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Thomas J. Graham, MD

  • Specialty: Hand & Wrist Surgery
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 646-501-0658
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About Me

I aspired to become an orthopedic surgeon since childhood. I was particularly fascinated by the complexity and elegance of the hand, wrist, and elbow, and benefited from mentorship by world-renowned physicians who inspired me to pursue a career in hand surgery.

Fortunately, my many years in the field have allowed me to assume leadership roles in my specialty, serve thousands of patients, educate hundreds of fellow surgeons, and contribute to our knowledge of injuries and diseases that affect the hand and upper extremity through my research.

My early career decision also allowed me to develop complementary interests and expertise in the care of elite athletes and the field of medical innovation; the combination has allowed me to advance the global practice of hand surgery beyond my practice.

In the world of sports, I established one of the nation’s premiere destinations for the care of professional athletes’ hands and wrists. I have cared for more than 1,000 professional athletes and served as team physician and hand surgery consultant for teams in the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, and the PGA Tour. I understand the need of this unique population to perform at their best, and I bring that same level of experience and expertise to all patients I treat.

As an innovator and inventor, I developed numerous techniques and technologies that have impacted lives and created jobs that fuel our economy. Among the many inventions are devices to repair or replace damaged bones and joints. I’ve authored over 50 patents.

I am honored to have been repeatedly recognized by my peers in publications like Castle Connolly’s “America’s Top Doctors,” Best Doctors’ “Best Doctors in America,” Becker’s Hospital Review’s “45 Hand Surgeons to Know,” and US News & World Report’s “Top Doctors.”

The specialty of orthopedics, and specifically hand surgery, is a team sport. I am familiar with world-class, championship organizations, and NYU Langone’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Hand Center certainly qualify. I’m grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with skilled and caring colleagues who heal, teach, and discover. Within this vibrant work environment, we provide the best care for the most important people in all of healthcare—our patients.

Conditions and Treatments

  • pain in the arms
  • hand fracture
  • ulnar nerve compression
  • tendon injury
  • traumatic fracture
  • stress fracture
  • hand injury
  • rotator cuff syndrome
  • wrist fracture
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Dupuytren's contracture
  • finger fracture
  • hand deformity
  • wrist injury
  • elbow fracture
  • nerve surgery
  • elbow surgery
  • wrist surgery
  • hand surgery


  • Clinical Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Director, Strategic Planning and Innovation, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Associate Chief, Division of Hand Surgery
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (Surgery of the Hand), 1997
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery - Orthopedic Surgery, 1996
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, Indiana Hand Center, Hand Surgery, 1994
  • Residency, University of Michigan Medical Center, Orthopedic Surgery, 1993
  • MD from University Of Cincinnati, 1988

