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David E Ruchelsman, MD

Specialty: Hand Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

Top Doctor2017, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024


Primary Hospital: Newton-Wellesley Hospital


Dr. Ruchelsman specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders; and injuries of the elbow; forearm; wrist; and hand in patients ranging in age from infancy to adulthood. His subspecialty practice includes upper extremity trauma and sports injuries; post traumatic reconstruction; tendon disorders; arthroscopy; peripheral nerve surgery; and microsurgery. He continues to pioneer the use of ultrasound-guided cortisone and platelet rich plasma injections in the hand and wrist.

List the treatments and procedures you offer:



Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Endoscopic and Open)
Hand; Finger; Thumb Arthritis
Wrist Arthritis
Trigger Finger and Trigger Thumb (Injections and Release)
Hand and Finger Fractures (Boxer Fracture; Metacarpal Fracture; Phalanx Fracture)
Wrist Fractures (Distal Radius Fractures)
Nerve Injury and Repair (Nerve Lacerations; Cut Nerves)
Nerve Transfers (Radial; Ulnar or Median Nerve Palsy)
Thumb Ligament Reconstruction; CMC Arthroplasty (CMC Arthritis)
Scaphoid Fractures
Wrist Ligament Injuries (Scapholunate (SL) Tears)
Forearm Fractures (Radius and Ulna Fractures)
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Mucous Cysts (Finger Cyst)
Wrist Ganglion (Wrist Cyst)
Wrist Arthroscopy; TFCC Repair (Wrist Scope)
Ulnocarpal Impaction
Dupuytren's Contracture (Surgical Release and Nonoperative Treatment with Xiaflex (Collagenase))
Tendon Repair; Tendon Transfer; Tendon Reconstruction; Tendon Ruptures
Tendonitis of the Wrist (Dequervain's)


Elbow Arthritis
Biceps and Triceps Tears
Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
Ulnar Nerve Compression (Cubital Tunnel Syndrome)
Elbow Fractures

Awards or Certifications

  • Chief of Hand Surgery; Newton-Wellesley Hospital; Newton; MA
  • Consultant Hand Surgeon; Boston Canons
  • Consultant Hand Surgeon; Harvard University Athletic Department
  • Consultant Hand Surgeon; Boston University Athletic Department
  • Consultant Hand Surgeon; Boston College Athletic Department
  • Consultant Hand Surgeon; Babson College Athletic Department
  • Consultant Hand Surgeon; Brandeis University Athletic Department
  • Consultant Hand Surgeon; Wellesley College Athletic Department
  • 2017-2024 Castle Connolly Top Doctors
  • 2017-2024 Boston Magazine Top Doctors

Special expertise

Elite athlete hand and wrist injuries; hand and wrist reconstruction; small joint arthroscopy; peripheral nerve surgery; ultra-sound guided injections