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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 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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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
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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, 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 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:

Kazmers Nikolas H, Liu Tiffany C, Gordon Joshua A, Bozentka David J, Steinberg David R, Gray Benjamin L: Patient- and Disease-Specific Factors Associated With Operative Management of de Quervain Tendinopathy. The Journal of hand surgery : 2017.

Kim Minwook, Farrell Megan J, Steinberg David R, Burdick Jason A, Mauck Robert L: Enhanced nutrient transport improves the depth-dependent properties of tri-layered engineered cartilage constructs with zonal co-culture of chondrocytes and MSCs. Acta biomaterialia 58 : 1-11,2017.

Kazmers Nikolas H, Fryhofer George W, Gittings Daniel, Bozentka David J, Steinberg David R, Gray Benjamin L: Acute Deep Infections of the Upper Extremity: The Utility of Obtaining Atypical Cultures in the Presence of Purulence. The Journal of hand surgery 42 (8): 663.e1-663.e8,2017.

Pfeifer Christian G, Fisher Matthew B, Saxena Vishal, Kim Minwook, Henning Elizabeth A, Steinberg David R, Dodge George R, Mauck Robert Leon: AGE-DEPENDENT SUBCHONDRAL BONE REMODELING AND CARTILAGE REPAIR IN A MINIPIG DEFECT MODEL. Tissue engineering. Part C, Methods : 2017.

Amaral S, Kessler S, Levy T, Gaetz W, McAndrew C, Chang B, Lopez S, Braham E, Humpl D, Hsia M, Ferry K, Xu X, Elder D, Lefkowitz D, Feudtner C, Thibaudeau S, Lin I, Kovach S, Schwartz E, Bozentka D, Carrigan R, Steinberg D, Kanchwala S, Zlotolow D, Kozin S, Jensen F, Bryant P, Shaked A, Levine M, Levin LS: 18-month outcomes of heterologous bilateral hand transplantation in a child: a case report Lancet Child Adolesc Health : 2017.

Buterbaugh K, Gordon J, Kazmers N, Khoury V, Bozentka D, Steinberg D: Ultrasonographic evaluation of zone II flexor tendon lacerations and repairs: a cadaveric study University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Journal 27 : 2017.

David R. Steinberg: Book review: "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" AOA This Week : 2017.

Riggin Corinne N, Qu Feini, Kim Dong Hwa, Huegel Julianne, Steinberg David R, Kuntz Andrew F, Soslowsky Louis J, Mauck Robert L, Bernstein Joseph: Electrospun PLGA Nanofiber Scaffolds Release Ibuprofen Faster and Degrade Slower After In Vivo Implantation. Annals of biomedical engineering : 2017.

Fryhofer G, Kazmers N, Gittings D, Bozentka D, Steinberg D, Gray B: Acute deep infections of the upper extremity: the utility of obtaining atypical cultures and factors associated with culture positivity University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Journal 27 : 2017.

Cheema A, Niziolek P, Kneeland JB, Bozentka D, Steinberg D: Height-to-length ratios to assess flexion deformity in scaphoid fractures-a comparison of measurement techniques University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Journal 27 : 2017.

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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