Dr. Stephen O'Connell, MD

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Orthopedic Hand Surgery | Male

Desert Orthopedic Center 39000 Bob Hope Dr Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 Get Directions
Dr. Stephen O'Connell, MD
Stephen J. O'Connell, M.D. a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in surgery of the hand, wrist and shoulder. He joined Desert Orthopedic Center in 1988 to establish and direct the Center's hand and upper extremity program. A native of our nation's capital, Dr. O'Connell grew up in the Maryland suburbs. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. He returned to Maryland for medical school and earned his Medical Degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, where he also served his internship and residency. Dr. O'Connell then completed a fellowship at the renowned Indiana Center for Surgery and Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity in Indianapolis. He also received an added qualification in hand surgery from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Dr. O'Connell is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association, the Riverside County Medical Association, as well as the Indiana Hand Society and the University of Maryland Surgical Society. Dr. O'Connell actively lectures to the medical community on surgical techniques and to the public on topics of interest in orthopedics. He has a particular interest in arthroscopic rotator cuff and stabilization surgery of the shoulder, fracture of the wrist and hand, and soft tissue reconstruction of the hand and wrist.

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Dr. O'Connell's Care Philosophy

"Helpling people regain function or relieve pain so they can get back to their work or favorite activity is what I enjoy about surgery of the hand and shoulder"

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Dr. O'Connell's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (3)
in Palm Desert, CA |
I had wrist surgery several years ago performed by Dr. O'Connell. I have had no problems since. I wouldn't think of going to anyone else for wrist hand or arm surgery. He's the best!
in Desert Hot Springs, CA |
Light years ahead of any other hand Doctors in the valley! Fixed my hand perfectly!!! Cant wait to get the 2nd procedure done on other hand!
in Palm Springs, CA |
Ruptured wrist tendon diagnosed immediately. Perfect!
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Stephen J. O'Connell, M.D. a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in surgery of the hand, wrist and shoulder. He joined Desert Orthopedic Center in 1988 to establish and direct the Center's hand and upper extremity program.

A native of our nation's capital, Dr. O'Connell grew up in the Maryland suburbs. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. He returned to Maryland for medical school and earned his Medical Degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, where he also served his internship and residency. Dr. O'Connell then completed a fellowship at the renowned Indiana Center for Surgery and Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity in Indianapolis. He also received an added qualification in hand surgery from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Dr. O'Connell is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association, the Riverside County Medical Association, as well as the Indiana Hand Society and the University of Maryland Surgical Society.

Dr. O'Connell actively lectures to the medical community on surgical techniques and to the public on topics of interest in orthopedics. He has a particular interest in arthroscopic rotator cuff and stabilization surgery of the shoulder, fracture of the wrist and hand, and soft tissue reconstruction of the hand and wrist.

Dr. O'Connell's Care Philosophy

"Helpling people regain function or relieve pain so they can get back to their work or favorite activity is what I enjoy about surgery of the hand and shoulder"

Dr. O'Connell'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
  •  No board certification on record with Healthgrades
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Conditions Treated

  • Hand Conditions

Education

  • Medical School
    University Of Maryland School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1982

  • Internship Hospital
    University Of Maryland School Of Medicine

    Completed in 1983

  • Residency Hospital
    University Of Maryland School Of Medicine

    Completed in 1987

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Indiana Center For Surgery and Rehabilitation Of The Hand and Upper Extremity

    Completed in 1988

  • Undergraduate School
    Notre Dame

    Graduated in 1978

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Hand Surgery