Dr. Daniel Polatsch, MD

Orthopedic Hand SurgeryMaleAge 49

Dr. Polatsch
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Northwell Health Physician Partners New York Hand and Wrist Center of Lenox Hill

210 E 64th St Fl 5 New York, NY 10065

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Dr. Daniel Polatsch, MD is a Orthopedic Hand Surgery Specialist in New York, NY. He is affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Polatsch to book an appointment.

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Dr. Polatsch's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Polatsch

4.2

Based on 47 ratings

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Amazing doctor. Fantastic staff. Everyone was incredibly helpful from the PA to Dr. Polatsch's follow up personal phone call after my MRI. Highly recommend.
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Nov 25, 2020
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I needed multiple surgeries on both hands. Dr Polatsch was a consummate professional, told me exactly what to expect, and performed exceptional surgery. I give him my highest recommendation. All doctors - and especially surgeons - should be as technically proficient and compassionate as Dan Polatsch.
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Tom Bailey – Nov 16, 2020
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Wrist fracture caused by airbag in a car accident. High impact, shattered. Dr. Polatsch put the shattered pieces back in place, added a plate. Amazing results, amazing care. He knows what he's doing! He cares.
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WA Syosset – Sep 26, 2020
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BEST DOCTOR FOR SCAPHOID FRACTURES From everything I heard about scaphoid - I went in to the appointment expecting to hear: - Definite surgery (which I was okay with) knowing the extent my injury - 12+ weeks of cast afterwards - And even with that no certainty of injury Now here I am less than 5 weeks after surgery. My CAT scan just came back showing a 90%+ healing of the bone and I do not need a splint anymore. On top of that, because I was not in a cast I have barely any stiffness in my hand. So less than 5 weeks after surgery (Dr. Polatsch originally said it would take 6 weeks to get to where I am at): - Hardly any stiffness - 90%+ healed fracture - No splint or cast - Almost unnoticeable scar (if any) from surgery - Getting back to my life! I should be back to 100% in no time! Dr. Polatsch is simply the best and is literally CHANGING the algorithm on how to treat and heal scaphoid fractures. If you have one and are looking for the best - go no farther!
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Anuj Shah – Sep 02, 2020
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As a musician I was having problems with my finger. I did some research and found out about Dr. Polatsh and traveled an hour and a half from Long Island to see him. It was worth traveling into the city! He helped me greatly. I had surgery in Dec 2019 and had great results. I've been having an issue with a finger on my other hand now so I went to the office yesterday. He is extremely professional and knowledgeable and he actually spends the time with you in the office to explain what the issue is and how it can be treated. He answered all of my questions. I would not go anywhere else as Dr. Polatsch is simply the best.
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Paul from Long Island - Sept. 1, 2020 – Sep 01, 2020
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Dr. Polatsch and his office were really helpful from the scheduling to the ease of appointment, especially with all that is going on around COVID. The hospital is completely COVID free so I felt comfortable receiving the care I needed. Dr. Polatsch was able to meet with me promptly and effective explained what was going on and course of treatment in a way I understood.
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Marissa – May 25, 2020
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after our initial consultation via telemedicine a month ago (due to COVID-19) I went to the office in person today. It was an excellent visit; the doctor was gracious and explained everything clearly, gave me a steroid shot in each hand and I was in and out within 30 minutes including time for x-rays. Highly recommend.
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May 19, 2020
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I recently brought my son to see Dr. Polatsch after he broke his pinky finger playing basketball. Dr. Polatsch was extremely patient and answered all of our questions. He spent a lot of time with us and was so great with my son as well. I was so impressed with his knowledge, bedside manner, and professionalism. His office staff was great too.
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Mar 07, 2020
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Dr. Polatsch is the best. I had seen several hand doctors and was most impressed with him and his staff. The office is beautiful and the staff are extremely friendly. I had to wait about 20 minutes to see him but it was well worth the wait. He quickly diagnosed my problem. He offered an injection and told me that’s what he would do if it was his family member and told me it should cure the problem in about 75% or people. 2-3 weeks later I was pain free and have remained pain free ever since then. I can’t believe that the other doctors wanted to operate. Scary. I cant recommend Dr. P enough for and hand or wrist problem.
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Mar 07, 2020
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Dr. Polatsch is wonderful
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Jon – Mar 07, 2020
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Three weeks ago my 18 year old son had a severe injury that required emergency attention. My wife, my son and I could not be more thankful that Dr Polatsch made time for us on short notice. Time was of the essence and we were all very emotional and scared. Immediately we knew we were in the right place and being cared for by one of the very best doctors in the world. Dr Polatsch is an amazing hand/wrist specialist, but an even better person. He has followed up with us many times outside of office visits, including while on vacation. He has been honest, transparent and most of all encouraging to my son during this difficult process. You immediately know that he cares deeply about his patients and wants the very best for them. He inspires confidence and you know that he will do anything possible to ensure the best outcome for his patients. Dr Polatsch has also surrounded himself with a great team. He is a world class physician, surgeon and person. He is the very best.
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John Devlin – Aug 12, 2019
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Dr. Polatsch is one of the most incredible doctors I have ever encountered and is clearly the best of the best. I was not pleased to learn I needed surgery (distal radius fracture) but after moving past that, Dr. Polatsch told me I could see a full recovery in 3-4 months if I stuck with my rehab. He reiterated that if I was rigorous in my rehab, keep my fingers moving post surgery and my hand active after the cast came off that I could speed up the recovery even further. I took his advice to
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Andrew in New York, NY – Mar 06, 2019
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Dec 08, 2018
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I was sent to him by three people but he terrified me when he told me that I needed an operation on four fingers or I would be “crippled” and he couldnt then help me. He made me a splint so uncomfortable that my hand, which didn’t hurt when I went to see him, began hurting terribly. I also asked to get a referral to pt but he said no. I got a second opinion from a more seasoned hand surgeon who told me that I am not nearly at the point of requiring surgery and that they were many Other options.
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Dr. Polatsch is not the best hand doctor/surgeon. He is the BEST of the best! Period. I had "trigger finger" symptoms and went to one of the best NYU Langone hand doctors whom I visited twice but my fingers continue to worsen. I decided to visit Dr. Polatsch and he did exactly the same procedure (injections) as the doctor at NYU Langone but slightly differently in terms of which spots of the fingers were injected. I took note of that and the difference with the NYU Langone treatment. Withi
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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Andreas Panteli in Staten Island, NY – Sep 23, 2018
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Staff, in particular PA and officer manager were rude.
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Bronx, NY – Nov 02, 2016
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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 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.
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Fran U. in New York, NY – Oct 15, 2016
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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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phoebe in New York, NY – Aug 23, 2016
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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 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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Bonnie in Brooklyn, NY – Apr 12, 2016
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About Me

