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Richard A. Bernstein, MD

Richard A. Bernstein, MD
  • Specializes in:
  • Adult and Pediatric Hand Surgery
  • Surgery of the Upper Extremity

Assistant Clinical Professor: Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Yale University School of Medicine, Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT.

Attending Staff: Yale New Haven Hospital, The Hospital of St. Raphael.

Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Surgical Internship and Orthopaedic Residency: Hartford Hospital, University of Connecticut.

Fellowship: Harvard Combined Hand Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA.

Board Certified:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Certificate for Added Qualifications for Surgery of the Hand.

Member: American Society for Surgery of the Hand, New England Hand Society, New England Hand Study Group, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Medical Association, New Haven County Medical Society, Connecticut State Medical Society.

Visiting Lecturer: American/Japanese Hand Society, Maine Orthopaedic Society, Yale University School of Medicine, Dartmouth School of Medicine.

Special Area of Interest: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fractures of the Wrist and Hand, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

American Society for Surgery of the Hand appointments (ASSH)
Chairman, Scientific and Commercial Exhibits Committee
Reviewer Journal of Hand Surgery
Emergency Hand Care Committee
Courses and Meetings Advisory Committee
Product and Publications Advisory Committee
ASSH Young Member Mentoring program
Lending a Hand Representative to Yale Medical School

Prior ASSH appointments
Chairman, Adriane E. Flatt Residents & Fellows Conference Committee

Ethics and Disclosure Subcommittee
Emergency Hand Surgery Task Force

Textbook Editor: Masters Guide for Arthritis of the Upper Extremity, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2011

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Recognitions

Best Doctors in Connecticut, Connecticut Magazine
Selected by New Haven Living Magazine in Sept. 2015 issue as a Best Doc for Hand Surgery
Best Doctors in New Haven New Haven Living Magazine
Best Doctors in America Woodward and White
Best Clinical Poster American Society for Surgery of the Hand 2013
Best Clinical Poster American Society for Surgery of the Hand 2005

Dr. Bernstein grew up locally in Orange and spent time volunteering at Yale New Haven Hospital during the summers. After graduating from Hopkins Grammar school, he continued college and medical school in Connecticut. Since returning from his fellowship at Harvard, he has developed a specialty Orthopaedic practice in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery.

Dr. Bernstein is actively involved with the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and has been asked by its presidents to serve on multiple task forces, the Residents and Fellows conference and Scientific Exhibits Committees. Besides his active clinical practice, he teaches at the Yale Medical School for Medical and Physician Associate Students as well as the Resident Doctors training in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Professional Organizations

American Society for Surgery of the Hand
American Association for Surgery of the Hand
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Medical Association
New Millenium Hand Group
Connecticut State Medical Society
New England Shoulder and Elbow Society
New England Hand Society
New England Hand Study Group
New Haven County Medical Association

Appointments
Appointments
2013Executive Board New England Hand Society
2010-2015Medical Advisory Board Shoreline Surgery Center

American Society for Surgery of the Hand appointments (ASSH)
2013Mid- Career Leadership Program (ASSH)
ChairmanScientific and Commercial Exhibits Committee
ChairmanAdriane E. Flatt Residents & Fellows Conference Committee

Emergency Hand Care

Committee
Courses and Meetings AdvisoryCommittee
Product and Publications AdvisoryCommittee
Ethics and DisclosureSubcommittee

Reviewer:

