Education

  • College: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Medical School: Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY
  • Residency: NYU Langone Medical Center, Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York, NY
  • Fellowship: Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University, Rothman Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Biography

Matthew B. Cantlon, MD, is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and a fellowship-trained specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of both pediatric and adult upper extremity conditions. Dr Cantlon’s expertise includes treatment of arthritis of the hand, wrist and elbow; fractures of the upper extremity; nerve compression syndromes including carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel syndromes; masses of the hand and upper extremity including ganglion cysts; and tendon issues including tendonitis, lacerations and ruptures. He is surgically skilled in microsurgical nerve repair and reconstruction, tendon and ligament repair and reconstruction, arthroscopic treatment of the wrist and joint replacement of the hand, wrist and elbow. Dr. Cantlon has extensive training in the most current surgical techniques including wide-awake hand surgery, a technique which limits surgical recovery times and improves outcomes.

Dr. Cantlon earned his medical degree at Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons and completed his residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center, Hospital for Joint Diseases. He completed fellowship training in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University, Rothman Institute. Dr. Cantlon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University.

A native of New Canaan, CT, Dr. Cantlon has served as a hand and upper extremity physician to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater group, the Long Island University and New York University Athletics teams, and the New York Public School Athletic League (PSAL) High School Football.

Affiliations & Honors

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand (CAQH)
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Long Island University Athletics
  • New York University Athletics
  • Public School Athletic League (PSAL) High School Football
  • Chief Resident Teacher of the Year – Hospital for Joint Diseases
  • Executive Chief Resident – Hospital for Joint Diseases
  • AOA Resident Leader – Hospital for Joint Diseases
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society, Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons
5 Stars on GoogleM.G.

I found Dr. Cantlon, to be that rare combination of an exceptionally competent physician as well as a compassionate caregiver. He gives generously of his time while carefully evaluating and thoroughly explaining his medical findings. He takes the time to listen. Dr. Cantlon was very responsive in getting back to me when I left a call back message.Many members of my family are doctors and in my judgment Dr Canton is truly a credit to his profession!!!"

5 Stars on HealthgradesPatient

"Best doctor ever! Dr Cantlon fit me in same day and despite the fact that I knew he was busy, I did not feel one bit rushed. He listened to me intently, explained everything in detail and even went through each xray one by one. I couldn’t recommend him more highly!"

5 Stars on GoogleA.R.

Dr. Cantlon is a wonderful doctor and surgeon. He is extremely down to earth and understanding. He takes his time evaluating and treating you and shows a genuine concern in your well-being. He talks you through everything before and during surgery and answers all questions thoroughly (you’ll probably learn a few new things!). As a patient you always feel heard, believed and treated accordingly. Plus stellar surgical skills!"

Published Research

Risk factors for skin tears following collagenase clostridium histolyticicum to treat Dupuytren contractures

Wei D.H.; Cantlon, M.B.; Wakefield, D.B; Vitale, M.A.  Risk factors for skin tears following collagenase clostridium histolyticicum to treat Dupuytren contractures.  Journal of Hand Surgery.  45(10):989.e1-e10.  Oct 2020

Assessment of Radiation Protection in Hand-Shielding Products with Mini C-arm Fluoroscopy

Cantlon, M, Illyas A. Assessment of Radiation Protection in Hand-Shielding Products with Mini C-arm Fluoroscopy. Hand. 2019 Aug. 1558944719865937

Controversies Surrounding the Management of the Isolated Type-II Radial-Head Fracture

Martin D, Wilt Z, Cantlon M, et al. Controversies Surrounding the Management of the Isolated Type-II Radial-Head Fracture. JBJS Reviews. 2017 Dec;5(12):e3

Percutaneous Repair of a Schatzker III Tibial Plateau Fracture Assisted by Arthroscopy

Egol K, Cantlon M, Fisher N et al. Percutaneous Repair of a Schatzker III Tibial Plateau Fracture Assisted by Arthroscopy. J Ortho Trauma. 2017 Aug;31:S12-13.

Radiographic Patterns of Radiocarpal and Midcarpal Arthritis

Miller A, Lutsky K, Shearin J, Cantlon M, et al. Radiographic Patterns of Radiocarpal and Midcarpal Arthritis. JAAOS Global Research & Reviews. 2017 Jun;1(3):e017

Wide Awake Hand Surgery

Cantlon M, Yang S. Wide Awake Hand Surgery. Bull Hosp Jt Dis. 2017 Mar;75(1): 47-51

Hand Surgeons and Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons Call Coverage of Acute Upper Extremity Injuries: Where Should the Line be Drawn?

Cantlon M, Miller J, Ilyas A. Hand Surgeons and Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons Call Coverage of Acute Upper Extremity Injuries: Where Should the Line be Drawn? Hand. 2017 Jan. 1558944716688530

Complex Coronoid and Proximal Ulna Fractures: Are We Getting Better at Fixing These?

Yoon RS, Tyagi V, Cantlon M, et al. Complex Coronoid and Proximal Ulna Fractures: Are We Getting Better at Fixing These? Injury. 2016 Oct;47(10): 2053-9

Does Malunion in Multiple Planes Predict Worse Functional Outcomes in Distal Radial Fractures?

Cantlon M, Marcano A, Egol K. Does Malunion in Multiple Planes Predict Worse Functional Outcomes in Distal Radial Fractures? Cur Orth Practice. 2016 Jul;27(4): 371-4.

Intramedullary Nailing of Diaphyseal Femur Fractures Secondary to Gunshot Wounds: Predictors of Post-Operative Malrotation

Patel N, Yoon R, Cantlon M, et al. Intramedullary Nailing of Diaphyseal Femur Fractures Secondary to Gunshot Wounds: Predictors of Post-Operative Malrotation. J Orthop Trauma. Apr 2014.

Calcium Phosphate Cement Augmentation of Proximal Humerus Fractures

Cantlon M, Egol K. Calcium Phosphate Cement Augmentation of Proximal Humerus Fractures. Techniques in Orthopaedics. 2013 Dec;28(4):302-7.

Cysts About the Knee: Evaluation and Management

Stein D, Cantlon M, Mackay B et al. Cysts About the Knee: Evaluation and Management. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2013 Aug;21(8):469-79.

Textbook Chapters

Hand Surgery, Tricks of the Trade

Cantlon, MB. Capitate Shortening Osteotomy. In: Hand Surgery, Tricks of the Trade. Ed: Beredjiklian, P; Thieme, 2020: Chapter 51

Orthopaedic Hand Trauma

Ayalon B, Cantlon MB. Pulp Space Infections. In: Orthopaedic Hand Trauma. Ed: Eltorai A, Akelman E; Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2019: Chapter 42​

 

Presentations

Predicting skin tears following collagenase Clostridium histolyticum for Dupuytren’s disease.  American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting

Cantlon, M; Wei, D.H., Wakefield, D.B., Vitale, M.A.  Predicting skin tears following collagenase Clostridium histolyticum for Dupuytren’s disease.  American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting.  September 2018, Boston, MA (Poster and Abstract).