Dr. Daniel Polatsch, MD

Dr. Daniel Polatsch, MD

Orthopedic Hand Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 46
Dr. Daniel Polatsch, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery specialist in New York, NY and has been practicing for 15 years. He graduated from New York University School of Medicine in 1997 and specializes in orthopedic hand surgery and orthopedic surgery.Read his story

210 E 64th St Fl 5

New York, NY 10065

Contact Information

(212) 434-4263

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • EmblemHealth
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

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Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
very high
more than 99% of peers
Trigger Finger Release
very high
more than 98% of peers
Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
very high
more than 98% of peers

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Dr. Polatsch's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Polatsch "Dr. Daniel Polatsch is a Manhattan based orthopaedic hand surgeon who 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 for many years. Dr. Polatsch is the Co-Director and Co-Founder of the New York Hand and Wrist Center of Lenox and was recruited by Lenox Hill Hospital and Northwell Health to establish and build a world-renowned Hand Surgery Center. He is nationally and internationally known for excellence in the comprehensive management of complex hand, wrist, and elbow disorders. He is responsible for the teaching and education of resident doctors who are training to become future orthopedic surgeons and hand surgeons. 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 additional 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 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 Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 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 presented his research extensively 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. Most recently, Dr. Polatsch was also elected by his peers to sit on the executive council of the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand. 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 and earned independent research honors. His post-graduate training included a surgical internship at NYU Medical Center followed by an orthopaedic surgery residency at NYU-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 Program 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, olympic, and collegiate athletes in every sport, performing state-of-the-art surgical techniques that have permitted their return to sports activities without impairment. This includes the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, PGA, and Professional fighting (both Boxing and MMA). He has treated countless celebrities and entertainers. In addition, Dr. Polatsch's clinical interest and expertise include the following: professional fighting related injuries, golf related injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger fingers, ganglion cysts, wrist fractures, ligament injuries, scapholunate (SL) ligament injuries, triangular fibrocartilage complex injuries (TFCC), thumb arthritis, skiier's thumb, cubital tunnel syndrome, de Quervain's tendonitis, dupuytren's disease, extensor tendon injuries, fingertip injuries, flexor tendon injuries, fractures in children, hand fractures, hand or wrist tumors, hand therapy, kienbocks disease, mallet fingers, microsurgery, nail bed injuries, nerve injuries, numbness, scaphoid fractures, ski and snowboard injuries."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Polatsch "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."

2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

85  Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • 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
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • 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 Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Elbow
  • Osteoarthritis of Finger Joint
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Wrist
  • Osteopenia
  • Pathologic Fracture
  • Pediatric Fractures
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Reiter's Syndrome (Reactive Arthritis)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scaphoid Fractures
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylosis
  • 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


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30  Procedures

  • 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 and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fusion
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hand Reconstruction
  • Hand Surgery
  • Hand Tendon Repair
  • 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

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University of Michigan / Ann Arbor
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1993
  • New York University School of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1997
  • New York University Medical Center-Tisch Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1998
  • Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2002
  • New York University Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2002
  • Brigham and Womens Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2003
  • Childrens Hospital Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2003
  • Harvard Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2003
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2003

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
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

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Polatsch's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Polatsch to family and friends
30 total reviews (5 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (30)

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Dr. Polatsch's Performance

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  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

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  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (5)

Dr. Polatsch and his staff were amazing. I broke my wrist in a lot of pieces. He was able to see me urgently and operate on me rather quickly. I am getting therapy now and I see how much better I am doing than some of the other patients at my therapist office who has surgery before me by other...more
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Staff, in particular PA and officer manager were rude.
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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...more
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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.
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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...more
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