Dr. Richard Bernstein, MD

Orthopedic Hand Surgery  |  
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Age 57
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Dr. Richard Bernstein, MD
Dr. Richard Bernstein, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery doctor who practices in Hamden, CT. He is 57 years old and has been practicing for 31 years. Dr. Bernstein is affiliated with Milford Hospital, Yale - New Haven Hospital and YNHH Saint Raphael Campus.

9 Washington Ave # 101

Hamden, CT 06518

Contact Information

(203) 865-6784

Dr. Richard Bernstein, MD

Dr. Richard Bernstein, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Connecticare
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • Worker's Compensation

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Care Philosophy

The most important aspect of treating disorders of the hand and upper extremity is making an accurate diagnosis and then instituting the most conservative, least invasive and effective treatment algorithm. Most patients I see do NOT require surgery and can be cured with simple measures. I employ a team of nurses and cetified hand therapists all of whom share the goal of obtaining the best outcome we can, and returning our patients to work and play effectively and quickly
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Dr. Bernstein's Experience

Dr. Bernstein'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 malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
  • Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Distal Radius Fracture
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Disorders
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoporosis
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Scaphoid Fractures
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture


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  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritic Hand Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery
  • Basal Thumb Joint Reconstruction
  • Bicep Repairs
  • 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 Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • 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
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Joint Drainage
  • Neuroplasty
  • Steroid Injection
  • Tendon Repair
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Replacement

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Connecticut.

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.


  • Trinity College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1982
  • University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1986
  • Hartford Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1987
  • University Of Connecticut School Of Med
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1991
  • Harvard/Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston Children's Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1992

