*Named as a 2014 TOP DOC by Philadelphia Magazine*Experience and Education Dr. Osterman grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia before attending Yale College where he majored in photography and graduated Summa Cum Laude. After graduation, he traveled on a Guggenheim Fellowship photographing original stained glass in Europe. Subsequent to that, he traveled to Tanzania where he photographed physicians working with the Wagogos and the Masai on an UNESCO project that eventually became a book, Jungle Doctor Panorama. That experience, combined with a family medical background, set him on a course to medical school. He spent the next 10 years of training at the University of Pennsylvania where he attended medical school, completed his Orthopaedic Residency and also his Hand Fellowship under the guidance of Dr. F. William Bora. He then continued his specialty training with a Microvascular Fellowship at Duke University. He returned to the University of Pennsylvania where he became a tenured Associate Professor and where he remained in practice until 1993. The opportunity then arose to join The Philadelphia Hand Center and The South Jersey Hand Center, a practice that encompasses the full gamut of upper extremity problems, from fingertip to shoulder and everything in between. Dr. Osterman is the current President of The Hand Center as well as the current Director of the Hand Fellowship program-a 7 person, ACGME accredited program which is co-hosted by The Hand Center and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. A Leading Clinician, Educator, Author & Researcher Dr. Osterman is a Full Professor of Hand and Orthopaedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University and has received a number of awards and honors including: The DeForrest Willard Seal Prize, the Lanier Kappa Delta Award, the Summer L. Koch Award, and the Vargus Award. He is consistently recognized by Best Doctors in America, America's Top Doctor - Castle Connolly, and as a Top Doctor by Philadelphia Magazine, Main Line Life and Philadelphia/Suburban Life Magazine. Dr. Osterman divides his time as a clinician, as a professor, and as an author. Dr. Osterman's practice focuses on the hand, wrist, arm and elbow, as well as some shoulder conditions. When he's not treating patients, Dr. Osterman not only teaches locally but around the world, having been a visiting professor at over 50 institutions and taught in over 180 countries. As an author and editor, Dr. Osterman has edited one of the most popular hand surgery texts, Rehabilitation of the Hand just released in its 6th edition, as well as Fractures and Injuries of the Distal Radius and Carpus: The Cutting Edge. He has also authored or coauthored over 300 articles and publications and continues his research endeavors with active grants from multiple sources. Professional Leadership and Research Dr. Osterman has served in many leadership roles. He is an active member and a past President of the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS) and is the current Chairman of the Hand Fellowship Directors for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). He is also a current member and the past President of the Eastern Orthopedic Association. Dr. Osterman has received a number of grants, both scientific and commercial. He has done basic scientific research of electrical stimulation of healing, Schwann cell regeneration in peripheral nerve healing, anti-scar drugs, and distal radius fractures. He has pioneered innovative surgical techniques, including small joint and wrist arthroscopy. He is currently involved in clinical research for scapholunate injury reconstruction, ligament stabilization, wrist fusion, allograft nerve regeneration, Dupuytren's Contracture, and upper extremity joint replacement. He has patented several devices, including plates for elbow fractures.
Dr. Osterman'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
No sanctions found
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Orthopedic Hand Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Osterman's Board Certifications
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Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
De Quervain's Disease
Degenerative Disc Disease
Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
Osteoarthritis of Hands
Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
Peripheral Nerve Disorders
Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery
Carpal Tunnel Release
De Quervain's Release
Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
Excision of Radius or Ulna
Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
Shoulder Fracture Treatment
Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Trigger Finger Release
Trigger Point Injection
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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0 Board Actions
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Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
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Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
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Undergraduate School | Graduated 1969
Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med
Medical School | Graduated 1973
Mount Sinai Hospital
Internship Hospital | Completed 1974
Hospital Of The University Of Pennsylvania
Residency Hospital | Completed 1978
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1979
Hospital Of The University Of Pennsylvania
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1979
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Osterman has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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