• Outstanding care
    for all hand, wrist & elbow conditions
  • Outstanding care
    for all hand, wrist & elbow conditions
  • Outstanding care
    for all hand, wrist & elbow conditions
  • Outstanding care
    for all hand, wrist & elbow conditions

Daniel B. Polatsch, M.D


Daniel B.Polatsch, M.d The Newyork Hand & Wrist Center

Dr. Daniel Polatsch is a Manhattan based orthopaedic hand surgeon who has been recognized as New York’s Top doctors by New York Magazine, Castle Connolly, New York Times Super Doctors, and U.S. News and World Report for many years. Dr. Polatsch is the Co-Director and Co-Founder of the New York Hand and Wrist Center of Lenox and was recruited by Lenox Hill Hospital and Northwell Health to establish and build a world-renowned Hand Surgery Center. He is nationally and internationally known for excellence in the comprehensive management of complex hand, wrist, and elbow disorders. He is responsible for the teaching and education of resident doctors who are training to become future orthopedic surgeons and hand surgeons. Dr. Polatsch is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is board certified in both orthopaedic surgery and hand surgery. He underwent additional specialty training in hand, wrist, and elbow surgery at the renowned Harvard Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship in Boston. Prior to becoming the Co-Director of the New York Hand and Wrist Center he was in practice for over 12 years at the Hand Surgery Center with Dr. Charles Melone, MD. During that time, he was the program director of the Mount Sinai Orthopedic Hand Surgery Fellowship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

Dr. Polatsch is on the editorial review board of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Journal of Orthopaedics and Orthopedics for his expertise in hand surgery and has published extensively on a wide variety of hand and upper extremity topics in a multitude of peer-reviewed journals. He has presented his research extensively at regional and national society meetings. He has also authored many book chapters most notably on topics related to the care and treatment of elite and professional athletes. Most recently, Dr. Polatsch was also elected by his peers to sit on the executive council of the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Dr. Polatsch earned his undergraduate degree with distinction at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine where he was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society for his superior scholastic achievements and earned independent research honors. His post-graduate training included a surgical internship at NYU Medical Center followed by an orthopaedic surgery residency at NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases, where he was appointed Administrative Chief Resident in his final year. He then underwent further specialty training at the Harvard Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship Program which included training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Owing to his expertise in sports-related elbow, wrist, and hand injuries, Dr. Polatsch has treated countless professional, olympic, and collegiate athletes in every sport, performing state-of-the-art surgical techniques that have permitted their return to sports activities without impairment. This includes the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, PGA, and Professional fighting (both Boxing and MMA). He has treated countless celebrities and entertainers. In addition, Dr. Polatsch’s clinical interest and expertise include the following: professional fighting related injuries, golf related injuries, carpal tunnel syndrometrigger fingers, ganglion cystswrist fractures, ligament injuries, scapholunate (SL) ligament injuries, triangular fibrocartilage complex injuries (TFCC), thumb arthritis, skiier’s thumb, cubital tunnel syndromede Quervain’s tendonitisdistal biceps tendon problemsdupuytrens disease (both surgical and non-surgical treatment (Xiaflex injections)extensor tendon injuriesfingertip injuriesflexor tendon injuriesfractures in childrengolf injuries to the hand/wrist/elbowhand fractures, hand or wrist tumors, hand therapy, joint replacement, kienbocks disease, mallet fingers, microsurgery, nail bed injuries, nerve injuries, numbness, olecranon bursitis, scaphoid fracturesski and snowboard injuries, steroid injections, tennis elbow, lateral epicondylitis, thumb sprainswrist sprains.

As a founding member of the Laurence Polatsch Memorial Fund, Dr. Polatsch has helped raise money to send dozens of children with pediatric arthritis to specialty summer camps sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation. Additional funds raised have been used to donate a pediatric playroom at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, a pediatric recovery room at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, a Neonatal Intensive Care Family room at NYU Medical Center, a full time social worker to assist with needs of children who suffer from Crohn’s and Colitis. This was all done in memory of his brother who was lost on September 11th. He is also on the board of directors for the GLS Memorial Fund, which provides scholarships to University of Michigan students whose parents were lost by the September 11th attacks. Dr. Polatsch also contributes to numerous other charitable organizations including the Scleroderma Foundation, The Theodore Atlas Foundation, UJA, Prep for Prep, Arthritis Foundation, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Autism Speaks, and The Hole in the Wall Gang Camps.

Dr. Polatsch’s professional memberships include:

  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • New York Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • International Wrist Investigation Workshop
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

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Consistently Voted New York’s Best Doctors & Recognized Regionally, National & Internationally

  • New York's Best Doctors

    Congratulations once again to Dr. Polatsch and Beldner for being recognized by their peers as New York’s Best Doctors.

  • Vitals - Top 10 Doctor - Daniel B.Polatsch, M.d

    Congratulations to Dr. Polatsch and Dr. Beldner for once again being named in New York Magazine’s Best Doctors issue out this week.

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    Vitals – Top 10 Doctor

  • Compassionate Doctor Award - Daniel B.Polatsch, M.d

    Compassionate Doctor Award

  • Super Doctors - The New York Times - Daniel B.Polatsch, M.d

    Super Doctors – The New York Times

  • Top US News Doctor - Daniel B.Polatsch, M.d

    Top US News Doctor

  • Patients Choice Award - Daniel B.Polatsch, M.d

    Patients Choice Award

  • Newyork Best Doctor - Daniel B.Polatsch, M.d

    Dr. Polatsch was named as one of New York’s Best Doctors by New York Magazine

  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors Newyork Metro  Area - Daniel B.Polatsch, M.d

    Dr. Polatsch has consistently been listed in Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors

  • Dr. Dan Polatsch was inducted as an NYPD Honorary Police Surgeon

    Dr. Dan Polatsch was inducted as an Honorary Police Surgeon by NYPD

  • Dr. Polatsch on once again being selected as one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors.

    Dr. Polatsch on once again being selected as one of New York Magazine’s Best Doctors.

  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  •  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • North Shore-LIJ Health System
  • Harvard University
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
  • North Shore Lij Orthopaedic Institute
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