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David R. Steinberg, MD

David R. Steinberg, MD Surgeon

Director, Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Steinberg is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

In New Jersey, providers are affiliated with Penn Medicine through Clinical Health Care Associates of New Jersey.

Clinical Specialties


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, 1993

Clinical Expertise:

  • Arthritis
  • Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Hand Pain
  • Hand Surgery
  • Hand Tendon Injury
  • Hand Tumor
  • Nerve Injury
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Tendonitis
  • Upper Extremity Fracture
  • Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Surgery

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Steinberg treats all forms of upper extremity pathology, both acute and chronic, focusing on hand, wrist, forearm and elbow. He performs hand & wrist arthroscopy. He also performs nerve repair & reconstruction in both upper & lower extremities. He has expertise in microsurgery, and is a member of the Penn Hand Transplant Program.

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Amerihealth
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Medicare
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Care
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Fellowship: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, National American Association for Hand Surgery, National American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, National American Medical Association, American Orthopaedic Association, National American Society for Surgery of the Hand, National Arthritis Foundation, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter, Local DeForest Willard Society, National Department of Veterans' Affairs, Scientific Review Group on Regenerative Medicine, National Eastern Orthopaedic Association, National European Wrist Arthroscopy Society, International International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand, International International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT), International Kiros Research Society, National Massachusetts General Hospital Hand Club, National Orthopaedic Research Society, Paul R. Lipscomb Society, National Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, Local Philadelphia Hand Club, Local Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society, Local Princeton Alumni Association, International University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Steinberg is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

1. Cartilage repair with bioengineered hydrogels.
2. Tissue engineering for tendon repair.
3. Effects of non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications on rotator cuff repair.
4. Distal radius fractures.
5. Thumb basal joint arthritis.

Selected Publications:

Tucker J, Connizzo B, Riggin C, Kuntz A, Steinberg DR, Soslowsky L, Bernstein J, Mauck RL: Tendon healing in a supraspinatus tear and repair rat model is not altered by overuse-induced tendinopathy Orthopedic Research Society, Annual Meeting : 2015.

Pfeifer CG, Fisher MB, Saxena V, Miniwook K, Henning EA, Dodge GR, Steinberg DR, Mauck RL: Age-dependent cartilage repair and subchondral bone remodeling in a mini-pig defect model Orthopaedic Research Society, Annual Meeting : 2015.

Lee GC, Khoury V, Steinberg DR, Kim W, Dalinka M, SteinbergME: Evaluation of Osteonecrosis by Radiologists Diagnostic Imaging Europe : 2014.

Steinberg ME, Steinberg DR: Osteonecrosis: Historical Perspective Osteonecrosis : 2014.

Haddock NT, Chang B, Bozentka, DJ, Steinberg DR, Levin LS: Technical Implications in Proximal Forearm Transplantation Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery 17 (4): 228-231,2014.

Fisher MB, Belkin NS, Milby AH, Henning EA, Bostrom M, Lim M, Pfeiffer C, Dodge GR, Burdick JA, Schaer TP, Steinberg DR, Mauck RL: Cartilage repair & subchondral bone remodeling in response to focal lessons in a mini-pig model: implications for tissue engineering Tissue Engineering Part A : 2014.

Connizzo BK, Yannascoli SM, Tucker JJ, Caro AC, Riggin CN, Mauck RL, Soslowsky LJ, Steinberg DR, Bernstein J: The detrimental effects of systemic ibuprofen delivery on tendon healing are time-dependent Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research 472 (8): 2433-9,2014.

Park MJ, Bozentka DJ, Chang B, Lin I, Levin LS, Steinberg DR: Timing of Forearm Arterial Repair in the Well-perfused Limb Orthopedics 37 (6): e582-6,2014.

Fisher, MB, Henning EA, Soegaard N, Dodge GR, Steinberg D., Mauck R: Maximizing Cartilage Formation and Integration via a Novel Trajectory-based Tissue Engineering Approach. Biomaterials 35 : 2140-8,2014.

Lee GC, Khoury V, Steinberg DR, Kim W, Dalinka M, Steinberg ME: How Do Radiologist Evaluate Osteonecrosis? Skeletal Radiology 43 : 607-14,2014.

Academic Contact Info

Penn Orthopaedic Institute
3737 Market Street
Penn Medicine University City

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-3340
Fax: (215) 349-5128
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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