David J. Slutsky

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Upon graduation from U of Manitoba Medical school, Dr. Slutsky undertook a 1 year internship followed by a 5 year Orthopedic residency at the Health Sciences Center, which he completed in 1987. He spent the next year working as a cardiac assistant before traveling to Australia to spend two months with G. Ian Taylor MD for extra training in microsurgery. He then traveled to Loma Linda University Medical Center where he completed a 1 year Hand and Micro vascular surgery fellowship from 1988-89. He stayed on as an attending Hand surgeon until 1991 at which time he started a solo private practice in Hand surgery in Torrance, CA. He received his certification in Electrodiagnostic studies in 1999 and performs his own nerve conduction studies in addition to having authored numerous publications on the use of nerve conduction studies in hand surgery. He has remained academic though and he is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He is the past President of the Southern California Society for Surgery of the Hand and he was on a number of committees for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand including chairing the Publications and Products Advisory group 2010-2013. He was also a member of the American Academy of Orthopedics Distal Radius Fracture Guidelines committee from 2008-2009. He has chaired 33 national and international courses for the ASSH and other organizations. He has also chaired and participated in 8 webinars on Vumedi.com and the AAOS, on distal radius fractures (twice), scaphoid fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve transfers for radial nerve palsy, wrist arthroscopy and trapeziometacarpal arthritis. He has presented over 115 scientific papers at national and International meetings throughout North America including the Mayo clinic (3 times) and overseas meetings including Australia, Glasgow, Strasbourg, Lyon, Barcellona, Milan and Hong Kong. He has served as a guest editor for an issue of the Atlas of the Hand Clinics on Nerve Injury and Repair and the Hand Clinics on Distal Radius fractures and more recently a Hand clinics on Wrist and Small joint arthroscopy in August 2011. He has published 38 journal papers and he has written 106 book chapters and counting, including an invited chapter on Wrist Arthroscopy in Green’s Operative Hand Surgery 6th Edition ( 2010), as well as a chapter on Advances in Nerve Repair in Hunter’s Rehabilitation of the Hand (2010). He has edited or co-edited 12 books in Hand Surgery to date which include Nerve Repair, Distal Radius Fractures, Scaphoid Fractures, Wrist Arthroscopy, Wrist Surgery, Microvascular surgery and Surgery of the Upper Extremity. He has produced over 100 surgical videos for a variety of book projects, many of which are included on this website, as well as a 1 hour DVD on "The Technique and Science of Nerve Grafting" for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand videotape library in 2009. He was a consultant reviewer for the Journal of Hand Surgery from 2004 -2010. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Wrist Surgery (Thieme, Inc.) with the inaugral issue in August 2012. His areas of interest include Wrist arthroscopy, nerve repair and reconstruction and minimally invasive treatment of distal radius fractures and scaphoid fractures, which have generated a number of publications. He designed a Nonbridging external fixator (The Fragment Specific Fixator) for the treatment of distal radius fractures which was FDA approved and in clinical use. His academic pursuits and dedication to teaching ensure that he will provide the most up to date, minimally invasive and cutting edge treatment for your hand or wrist ailment. (updated 1/01/2020)