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Steve K. Lee, MD

Hand and Upper Extremity

About Dr. Steve Lee


Dr. Steve K. Lee is Chief of the Hand and Upper Extremity Service at Hospital for Special Surgery, a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and is an orthopedic surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Lee is also Research Director of the HSS Center for Brachial Plexus and Traumatic Nerve Injury where he is involved with cutting edge research in clinical outcomes and basic science for the improvement of care of patients with devastating nerve injuries.

Dr. Lee’s clinical interests are broad with regard to all hand, wrist, elbow conditions and brachial plexus and peripheral nerve problems throughout the entire body, in adults and children. He received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine and completed his training in orthopedic surgery at Yale University School of Medicine. He then completed a fellowship in hand surgery at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases.

Dr. Lee is an educator of surgeons. He is the Chair of the Council of the HSS eAcademy, a web based platform for professional and patient education. He has trained more than 40 hand surgery fellows and more than 400 orthopaedic surgery residents. He has been a chair and instructor of numerous courses and symposia which teaches practicing surgeons and physicians nationally and internationally. Dr. Lee also serves on the HSS Professional Education Advisory Committee, the HSS Journal Editorial Board, and the Psychomotor Education Lab (PSEL) Advisory Committee.

Dr. Lee and his office staff are committed to giving the best possible care for each and every patient. From the first phone call, to the office visit and aftercare, our goal is to ensure that every patient is taken care of in the best possible manner.

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Specialized Centers

Center for Brachial Plexus and Traumatic Nerve Injury
Osseointegration Limb Replacement Center

Special Expertise

Conditions that Dr. Lee treats include, but are not limited to: nerve injuries to the brachial plexus and all peripheral nerves in the arms, hands, legs; nerve compressions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, radial tunnel syndrome, fractures and dislocations of the hand, wrist, forearm, and elbow; tendon lacerations and injuries, trigger fingers, tendonitis, arthritis of the hand, wrist, and elbow; hand and wrist ligament injuries, pediatric (congenital) deformities, Dupuytren’s, ganglions, tetraplegia, conditions requiring microsurgery and reconstruction, among others. Hand, wrist, forearm, elbow fracture fixation; nerve repair and reconstruction, brachial plexus surgery, microsurgery, wrist ligament reconstruction, hand tendon reconstruction, carpal tunnel surgery, nerve decompression, wrist arthroscopy.

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Chief, Hand and Upper Extremity Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Director of Research, Center for Brachial Plexus and Traumatic Nerve Injury
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Chair of HSS eAcademy, Hospital for Special Surgery
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


Trustee, American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH)
current-Treasurer/ past-President, Manus Hand Club
Treasurer, New York Society for Surgery of the Hand
Chair, Public Education Committee, American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2000
Certificate of Added Qualifications, Hand Surgery, 2006

Additionally, Dr. Lee teaches the courses that help surgeons prepare to take the board examinations, such as the Comprehensive Board Review Course put on by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and he has been an instructor for years at the Maine Orthopaedic Board Review Course, a course taken by more than half of all graduating orthopaedic surgery residents.


Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2015-2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2009-2019, 2021, 2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2009-2022
U.S. News and World Report Top Doctors 2013
Patient's Choice Award 2010-2013
ASSH Joseph Boyes Research Award 2011
Sir Robert Jones Research Award 2010
New York Society for Surgery of the Hand Research Awards 2005-2009
ASSH Sumner Koch Research Award 2005
American Society for Surgery of the Hand Award for Outstanding Research 2005
U.S. Air Force Commendation and National Defense Medals 2002


MD, Duke University School of Medicine, 1989-1993.


General Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, 1993-1994.


Orthopaedic Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, 1994-1998.


Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery, NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, 2002-2003.

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Surgical Locations

Dr. Steve Lee performs surgery at the following locations:

Publications by Dr. Steve Lee

Patient Education

Professional Education

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Editorial Appointments

Dr. Lee is well known for this work and lectures nationally and internationally on a number of topics equaling more than 200 lectures in total. He has nearly 60 peer reviewed original research publications and more than 30 book chapters.

Associate Editor, Journal of Hand Surgery
Consultant Reviewer, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
Consultant Reviewer, Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Consultant Reviewer, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
Contributing Editor, Yearbook of Hand and Upper Limb Surgery
Contributing Editor, two Hand Clinics issues
Contributing Editor, AAOS Monograph on Hand and Wrist Arthritis

Selected Books/Chapters

Lee SK. Flexor Tendon Injuries. Editors: Abzug J, Kozin S, Zlotolow D. In the Pediatric Upper Extremity. Springer, for 2014

Lee SK, Zlotolow D, Yao J. Scapholunate Axis Method, Editors: Shin A, Day C. ASSH Advances in Scapholunate Treatment, for 2014. 