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Insurance Plans Accepted

This provider accepts the following insurance plans.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Indemnity
    • Aetna International
    • Aetna Medicare Managed Care
    • Aetna Meritain Health
    • Aetna Open Access Elect Choice (EPO)
    • Aetna Open Access HMO
    • Aetna POS
    • Aetna POS (American Express Employer)
    • Aetna PPO
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
    • Aetna Student Health
    • Allied
    • Chesterfield Resources Inc
    • Christian Brothers Services
    • CoreSource
    • Healthscope
    • Nippon Life of America-Aetna
    • Nippon Life-Aetna
    • Starmark
    • WellNet
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    • BCBS Blue Access EPO
    • BCBS Blue Access GEPO
    • BCBS Blue Access HMO
    • BCBS EPO
    • BCBS EPO (NYU Winthrop Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire EPO (NYU Langone Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire EPO (Sunset Park/Family Health Center Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire NYU Care (NYU Langone Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire NYU Care (Sunset Park/Family Health Center Employees)
    • BCBS Federal Program
    • BCBS HMO
    • BCBS Indemnity
    • BCBS Mediblue Medicare HMO
    • BCBS Mediblue Medicare PPO
    • BCBS POS
    • BCBS PPO
    • BCBS PPO (NYU Winthrop Employees)
    • BCBS PPO - Empire PPO (Sunset Park/Family Health Center Employees)
    • BCBS Pathway
    • BCBS Pathway Enhanced
    • BCBS Pathway Enhanced
    • BCBS Pathway X Enhanced
    • BCBS Pathway X Enhanced
    • Local 32BJ SEIU
    • New York Hotel Trades
    • Unicare
  • Cigna
    • Apwu Health Plan
    • Cigna Great West PPO
    • Cigna HMO
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Cigna Managed Care/POS
    • Cigna NALC
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access PPO
    • Cigna PPO
    • Cigna Premier Plus
    • Consolidated Health Plans-NYU Student
    • Great West HMO
    • MVP-Cigna Network
  • Connecticare
    • Connecticare Commercial
  • Emblem
    • Emblem Select Care Basic Exchange
    • Emblem Select Care Bronze Exchange
    • Emblem Select Care Gold Exchange
    • Emblem Select Care Platinum Exchange
    • Emblem Select Care Silver Exchange
  • GHI
    • American Plan Administrators
    • GHI CBP (City of New York Employees)
    • GHI Emblem Health EPO
    • GHI Emblem Health PPO
    • GHI HMO
    • GHI HMO Medicare
    • GHI Medicare PPO
    • GHI Medicare Supplement
    • IUOE Local 14-14B
    • Wlny-TV Inc.
  • HIP
    • HIP Access I
    • HIP Access II
    • HIP Child Health Plus
    • HIP EPO
    • HIP HMO
    • HIP Medicare
    • HIP POS
    • HIP Prime Basic
    • HIP Prime Bronze
    • HIP Prime Gold
    • HIP Prime Platinum
    • HIP Prime Silver
    • HIP VIP Medicare - Affinity
    • HIP VIP Medicare - VIP Go
    • HIP Vytra Healthcare Managed Care
    • HIP Vytra Healthcare POS
    • HIP Vytra Healthcare PPO
  • Health Smart
    • WTC Health Program-HHC
  • Local 1199
    • Local 1199 - NYU Hospital Member Choice
    • Local 1199 PPO
  • MVP Select Care Inc
    • MVP Preferred EPO
    • MVP Select Care Inc.
  • Magnacare
    • Magnacare PPO
  • Medicaid of New York
    • NYS Medicaid
  • Medicare
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part A and B
    • Medicare Part B
  • Multiplan
    • AXA Assistance USA
    • Administrative Concepts
    • Beech Street PPO
    • Diversified Administration Corporation
    • Fiserv Health
    • GEHA
    • Global Excel
    • Global Health
    • Guardian Life Insurance Co Of America
    • Health Net Of California
    • Health Republic Of NJ
    • Humana Health Plan
    • Insurance Design Administrators
    • Kaiser Foundation
    • Kaiser Permanente
    • Meritain Health
    • Multiplan PPO
    • Multiplan-Capital Dist Phys Health
    • Mutual Of Omaha
    • Nippon Life Ins Co
    • PHCS
    • Principal Financial Group
    • Professional Benefit Admin
    • Qualcare Inc
    • Screen Actors Guild
    • Teamsters Allied Benefits
    • US Life Insurance Company
  • NYSHIP - The Empire Plan
    • NYS Health Insurance Plan - The Empire Plan
  • Oxford
    • Oxford Health Plans Freedom
    • Oxford Health Plans Liberty
  • POMCO Insurance Company
    • POMCO Insurance Company
  • Qualcare Inc.
    • Qualcare Direct
  • Railroad Medicare
    • Palmetto GBA Railroad Medicare
  • Tricare
    • TriWest
    • US Family Health Plan
  • United Healthcare
    • AARP Medicare Complete
    • Oxford Health Plans Medicare Advantage
    • UMR
    • UMR WTC Health Program
    • United Healthcare AARP
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Choice (AMEX employees)
    • United Healthcare Choice (CBS employees)
    • United Healthcare Choice NSLIJ
    • United Healthcare EPO
    • United Healthcare EPO (NYU Langone Health Employees)
    • United Healthcare HMO
    • United Healthcare Indemnity
    • United Healthcare Indemnity (NYU Langone Health Employees)
    • United Healthcare JP Morgan
    • United Healthcare Medicare
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare POS
    • United Healthcare PPO
    • United Healthcare Plus (NYU Langone Health Employees)
    • United Healthcare Student Resources
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Locations and Appointments

NYU Orthopedic Surgery Associates

530 1st Avenue, Suite 8U
New York, NY 10016



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  • The hand

    Maschke, Steven D; Graham, Thomas J; Evans, Peter J

    The hand. Philadelphia PA : Wolters Kluwer, 2016. 3rd ed.. (Master techniques in orthopaedic surgery) xxviii, 516 p. ; 29 cm. (3257842)

  • Innovation the Cleveland Clinic way : powering transformation by putting ideas to work

    Graham, Thomas J.

    Innovation the Cleveland Clinic way : powering transformation by putting ideas to work. New York : McGraw-Hill Education, [2016]. xvii, 264 p. ; 24 cm (3245672)

  • Graham, Thomas J

    Hand clinics. 2012 Aug ; 28(3):261-4

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