Dr. Daniel Polatsch, MD

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Dr. Daniel Polatsch, MD


Orthopedic Hand Surgery | Male

New York Hand and Wrist Center 110 E 59th St Ste 9A, New York, NY 10022 Get Directions
(212) 434-4263

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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.Read more

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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...Read more

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Patient Reviews (4)
Bronx, NY |
Staff, in particular PA and officer manager were rude.
in New York, NY |
After having pain and being in splints on and off with both hands, I now have full use of both hands and am completely splint free. Dr. Polatsch first operated on me two years ago for a tennis elbow on left arm. This past June he operated on my right hand and elbow for three trigger fingers, a nerve pressing on the elbow and tennis elbow. I am so grateful to him for his kindness, professionalism, and for being such a fantastic surgeon. It is great to be pain free.
in New York, NY |
What a sweetie! I have had several minor hand surgeries, which went smoothly. I absolutely trust him and his staff. People with hand problems would be crazy to see anyone else.
in Brooklyn, NY |
I had a very good experience. Dr. Polatsch examined my finger and gave me information to make a decision between an injection or surgery. . He listened and answered all of my questions. He is knowledgeable and professional. He was patient and gave me time to make a decision. Someone from his office called me the day after surgery to see how I was feeliing and shortly after I responded, Dr. Polatsch called me to discuss. He has a very nice bedside manner and his staff is friendly and courteous.
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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's Care Philosophy

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.

Dr. Polatsch's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  •  Board certified in Hand Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • New York Times Best Doctors, 2011
    • New York Top Doctors (Castle Connolly Medical Ltd), 2012
    • New York Times Best Doctors, 2012
    • New York Times Best Doctors, 2010
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  • Media & Publications
    • Capitellar Fractures: A BiomechanicalEvaluation of Three Fixation Methods., 2002
    • Chronic exertional compartment syndrome:diagnosis and management., 2005
    • Severe Ulnar Neuropathy Following Anterior Subcutaneous Transposition of the Ulnar Nerve in a Collegiate Tennis Player, 2003
    • An Unusual Rupture of the Flexor CarpiRadialis Tendon: A Case Report., 2006
    • Ulnar Nerve Anatomy, 8/2007
    • Comparison of two headless screwdesigns for fixation of capitellum fractures., 2003
    • Posterior capsulorrhaphy for treatment of recurrent posterior glenohumeral instability., 2005
    • Basal Joint Arthritis: Evaluation and Treatment., 2006

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Board Certifications

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  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Avulsion Fracture
  • Back Pain
  • Bennett's Fracture
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Fractures
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Colles' Fracture
  • Complex Fractures
  • Congenital Diseases
  • Contracture
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Distal Radius Fracture
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Disorders
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Extra-Articular Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand Injury
  • Hand Ligament Rupture
  • Hand Pain
  • Joint Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Lupus
  • Malunion of Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Conduction Disorders
  • Nerve Injury
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neurological Injuries
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Numbness
  • Orthopedic Trauma
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Elbow
  • Osteoarthritis of Finger Joint
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteoarthritis of Wrist
  • Osteopenia
  • Pathologic Fracture
  • Pediatric Fractures
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Reiter's Syndrome (Reactive Arthritis)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scaphoid Fractures
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Torn Cartilage
  • Trigger Finger
  • Tumor
  • Upper Extremity Fracture
  • Wrist Disorders
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Pain


  • Medical School
    New York University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1997

  • Internship Hospital
    New York University Medical Center-Tisch Hospital

    Completed in 1998

  • Residency Hospital
    Hospital For Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute

    Completed in 2002

    New York University Medical Center

    Completed in 2002

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Brigham and Womens Hospital

    Completed in 2003

    Childrens Hospital Medical Center

    Completed in 2003

    Harvard Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship

    Completed in 2003

    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Completed in 2003

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of Michigan / Ann Arbor

    Graduated in 1993

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Arthritic Hand Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Congenital Hand Surgery
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand Reconstruction
  • Hand Surgery
  • Hand Tendon Repair
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fusion
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Joint Drainage
  • Microsurgical Procedure
  • Neuroplasty
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Simple Fracture Care and Casting
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Ligament Reconstruction
  • Wrist Reconstruction
  • Wrist Surgery