David  Ruchelsman, M.D., F.A.A.O.S. Independent Medical Examiner
Curriculum Vitae

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Specialty 1: Hand Surgery

Specialty 2: Orthopedic Surgery

Keywords/Search Terms: Hand Surgery, Wrist and Elbow Surgery, Peripheral nerve surgery, Sports medicine of the hand and wrist

Medical School: NYU School of Medicine, NY, NY

Years in Practice: 10+

  • 10 years performing IMEs

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Dr. Ruchelsman is the Chief of the Division of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedics Surgery and holds a Subspecialty Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity. He is Clinical Associate Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and a consultant at MGH/Harvard Medical School. He is the President and Director of the Hand Surgery Research & Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3). He is a hand and wrist sports medicine consultant for the New England Patriots, Harvard University (Division I Ivy League), Boston College (Division I ACC) and several other regional Division I-III collegiate programs. He has served as Team Physician for the USA National ice hockey and basketball teams. He continues to publish and lecture on hand and wrist injuries unique to the athlete. Dr. Ruchelsman graduated from Boston University, Summa Cum Laude. He received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the prestigious New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases. Dr. Ruchelsman completed the Harvard Medical School Hand, Upper Extremity, and Microsurgery Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Ruchelsman has been recognized as a Top Doctor by Castle and Connolly and Boston Magazine 2017-2019. Dr. Ruchelsman has published over 60 scientific peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and his work has been presented at regional, national, and international scientific meetings. He has been nominated to the American Orthopaedic Association /Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Leadership Forum and named a 2012 Young Leader in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He is a Consultant Reviewer for several hand and upper extremity journals.