Scott Wolfe Md - Upper Extremity Surgeon Your Practice Online
Scott Wolfe, MD | Upper Extremity Surgeon

Dr. Scott Wolfe is acknowledged to be one of the most experienced, innovative and authoritative experts in orthopedic upper extremity care. He maintains an active practice and teaches students daily as a Cornell Medical School Professor of Orthopedic Surgery. He is recognized for his expertise in the wrist, scaphoid surgery, distal radius fractures, wrist fractures, non-unions, Dupuytren’s disease, nerve repair and nerve reconstruction. As an educator he has improved the knowledge, skill levels and techniques practiced by todays most effective hand surgeons. As lead author he has published over 200 major papers throughout his 30 year career in the most respected, peer-reviewed, American medical journals. His career goal is to help achieve consistently superior patient outcomes in hand and nerve surgery.

Dr. Wolfe frequently operates on complex conditions. He treats upper extremity problems that incapacitate fingers, hands, wrists, elbows and nerves. World class musicians and athletes have had their mobility restored by Dr. Wolfe. For over 20 years Dr. Wolfe has been consistently rated as one of America’s and New York’s Top Doctors.

Dr. Wolfe discussing the evolution and details of the new FDA approved KinematX artificial wrist technology developed in collaboration with colleague Dr. Trey Crisco.

Patient Reviews

Nov 2020

I’m forever grateful to Dr. Wolfe. I had permanent ulnar nerve damage because of a tumor growth. I lost 90% of my right (dominant) hand functionality and strength due to the nerve damage. Dr. Wolfe diligently explained and walked me through the best possible solution to restore the functionality of my right hand. He’s building me a new right hand by transferring 8+ tendons! It’s a work of art and I’m so blessed for his expertise. His entire staff at HSS is accommodating, organized, professional and efficient. Also to worth mentioning, I was living in 24/7 pain, discomfort and numbness for over a year + which now has disappeared. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Wish there were more stars to give.


Sep 2020

I am a surgeon and went to several of the top hand surgeons and Dr. Wolf was by far head and shoulders above the others. Simply put, his care and his team are world class. He is empathetic and spends time explaining every detail of the problem your experiencing. He is a world class clinician and found a problem that other doctors missed. He is the best of the best and why I chose him to do a procedure on my invaluable hands. The surgery center team was fantastic. It was during the covid pandemic in the summer and I felt safe and all precautions were taken. Dr. Wolfe’s assistant is outstanding and also was very receptive to questions I had. Thank you!

Dr. Wolfe was recommended to me as the best hand surgeon in the world. Based on my experience with him, that must be the truth. Other doctors said that in a few years my hand would not be functional. Now about a year and a half out from my surgery, I am recovering well and am able to play tennis without pain. I am so grateful to Dr. Wolfe and I would recommend him a thousand times over.

-J. Vander Stoep

This is the first time I have ever reviewed a doctor. The reason I am writing this comment is due to the remarkable result of a procedure performed by Dr. Wolfe on my wrist. I had suffered with wrist pain for at least 20 years. I was examined by doctors at NYU, Columbia Presbyterian, and Mt. Sinai. All of the proposed procedures suggested would have resulted in significant loss of functionality as well as increased instability in the joint. The procedure performed by Dr. Wolfe was the least invasive and resulted in the complete elimination of my chronic pain as well as a major increase in the range of motion.

Dr. Wolfe has given my arm back to me. After surgery to resolve multiple problems in my shoulder only resolved some problems last year, my original surgeon, Dr. Struan Coleman, also of HSS who did a fantastic job on my shoulder by restoring my strength and mobility, referred me to Dr. Wolfe. Dr. Wolfe was intent on determining what was still causing me pain and difficulty. He correctly diagnosed a compressed ulnar nerve in my elbow and he operated on my elbow. I started seeing results that week, as the numbness and tingling and pain I’d had for ages was gone! I owe Dr. Wolfe, his PA Carly, and the entire office so much gratitude. They are friendly, professional, caring, and devoted. Dr. Wolfe does not rest until he fixes his patients’ problems. If, heaven forbid, I ever have another problem with anything in Dr. Wolfe’s field, I won’t hesitate to give him a call.

-Jacob P.

July 27, 2020

My surgery at HSS was to address a failed surgery done 8 months ago at another institution by another surgeon. Dr Scott Wolfe’s sensitive care eased my fears , gave me appropriate levels of expectation and at this early post op period the hope for speedy recovery.

July 22, 2020

Dr. Wolfe was superior to any other doctor I have dealt – ever!

Juyl 20, 2020

Very professional and rewarding experience being treated by Dr. Wolfe.