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...Read more

Biography

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,...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Education

2003
Brigham and Womens Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
2003
Childrens Hospital Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
2003
Harvard Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship
Fellowship Hospital
2003
Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
2002
Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute
Residency Hospital
2002
New York University Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1998
NY University MC
Internship Hospital
1993
University of Michigan / Ann Arbor
Undergraduate School

Languages

  • English
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • New York Times Best Doctors, 2011
  • New York Times Best Doctors, 2012
  • New York Times Best Doctors, 2010
  • New York Top Doctors (Castle Connolly Medical Ltd), 2012

Media & Publications

  • >Posterior capsulorrhaphy for treatment of recurrent posterior glenohumeral instability., 2005
  • >Severe Ulnar Neuropathy Following Anterior Subcutaneous Transposition of the Ulnar Nerve in a Collegiate Tennis Player, 2003
  • >Chronic exertional compartment syndrome:diagnosis and management., 2005
  • >Capitellar Fractures: A BiomechanicalEvaluation of Three Fixation Methods., 2002
  • >Comparison of two headless screwdesigns for fixation of capitellum fractures., 2003
  • >Basal Joint Arthritis: Evaluation and Treatment., 2006
  • >An Unusual Rupture of the Flexor CarpiRadialis Tendon: A Case Report., 2006
  • >Ulnar Nerve Anatomy, 8/2007

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Does Dr. Daniel Polatsch, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Polatsch has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

What are Dr. Daniel Polatsch, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Polatsch frequently treats Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist, and Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Polatsch treats.

Where is Dr. Daniel Polatsch, MD's office located?

Dr. Polatsch's office is located at 210 E 64th St Fl 5, New York, NY 10065. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Daniel Polatsch, MD speak?

Dr. Polatsch speaks Spanish, Italian, and English. View profile to see all.

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No malpractice claims found for New York
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No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Polatsch's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Polatsch treats Carpal Tunnel Syndrome more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Polatsch treats this condition more than 95% of his peers

Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Polatsch treats Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Polatsch treats this condition more than 94% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Osteoarthritis of Wrist
Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Polatsch performs Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Polatsch performs this procedure more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Polatsch's conditions and procedures:

  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Dupuytren's Contracture Injection
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hand Tendon Repair
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Fusion

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Dr. Polatsch accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
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Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Blue Access (Select Network)-NY
Blue Priority (Select Network)-NY
Empire (Select Network)-NY POS
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
BlueConnect HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Preferred Blue PPO
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Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
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EmblemHealth
GHI PPO
Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York (HIP) PPO
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Oxford Health Plans
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UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Options PPO
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Locations

Northwell Health Physician Partners New York Hand and Wrist Center of Lenox Hill

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Northwell Health New York Hand & Wrist Center of Lenox Hill

Northwell Health New York Hand & Wrist Center of Lenox Hill222 Westchester Ave Ste 308 White Plains, NY 10604
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