David Richard Steinberg, M.D.

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Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

Contact information
Penn Orthopaedic Institute
3737 Market Street
Penn Medicine University City
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 662-3340
Fax: (215) 349-5128
B.A. (Biology)
Princeton University, 1980.
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1984.
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Description of Research Expertise

1. Cartilage repair with bioengineered hydrogels.
2. Tissue engineering for tendon repair.
3. Effects of non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications on rotator cuff repair.
4. Distal radius fractures.
5. Thumb basal joint arthritis.

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Steinberg treats all forms of upper extremity pathology, both acute and chronic, focusing on hand, wrist, forearm and elbow. He performs hand & wrist arthroscopy. He also performs nerve repair & reconstruction in both upper & lower extremities. He has expertise in microsurgery, and is a member of the Penn Hand Transplant Program.

Description of Other Expertise

Dr. Steinberg has a strong interest in resident & fellow education. He is Director of the Hand/Upper Extremity/Microsurgery Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of numerous committees in national organizations, most of which focus on orthopaedic education. He has served as an Examiner for the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery since 2008.

Selected Publications

Stephens, Andrew; Buterbaugh, Kristen; Gordon, Joshua; Steinberg, David; Bozentka, David; Khoury, Viviane; Kazmers, Nikolas: A comparison of magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasonographic evaluation of zone II partial flexor tendon lacerations: a cadaveric study. J Ultrasound Med 40(8): 1651-1656, August 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1002/jum.15553. Epub 2020 Nov 11.

Chung KC, Hyungin MK, Malay S, Shuaver M for the WRIST Group: Comparison of 24-month outcomes after treatment for distal radius fracture. The WRIST randomzied clinical trial. JAMA Network Open 4(6), June 2021 Notes: e2112710. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.12710.

Brendan D. Stoeckl, Hannah M. Zlotnick, Megan J. Farrell, George W. Fryhofer, Michael W. Hast, Liane M. Miller, Mackenzie L. Sennett, Josh R. Baxter, Thomas P. Schaer, RobertL. Mauck, David R. Steinberg : The porcine accessory carpal bone as a model for biologic joint replacement for trapeziometacarpal osteoarthritis. Acta Biomaterialia. Elsevier Ltd, 129: 159-68, May 2021 Notes: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actbio.2021.05.011.

Zelenski NA,Schmidt E,Chin M,Gittings D, Steinberg DR, Hast MW: Flexor Pollicis Longus Tendon Wear Associated With Volar Plating: A Cadaveric Study. J Hand Surg 46(2): 106-113, February 2021.

Yoon AP, Shauver MJ, Hutton DW, Chung KC for the WRIST Group: Cost-Effectiveness of Treatments after Closed Extra articular Distal Radius Fractures in Older Adults from the WRIST Clinical Trial. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 147(2): 240e-252e, February 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000007528.

Hannah M. Zlotnick, BS, Brendan D. Stoeckl, MS, Elizabeth A. Henning, MS, David R. Steinberg, MD, Robert L. Mauck, PhD: Optimized Media Volumes Enable Homogeneous Growth of MSC-Based Engineered Cartilage Constructs. Tissue Engineering Part A 27(3-4): 214-222, Feb 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1089/ten.TEA.2020.0123. Online ahead of print.

Nypaver C, Behar B, Lee A, Fryhofer G, Gray BL, Bozentka DJ, Steinberg DR : Palmar Fasciectomy versus Standard Fasciectomy +/- Checkrein Ligament Release when using the Digit WidgetTM in the Treatment of Severe Dupuytren Proximal Interphalangeal Phalanx (PIP) Joint Contractures American Association of Hand Surgeons, Virtual Annual Meeting January 2021 Notes: e-poster.

Lundy JB, Sharma K, Steinberg DR: Nailbed Injuries, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Local Flaps. Review of Hand Surgery, 2nd edition Pedro Beredjiklian MD, David Bozentka MD and Gregory Gallant MD (eds.). Elsevier, 2021.

Fryhofer GW, MTR, Zlotnick HM, Stoeckl BD, Farrell MJ, Steinberg DR, Mauck RL: Fabrication and maturation of integrated biphasic anatomic MSC-laden composite scaffolds for osteochondral repair and joint resurfacing. J Ortho Res December 2020 Notes: 10.1002/jor.24969. doi: 10.1002/jor.24969; Online ahead of print.

David R. Steinberg and Oded Ben-Amotz: Scaphoidectomy and Four-Corner Fusion. Hand Surgery/Tricks of the Trade. Beredjiklian PK (eds.). Thieme Medical & Scientific Publishers, New York, July 2020.

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