Dr. Steven Alter, MD

Dr. Steven Alter, MD

Orthopedic Hand Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 50
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Steven Alter, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery doctor who practices in North Chelmsford, MA. He is 50 years old and has been practicing for 23 years.

14 Research Pl

North Chelmsford, MA 01863

Contact Information

(978) 454-0706

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • Tufts Health Plan

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Top Care Areas


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Hand Fracture
very high
more than 99% of peers
Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
very high
more than 99% of peers
Hand Conditions
very high
more than 99% of peers

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  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Heel Spur
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Limb Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Wrist Fracture


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  • Arm Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Foot and Ankle Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Wrist Fusion

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Massachusetts.

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.


  • Boston University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1994
  • St University Ny Downstate
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1999
  • Tufts U/New England Med Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2000

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Alter has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Alter's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Alter to family and friends
based on 62 total reviews (11 with comments)
Dr. Alter'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 (11)
Lowell, MA |
Careful to treat the patient, and yet clear & direct- making sure that each patient's experience is thorough and complete (and in such a short visit so you can get back to your busy life!) And it is not just him, he has created both a highly functioning system for patient care (like nothing I have seen before) and a staff that is over-the-top qualified, caring and committed to high-quality care at a fraction of the patient's time!
Brighton, MA |
Very rude! Talks to you as if you are stupid!
in Lowell, MA |
He is very soft-spoken, but takes the time to listen to what your saying. Has a great bedside manner as does all of his staff. Had carpal-tunnel surgery on both hands and the results were wonderful with no side-effects. I would highly recommend him!!!
in Pepperell, MA |
I had 2 surgeries on my finger, so I was in and out of Dr. Alter's office for a whole year, I was so happy with the way I was treated from everyone in the office. Everything from scheduling to insurance, x-rays, nurses and Dr. Alter and his NP Roula I couldn't have asked for better treatment. Dr.Alter was amazing I would recommend him in a heartbeat to anyone. I was was made to feel very comfortable in a situation that was a little nerve racking. Bottom line I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Alter!
in Lowell, MA |
Excellent! Very skilled surgeon. Not the best bedside manners until he gets to know you because he doesn't "beat around the bush" but puts the facts right up front. I would absolutely request him if I or any of my family members had a hand, finger or wrist injury.
Quincy, MA |
Dr. Alter has a terrible bed-side manner, is rude, changes his treatment plan often but blames you for not being consistent, and is very reluctant to educate you on your problem or his choices (even when you make a choice). He hardly makes eye contact and had no interest in answering your questions. If you want a regular tongue-lashing in addition to the pain you're already suffering he will not disappoint.
in Nashua, NH |
Dr. Alter was no nonsense and very efficient in my interaction with him. He told me the pros and cons of the operation and allowed me to decide. What I liked the best was that he was on time and did not keep me waiting. He appeared when the appointment was scheduled and he got me out of the office with a minimum of delay. My operation was a success with a very good recovery and for that I am appreciative.
Billerica, MA |
He is all business; excellent care. I needed to see a specialist now for a hand (non-dominant side) problem so was thankful I had known him from a previous injury (fractured humerus and ulna on my dominant side): a complex injury that I sometimes wonder if I'd have recovered so well from if I had received treatment from another orthopedic surgeon. I've regained complete function of the affected arm and hand, following his surgical and post-op treatment.
Massachusetts |
Dr. Alter was rude, lacked a bedside manner, personality and was not sensitive to any of my concerns. I felt as if I was interrupting his day by having him examine me. I don't feel like he fully looked into my concerns and brushed it off my symptoms. I will proceed a more professional doctor.
in Carlisle, MA |
Professional and thoughtful.
in Chelmsford, MA |
Dr Alter performed bilateral (both hands at once) carpal tunnel surgery in Nov 2105. During the consultation, Dr Alter was very clear on the pros and cons of bilateral surgery and I decided that I wanted to have both hands corrected at the same time and not drag it out over 2+ weeks.Overall I am very pleased with the procedure, Dr Alter, the results and the decision to have bilateral done, eliminating another visit to the operating room and speeding up recovery.
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Dr. Alter accepts 10 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
    BlueConnect HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
    Preferred Blue PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
    Harvard Pilgrim Health Care PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Tufts Health Plan
    Tufts PPO

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