Journal of Hand Surgery
Young Member Mentoring program(ASSH)
Lending a Hand Representative:Yale Medical School
Emergency Hand SurgeryTask Force
Presentations
September 2015:Is Scaphotrapezial Trapezoid Arthritis a Nonoperative Condition? ASSH, Seattle WA
September 2015:Chairman and Moderator Precourse, Is the Grass Always Greener? ASSH, Seattle WA
January 2015Symposium Current Concepts of Arthritis of the Hand, AASH, Paradise Island, Bahamas
December 2015Moderator, New England Hand Society, Sturbridge MA
September 2014Clinical Consultation Corner Consultant, ASSH 2014
September 2014Prospective study of Collagenase for Dupuytrens in a Private Practice setting, ASSH Annual Meeting Boston 2014
September 2014Vascularized Scapholunate Fusion in Scapholunate Instability, ASSH 2014
October 2013Upper Extremity Nerve Injuries Associated with Fractures, ASSH Precourse San Francisco, CA
October 2013Natural History of SLAC wrist, ASSH Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA
October 2013Third Injection for Trigger Fingers, ASSH Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA
September 2012Chairman, ASSH Precourse “Neurovascular Update 2012” ASSH Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
September 2012Ulnar Nerve Entrapment Wrist “Neurovascular Update 2012” ASSH Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
September 2012Chairman, and Presenter, ASSH Instructional Course Lecture Hand Fractures Simple to Complex Chicago, IL
September 2011Chairman and Presenter ASSH Precourse Hand Fractures Simple to Complex, Las Vegas, NV
September 2011Intersection Syndrome, A Nonoperative Condition, ASSH, Las Vegas, NV
September 2010Nonoperative Treatment for Additional Trigger Digits, ASSH, Boston, MA
September 2010Choosing a Practice, A Multispecialty Group, Adrian E. Flatt, Residents and Fellows Conference, ASSH, Boston, MA
February 2010TILT, HALT, Lunotriquetral Injuries Current Concepts in Hand Surgery, ASSH New Orleans, LA
February 2010Forearm Axis Injuries Current Concepts in Hand Surgery, ASSH New Orleans, LA
February 2010Arthroscopic Wafer Procedure, Current Concepts in Hand Surgery, ASSH New Orleans, LA
February 2010Techniques of Wrist Arthroscopy, Current Concepts in Hand Surgery, ASSH New Orleans, LA
February 2010Current Concepts in Treating Comminuted Distal Radius Fractures, DaVinci Learning Center, Miami, FL.
September 2009Chronic Collateral Ligament Reconstruction Using Acellular Dermal Allograft, ASSH, San Francisco, CA.
September 2009Choosing a Practice, A Multispecialty Group, Adrian E. Flatt, Residents and Fellows Conference, ASSH, San Francisco, CA.
September 2009Moderator, Lightning Rounds, Adrian E. Flatt, Residents and Fellows Conference, ASSH, San Francisco, CA.
May 2009Sharing a Hand, The 20th Annual Richard J. Smith Lecture Series, Boston, MA
September 2008Single Incision Biceps Repair, ASSH Chicago, IL.
September 2007Non Operative Treatment of Wrist Ganglions, ASSH, Seattle WA.
September 2007Conservative Treatment of Tendon Sheath Cysts, ASSH, Seattle WA.
July 2007Use of Flexible Fragment Fixation in Hand and Foot Trauma, Chicago, IL
April 2007Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures, Glens Falls, NY
March 2007Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures, Providence, RI
February 2007Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures, AAOS, San Diego, CA
February 2007Single Incision Repair of Distal Biceps Ruptures, NESES, Jay Peak, VT
February 2007Treatment of Epicondylitis in Workers Compensation, NESES, Jay Peak, VT
November 2006Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures, Baltimore, MD
October 2006Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures, Boston, MA
June 2006Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures, AAOS Learning Center, Chicago, IL
September 2005Risks of Percutaneous Fixation of Scaphoid Fractures, Poster ASSH Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas
August 2005Treatment of Proximal Humerus and Distal Radius Fractures, Las Vegas, NV
July 2005Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures, Key Largo, Florida
June 2005Treatment of Proximal Humerus and Distal Radius Fractures, Greenbrier, WV
June 2005Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures, Evolution or Revolution, Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH
March 2005Treatment of Distal Radius Fracture and Small Bone Fixation of the Hand, Vail, CO
March 2005Treatment of Distal Radius Fracture using the Dorsal Nail Plate, Combined American and Japanese Societies for Surgery of the Hand Meeting, Honolulu, HI.
March 2005Treatment of Distal Radius Fracture using the DVR Volar Fixed Angle Plate, Combined American and Japanese Societies for Surgery of the Hand Meeting, Honolulu, HI.
March 2005Treatment of Proximal Humerus Fractures, SUNY Downstate, Kings County Medical Center, New York.
March 2005Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures, Evolution or Revolution, Maine Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting, Sugarbush, ME.
January 2005Current Techniques in Radius Fracture Fixation, Doral Country Club, Miami, FL.
January 2005The Rheumatoid Hand, Rheumatology Grand Rounds, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.
November 2004Course Chairman for Advanced Techniques in Upper Extremity Fracture Fixation Symposium, Atlantic City, NJ
November 2004Volar Fixation of Distal Radius Fractures, Orthopedic Cadaver Workshop , St. Luke’s Roosevelt, New York, NY
July 2004Volar Fixation of Distal Radius Fractures, Las Vegas, NV