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Connecticut Magazine Best Doctors, 2012
  • Best Doctors in Conneticut, 2012
  • Best Doctors in New Haven, 2015
  • Best Doctors in America, 1998
  • Best Doctors in America, 2005
  • Connecticut Magazine Best Doctors, 2011
  • Best Doctors in New Haven, 2014
  • Best Doctors in Conneticut, 2015
  • Chairman, Residents and Fellows Conference, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2009
  • Best Doctors in Conneticut, 2014
  • Best Doctors in Conneticut, 2013
  • Chairman Scientific Exhibits Committee, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2005
  • Best Doctors in New Haven, 2013
  • Best Doctors in America, 1996
Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Bernstein's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Bernstein to family and friends
based on 91 total reviews (34 with comments)
Dr. Bernstein'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 (34)
in Branford |
Dr. Bernstein checked my wrist after a fall I had while vacationing in Naples, FL. I was not operated on in FL or CT. Dr. Bernstein saw me when I arrived back home and then had a following visit three months later. All is well. Dr. Bernstein operated on my other wrist nine years ago and I never had any issues with that wrist as well. He is personable and has excellent manners and his staff is great. I would recommend Dr. Bernstein without any hesitation!
Guilford CT |
Dr Bernstein fixed my broken wrist. I was afraid about surgery but hee gave me great information about the alternatives. His surgery for me back to functioning so quickly I am very grateful. Would highly recommend him
in North Haven, CT |
I saw Dr. Bernstein for Carpel Tunnel care and eventually he did the surgery for my right hand. I actually watched him perform this surgery as it is done while the patient is awake. He was done in about 10 minutes and I left right after. He called me at my home the night of the surgery to see how I was doing. He is amazing and very thoughtful. I will absolutely go back if my left hand ends up requiring this surgery and highly recommend him to anyone who needs hand surgery!
in New Haven, CT |
Dr. Bernstein is one of the most caring, compassionate doctor's I've had the pleasure of being a patient to. He has always been precise and extremely kind when doing procedures on my hand, and elbow. He explains the procedure beforehand, and provides information in detailed about it. He is also very attentive and pleasant...and handsome too!
in Milford, CT |
Excellent care and very knowledgeable , is up to date with all the latest procedures.
in New Haven, CT |
I have had 2 successful trigger finger surgeries with Dr. Bernstein. He and his staff are kind and amazing. I highly recommend him for any hand surgery!
Fairfield, CT |
After a fall, I went to Ortho now and they sent me to Dr. Bernstein for my right wrist treatment. Was in various casts for 7 1/2 wks, then P.Therapy. My experience was very positive and what impressed me the most was the positive attitude, never having a fx before. was probably a little anxious, and didn 't know what to expect. They offered hope + lead me from one stage to the other, gave me options as to how I wanted to proceed( surgery?, another cast or splint ?) A very kind/efficient staff
Guilford, CT |
Dr. Bernstein made it possible for me to continue doing what I love. The CMC thumb surgery I have had on both hands made all the difference for me. I am an artist and a n author and I make my living with my hands. Before the surgery, Could hardly lift a cup of coffee without pain - that is all gone. I couldn't be happier with the results.
in New Haven, CT |
Thanks Dr. bernstien for getting my hands better so I can get back to work
in Meriden, CT |
I just wanted to write and let you know how much I appreciated you holding my hands during my two carpal tunnel surgeries. I appreciated your honesty, great job and reassuring me everything was going to be fine. You and your nurses have excellent bed side manors! I also appreciated that you were available anytime after the surgery if I needed anything. As for your crew at Shoreline Medical Center and your Hamden office, excellent staff! Thank You so much for great service for after care too.
Orange, CT |
Thank you Dr. Bernstein for helping get me back to normal@!
New Haven, CT |
Very very good experience, recommend Dr. Bernstein
in New Haven, CT |
I can't say enough great things about Dr. Bernstein and the physical therapists at the Orthopaedic Group in Branford. I fractured my shoulder (due to a fall) and completely recovered, with full range of motion, five months later ... without needing surgery. I couldn't be more delighted with the care and attention I received. I recommend Dr. Bernstein and his staff without reservation.
in Guilford, CT |
Had a wonderful experience with Dr. Bernstein treating an ongoing problem with my elbow. My previous doctor wanted to operate but the elbow got completely better without surgery. I would highly recommend him.
in Claremont, NH |
Very good experience. I do not like doctors but felt very comfortable. Thought I would need surgery but was successfully treated without surgery
in North Madison, CT |
Dr Bernstein has been helping me with carpal tunnel and some arthritis in my hands. I like to understand as much as I can and they have been very helpful in explaining things. I started seeing him years ago when my symptoms only required splinting and some injections instead of jumping into surgery. Since then the symptoms had gotten worse so I had my left wrist operated on. Dr Bernstein described the procedure and set expectations, the surgery was well organized and everything went well.
in Hamden, CT |
Dr. Bernstein is caring, compassionate, and knowledgeable. Knowledge and depth of the practice is most important, but he also brings a bed side manner that seems like he is caring for his own relative. It is also encouraging when a doctor is not seeking to rush to the knife. Thank you Dr. Bernstein
in Killingworth, CT |
I found Doctor Bernstein to be knowledgeable and experienced, as well as, being concerned about my condition and in providing a positive outcome. He is also very detailed when explaining the options and their potential results.
in North Haven, ct. |
My experience was excellent. Dr. Bernstein is very thorough and professional. My shoulder has recovered very well under his care. My expectations were exceeded. The staff and facility are great.
New Haven, CT |
