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 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 .