Dr. Ricardo Avena, MD

Dr. Ricardo Avena, MD

Orthopedic Hand Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 55
Dr. Ricardo Avena, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery specialist in Fresno, CA and has been practicing for 24 years. He graduated from National University of Mexico, (UNAM) School of Medicine in 1989 and specializes in orthopedic hand surgery.Read his story

2139 E Beechwood Ave

Fresno, CA 93720

Contact Information

(559) 322-6600

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of California
  • California Foundation for Medical Care
  • CorVel
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Elderplan
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • 6 More

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Avena performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
very high
more than 97% of peers
Hand Fracture
very high
more than 97% of peers
Hand Conditions
very high
more than 89% of peers

Dr. Avena's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Avena's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Avena "Dr. Ricardo Avena is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Born and raised in Mexico City, Dr. Avena attended medical school at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Upon graduation, Dr. Avena received his certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. He completed his General Surgery Residency at the University of Connecticut in Hartford, Connecticut. In addition to his training in general surgery, Dr. Avena also completed a three year Post-Doctoral Surgery Research Fellowship at the VA Medical Center / George Washington University, Washington, D.C., where he published several research papers and was awarded multiple regional and national awards. Dr. Avena then completed a fellowship in critical care before at the University of Connecticut. He then went on to complete an additional fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery at The Kleinert Institute / University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Avena is certified for the Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand by the American Board of Surgery. This specialty training along with many years of clinical practice makes him an expert in complex hand and wrist injuries. He particularly caring for acute complex fractures of the wrist. In addition to his private Hand Surgery Practice, Dr. Avena is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at USCF-Fresno Campus. He is married and has two children, and he enjoys outdoor activities with his family. Dr. Avena also enjoys a variety of sports including horseback riding, sailing, swimming, and skiing."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Avena "Our hand surgeons have received additional specialized training beyond their board certification. The certified specialties include certification by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and fellowships in hand and microsurgery.

Whether you are having surgery at our Medicare certified outpatient facility, or are having non-surgical treatments such as medication, splints, therapy or injections; our mission is for every patient to have the best possible outcome by providing quality care."

1  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Hand Surgery
    Accredited by: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

37  Conditions Treated


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23  Procedures

  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Joint Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery, Endoscopic
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Endoscopic Hand Surgery
  • Endoscopic Wrist Surgery
  • 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, Open
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hand Reconstruction
  • Hand Surgery
  • Hand Tendon Repair
  • Microsurgical Procedure
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Worker's Compensation Evaluations
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Ligament Reconstruction

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

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.


  • National University of Mexico, (UNAM) School of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1989
  • National Autonomous University of Mexico / Faculty of Medicine
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1987
  • Rush University
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1990
  • Brooklyn Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1994
  • George Washington University / School of Medicine And Health Sciences
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1996
  • University of Connecticut
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2003
  • University of Louisville
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2004
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center, DC
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1999
  • George Washington University/ V.A. Medical Center (Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Vascular Surgery)
    Other Education | Completed 1999
  • George Washington University/ V.A. Medical Center, (Vascular Surgery Post-Doctoral Research Felowship in Vascular Surgery)
    Other Education | Completed 1999
  • University of Connecticut/ Harford Hospital (Fellowship in Critical Care)
    Other Education | Completed 2003

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • American Society of Transplantation "Trainee Travel Award", 2000
  • George Washington University Medical Center :Ralph G. DePalma Award for Excellence in Research., 1999
  • Washington Academy of Surgery "Residents Competitive Forum" 1st Place Award, 1998
  • Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, "Peter B. Samuels Essay Award" 1st Place, 1999
  • George Washington University Medical Center, "Ralph G. DePalma Award for Excellence in Research., 1998
  • George Washington University. "University-wide Residents Research Award" 1st Place in Basic Science Research, 1999
  • George Washington University, "University-wide Residents Research Award" 1st Place in Clinical Science Research", 1998
Media & Publications

Dr. Avena has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Avena's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Avena to family and friends
8 total reviews (1 has a comment)

Likelihood to Recommend (8)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Avena's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (1)

My hand was ruined :0( No feeling, terrible scar and slowly withering away.
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