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Lana Kang, MD

Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon
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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

Endoscopic carpal tunnel release
Cubital tunnel syndrome
Hand, wrist, and elbow fractures and sprains
Arthritis and tendinitis
Tendon and ligament repair, reinforcement, and reconstruction 

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If your insurance is not listed, please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out-of-network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.



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 Doctor, 5 Years
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


Education: BSc, Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1993
MSc, Weill Cornell Medical College
Medical School: University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, 1998
Internship: Brown University Medical School, General Surgery, Providence, Rhode Island, 1999
Residency: Brown University Medical School, Orthopaedic Surgery, Providence, Rhode Island, 2003
Fellowship: 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

Selected Journal Articles

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 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

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Kang as of March 23, 2023.

  • 2nd MD - Consultant
  • HS2, LLC - Ownership Interest

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.

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

Dr. Kang in the News