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Meet Hand Doctor, Walter H. Short, M.D. - Orthopedic Specialists

Meet Hand Doctor, Walter H. Short, M.D. - Orthopedic Specialists

Dr. Walter Short, a prominent orthopedic hand specialist, is a founding member of the SOS Hand + Wrist Center. He is a recognized leader in the field of orthopedic hand surgery and one of the leading orthopedic doctors in NYC, publishing over 200 articles and scholarly presentations and receiving numerous research grants from the federal government while serving as a professor at Upstate Medical University.

After graduating from Cornell in 1971, the wrist and hand pain specialist, attended medical school at Upstate Medical University, followed by a general surgery internship at the University of Connecticut in 1975. He completed his surgical orthopedic residency at Upstate Medical University in 1980. Short continued his wrist and hand pain education with a Hand Fellowship at Yale University and the University of Connecticut from 1980 to 1981.

Short has received numerous recognitions for excellence in his field and has been invited to speak at prestigious conferences nationwide and around the world on cutting-edge research and specialty topics involving hand, wrist, and arm care. Dr. Short has a prestigious 5-star Healthgrades rating by patients and received a national Patients’ Choice designation in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

We are very proud of his orthopedic hand specialist achievements. The rest of our Syracuse orthopedic specialists look to Dr. Short as a shining example of what it means to be a hand doctor who delivers excellent solutions regarding wrist and hand pain.

Read more about Dr. Short Publications...

Hospital Affiliation:

Dr. Short in the News:

A Race to Save a Man's Hand - When the Right Touch Means Everything - more...

Doctors as patients - Illness and injury provide an unplanned education for medical
professionals - more...

The Clinical Experience:

Specializing in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery


NY State Licensure / American Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery / Recertified for Hand Surgery

Orthopaedic Fellowship Training:

Yale University and University of Connecticut 1980-1981
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut
Hand Fellowship

Orthopaedic Residency Training:

SUNY Health Science Center 1976-1980
Syracuse, New York
Orthopaedic Residency

General Surgical Training:

University of North Carolina 1975
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
General Surgery Internship


  • Cornell University 1971
    Ithaca, New York
  • SUNY Health Science Center 1975
    Syracuse, New York
    Doctor of Medicine

Academic Affiliations:

  • Assistant Professor 1989-1995
  • Associate Professor 1995-1998
  • Professor 1998-2002
  • Senior Clinical Investigator 2002

Department of Orthopedic Surgery
State University of New York Health Science Center

  • Veterans Administration Hospital
  • Crouse Hospital
  • Coordinator, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Research Laboratory
    State University of New York Health Science Center
  • Adjunct Research Professor 1998-present
    Department of Physiology
    State University of New York Upstate Medical University
  • Director, Hand Fellowship Program 1996-2002
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    State University of New York Health Science Center
  • Coordinator, MS and PhD. Program in Orthopaedic Sciences

Membership of Professional Societies:

  • American Medical Association
  • Onondaga County Medical Society
  • New York State Medical Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Eastern Orthopaedic Association
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • International Wrist Investigators
  • KIROS Research Society
  • Corresponding Member South American Hand Society

Editorial Boards:

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Hand Surgery 1997-present
  • Associate Editor, Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery 1996-2004
  • Associate Editor, Yearbook of Hand Surgery 2000-present
  • Corresponding Editor, Journal of the Asia-Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand 1998-

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Dr. Short is the only Hand
Specialist in CNY Receiving
5-STAR Healthgrades Rating!


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