Dr. Scott Wolfe is an experienced, innovative and authoritative expert in upper extremity problems that incapacitate fingers, hands, wrists, elbows and nerves. Dr. Wolfe frequently operates on complex conditions and specializes in the wrist, specifically, scaphoid surgery, distal radius fractures, wrist fractures, nonunions, Dupuytren’s disease, nerve repair and nerve reconstruction.
Along with an active practice, Dr. Wolfe teaches students daily as a Cornell Medical School Professor of Orthopedic Surgery. He gives educational lectures to medical specialists globally and has advanced the knowledge and technique of hand surgery worldwide. As lead author, he has published over 200 major papers throughout his 30-year career in the most respected, peer-reviewed, American medical journals. His goal is to help achieve consistently superior patient results in hand and nerve surgery.
World class musicians and professional athletes have had their mobility restored through the care of Dr. Wolfe, who has consistently been rated as one of America's and New York’s Top Doctors for over 20 years.
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Surgery and Nerve Repair, Weill Cornell Medical College
Faculty Director of Orthopedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery
Member, Executive Council, Hospital for Special Surgery
Senior Scientist, Research Division, Hospital for Special Surgery
President, New York Society for Surgery of the Hand
Wrist Fractures: Distal Radius and Scaphoid Fractures and Non-Unions
SLAC / SNAC Wrist
TFCC Injuries / Tears
Basal Joint / Thumb Arthritis
Inventor: Innovative New Artificial Wrist
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Peroneal Nerve Disorders
Radial Nerve Disorders
Median Nerve Disorders
Axillary Nerve Repair
Suprascapular Nerve Repair
Musculocutaneous Nerve Repair
Biceps Tendon Ruptures
Ulnar Nerve Compression
Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2002-2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2003-2021
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2002-2021
American Society for Surgery of the Hand Linscheid-Dobyns Excellence in Wrist Research Award, 2018
Kappa Delta Elizabeth Winston Lanier Award, AAOS, 2017
Fellowship Grant, Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation, 2010-2011
Patients' Choice Award, New York Physicians, Vitals, 2008-2010
"Most Compassionate Physician's List", 2009
Best Papers, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2009
2nd Prize, New York Society for Surgery of the Hand, Residents and Fellows Night, 2009
Emanuel Kaplan Award, New York Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2009
Philip D. Wilson Award, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2008
1st Prize, New York Society for Surgery of the Hand, Residents and Fellows Night, 2008
OREF Residents Award, 2nd Prize, Andrew Swanson, 2008
First Place Award, 3rd Annual Bioengineering Expo, Institute for Biological Engineering, 2005
Best Scientific Exhibit, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2001
Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellowship, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 1997-98
The Wayne O. Southwick Teaching Award, Yale Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, 1996
The Wayne O. Southwick Teaching Award, Yale Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, 1992
The T. Campbell Thompson Award for Orthopaedic Excellence, Hospital for Special Surgery and Weill Cornell Medical College 1984
Dean's Research Prize for Orthopaedic Research, Weill Cornell Medical College, 1984
President, New York Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2014
Omicron Delta Kappa, Johns Hopkins University, 1997
Phi Beta Kappa, Johns Hopkins University, 1980
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The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Certificate of Added Qualifications, Surgery of the Hand
Microsurgery, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center
Editor, Green's Operative Hand Surgery
Marie Anneberg, MD, Greg Packer, MD, Joseph J. Crisco, PhD, Scott Wolfe, MD. Four-Year Outcomes of Midcarpal Hemiarthroplasty for Wrist Arthritis. J Hand Surg Am. 2017;42(11):894-903.
Wolfe SW, Barrie KA, Merrell GA. Letter regarding "Influence of locking stitch size in a four-strand cross-locked cruciate flexor tendon repair". J Hand Surg Am. 2012 Jan;37(1):188; author reply 188-9.
O'Shea K, Feinberg JH, Wolfe SW, Imaging and electrodiagnostic work-up of acute adult brachial plexus injuries. J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2011 Nov;36(9):747-59. Epub 2011 Sep 15. Review.
Gyuricza C, Carlson MG, Weiland AJ, Wolfe SW, Hotchkiss RN, Daluiski A., Removal of locked volar plates after distal radius fractures. J Hand Surg Am. 2011 Jun;36(6):982-5. Epub 2011 May 14.
Stoecklein HH, Garg R, Wolfe SW., Surface replacement arthroplasty of the proximal interphalangeal joint using a volar approach: case series. J Hand Surg Am. 2011 Jun;36(6):1015-21. Epub 2011 May 6.
Garg R, Merrell GA, Hillstrom HJ, Wolfe SW., Comparison of nerve transfers and nerve grafting for traumatic upper plexus palsy: a systematic review and analysis. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2011 May 4;93(9):819-29. Review.
Crisco JJ, Heard WM, Rich RR, Paller DJ, Wolfe SW., The mechanical axes of the wrist are oriented obliquely to the anatomical axes. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2011 Jan 19;93(2):169-77.
Garg R, Hammoud S, Lipman J, Wolfe SW., Preoperative computer-assisted design templating of complex articular olecranon osteotomy: case report. J Hand Surg Am. 2010 Dec;35(12):1990-4.e1. Epub 2010 Nov 18.
Henn RF 3rd, Kuo CE, Kessler MW, Razzano P, Grande DP, Wolfe SW., Augmentation of zone II flexor tendon repair using growth differentiation factor 5 in a rabbit model. J Hand Surg Am. 2010 Nov;35(11):1825-32.
Leventhal EL, Moore DC, Akelman E, Wolfe SW, Crisco JJ., Carpal and forearm kinematics during a simulated hammering task.
J Hand Surg Am. 2010 Jul;35(7):1097-104.
Orr CM, Leventhal EL, Chivers SF, Marzke MW, Wolfe SW, Crisco JJ., Studying primate carpal kinematics in three dimensions using a computed-tomography-based markerless registration method. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2010 Apr;293(4):692-709.
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
The eight small bones of the carpus exhibit complex but coordinated motions during wrist flexion-extension and radioulnar deviation. Small perturbations in these coordinated motions, such as might be caused by fracture or ligament injury, can result in changes in joint loading and progressive carpal collapse and degenerative arthritis. Previous techniques to study carpal motion have been limited by the need to place invasive markers. We developed a technique using high resolution computed tomography to accurately identify and reconstruct surface contours and analyze rotation and translation of each bone throughout all planes of wrist motion. We have identified a plane of motion that requires almost no contribution from the proximal carpal row, and propose that this so-called "dart-throwers" plane may represent the functional plane of wrist motion and may have evolutionary significance.
Dr. Wolfe performs surgery at the following locations:
More information on these subspecialties can be found on Dr. Wolfe's website:
- Nerve Repair
- Brachial Plexus / Center for Brachial Plexus and Traumatic Nerve Injury