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Michael P Brunelli, MD

Specialty: Hand Surgery

Top Doctor2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024


New England Hand Associates is an orthopedic surgery practice specializing in hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder conditions. We provide comprehensive and timely orthopedic care, including prompt surgery, at four convenient locations throughout the western suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. Patients of all ages from New Hampshire to Rhode Island come to us for expert care and treatment.

Our practice features three of the finest hand surgeons outside of Boston, as well as three certified hand therapists practicing in our Framingham and Milford offices. Hundreds of the region's primary care physicians refer their patients who may be having hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder problems to New England Hand Associates.

For the best surgical care and orthopedic services close to home, call New England Hand Associates at (508) 872-7881. Same-day appointments for emergencies or same-week appointments for non-urgent care are typically available.

List the treatments and procedures you offer:

Treatment of conditions of the upper extremities (hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder)

Awards or Certifications

Boston Magazine's Top Doctor: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Castle Connolly Top Doctor: 2010 - 2020

What's your background, education and training?

Dr. Brunelli joined New England Hand Associates in 2001 as a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and hand surgeon. He has nearly 20 years of experience treating a full range of upper extremity issues, including sports-related injuries to the shoulder.

As an undergraduate at Tufts University, Dr. Brunelli received an award in the field of biology. He earned his medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine, graduating in 1995 as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.

Dr. Brunelli performed his orthopedic surgery residency at New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He returned to Boston to complete a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2001.

Dr. Brunelli is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He serves as the chairman of the orthopedic department at MetroWest Medical Center and Co-chair of the hospital’s Physician Leadership Committee. Dr. Brunelli has been awarded regional “Top Doc” by Castle Connolly, voted on by his peers for 9 straight years, from 2012 to 2021. This is also Dr. Brunelli’s fifth consecutive year being honored with Boston Magazine’s “Top Doctors” Award.

What do patients have to say about you?

"Dr. Brunelli was great about explaining everything about my broken wrist. For two weeks it did very well, and I didn't need surgery. After that the x-rays showed bone slippage, and Dr. Brunelli indicated that although I didn't have to have surgery, if I didn't, I could have problems in future years. When I said I would want the surgery, he put me into his schedule for that very same day! I was amazed and very happy as I didn't have time to worry about surgery - I just went home for a few hours and then went back for my operation. All surgeries should be so easy! The recovery went very well also; the scar is perfect; and I'm able to use my hand and wrist quite well with the help of occupational therapy. I would definitely recommend Dr. Brunelli to anyone who has problems with their shoulder, arm, hand, etc. I think he is the best!"

"Friendly, Intelligent and efficient. He listened to what happened, diagnosed the issue and took care of it right then and there. I went from not being able to use my hand without intense pain to having the use of my hand and thumb back within days. Thanks Doc!!! You're Awesome!!!"

"Wouldn't it be wonderful if all Docs had the same bedside manner as Dr Brunelli? He cares, he listens he's thorough, competent and yes even a little humorous. I'm glad to have him in my corner."

Hours of operation

Regular office visits are available by appointment only. Our office hours may vary by location. Our main office hours (Framingham and Milford) are as follows:

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Please call our main office in Framingham at (508) 872-7881 for more details.

Insurances Accepted

At New England Hand Associates, we accept most major health insurance plans, including:

Aetna Health Plan

Blue Cross/BlueShield

Cigna Healthcare

Fallon Community Health Plan

Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare [except Stride]


Allways Health Partners

Tricare Standard [not Prime]

Tufts Health Plan


United Healthcare

and certain managed Medicaid plans such as:

Fallon Direct Care

Tufts Network Health & Together

United Healthcare Community Plan.

Special expertise

Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery, Hand Reconstruction, Trauma