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Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the... More
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
No malpractice history found for New York.
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor’s board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Graduated in 1997
Completed in 1998
Completed in 2002
Completed in 2003
Graduated in 1993
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We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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Dr. Polatsch has been recognized as New York's Top doctors by New York Magazine, Castle Connolly, New York Times Super Doctors, and U.S. News and World Report. Dr. Polatsch is the Co-Director and Co-Founder of the New York Hand and Wrist Center of Lenox and was recruited by Northwell to build a world class Hand Surgery Center. He is nationally and internationally known for excellence in the comprehensive management of complex hand, wrist, and elbow disorders. Dr. Polatsch is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is board certified in both orthopaedic surgery and hand surgery. He underwent expert specialty training in hand, wrist, and elbow surgery at the renowned Harvard Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship in Boston. Prior to becoming the Co-Director of the New York Hand and Wrist Center of Lenox Hill he was in practice for over 12 years at the Hand Surgery Center with Dr. Charles Melone, MD. During that time, he was the program director of the Mount Sinai Orthopedic Hand Surgery Fellowship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel.
Dr. Polatsch is on the editorial review board of the American Journal of Orthopaedics and Orthopedics for his expertise in hand surgery and has published extensively on a wide variety of hand and upper extremity topics in a multitude of peer-reviewed journals. He has also presented an extensive number of papers at regional and national society meetings. He has also authored many book chapters most notably on topics related to the care and treatment of elite and professional athletes.
Dr. Polatsch earned his undergraduate degree with distinction at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine where he was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society for his superior scholastic achievements. His post-graduate training included a surgical internship at NYU Medical Center followed by an orthopaedic surgery residency at NYU-The Hospital for Joint Diseases, where he was appointed Administrative Chief Resident in his final year. He then underwent further specialty training at the Harvard Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship Progarm which included training at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Owing to his expertise in sports-related elbow, wrist, and hand injuries, Dr. Polatsch has treated countless professional and collegiate athletes in every major sport, performing state-of-the-art surgical techniques that have permitted their return to sports activities without impairment. In addition, Dr. Polatsch's clinical interest and expertise include the following: carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, ganglion cysts, wrist fractures, ligament injuries ,scapholunate (SL) ligament injuries , triangular fibrocartilage complex injuries (TFCC), thumb arthritis, skiiers thumb , cubital tunnel syndrome, de Quervains tendonitis, distal biceps tendon problems, dupuytrens disease (both surgical and non-surgical treatment (Xiaflex injections), extensor tendon injuries, finger tip injuries, flexor tendon injuries, fractures in children, golf injuries to the hand/wrist/elbow, hand fractures, hand or wrist tumors , hand therapy, joint replacement, kienbocks disease, mallet fingers, microsurgery, nail bed injuries, nerve injuries,numbness,olecranon bursitis, scaphoid fractures, ski and snowboard injuries, steroid injections, tennis elbow, lateral epicondylitis, thumb sprains, wrist sprains .
Dr. Polatsch is a board certified, fellowship trained hand and upper extremity surgeon. He truly is a conservative hand surgeon who will always try non-operative treatment as the first option whenever possible. He is highly committed to teaching and research and has published extensively on various disorders of the hand and upper-extremity.