2005
Brown University Heffenreffer Research Award, 2004
OREF Resident Research Grant Recipient, 2002
NCAA Division I All-American, 1991 & 1993
Stanford University Research Grant, 1992


BSc, Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1993
MSc, Weill Cornell Medical College


Brown University Medical School, General Surgery, Providence, Rhode Island, 1999


Brown University Medical School, Orthopaedic Surgery, Providence, Rhode Island, 2003


Brown University Medical School, Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery, Providence, Rhode Island, 2004
Hospital for Special Surgery, Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery, New York, 2005

State Licensure



For My Patients

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Surgical Locations

Dr. Kang performs surgery at the following locations:

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Patient Testimonial

"I had my first meet of the season on Saturday and we won! I can’t thank you enough for helping me with my elbow. I'm lifting more and better than I have ever in my life and my swimming has improved tremendously. I feel so good in the pool, have no pain and my elbow feels better than new!"

Publications by Dr. Kang

Patient Education

Blog Posts

Selected Books/Chapters

Kang L, Weiland AJ. Operative Treatment of Colles Fractures. In: The Wrist: Diagnosis and Operative Treatment, 2nd Edition, Rochester, MN: The Mayo Clinic Press, 2005.

Kuo C, Kang L, Wolfe SW. Peripheral Nerve Injury and Repair.In: The Liverpool Book of Orthopaedics, 1st Edition, Liverpool, UK: The University of Liverpool, 2005.

Kang L, Wolfe SW. Scapholunate Instability: Open Repair and Dorsal Capsulodesis. In: Wrist and Elbow Reconstruction and Arthroscopy, Rosemont, IL: The Masters Book Publications, ASSH, 2006.

Kang L, Wolfe SW. Augmented External Fixation. In: Distal Radius Fractures: the Cutting Edge, Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier, 2007.

Kang L, Rosen A, Weiland AJ.  Small Joint Arthritis & Arthroplasty. In: Plastics Secrets, ed. Weinzweig J. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier, 2007.

Selected Journal Articles

Sonenblum S, Kang L, Akelman E, Crisco JJ. In vivo motion of the scaphotrapezio-trapezoid (STT) joint. J Biomech 2004; 37: 645-652.

Kang L, Millett PJ, Mezera K, Weiland A. Chronic plasma cell osteomyelitis of the humerus associated with Shigella and Flavobacterium. J of Shoulder & Elbow Surg 2001, 10: 292-4

Kang L, DiGiovanni CW, Manuel J. Patient compliance in wrong site surgery. J Bone Jt Surg 2003 85: 815-819.

Tashjian R, Henn R, Kang L, Green A. The effect of comorbidity on self-assessed function in patients with a chronic rotator cuff tear. J Bone Jt Surg 2004 86: 355-362.

Kang L, Belcher D, Hulstyn MJ. Fractures of the Femoral Shaft in Women’s College Lacrosse: A Report of Seven Cases and Review of the Literature. Br J Sports Med, 2005.

Kang L, Rosen A, Potter H, Weiland AJ. Rupture of the Index Radial Collateral Ligament: Diagnosis and Surgical Treatment.  J Hand Surg, 2007; 32A(6): 789-794.

Kang L, Henn RF, Tashjian RZ, Green A.  Early outcome of arthroscopic rotator cuff repair:  A matched comparison with mini-open repair. J Arth Rel Surgery, 2007; 23(6):  573-582.

Henn RF, Kang L, Tashjian RZ, Green A.  Patients’ preoperative expectations predict the outcome of rotator cuff repair.  JBJS 2007;89A:1913-1919.

Tashjian RZ, Henn RF, Kang L, Green A.  Effect of medical comorbidity on self-assessed pain, function, and general health status after rotator cuff repair. JBJS 2006 Mar;88(3):536-40.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Presentations

Kang L, Henn R, Tashjian R, Green A. A comparison of short-term functional outcome of arthroscopic versus mini-open rotator cuff repair. The AAOS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2003.

Kang L, Trafton PG. The Incidence of Dropped Bone During Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery. Advanced AO Course in Fracture Fixation, San Francisco, CA, 2004.

Kang L, Henn R, Tashjian R, Green A. The effect of patient expectations on rotator cuff surgery outcome. The 9th International Congress on Surgery of the Shoulder Meeting, Washington, D.C., 2004.

Kang L, Weiss APC, Akelman E. Arthroscopic versus Open Ganglionectomy: Effect on Recurrence and Pain. The ASSH Annual Meeting, New York, NY, 2004.


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.

As of November 13, 2019, Dr. Kang 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.

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