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NYU Langone Provider

Louis W. Catalano, MD

NYU Langone Provider
  • Specialty: Hand & Wrist Surgery
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-598-6321
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I became a doctor because I love interacting with people and have a lifelong affinity for science and math.

As a premed student, I shadowed a neurologist, pediatrician, and gastroenterologist and knew that a career in medicine was definitely for me. But it was orthopedics that really grabbed me. I love the technical aspects of surgery—hand surgery specifically—and am fascinated by the complex, awesome aspects of forearm and hand anatomy.

I care about my patients and offer them the same treatment I would want my family to receive. They can count on me to recommend surgery only when necessary. I manage hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder problems surgically and nonsurgically. I am particularly interested in biceps tendon tears near the elbow, wrist and elbow fractures, and thumb basal joint arthritis, which is when cartilage in the joint at the thumb’s base wears away.

My research is currently focused on trigger finger treatment options and cubital tunnel syndrome, a condition similar to carpal tunnel syndrome that can cause numbness or tingling in the ring and small fingers, pain in the forearm, or weakness in the hand. I am also researching nonsurgical management of wrist fracture malunions. A malunion refers to a fracture that has not healed properly because the bones were not aligned properly, a cast was removed too soon, or a fracture healed without medical treatment.

I have been on New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors in New York” list since 2012. I am a past president of the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand. I am active in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, serving on many of its committees and giving instructional course lectures annually.

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Surgery (Surgery of the Hand), 2004
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery - Orthopedic Surgery, 2003
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, St Luke's-Roosevelt Hosp Ctr (New York, NY), Hand Surgery, 2000
  • Residency, Washington University - Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Orthopedic Surgery, 1999
  • MD from New York University, 1994

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This provider accepts the following insurance plans.

  • Empire BCBS Health Plus
    • BCBS Healthplus Essential Plan 1
    • BCBS Healthplus Essential Plan 2
    • BCBS Healthplus Essential Plan 3
    • BCBS Healthplus Essential Plan 4
    • BCBS Healthplus Gatekeeper exchange
    • BCBS Healthplus Mediblue Advantage
    • BCBS Healthplus NY Child Health Plus NY
    • BCBS Healthplus NY Medicaid Managed Care NY
    • BCBS Healthplus SOMOS Essential Plan 1
    • BCBS Healthplus SOMOS Essential Plan 2
    • BCBS Healthplus SOMOS Essential Plan 3
    • BCBS Healthplus SOMOS Essential Plan 4
    • BCBS Healthplus SOMOS NY Child Health Plan
    • BCBS Healthplus SOMOS NY Medicaid
    • BCBS Healthplus SOMOS Special Needs HARP
    • BCBS Healthplus Special Needs
  • Fidelis Care
    • Fidelis Care Bronze Exchange
    • Fidelis Care Catastrophic Cvg Exchange
    • Fidelis Care Child Health Plus
    • Fidelis Care Gold Exchange
    • Fidelis Care Medicaid Managed Care
    • Fidelis Care Medicare
    • Fidelis Care Native American Exchange
    • Fidelis Care Platinum Exchange
    • Fidelis Care Silver Exchange
    • Fidelis Essential Plan 1
    • Fidelis Essential Plan 2
    • Fidelis Essential Plan 3
    • Fidelis Essential Plan 4
  • HIP
    • Emblem Essential Plan 1
    • Emblem Essential Plan 2
    • Emblem Essential Plan 3
    • Emblem Essential Plan 4
    • HIP Medicaid Enhanced - Child Health Plus (SOMOS)
    • HIP Medicaid Enhanced - NY MCD (SOMOS)
    • HIP Medicaid Enhanced - SNP Harp (SOMOS)
    • HIP Medicaid Enhanced Care
    • HIP Medicaid Enhanced Essential 1 (SOMOS)
    • HIP Medicaid Enhanced Essential 2 (SOMOS)
    • HIP Medicaid Enhanced Essential 3 (SOMOS)
    • HIP Medicaid Enhanced Essential 4 (SOMOS)
  • Healthfirst
    • Health And Recovery Plan (Harp)
    • Healthfirst Bronze Leaf Exchange
    • Healthfirst Bronze Total, Pro, Plus EPO
    • Healthfirst Child Health Plus
    • Healthfirst Essential Plan 1 & 2
    • Healthfirst Essential Plan 3 & 4
    • Healthfirst Gold Leaf Exchange
    • Healthfirst Gold Total, Pro, Plus EPO
    • Healthfirst Green Leaf Exchange
    • Healthfirst Medicaid
    • Healthfirst Medicare
    • Healthfirst Medicare/NYU Risk
    • Healthfirst Personal Wellness Plan
    • Healthfirst Platinum Leaf Exchange
    • Healthfirst Platinum Total, Pro, Plus EPO
    • Healthfirst Senior Health Partners
    • Healthfirst Silver Leaf Exchange
    • Healthfirst Silver Total, Pro, Plus EPO
  • Medicaid of New York
    • NYS Medicaid
  • Metroplus
    • Metroplus Bronze Plus Plan Exchange
    • Metroplus Child Health Plus
    • Metroplus Essential Plan 1 and 2
    • Metroplus Essential Plan 3 and 4
    • Metroplus Gold
    • Metroplus Gold Care 2
    • Metroplus Gold Plus Plan Exchange
    • Metroplus Medicaid Managed Care
    • Metroplus Medicare
    • Metroplus Medplus Plan Exchange
    • Metroplus Platinum Plus Plan Exchange
    • Metroplus Silver Plus Plan Exchange
This list of insurances changes regularly, and insurance plans listed may not be accepted at all office locations for this provider. Before your appointment, please confirm with your insurance company that this provider accepts your insurance.

Locations and Appointments

NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital

324 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010



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  • Effectiveness of Nerve Glide Exercises on Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

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  • Post-operative Immobilization and Physical Therapy Following Volar Locked Plating for Distal Radius Fractures: Are They Necessary?

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  • Proximal Phalanx Fractures Registry

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