Dr. Michael Rubinstein, MD


Orthopedic Hand Surgery | Male

Dr. Michael Rubinstein, MD

Dr. Michael Rubinstein, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery doctor who practices in Fullerton, CA. He is 60 years old and has been practicing for 35 years. Dr. Rubinstein is affiliated with Placentia - Linda Hospital and St.Jude Medical Center.

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    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (10)
in Yorba Linda, CA |
In September 2016 I fell and shattered my left elbow. It took Dr. Rubinstein 4 1/2 hours to put my arm back together. At first he thought I was going to need a total elbow replacement but through his experience and expertise he was able to take all the shattered pieces and put me back together with plates and bolts. I I highly recommend Dr. Rubinstein.dr. Rubinstein's PA, Linda is also awesome.
in Huntington Beach, CA |
He is an excellent doctor!
in Placentia, CA |
11 Years ago I fell from a collapsed ladder and broke both arms and elbows. My left arm was severe with 12 breaks in my forearms and 4 breaks in my elbow. Dr. Rubinstein put Humpty Dumpty back together again with the aid of his skill, knowledge and titanium. While it took time and great physical therapy, and months of work made my complete recovery possible so that I was able to catch and land tuna over 250 pounds. He has continued to follow up and made corrections when necessary. A+ Physician.
West Covina, CA |
He is a great doctor, his staff on the other hand leaves a lot to be desired, for some reason they DO NOT return calls, the phone operators jus route you call to unattended voice mailboxes where you are asked to leave messages and then they never return any of your calls, I left 7 messages for Linda Luong in box mail for guy named Enrique because I had hand surgery and Dr. Rubinstein order a custom splint made for me, I have tried and tried to get a hold of Linda but never got a call back...
in Villa Park Ca |
I have been a patient of Dr. Rubenstein's on and off for a few years. He has done two of my carpal tunnel surgeries with the same year of each other. He was professional, brought humor to the situation and is an incredible surgeon. The techniques he uses to minimize scarring is amazing and the results were great too. I have had zero issues since surgery and would recommend him to anyone in need of surgery.
in Fullerton, CA |
Dr. Rubenstein, a very skilled and competent surgeon, rebuilt my right shoulder in 2014. Following a very difficult surgery 1.5 yrs of PT, I have complete mobility in my right shoulder. Recently, I severely damaged my left shoulder, Dr. R. performed arthroscopic surgery on my left shoulder just before Xmas. I have experienced fantastic results with minimal discomfort. I was back to limited work in 1.5 weeks. Began physical therapy after 2 weeks! Dr. Rubenstein is definitely worth the wait!
in Yorba Linda |
Unfortunatley after 2 shoulder surgeries, my shoulder is still not functioning properly. 1st surgery was July 29th - 2nd surgery August 31st - Rubinstein wants to do a 3rd.? Seeking a 2nd opinion, Doctor found out the shoulder ball was placed in the wrong direction, no wonder shoulder kept on coming out. (3 times) PA was dismissive and never wanted to do an X-ray when shoulder was out. Office is ran very poorly and wait time is forever. Very sad we had so much confidence in him but not any more
in Brea, CA |
Left humerus pathological fracture repair. Excellent results and no problems at all with incision healing. Very good followup care.
in El Monte, CA |
I needed a total shoulder replacement and Doctor did a great job. I just recently had the operation and I am experiencing little pain and the movement of my shoulder is coming along just fine. My arm felt broken all the time and I couldn't sleep anymore due to arthritic pain. I am so glad Dr. Rubinstein did my shoulder and got me everything I needed to recover. He is an amazing surgeon.
in Yorba Linda, CA |
Dr. Rubinstein identified my shoulder issue through examination before any x-rays or other tests were conducted. The severity of the injury was supported by x-rays and an MRI. He is a true expert in his field and has an excellent bedside manner.
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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

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  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Fractures
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Pain


  • Medical School
    New York Medical College

    Graduated in 1982

  • Internship Hospital
    Lennox Hill Hospital

    Completed in 1983

  • Residency Hospital
    Lennox Hill Hospital

    Completed in 1987

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Brigham and Women's Hospital

    Completed in 1988

  • Undergraduate School

    Graduated in 1978

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships &
Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member


  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritic Hand Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dupuytren's Contracture Injection
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Ligament Reconstruction
  • Elbow Reconstruction
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand Reconstruction
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hand, Elbow, and Shoulder Microvascular Surgery
  • Joint Drainage
  • Minimally Invasive Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Tendon Repair
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • Wrist Ligament Reconstruction
  • Wrist Replacement