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Dr. Steven Alter, MD

Orthopedic Hand Surgery ·  Male · Age 52

Dr. Alter

Orthopaedic Surgical Associates

14 Research Pl North Chelmsford, MA 01863

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(978) 454-0706


Dr. Steven Alter, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery specialist in North Chelmsford, MA and has been practicing for 19 years. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1994 and specializes in orthopedic hand surgery and orthopedic surgery.


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Dr. Alter accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
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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
LocalPlus
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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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No malpractice claims found for Massachusetts
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Dr. Alter's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Elbow Injuries
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Alter treats Elbow Injuries more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Alter treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Fracture Care
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Alter performs Fracture Care more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Alter performs this procedure more than 100% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Ankle Fracture Repair
  • Elbow Fracture & Dislocation Treatment
  • Facial Bone Fracture Repair
  • Foot & Ankle Fracture & Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
  • Fracture/Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand & Wrist Fracture & Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture & Dislocation Treatment
  • Midfoot Fracture/Dislocation Surgery
  • Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF) of Hip Fracture
  • Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF) of Metatarsal Fracture
  • Orbital Floor Fracture Repair
  • Shoulder Fracture & Dislocation Treatment
  • Simple Fracture Care and Casting
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
Shoulder Disorders
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Alter treats Shoulder Disorders more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Alter treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Alter's conditions and procedures:

  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Foot and Ankle Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Heel Spur
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • 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
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Fusion

About Me

Biography

Dr. Steven Alter, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery specialist in North Chelmsford, MA and has been practicing for 19 years. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1994 and specializes in orthopedic hand surgery and orthopedic surgery.

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Education

2000
Tufts U/New England Med Center
Fellowship Hospital
1999
St University Ny Downstate
Residency Hospital
1994
Boston University School of Medicine
Medical School
2000
1999
1994

Awards

Dr. Alter's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Alter

3.6

Based on 69 reviews

5 Stars
55.072463768115945%
(38)
4 Stars
10.144927536231885%
(7)
3 Stars
0%
(0)
2 Stars
5.797101449275362%
(4)
1 Star
28.985507246376812%
(20)

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So very impressed with the whole experience. He was quick to respond to the accident. Quick to get the surgery scheduled at my request. All of the office visits were so efficient and easy to accomplish. Can’t say enough good about the practice. Also easily available on the phone and very flexible if needed adjustments or changes. Have had other experience with orthopedics and this was the best by far. No question. Highly recommended by me. Judi
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Dr. Alter avoids discussing diagnosis’s and treatments with patients by shoving pamphlets in their faces and leaving the room. When I tried to engage him in discussing my problem he became very defensive and would contradict himself, and his “educational pamphlet.”
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Dr. Alter was excellent to work with. Listened to my concerns, followed up on all visits.
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Not very nice... I was definitely interrupting his day!!!
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Dr. Alter has a dry sense of humor (took me a couple of visits to figure this out) but is an excellent MD and went out of his way to fit my young son in on a day he was in the OR all day and not seeing patients. I would recommend this specialist!
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Excellent surgeon. When I broke my wrist, I never thought it would heal or be the same. Dr. Alter did a wonderful job.
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Dr. Alter is amazing and his staff is so helpful. His professional approach is carried through his entire office. This was a painful and difficult experience but DrAlter and his staff made it so much more manageable.
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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!
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Very rude! Talks to you as if you are stupid!
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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!!!
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Professional and thoughtful.
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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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