Dr. Richard Battista, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery doctor who practices in Allentown, PA. He is 49 years old and has been practicing for 24 years. Dr. Battista is affiliated with Saint Luke's Quakertown Hospital, Lehigh Valley Hospital - 17th Street , Easton Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital - Allentown Campus, Saint Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Lehigh Valley Hospital - Muhlenberg and Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest.
"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence."
Q. What do you like best about working with your patients? People really respect our practice and what we have to offer. I enjoy learning about them personally and enjoy the challenge of restoring function so that they may be able to return to the level of activity that they crave.
Q. What do you like best about working for OAA? Without question, the employees at OAA are top notch and are the true "wizards" behind the scenes that make our organization top notch. They all believe in what we do as physicians and their support is invaluable. I am also very honored and proud to have been elected president of the best orthopaedic organization in the Lehigh Valley. I never imagined that, 5 years into coming to OAA, that my partners would look to me to guide us through the uncertain future of medicine in the aftermath of healthcare reform. It is a great responsibility that I take very seriously, where failure is not an option.
Q. How do you apply your experience as an orthopaedic surgeon and a physician to the rest of your life? A. I have dedicated my life to what I do. I truly believe that there is no other specialty in medicine where the physicians are completely and literally thrilled doing what they do. Completing a challenging case is like scoring a touchdown, making a goal, hitting a home run….. Attention to detail is critical.
Dr. Battista's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Orthopedic Hand Surgery
Board certified in Hand Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Orthopedic Hand Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Battista's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Arthritis of the Elbow
Arthritis of the Finger
Arthritis of the Hand
Arthritis of the Wrist
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
De Quervain's Disease
Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
Osteoarthritis of Elbow
Osteoarthritis of Finger Joint
Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
Osteoarthritis of Hands
Partially Dislocated Elbow (Nursemaid Elbow)
Peripheral Nerve Disorders
Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
Upper Extremity Fracture
Upper Extremity Trauma
Wear and Tear Arthritis
Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery
Carpal Tunnel Release
Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery, Endoscopic
Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery, Open
De Quervain's Release
Dupuytren's Contracture Injection
Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Endoscopic Hand Surgery
Endoscopic Wrist Surgery
Excision of Radius or Ulna
Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
Hand Tendon Repair
Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Nerve Block, Somatic
Peripheral Nerve Block
Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
Total Wrist Replacement
Trigger Finger Release
Wrist Ligament Reconstruction
Malpractice Claims not available
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
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Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1989
Jefferson Medical College Of Thomas Jefferson University, Thomas Jefferson University
Medical School | Graduated 1993
Abington Memorial Hospital
Internship Hospital | Completed 1994
Albert Einstein Medical Center
Residency Hospital | Completed 1998
University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Upmc)
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2002
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, 1999
Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, 2005
Meritorious Unit Commendation - Naval Hosptial Roosevelt Roads, 1999
Humanitarian Service Medal, 1998
National Defense Service Medal, 1991
National Defense Service Medal, 2001
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, 2001
Expert Rifle Marksmanship Medal, 2000
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, 2000
Meritorious Unit Commendation - National Naval Medical Center, 2003
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
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We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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