May 2004Volar Fixation of Distal Radius Fractures, Cadaver Workshop Thomas Jefferson University, Hand Fellowship, Philadelphia, PA
February 2004Flexible Intramedullary Nailing for Metacarpal and Phalangeal Fractures, Key Largo, FL
January 2004Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures, Evolution or Revolution, Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.
September 2003Simplifying Office Transcription, American Society for Surgery of the Hand ASSH. Scientific Exhibit, Chicago, IL
December 2001Prospective Trial on Coralline Hydroxyappetite and Internal Fixation of Complex Intraarticular Distal Radius Fractures, Bernstein, RA, Brown, K, Grauer, J, New England Hand Society, Sturbridge, MA
November 2001Current Concepts in Hand Surgery, Bernstein, R.A., New Haven, CT
September 2001Sports Injuries of the Hand and Upper Extremity, Bernstein, R.A., Milford, CT
September 2001Prospective trial Coralline Hydroxyappetite and Internal Fixation of Complex Intraarticular Distal Radius Fractures (Poster Exhibit), Bernstein, R.A., Brown, K., Grauer, J., American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Baltimore, MD
September 2001Moderator, Adrian E. Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference, Baltimore, MD
July 2001Case Studies in Orthopaedic Surgery, Bernstein, R.A., Woodmont, CT
May 2001Current Concepts in treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hand, Rheumatology Grand Rounds, Yale University School of Medicine
September 2000Prospective Randomized Trial of Volar vs. Midlateral Injections for Trigger Fingers (Poster Exhibit), Bernstein, R.A., American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Seattle, WA
September 2000Moderator, Adrian E. Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference, Seattle, WA
October 1996Accessory Forearm Tourniquet Improves Regional Anesthesia (Bier Block) for Hand Surgery (Poster Exhibit). Slade, J.F. III, Phillips, P.J., Bernstein, R.A.,Wolfe, S.W., American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Nashville, TN.
September 1995The Use of Porous Hydroxyappetite Bone Graft Substitute in Distal Radius Fractures, Wolfe, S.W., Pike L.M., Bernstein, R.A., Slade, J.F., III. American Society for Surgery of the Hand, San Francisco, CA.
September 1994Endoscopic vs. Open Carpal Tunnel Release: A Retrospective Review, Chrostowski, J.H., Wolfe, S.W., Bernstein, R.A., New England Hand Society, Sturbridge, MA.
December 1993Moderator, New England Hand Society, Sturbridge, MA.
August 1993Use of AO Technique in Fixation of Lower Extremity Fractures, The Hospital of St. Raphael, New Haven, CT.
March 1993The Rheumatoid Hand, Rheumatology Grand Rounds, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.
December 1992Hand Infections, Emergency Department Grand Rounds, The Hospital of St. Raphael, New Haven, CT.
September 1992Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA.
March 1992Dupuytren's Disease. Hand Surgery Grand Rounds, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA.
October 1991Hand Infections, Hand Surgery Grand Rounds, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA.
June 1991The Natural History of Patellofemoral Disease, Resident Graduation University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT.
April 1991Congenital Hand Deformities, Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds, University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT.
November 1990The Results of Soft Tissue Foot Surgery in Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease: The Newington Experience, Alumni Day, Newington Children's Hospital, Newington, CT.
October 1990Meniscal Anatomy, Physiology and Repair, Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds, University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT
July 1990Gamekeeper's Thumb, Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT.
July 1990Galleazzi and Monteggia Fractures, Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
May 1990Scaphoid Fractures and Nonunion, Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds, Saint Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT.
April 1990Dupuytren's Disease, Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds, Saint Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT.
December 1989The Results of Soft Tissue Foot Surgery and the Incidence of Hip Pathology in Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease: The Newington Experience, Resident Research Day, Newington Children's Hospital, Newington, CT.
March 1989Unicameral Bone Cysts, Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds, Saint Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT.
February 1989Nerve Entrapment Syndromes in the Upper Extremity, Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds, Saint Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT.
January 1989Osteonecrosis of the Knee, Diagnosis and Treatment, Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds, Saint Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT.
December 1988The Fat Embolism Syndrome, Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT.
June 1988Hand Infections: Diagnosis and Treatment, General Surgery Journal Club, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT.
October 1987Soft Tissue Surgery of the Hand in Rheumatoid Arthritis, Plastic Surgery Conference, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT.
October 1986The Predictors of Survivability in Blunt Trauma, Cohen, M.L., Bernstein, R.A., Jacobs, L.M., Presented at the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Meeting, Cromwell, CT.
Honors and Awards

