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David R. Steinberg, MD

David R. Steinberg, MD Physician

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

Dr. Steinberg is employed by Penn Medicine.

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

About Dr. David R. Steinberg

Recognized by America's Top Doctors for 2017

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues for 2017 and 2018

Recognized in South Jersey magazine as a Top Doc of 2017

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Overall Ratings

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

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

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

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 Orthopaedic Association, National American Society for Surgery of the Hand, National 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, International Paul R. Lipscomb Society, National Penn Orthopaedic Alumni Association, National Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, Local Philadelphia Hand Society, Local Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society, Local Princeton Alumni Association, International University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Steinberg is employed by Penn Medicine.

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:

Stoeckl B, Zlotnick H; Farrell M; Miller L; Schaer T; Hast M; Mauck R; Steinberg D: Design and Implantation of an Engineered Porcine Accessory Carpal Osteochondral Unit Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting : 2019.

Zlotnick HM, Farrell MJ, Steinberg DR, Mauck RL: TGFB3 And FGF2 Promote Chondrogenesis Of Yucatan Minipig MSCs In Pellet And 3D Agarose Culture Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting : 2019.

Kim M, Sennett ML, Patel JM, Ashley BS, Eby MR, Martin AR, Stoeckl BD; Zlotnick HM, Friedman JM, Neuwirth AL, Henning EA, Falcon JM, Koyama E, Pleshko N, Burdick JA, Steinberg DR, Mauck RL: Injectable Chondrocyte-Laden “Micro-Noodles Promote Cartilage Repair In a Minipig CartilageDefect Model Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting : 2019.

Zlotnick HM, Stoeckl BD, Henning EA, Steinberg DR, Mauck RL: Increased Media Volume Enhances the Core Strength of MSC-based Engineered Cartilage Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting : 2019.

Stoeckl BD, Zlotnick HM, Hast MW, Sennett ML, Schaer TP, Mauck RL, Steinberg DR: Developing a Biologic Replacement for the Porcine Accessory Carpal as a Model for the Treatment of Thumb OA Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting : 2019.

Chahar E, Steinberg DR: Fords in Four: David Steinberg '76 The Haverford School Alumni eNewsletter : 2019.

Chung KC, Malay S, Shauver MJ, Kim M, WRIST GROUP: Assessment of Distal Radius Fracture Complications Following Surgical Repair Among Adults Older Than 60 Years: A Secondary Analysis of the WRIST Randomized Clinical Trial JAMA Network Open 1 (2): 2019.

Gittings DJ, Fryhofer GW, Hast MW, Steinberg DR, Levin LS, Gray BL: The Saline Load Test is Effective at Diagnosing Traumatic Arthrotomies of the Wrist Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg : 2019.

Stephanie Thibaudeau; Benjamin Gray; Kevin Bonilla; Samuel Oduwole; David Bozentka; David Steinberg: Optimizing Post-Operative Pain Control in Ambulatory Hand Surgery: Acetaminophen with Codeine versus Ibuprofen/Acetaminophen. A Double-Blind Randomized Control Trial American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting : 2018.

Ben-Amotz Oded, Kruger Erwin A, McAndrew Christine, Bozentka David, Steinberg David, Chang Benjamin, Lantieri Laurent, Levin L Scott: Logistics in Coordinating the First Adult Trans-Atlantic Bilateral Hand Transplant: Lessons Learned Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 142 (3): 730-5,2018.

Academic Contact Info

Penn Orthopaedic Institute
3737 Market Street
Penn Medicine University City

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

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