He is definitely a top expert in his specialty! He is professional and reassuring. I appreciate that he was transparent about the amount of time it would take for my tennis elbow to resolve and truthful about surgery not offering the best prognosis. Thank you Dr Bernstein!
in Branford CT |
I was there for a followup visit for carpal tunnel and I mentioned that my shoulder was hurting also. His reply: "I can schedule you for a visit to look at your shoulder." HUH? I only saw him for 5 minutes and he doesn't have time to look at my shoulder now? He didn't even offer to do a quick check. He always seems like he's in a hurry. He may be a competent surgeon but would you really want him for your doctor? I walked out, and I suggest you do, too.
I am sorry that I was not able to accommodate you for a new problem at the date of your visit. We schedule patients based on followup and new visits. For a new visit, for a new problem we block an appropriate amount of time to do a proper evaluation. Though I cannot comment directly on that day, if there are patients waiting with scheduled appointments, I try the best I can to stay on time. If you had called before hand we could have let you know if we could have arranged the time.
Cheshire, CT |
Dr. Bernstein has changed my life. I had carpal tunnel in my right hand, and I waited too long to consult a doctor and developed nerve damage in my hand. My symptoms were creating difficulties and limitations in my life. Dr. Bernstein performed Carpal Tunnel Release surgery for me, and now my hand is normal and strong and symptom free. He has an excellent bedside manner. I trust his expertise with the utmost of confidence. I would highly recommend Dr. Bernstein to anyone with this problem.
in East Haven, CT |
Dr. Bernstein is one of the best doctors I have ever seen! His office staff is professional, friendly, supportive and clearly explained the procedure and what to expect. Dr. Bernstein performed carpal tunnel surgery on both my left and right hands. Pain and numbness is gone! He has my highest gratitude, and I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for the best hand specialist there is.
in Orange, CT |
I went to have my trigger finger looked at. I had been suffering with it for over 10 years of it locking while pealing vegetables, tying shoes, etc. Dr Bernstein explained the condition, and after trying an injection, I opted for surgery. I am so pleased, I wish I went sooner. I have full use of my hand and the surgery and recovery was completely explained to me. Thank you Dr Bernstein, Physical therapist and staff.
in East Haven, CT |
Dr. Bernstein took the time to talk to me and explain the surgery I was going to have. the day of surgery he spent time with me joked and made me feel comfortable. would recommend him which I have to any one who will listen.
in Meriden, CT |
Dr. Bernstein has taken care of four different issues with my wrists/hands. During each time he was very thorough in his examination, gave a complete explanation of the problem and treatment, and always solved the problem. During two carpal tunnel surgeries, he showed me his own procedure, which was easy, quick and painless. While having the first one, I literally sang through it, and during the second we chatted. Both times I had IMMEDIATE relief and NO pain! Dr. Bernstein is the BEST!
in Milford, CT |
Dr. B spent no more than 3 min. sitting across from me while VISUALLY inspecting my hands. He arrogantly announced that my previous tests from 2007, which Dx my CTS, were incorrect and the redundant hand X-Ray THEY forced me into having was completely negative-NOT! Any layman could visually inspect my hands and see the obvious discoloration and swelling between the two. He could not! Being in the medical field myself, I would give him 0 stars if that was possible. Very pompous & dismissive.
in Waterford, CT |
I would recommend Dr. Bernstein. This is the second hand surgery that the Richard has perform on my Lt and Rt hand. He has shown a real concern on each of the surgeries.
in Milford, CT |
He was very unsympathetic and unfriendly. He saw me for about three minutes, was pompous, walked out of the room before any discussion. Left the office crying.
in Hamden, CT |
Dr. Bernstein did not even examine my hand (my principal complaint). I felt that he did not listen to me or spend the time with me to understand my issue. He simply said I can't help you and walked out. He gave no explanation and offered no advice. He spent 2 minutes with me and I feel cheated with my bill of $285.
Unfortunately this patient had been discharged from the practice 2 years before for reasons that cannot be disclosed based on HIPPAA. The patient was seen this day, radiographs were done based on the symptoms and though the patient had been discharged, I gave her the courtesy of a diagnosis and description of a potential treatment plan. She was reminded of the prior termination letter but I still tried to counsel the patient on and plan to address her symptoms and transfer her care.
in Guilford, CT |
Dr. Bernstein is both skilled and caring. He has treated me on two occasions for two different conditions involving my hand and fingers. The condition that involved surgery also required physical therapy. Dr. Bernstein's surgery and referrals have fully restored the range of motion and utility of my hand and fingers. I have experienced 100% success and recovery from both conditions.
in Ivoryton, CT |
Dr. Bernstein basically gave me my life (as it should be) back. My carpal tunnel problems were keeping me from doing my work (I'm an artist) and when I could work, it was mostly painful. His style of procedure was easy, quick virtually painless.
in Guilford, CT |
Dr. Bernstein clearly explained my injury and possible treatments. He understood my need to get back to competing in my sport, as an important tournament was approaching. He did what he could to make it happen while ensuring that I healed properly.
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  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Connecticare
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  • UnitedHealthCare
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  • Worker's Compensation
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Hospitals where Dr. Bernstein has admitting privileges

Milford Hospital
300 Seaside Ave
Milford, CT 06460
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Yale - New Haven Hospital
20 York St
New Haven, CT 06510
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YNHH Saint Raphael Campus
1450 Chapel St
New Haven, CT 06511
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