Nader Paksima, MPH, DO

  • Specialties: Orthopedic Surgery, Hand & Wrist Surgery
  • Languages: English, Persian
  • Phone: 212-263-2192
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About Me

I have always been interested in fixing things. My uncle was an orthopedic 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 orthopedic surgery.

Here at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, 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 Orthopedic 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.


Conditions and Treatments

hand surgery, wrist surgery

Credentials

Positions
  • Clinical Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Associate Chief, NYU Hand Service
  • Chief Svc Jamaica Hosp Med Ctr
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (Surgery of the Hand), 2013
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery - Orthopedic 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
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NYU Orthopaedic Surgery Associates

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NYU Orthopaedic Surgery Associates

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NYU Langone Orthopaedic Surgery Associates

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“I research nerve injuries and wrist fractures to improve treatment nationwide.”

Nader Paksima, MPH, DO Orthopedic Surgeon

Research My Research

Interests

wrist fractures, distal radius, flexor tendon repair, carpal tunnel syndrome, hand surgery

Research Summary
My goal is to improve the lives of my patients. I believe that clinical research and the incredible resources available at the NYU Langone Medical Center are critical to achieving that goal. I have carried a passion for clinical research throughout my career and have been fortunate to partner in that research with my NYU Langone Orthopedics colleagues, some of the most outstanding trauma and hand surgeons and hand therapists.   My primary objective is to create practical solutions to everyday problems. A few years ago, my colleagues and I started a database to track the treatment of patients with wrist fractures. From this database, we identified patterns to determine the most effective treatments. Our insights drove significant changes in the way we treat our patients with wrist injuries here at NYU Langone Medical Center, as well as how wrist injuries are treated throughout the country. I am so pleased that through our efforts, we are improving patient experience, not just here in New York City, but throughout the country.   Another exciting area of research I have been involved in is in the treatment of nerve injuries. Each year, millions of patients suffer from nerve injuries. Over the last two decades, research in this area has contributed to significant advances in enhancing nerve healing and improving our treatment of nerve injuries. I am gratified to contribute to the effort here at NYU Langone Medical Center.

Academic Contact

Academic office

530 First Avenue

Eighth Floor, 8U

New York, NY 10016

Phone

212-263-2192

Research Interests Timeline

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