Dr. Walter Short, MD

Dr. Walter Short, MD

Orthopedic Hand Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 67
Dr. Walter Short, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery specialist in Syracuse, NY and has been practicing for 43 years. He graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University (Syracuse) in 1975 and specializes in orthopedic hand surgery.

5719 Widewaters Pkwy Ste 3

Syracuse, NY 13214

Contact Information

(315) 251-3162

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Buckeye Community Health Plan
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Community Health Choice
  • CorVel
  • Elderplan
  • EmblemHealth
  • 35 More

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Top Care Areas

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Limb Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Joint Pain
very high
more than 97% of peers
Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
very high
more than 94% of peers

Dr. Short's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Short "Hand and wrist health is important! Almost everything we do relies on our ability to use our hands, wrists, and arms. We understand how important they are, and how difficult and frustrating life can be when you re injured. That s why we take hand, wrist, and arm health so seriously. You deserve the very best treatment if you re injured. Understanding the comprehensive approach required to take care of wrists, hands, and arms, we work tirelessly to offer the most advanced, state-of-the-art, and complete care possible. In addition, we understand the somewhat hopeless feeling you can get when you re waiting for the doctor to tell you what s going to happen. Understanding your concerns, we're committed to letting patients know exactly what we're thinking, what we're going to do, when we're going to do it, what you can expect at the time of surgery, and what s going to happen afterwards. That s why the SOS Hand + Wrist Center at Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists, P.C., is the premier provider of specialty hand and wrist care in the U.S. In addition, we're dedicated to providing you with Complete Care. Complete Care is the idea that everything you need is provided in-house, whether it's a scan, a test, or a service. No more running around to different doctors. Nobody likes doing that. Lead by four of the most skilled physicians in the field, our 6,000 square foot facility is equipped with state-of-the-art imaging, EMG testing/nerve conduction studies, on-site casting, digital X-ray, electronic medical health records, on-site state-of-the-art MRI imaging as well as customized hand splints, pain management and hand therapy services."


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1  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery

2  Board Certifications

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

42  Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Myelopathy
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Rib Fracture
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture


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28  Procedures

  • Arm Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Humerus
  • Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Joint Drainage
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Replacement

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

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.


  • Weill Cornell Medical College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1971
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University (Syracuse)
    Medical School | Graduated 1975
  • University Hospital SUNY Health Science Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • University Of Nc Hosps
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Upstate Medical University
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1976

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Patients' Choice Award 2008, 2008
  • Patients' Choice Award 2009, 2009
Media & Publications

Dr. Short has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Short's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Short to family and friends
13 total reviews (3 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (13)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Short'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 (3)

My experience was excellent! Dr. Short, Lindsay, and the staff were all incredibly helpful and supportive throughout my recovery process. I undoubtedly received the best possible service.
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I had ulnar nerve decompression surgery just over a year ago. My condition has not improved at all. I'm a musician and my hands are very important to me. This was a total waste of time and money.
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