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

Arturo J. Rios-Diaz, MD, Said C. Azoury, MD, Jessica R. Cunning, BS, MBA, Robyn B. Broach, PhD, David Steinberg, MD, David J. Bozentka, MD, Ines C. Lin, MD, Benjamin Chang, MD, John P. Fischer, MD, MPH, L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, FAOA: The Story Behind Isolated Hand or Digit Traumatic Amputations: A One-Year Evaluation of Traumatic Amputation Treatment Course and Success of Replantation 65th Annual Meeting of Plastic Surgery Research Council May 2020 Notes: selected for podium presentation, pre-COVID.

George Fryhofer....David Steinberg, Robert Mauck: INCOMPLETE Fabrication and maturation of integrated biphasic MSC-laden composite scaffolds for osteochondral repair. University of Pennsylvania May 29 2020 Notes: presented at Research Day Symposium, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania.

Zvi Steinberger, Erin L. Weber, Francesco Amendola, Jonathan Lundy, L. Scott Levin, David Steinberg: Supinator to anterior interosseous nerve transfer for lower brachial plexus injuries: an anatomical study. University of Pennsylvania May 29 2020 Notes: Poster - Research Day Symposium/Conference, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania.

Christina Nypaver, MD; Brittany Behar, MD; Alfred Lee, BS; David Steinberg, MD: INCOMPLETE Less Invasive Fasciectomy versus Standard Fasciectomy +/- Checkrein Ligament Release when using the Digit Widget in the Treatment of Severe Dupuytren Proximal Interphalangeal Phalanx Joint Contractures University of Pennsylvania May 29 2020 Notes: presented at Research Day Symposium, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania.

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

Hannah M. Zlotnick, BS, Brendan D. Stoeckl, MS, Elizabeth A. Henning, MS, David R. Steinberg, MD, Robert L. Mauck, PhD: INCOMPLETE Optimized Media Volumes Enable Homogeneous Growth of MSC-Based Engineered Cartilage Constructs. Tissue Engineering Part A 2020.

Saïd C. Azoury MD, Niv Milbar MD, Rotem Kimia BS, Jie C. Nguyen MD MS, Sammy Othman BA, Christine McAndrew PA, Stephen J. Kovach MD, Robert B. Carrigan MD, David R. Steinberg MD, David J. Bozentka MD, Ines Lin MD MD, L. Scott Levin MD FACS, Benjamin Chang MD: INCOMPLETE 4-year Follow-up of the World’s First Pediatric Bilateral Hand-Forearm Transplants: Do They Grow as Expected? Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2020.

Chung KC, Sasor SE, Speth KA, Wang L, Shauver MJ, WRIST Group: Patient satisfaction after treatment of distal radius fractures in older adults. J Hand Surg (European) October 2019 Notes: doi: 10.1177/1753193419878981. [Epub ahead of print]

Chung KC, Malay S, Shauver MJ, WRIST Group: The relationship between hand therapy & long-term outcomes after distal radius fracture in older adults: evidence from the randomized wrist and radius injury surgical trial. Plast Reconstr Surg 144: 230e, August 2019.

Serra-Lopez V, Falk D, Behar B, Gittings D, Steinberg D: Tips and tricks: treatment of a volar coronal shear lunate fracture with midcarpal instability. University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Journal 29, June 2019.

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Last updated: 08/30/2020
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