- ASSISTANT CLINICAL PROFESSOR Orthopaedics
- Dr. Mark Pruzansky holds three Board certifications in hand surgery, orthopaedic sports medicine, and orthopaedic surgery. He specializes in hand and microsurgery, as well as arthroscopic, endoscopic, and reconstructive surgery of the upper extremity. Dr. Pruzansky graduated with Honors from both Columbia College and the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and Orthopaedic Program in New York. As a hand surgery fellow in San Francisco, where he was certified in microsurgery and he studied under one of the country's most renowned pioneers of joint replacements for arthritic fingers and wrists. As 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 study of sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the Southern California Orthopaedic Institute in Van Nuys. His clinical and laboratory investigations of joint mechanics and abnormalities from the sternum, to the elbow, to the wrist, and hand, have added dramatically to patients' mobility.
Dr. Pruzansky takes care of athletes of all levels of ability. Unique office videos enhance patient education. He was cited in "Best Doctors in New York, New York Magazine, June 2008." He is on the faculty of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. He lectures to medical students and physicians, locally and nationally.
Dr. Pruzansky is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 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, and has published numerous scientific articles on hand surgery and sports injuries.
His clinical interests include endoscopic carpal tunnel release, arthritis and fracture surgery of the hand, wrist, upper extremity, congenital hand deformities, contracture and tennis elbow surgery, and arthroscopic and shoulder surgery.
Awards / Recognitions
• The Mount Sinai Medical Center certificate for commitment to excellence in patient care, September, 2009.
• Faculty member of the Hand and Upper Extremity Service, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Mount Sinai Medical Center
• Certified in Hand Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine in addition to Orthopaedic Surgery by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
• Member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
• Listed in Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors: New York Metro Area 14th Edition book under “Hand Surgery”
• Listed in New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors” 2008 issue under “Hand Surgery”
• Member of the Orthopaedic Research Society
• American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award
Dr. Pruzansky's Research Interests Include:
Ligamentous instability of the wrist and new arthroscopic surgical techniques for repair, abnormal wrist mechanics.
Wrist bone degeneration, including Kienbock’s disease.
The prevention and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, including endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery.
The kinetic chain approach to the rehabilitation and surgical treatment of hand and wrist injuries.
Pruzansky ME, Remer S. Abscesses of the hand associated with otopharyngeal infections in children. J Hand Surg 1986 Nov; 11(6): 844-6.
Pruzansky ME. A primate model for the evaluation of tendon adhesions. J Surg Res 1987 Mar; 42(3): 273-6.
Pruzansky ME, Arnold L. Delayed union of fractures of the trapezoid and body of the hamate. Orthop Rev 1987 Sep; 16(9): 624-8.
Pruzansky ME, Pugh J, Siffert RS. Deterioration of trapeziometacarpal arthritis due to trigger thumb: a biomechanical evaluation. Mt Sinai J Med 1990 Jan; 57(1): 30-3.
Pruzansky ME, Kelly M, Weinberg H. Latissimus dorsi musculocutaneous flap for elbow extension. J Surg Oncol 1991 May; 47(1): 62-6.
Pruzansky ME, Levy RN. Orthopaedic complications. In: Cohen W, editor. Complications of Pregnancy, ed 5. Philadelphia, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 2000. pp581-90.
Pruzansky ME. Chapman M, editor. Orthopaedic Surgery
Stenosing tenosynovitis and epicondylitis. Philadelphia, JB Lippincott; 2001. pp1515-31.
Pruzansky ME. Compression of the radial branch of the median nerve due to an anomalous muscle belly of the first lumbrical in a child. Mt Sinai J Med 2004 Sep; 71(4): 285-6.
Shah AK, Pruzansky ME. Ruptured biceps brachii short head muscle belly: a case report. J Shoulder Elbow Surg 2004 Sept-Oct; 13(5): 562-5.
Qureshi SA, Shah AK, Pruzansky ME. Using the semitendinosus tendon to stabilize sternoclavicular joints in a patient with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: a case report. Am J Orthop 2005 Jul; 34(7): 315-8.
Pruzansky M, Gantsoudes G, Watters N. Late Surgical Results of Reattachment to Bone in Chronic Lateral Epicondylitis. . Am J Orth 38 2009;: 295 – 99.
Lipira A, Kasukurthi R, Ray W, Pruzansky M, Mackinnon S. Intraneural synovial sarcoma of the median nerve: Case report and review of the literature.. Rare Tumors 2 2010; e32: 88-90.
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