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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

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
  • 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 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:

Kim Minwook, Erickson Isaac E, Huang Alice H, Garrity Sean T, Mauck Robert L, Steinberg David R: Donor variation and optimization of human mesenchymal stem cells chondrogenesis in hyaluronic acid. Tissue Engineering. Part A : 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.

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.

Stephanie Thibaudeau, Benjamin L. Gray, Kevin Bonilla, Samuel Oduwole, David J. Bozentka, David R. Steinberg: Optimizing Postoperative Pain Control in Ambulatory Hand Surgery – Acetaminophen With Codeine versus Ibuprofen/Acetaminophen: A Double-Blind Randomized Control Trial: Level 1 Evidence Journal of Hand Surgery, Vol. 43, Issue 9, S6–S7 43 (9): S6-7,2018.

Steinberg Marvin E, Oh Seong C, Khoury Viviane, Udupa Jayaram K, Steinberg David R: Lesion size measurement in femoral head necrosis. International orthopaedics 42 (7): 1585-1591,2018.

Shubinets Valeriy, McAndrew Christine, Mauch Jaclyn, Glennon Alyssa Ricker, Kovach Stephen J, Gray Benjamin L, Steinberg David R, Bozentka David J, Lantieri Laurent, Chang Benjamin, Levin L Scott, Lin Ines C: Partial Hand Transplant: Lessons Learned From Cadaveric Dissection Studies. The Journal of hand surgery 43 (7): 634-640,2018.

Cheema A, Niziolek P, Steinberg D, Kneeland B, Kazmers N, Bozentka D: Do CT scan oriented along the longitudinal scaphoid axis change surgical management of scaphoid fractures? Research Day Symposium, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pennyslvania : 2018.

Kim M, Sennett M, Ashley B, Stoeckl B, Koyama E, Friedman J, Neuwirth A, Henning E, Pleshko N, Burdick J, Steinberg D, Mauck R: In Vivo Translation of an Injectable Chondrocyte-laden Micro-Scale Noodle to Promote Cartilage Repair University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Journal 28 : 199-200,2018.

David R. Steinberg: 2018 Dedication: Marvin E. Steinberg, MD University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Journal 28 : 4-5,2018.

Cheema Adnan N, Niziolek Paul J, Steinberg David, Kneeland Bruce, Kazmers Nikolas H, Bozentka David: The Effect of Computed Tomography Scans Oriented Along the Longitudinal Scaphoid Axis on Measurements of Deformity and Displacement in Scaphoid Fractures. The Journal of hand surgery : 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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