2016

 Connecticut Magazine "Top Docs" in Connecticut

2015

New Haven Living Magazine: Best Doctors in New Haven, CT

2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015Connecticut Magazine Best Doctors in Connecticut
2013Midcareer Leadership Program ASSH
2013Invitation for Interactive Poster Presentation, Natural History of SLAC Wrist, ASSH
San Francisco, CA
2013Clinical Pearl Award, Poster Session, Third Injection for Trigger Fingers, ASSH
San Francisco, CA
2013“Top Five Poster” Third Injection for Trigger Fingers, ASSH
San Francisco, CA
2013“Top Five Poster” Natural History of SLAC Wrist, ASSH
San Francisco, CA
2013New Haven Living Magazine; Best Doctors in New Haven, CT
2005Best Clinical Pearl Poster, ASSH Annual Meeting,
San Antonio, TX
2005The Best Doctors in America, Woodward and White
1998The Best Doctors in America, Woodward and White
1996The Best Doctors in America, Woodward and White
1984-1986Scholars in Surgery, The University of Connecticut School of Medicine (The University of Connecticut does not have AOA)
1982B.S.-Honors, Trinity College,
Hartford, CT
1981-1982President's Fellow, Trinity College,
Hartford, CT
1982American Society of Chemist's Award, Trinity College,
Hartford, CT
1978Chemical Rubber Company Award, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
1978Cum Laude, Hopkins Grammar School,
New Haven, CT
1978Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America
Publications

Submissions:
        Bernstein, .RA, Prospective Randomized Trial of Volar vs. Midlateral Injections of Trigger Fingers.
        Bernstein, RA, Risks of Percutaneous Fixation of Scaphoid Fractures.
        Bernstein, RA, Non Operative Treatment of Wrist Ganglions.
        Bernstein, RA, Non Operative Treatment of Tendon Sheath Cysts.

Bernstein, RA, Glickel, S, ed. Masters Guide for Arthritis of the Upper Extremity, American
Society for Surgery of the Hand, In Press.

Bernstein, RA, Brugel-Sancbez, V,. Masters Guide for Arthritis of the Upper Extremity, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, American Society 10r Surgery of the Hand, In Press.

Bernstein, RA, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, The ASSH Pocket Guide to Hand Surgery, Hammer and Bozentka, ed., American Society for Surgery of the Hand, In press.

Rubin, LE, Miki, RA, Taksali, S, Bernstein, RA Metacarpophalangeal Collateral Ligament
Reconstruction after Band Saw Amputation: Case Report with Review of MCP Anatomy and
Injury, The Iowa Orthopaedic Journal (28) 2008. 53-57.

Rubin, LE, Miki, RA, Taksali, S, Bernstein, RA, Band Saw Injury in a Butcher, Occupational Medicine, 57(5), 383-5, 2007.

Bernstein, R.A., Simmons, B.P., Nutting, J., The Hand in Juvenile Rheumatoid
The Hand, Tubiana, 4th Edition, 1998.

Simmons, B.P., Nutting, J,T., Bernstein, R.A., Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis,
Hand Clinics, 12(3); 573-589, August 1996.

Bernstein, R.A., Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release, Connecticut Medicine, 58(7); 387-394, 1994.

Bernstein, R.A., Koris, M.J., Infections in the Upper Extremity, Part I; Infections in the Hand, Perspectives in Orthopedic Surgery, 3(1); 49-75,1992.

Gossling, H.R., Bernstein, R.A., Abbott, J., Treatment of Ununited Tibial Fractures: A
Comparison of Surgery and Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMF), Orthopaedics, 15(6); 1992.

Gossling, H.R., Bernstein, R.A., Abbott, J. Tibial Nonunion Diagnosis and Treatment, AAOS
(Book), Monograph Series, Connolly, J.F., (ed), Park Ridge, IL 1991.


Bernstein, R.A., Renshaw, T.S., The Results of Soft Tissue Foot Surgery and the lncidence of Hip Pathology in Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease: The Newington Experience, Connecticut Medicine, Abstract.


Fulkerson, J.P., Schutzer, S.F., Ramsby, G.R., Bernstein, R.A., Computerized Tomography of the Patellofemoral Joint Before and After Lateral Release or Realignment, Journal of Arthroscopic
and Related Research, 3(1); 19-24, 1987.


Stern, A.L., Taylor, D.M., Bernstein, R.A., The Neodynium-Yag Laser and
Cataract Surgery, Connecticut Medicine, 49(10); 641-2, 1985.

Bernstein, R.A., Papermaster, D.P., The Biosynthesis and Biochemical Properties of the Visual Pigment, Rhodopsin, Submitted to the Summer Research Fellowship Committee, The University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 1983.


Bernstein, R.A., DePhillips, H.A., The Oxygen Binding Properties of
Hemocyanin, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, 1979-1980.