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Mark E. Pruzansky, MD
Specialities: all sports or activity related orthopedic conditions, arthritis, knee pain, shoulder pain and more.
Years in practice: 27 years.
Awards: Castle Connolly Top Doctors: New York Metro Area™ (2000, 2010 – 2014) and more.
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About Dr. Mark E. Pruzansky

Dr. Mark E. Pruzansky, Director of HandSport Surgery Institute, is a seasoned specialist in hand surgery, wrist surgery and microsurgery, sports injuries and arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the hand, wrist, elbow and brachial plexus.  With more than 20 years of high-level practice and a comprehensive knowledge of the body’s biomechanical linkages, Dr. Pruzansky is able to diagnose patients using a “kinetic-chain approach” that reveals underlying—and often overlooked—issues coming from other parts of the musculo-skeletal system.

With three board certifications in Surgery of the Hand, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery (2.3% of hand surgeons worldwide, July 2015), Dr. Pruzansky is uniquely able to diagnose and treat hand and upper extremity conditions that are specific to elite and amateur athletes in addition to those afflicting almost everyone in any occupation, including retirement. One of the country’s most experienced practitioners of  Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery—over 3000 cases—and a pioneer in the treatment of Tennis Elbow, Dr. Pruzansky is dedicated to the delivery of state-of-the art surgical and medical treatment as well as supervising the patient’s occupational and physical therapy. His expertise in solving difficult problems of the hand, wrist and upper extremity is often sought, and he has been a hand surgery consultant to WABC-TV with appearances on Eyewitness News. Complex reconstructions, including Revision Surgery, are referred to the practice for evaluation and treatment.

Conditions and Treatments

Dr. Mark E. Pruzansky treats the following conditions:

  • All sports or activity related orthopedic conditions
  • Arthritis of the hand, wrist, and elbow
  • Bone fractures of the hand, wrist, and elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cartilage injuries and tears
  • Hand, wrist, elbow pain
  • Ligament injuries and tears of the hand wrist, and elbow

Dr. Mark E. Pruzansky routinely performs the following treatments:

  • Arthroscopy
  • Care of fractures and ligament tears
  • Endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Revision surgery
  • PRP injections
  • Non-operative treatment of the hand, wrist, and elbow

Education

Dr. Pruzansky graduated with honors from both Columbia College and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Orthopaedic Program in New York. He was a Hand Surgery Fellow in San Francisco, where he was certified in microsurgery and studied under one of the country’s most renowned pioneers of joint replacements for arthritic fingers and wrists.

While a Hand Surgery Fellow in New Orleans, Dr. Pruzansky studied with one of the fathers of adult reconstructive hand and wrist surgery, who was also a founder of congenital deformities surgery. He then furthered his studies in sports medicine and treatment of sports-related injuries of the hand and upper extremity at the Southern California Orthopaedic Institute in Van Nuys.

Awards and Recognition

Affiliations

In addition to being the director of the HandSport® Surgery Institute, Dr. Pruzansky is affiliated with Mount Sinai Medical Center and Medical School and Lenox Hill Hospital. He is a faculty lecturer at Mount Sinai Medical Center and has spoken on the national and regional levels to medical students, residents and physicians.  Also to his credit, Dr. Pruzansky is a leading research fundraiser and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand, the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand and the Orthopaedic Research Society.

Articles

Dr. Pruzansky has published numerous articles on hand surgery and sports medicine in scientific journals and textbooks and is renowned for his clinical research, teaching and pioneering of web-based patient education. An athlete himself, he plays tennis and golf, downhill skis, does cardio, and lifts. Named one of the Tri-State region’s finest hand surgeons in New York magazine’s medical peer-reviewed “Best Doctors” 2008 issue, Dr. Pruzansky provides patients with innovative diagnostic and surgical techniques as well as respect and compassion.

Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS California PPO
  • CIGNA HMO
  • CIGNA Open Access
  • CIGNA PPO
  • Empire BCBS HMO
  • GHI PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • MagnaCare PPO
  • Medicare
  • MVP Healthcare HMO
  • MVP Healthcare PPO
  • Oxford Health Freedom
  • United Healthcare – Direct Choice Plus POS
  • United Healthcare – Direct Options PPO
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