Lee SK. Scaphoid and Carpal Injuries. Editors: Wolfe SW, Hotchkiss RN, Pederson C, Kozin S. Green’s Operative Hand Surgery, Elsevier, for 2014

Lee SK. Extensor tendon injuries, acute and chronic. Editor: Slutsky D. McGraw Hill, for 2013.

Lee SK. Rheumatoid arthritis. Editor: Lee SK. AAOS Monograph on Hand and Wrist Arthritis, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, for 2013

Lee SK. Hand and wrist trauma, OKU 11, for 2013

Lee SK. Symposium discussion, in Tang JB, Amadio P, Guimberteau JC, Chang J (eds): Tendon Surgery of the Hand. Philadelphia: Elsevier Inc.,2012.

Lee SK, Posner MA. Wrist Fusions in Rheumatoid Arthritis, in Glickel S, Bernstein R (eds): Master Techniques in Arthritis Surgery. Rosemont: American Society for Surgery of the Hand; 2011: 155-166.

Lee SK, Hsu PA. Scaphoid fractures in athletes, in Slutsky DJ, Slade JF (eds): The Scaphoid. New York: Thieme Medical Publishers; 2011: 166-172.

Lee SK. Hand fractures, in Egol KA, Koval KJ, Zuckerman JD (eds): Handbook of Fractures. New York: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010: 305-324.

Selected Journal Articles

Hsu PA, Hsu AR, Sutter EG, Levitz SP, Rose DM, Segalman KA, Lee SK.  Effect of Anterior Versus Posterior In Situ Decompression on Ulnar Nerve Subluxation. Am J Orthop 2013;42(6):262-266.

Dy CJ, Rosenblatt L, Lee SK. Current Methods and Biomechanics of Extensor Tendon Repairs. Hand Clin 2013;29(2):261-268.

Tang JB, Amadio PC, Boyer MI, Savage R, Zhao C, Sandow M, Lee SK, Wolfe SW. Current Practice of Primary Flexor Tendon Repair: A Global View. Hand Clin 2013;29(2):179-189.

Lee SK. Modern tendon repairs in the hand. Hand Clin 2012;28:565-570.

Lee SK, Wolfe SW. Nerve transfers for the upper extremity: the new horizon in nerve reconstruction. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2012;20:506-517.

Lee SK, Wisser JR. Restoration of pinch in intrinsic muscles of the hand. Hand Clin 2012;28(1):45-51.

Laino D, Petchprapa C, Lee SK. Ulnar variance: correlation of plain radiographs, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging with anatomic dissection. J Hand Surg 2012;37A:90-97.

Hannon M, Lee SK. Extravasation injuries. J Hand Surg 2011;36A:2060-2065.

Lee SK, Fajardo M, Kardashian G, Klein J, Tsai P, Christoforou D. Repair of Flexor Digitorum Profundus to Distal Phalanx: A Biomechanical Evaluation of Four Techniques. J Hand Surg 2011; 36A:1604-1609.

Lee SK, Desai H, Silver B, Dhaliwal G, Paksima N. Comparison of radiographic stress views for scapholunate dynamic instability in a cadaver model. J Hand Surg 2011;36A:1149-1157.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Presentations

Lee SK, Garg R, Wolfe SW. The lack of consensus in reporting treatment outcomes of adult brachial plexus surgery. Podium Presentation, XVII International Symposium on Brachial Plexus Surgery, Lisbon, Portugal, May 19-21, 2011.

Wolfe SW, Lee SK, Garg R. Proposed universal instrument for the assessment of adult brachial plexus injuries. Podium Presentation, XVII International Symposium on Brachial Plexus Surgery, Lisbon, Portugal, May 20, 2011.

Lee SK, Dhaliwal G, Desai H, Hsu P, Paksima N. Arthroscopic Evaluation of the Scapholunate Interval: A Correlation of Anatomic Lesions with the Geissler Classification. Podium Presentation, International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand, Seoul, Korea, Oct 31-Nov 4, 2010.

Lee SK, Hsu PA, Levitz S, Sutter EG, Rose DM, Segalman K. The effect of anterior versus posterior release on ulnar nerve subluxation during in situ decompression: a cadaveric study. Podium Presentation, International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand, Seoul, Korea, Oct 31-Nov 4, 2010.

Lee SK, Desai H, Dhaliwal G, Silver B, Paksima N. Comparison of radiographic dynamic stress views for scapholunate instability. Podium Presentation, International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand, Seoul, Korea, Oct 31-Nov 4, 2010.


Research Interests

Dr. Lee’s research interests include brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injury, wrist ligament injuries, and tendon injuries in the hand. From this work, he holds a patent for wrist ligament reconstruction and has received numerous grants to support his research.

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. Lee as of February 08, 2022.

  • Arthrex, Inc. - Royalties
  • Axogen - Consultant; Speakers' Bureau
  • Depuy Synthes - Consultant; Speakers' Bureau
  • HS2, LLC- Ownership Interest
  • HSS ASC of Manhattan, LLC- Ownership Interest
  • Sonex Health- 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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