David Wei, MD, MS

HAND, WRIST & ELBOW SURGEON

  • College: Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
  • Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Fellowship: Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Tufts University Medical Center, New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

David Wei, MD, MS, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained specialist in the evaluation and treatment of hand, wrist and elbow conditions and injuries. He is surgically skilled in microsurgical nerve reconstruction, arthroscopic treatment of wrist and elbow disorders, tendon reconstruction and repair, and endoscopic treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. His expertise includes diagnosis and treatment of the following conditions of the upper extremity in both pediatric and adult patients: arthritis of the hand, wrist and elbow; fractures; sports injuries; nerve compression syndrome, such as carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel syndromes; Dupuytren’s contracture; trigger finger and trigger thumb; bicep and triceps tendon tears and ruptures; lateral epicondylitis (“Tennis Elbow”) and ganglion cysts.

Dr. Wei graduated from Yale University where he received a combined Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude and Master of Science with distinction in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. He earned his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency training at the New York Presbyterian Hospital,  Columbia University Medical Center. He then received fellowship training in Hand and Upper Extremity surgery at Tufts University Medical Center, New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA.

Dr. Wei is actively involved in academic medicine and has authored and published many peer-reviewed scientific articles in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Journal of Hand Surgery, Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and Journal of Trauma. He has been invited to present his work at regional, national and international meetings for a variety of associations including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), American Society of Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), and the Congress of the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopedics and Traumatology.

Other Languages: Chinese Mandarin and Spanish

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AFFILIATIONS

American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) Candidate Member
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
New England Hand Society (NEHS)
Phi Beta Kappa
Gold Humanism Honor Society

CERTIFICATIONS

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery – Board Certified

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERISM

Hôpital Adventiste d’Haïti
Carrefour, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Dec. 2013

AWARDS

H. Kirk Watson, MD Founder’s Award
New England Hand Society Annual Meeting, 2015

Chief Resident Teacher of the Year Award
New York Presbyterian Hospital, Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery, New York, New York, 2014

Robert E. Carroll, MD Hand Resident Award
for Excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery, New York, New York, 2013 & 2014

Rosamond Kane Cummins ’52 Award
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, 2009

First Place Podium Presentation
New York Society for Surgery of the Hand, New York, NY, 2008

Dr. Alfred Steiner Award
Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, 2008

Clarence W. Mendell Prize
Yale College, New Haven, CT, 2004

PUBLISHED RESEARCH

Wei DH and Feldon P. Total Wrist Arthodesis: Current Indications and Clinical Outcomes. Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2017 Jan; 25 (1): 3-11 

Wei DH and Terrono AL. Sublimis Sling (FDS Tenodesis) for Swan Neck Reconstruction. The Journal of Hand Surgery, 40(10), 2068-2074

Wei DH, Hawker G, Jevsevar D, and Bozik KJ. Improving Value in Musculoskeletal Care Delivery. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 2015 May; (9): 769-774

Wei DH, Strauch RJ. Dorsal Surgical Approaches to the Proximal Interphalangeal Joint: A Comparative Anatomic Study. The Journal of Hand Surgery. 2014 Jun; 39 (6):1082-7.

Rosenwasser MP and Wei DH. High Pressure Injection Injuries of the Hand. Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 2014 Jan; 22 (1):38-45.

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Testimonials

  • Dr. Wei scores all tens in my book.  Throughout my entire experience, he was caring, sensitive, and very thorough. He gave me all the time I needed to have all my questions answered. I never felt rushed. After the surgery, his follow up was outstanding.  Even the stafff — each person was lovelier than the next.  I’ve never been cared for like that.  If I ever need another operation I would go to him in a minute.  Dr. Wei is above and beyond. (SF)


  • I went to four different hand and wrist specialists for the severe pain I felt as a result of a serious car accident I’d had in August, 2015, and no one was able to help me.  Then the top hand surgeon at Columbia Presbyterian recommended Dr. David Wei at ONS.  Dr. Wei spent more time examining my hand and wrist than all four of the other doctors combined.  He was the only one who went beyond the X-rays and used MRI to diagnose that I had small fractures at the end of my ulnar bone and crushed tendons.  He was incredibly thorough and talked to me like I was a human being instead of an ailment.  He gave me such an incredible level of confidence that he could fix my problem and now, nine weeks after surgery, the pain is practically gone.  It was the best treatment I’ve ever received from a physician in my entire life.  It’s been a wonderful experience. I would gladly recommend him to anyone looking for a referral. (JS)


  • I love ONS. They are so above average compared to other doctors and offices. I have had 5 surgeries performed by three of your surgeons. I am seeing Dr. Wei and another doctor at ONS and so far on a scale from 1-10, I have to rate a 10. This includes the whole staff which are all very pleasant and helpful. (Patient Survey)


  • Dr. Wei was very professional. He took the time to explain in detail everything to my son. He spoke to him like an adult and not a child. He was knowledgeable which was extremely comforting to my husband and I. (Patient Survey)


  • I am a physician and all 6 of my family members have been using this practice for all of our orthopedic issues. They are amazing and I give big props to Dr. Wei for looking over my Harli two times now, and hopefully the last. (Patient Survey)


  • Dr. Wei was the third doctor I went to for treatment for my hand. I was so impressed by how caring and skilled he was.  He never left me sitting in the waiting room, and I appreciated that respect for my time.  Dr. Wei took the time to explain everything to me about my condition and the treatment he proposed. He made sure I understood it all. Dupuytren’s Contracture is difficult to treat.  The other two physicians were skilled but they couldn’t solve my problem.  Dr. Wei had a special technique that worked for me.  I would recommend Dr. Wei, and ONS, to anyone.  In fact, I already have. (PB)


  • I would recommend Dr. Wei without reservation. He is kind and gentle. He did my carpal tunnel surgery and everything went smoothly. I don’t have a single complaint. F.M.


  • When I first went to Dr. Wei about my Trigger Finger, I told him I was ready for surgery because I’d had the same condition with a different finger a few years ago.  If I had been anywhere else, I think the surgeon would’ve rolled me right into the operating room, but Dr. Wei made sure I understood all the non-surgical options first.  When I decided to go ahead with the surgery, he took the time to explain that I had the option to forego anesthesia, which I chose because I react poorly to anesthesia.  Throughout my entire experience, I felt like I was handled with kid gloves.  I couldn’t believe the high level of care and attention I was given for such a little procedure.  I have seen other doctors at  ONS over the years  and my experience has always been very positive. The people at ONS couldn’t be nicer or more accommodating.  (DPA)


  • Dr. Wei was very patient and professional with my six year old daughter. She was very comfortable with him. (Patient Survery)


  • Dr. Wei was fabulous ! Other than being excellent in his specialty, his bedside manner and his empathy and thoughtful demeanor was first rate. My son now wants to be doctor! Thank-you! (Patient Survey)


  • Dr. Wei is not only a compassionate person and good ally, he’s a great doctor. I’m 86 years old and as you get older you not only need the best doctor, you need someone with the compassion to help you get through the long haul. He consoled me and took the time to listen and reassure my wife when she called while I was recovering. No one could think of a fall as wonderful, but the way Dr. Wei fixed my wrist and hip was truly outstanding. (JL)


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