July 01, 2020

Dr. Wolfe takes the extra time and is truly only worried about one thing, the best possible outcome for his patients, I’m living proof. The nerve pain I had for 6 years is gone along with the many other symptoms I suffered from with Parsonage Turner Syndrome. I have now had 3 episodes of PTS and he knew exactly what to do and how to do it, where other doctors have failed for 6 years. His optimism and drive to make his patients better is uncanny. His office is amazing as well, they ALL have been extremely, kind, patient and go above and beyond the scope of what they are supposed to do. It’s so unfortunate that there are only 5 stars, because I honestly feel that there isn’t enough stars for a proper rating for Dr. Wolfe. He is by far the best I’ve ever come across and again I’ve been in the O.R. for 27 years. I feel very fortunate to have met Dr. Wolfe and even more fortunate he’s given me hope and and my life back the way it was before I was injured. Much love and appreciation for him!

March 13, 2020

Prior to seeing Dr. Wolfe, I had visited other physicians in New Jersey for a problem with the anterior interosseous nerve in my left arm, which prevented me from moving my left thumb. Some doctors suggested waiting to see if the nerve would heal on its own, another wanted to do an older surgical procedure from which I might have regained some mobility. When I visited Dr. Wolfe, he immediately identified the condition I had, and provided me with a roadmap for treatment, which included a new innovative surgical procedure. Dr. Wolfe is a pioneer in the treatment of this condition, and because of his medical expertise in this field, I have now completely regained full use of my thumb. I am forever thankful to his attention to detail, bedside manner, and the thorough explanations I received every time I visited him. He is definitely a leader in his field, and worthy of not just a 5 star recommendation, but a perfect 10!

-Holly K.

Dear Dr Scott Wolfe, It’s easy to see why you are recognized as one of the best doctors in New York City, an honor very well deserved. I am very grateful to you and your incredible staff. Your secretary went beyond the call of duty… very professional, very accommodating, very kind. Your physician’s assistant Carly was always available to answer questions and give guidance. She is a credit to her profession. I received excellent care and am aware of how fortunate I am to be your patient.



June 08, 2019

I had ulnar nerve transposition 12-17 with Dr Wolfe. I travelled into NYC because of the skill and knowledge he has with nerves and this procedure. Though I did not like the fact that I was never told a student would be in the room and the fact that it took over a year to heal and start lifting again, I realize now how successful the procedure went. It could of went terribly wrong and I have no pain anymore at all.



Dec 12, 2018

Dr. Scott Wolfe, aside from being a top-rated surgeon, has outstanding bedside manner. This is important to me. I like to know the facts, and have them presented to me in a clear and respectful manner. I saw him for a tricep tendon issue, and we agreed to pursue several months of PT. The problem remained, and so I elected to do surgery. It went perfectly. I’m lucky, but I also had a good doctor! His supporting staff are also very good, friendly and knowledgeable. He is a fixer!



Sep 11, 2018

Dr. Wolfe performed surgery on my right wrist. I had total confidence in him and the outcome of the surgery. I wanted the best and that is what I got!

-Melissa G.

May 31, 2018

Dr. Wolfe’s excellence as a highly-skilled hand surgeon are as superb as his ability to engage with patients and put them at ease. Sensitive to his patients, Dr. Wolfe takes the time necessary to be sure his patients are comfortable before and after surgery and as he carefully performs delicate surgery. I know from colleagues and my own recent surgery just how exceptional Dr. Wolfe is. I had peace of mind knowing that I was in the safe hands of Dr. Wolfe and his professional, caring staff Brenda Friedler in Stamford, CT

Dr WOLFE repaired my broken wrist with perfection and humor! An amazing experience. He also fixed a trigger finger in the shortest out- patient operation ever!! Both procedures are perfect!!! Dr. WOLFE is the best!!! Bertha Judith Hanau in NY, NY

If you are reading this, then just like me- you’re looking for the best arm and hand surgeon you can find. I will tell you- you found him. I came to Dr. Wolfe- with a serious crushing arm and hand injury from being pulled into a machine. After 3 surgeries from local doctors, my arm and hand was still unusable and further worsened by 4 months of terrible post care. Local doctors had already concluded that my arm would be 50% at best, and probably live with pain for the rest of my life. I felt like I was on the verge of losing any use of my arm. Over the next 4 months and an additional 4 long surgeries with Dr. Wolfe, he systematically rebuilt my hand and arm. Today- I am 100% with no restrictions and no pain. Dr Wolfe did such an excellent job that you can hardly notice anything ever happened.

Dr. Wolfe is not only the foremost expert in the field- he is a kind and concerned Doctor that takes the time to listen to you. Dr. Wolfe makes sure that you understand the treatment plan every step of the way. The emotional and physical care he showed during such a trying time- gave me the opportunity to do my part and get back to living life again.
Forever grateful to Dr. Wolfe

-Gabe C.

HSS Hand Surgeon Performs First Surgery with FDA-Cleared Wrist Replacement Implant he Designed

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