I have always been interested in fixing things. My uncle was an orthopaedic surgeon and my aunt was a therapist—I often visited their office and watched them work together. I saw them restore function and help people get back to their lives. Needless to say, it had a powerful influence on me.
The same thing happened in medical school—the hand surgeons I met became my mentors. Seeing them help patients return to their daily activities inspired me to specialize in orthopaedic surgery.
Here at NYU Langone’s Hospital for Joint Diseases, the specialists at the Hand Center treat all types of patients, from children with congenital hand deformities and young athletes with traumatic injuries to workers hurt during industrial accidents, older adults with arthritis, and people who have nerve injuries. Our team is comprised of surgeons, physician assistants, hand therapists, and other specialists.
The multifaceted team, along with our advanced, onsite radiology and imaging services, including fluoroscopy, make for a fantastic patient experience. Because we are an academic medical center, we have the responsibility of teaching in addition to patient care. As a result, we’re kept on our toes and are always up-to-date on the latest treatment and research.
The most important part of treatment, for me, is patient education. It’s vital that my patients understand the nature of their conditions, so I take the time to draw illustrations and avoid clinical terminology. When people know how to take care of themselves, they can ensure that the treatment fits their life and work. I’ve found that people are more empowered to help themselves get better when they understand the mechanics, history, and physiology of their injuries.
I also research nerve injuries and wrist fractures to improve treatment nationwide. I am a member of the board of examiners for the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the former president of the hand section of the American Osteopathic Association. I have authored numerous papers and have been an invited speaker at national and international meetings.
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- Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
- Chief Svc Jamaica Hosp Med Ctr
- American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (Surgery of the Hand), 2013
- American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopaedic Surgery, 2011
Education and Training
- MPH from Harvard University, 2002
- Fellowship, Hospital For Joint Diseases, 1998
- Residency, Grand View Hospital, 1997
- DO from NY College Of Osteopathic Med, 1992
Locations and Appointments
- Aetna HMO
- Aetna Indemnity
- Aetna Medicare
- Aetna POS
- Aetna PPO/EPO
- Cigna EPO/POS
- Cigna PPO
- Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Child Health
- Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
- Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
- Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Indemnity
- Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield MediBlue
- Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
- Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
- Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways, Enhanced
- GHI CBP
- HealthSmart (WTC)
- Humana Medicare
- Local 1199 PPO
- MagnaCare PPO
- MultiPlan/PHCS PPO
- NY Medicaid
- NYS Empire Plan
- Oxford Exchange
- Oxford Freedom
- Oxford Liberty
- Oxford Medicare
- United Exchange- Compass
- UnitedHealthcare EPO
- UnitedHealthcare HMO
- UnitedHealthcare Medicare
- UnitedHealthcare POS
- UnitedHealthcare PPO
- UnitedHealthcare Top Tier
- Village Caremax
- Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) Medicare
- Workers Comp
Association of Lesions of the Scapholunate Interval With Arthroscopic Grading of Scapholunate Instability Via the Geissler Classification
Lee, Steve K; Model, Zina; Desai, Healthy; Hsu, Patricia; Paksima, Nader; Dhaliwal, Gurpreet
Journal of hand surgery (American volume). 2015 Apr. 40 (6): 1083-1087
Hand stiffness following distal radius fractures: Who gets it and is it a functional problem?
Egol, K A; Karia, R; Zingman, A; Lee, S; Paksima, N
Bulletin of the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. 2014. 72 (4): 288-293
Hand stiffness following distal radius fractures: who gets - it and is it a functional problem?
Egol, Kenneth A; Karia, Raj; Zingman, Allissa; Lee, Steve; Paksima, Nader
Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases (2013). 2014. 72 (4): 288-293