S. Steven Yang

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S. Steven Yang, M.D., M.P.H.

Clinical Associate Professor;
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)

Clinical Addresses

530 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Handicap Access: yes
Phone: 646-501-0740
Fax: 646-501-0741

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Medical Specialties

Hand Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery

Medical Expertise

Hand And Wrist Surgery, Hand Surgery

Clinical Responsibilities

Surgical and non-surgical conditions of the hand and upper extremity including fractures, arthritis reconstruction, congenital deformities, pediatric upper limb problems, nerve injuries, carpal tunnel and other nerve compression syndromes, tumors, and rotator cuff injuries.



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Board Certification

1998 — Ab Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopaedic Surgery
2003 — Ab Orthopaedic Surgery (Surgery Of The Hand)


1984-1988 — Duke University, Medical Education
1989-1994 — Lenox Hill Hospital (Orthopaedic Surgery), Residency Training
1989-1994 — Lenox Hill Hospital (Orthopaedic Surgery), Internship
1994-1995 — Hospital for Special Surgery (Hand Surgery), Clinical Fellowships

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Research Summary

Dorsal wrist extensor tenosynovitis is exceedingly common in patients with rheumatoid arthritis often causing pain, limited motion, and tendon rupture. Early surgical tenosynovectomy is usually recommended when medical management fails. In the non-rheumatoid population, fourth extensor compartment proliferative tenosynovitis is very rare. Characteristic in the physical examination is a tender dorsal mass and severe limitation of active wrist extension while the fingers are concurrently extended due to interference of proximal tendon excursion into the fourth extensor compartment. Active wrist extension is improved with fully flexing the fingers in to a fist which draws the affected tendons more distally. A review of our case series demonstrates a distinct pathological condition of exuberant proliferative, adherent tenosynovitis of the extensor digitorum communis tendons blocking proximal excursion of the tendons and thereby causing pain and limited active wrist extension. We will delineate the histological features of this tenosynovium and compare and contrast it to that seen in the more typical rheumatoid extensor tenosynovitis. We intend to describe this clinical entity which is uncommon but not rare.

Research Interests

1. Arthritis reconstruction of the hand and wrist, arthroplasty and arthrodesis 2. Chronic tenosynovitis of the wrist extensor compartments 3. Peripheral nerve entrapments.

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All data from NYU Health Sciences Library Faculty Bibliography — -


High fusion rates with circular plate fixation for four-corner arthrodesis of the wrist
Bedford, Ben; Yang, S Steven
2010 Jan;468(1):163-168, Clinical orthopaedics & related research
— id: 107356, year: 2010, vol: 468, page: 163, stat: Journal Article,

The anatomic location of digital glomus tumor recurrences
Gandhi, Jaipal; Yang, S Steven; Hurd, Jason
2010 Jun;35(6):986-989, Journal of hand surgery (American volume)
— id: 110007, year: 2010, vol: 35, page: 986, stat: Journal Article,

Arthroscopic wafer resection for ulnar impaction syndrome: prediction of outcomes
Meftah, Morteza; Keefer, Eric P; Panagopoulos, Georgia; Yang, S Steven
2010 ;15(2):89-93, Hand surgery
— id: 111416, year: 2010, vol: 15, page: 89, stat: Journal Article,

Proliferative extensor tenosynovitis of the wrist in the absence of rheumatoid arthritis
Cooper, H John; Shevchuk, Maria M; Li, Xiaosong; Yang, S Steven
2009 Dec;34(10):1827-1831, Journal of hand surgery (American volume)
— id: 105997, year: 2009, vol: 34, page: 1827, stat: Journal Article,

Magnetic resonance imaging in the diagnosis of occult dorsal wrist ganglions
Goldsmith, S; Yang, S S
2008 Oct;33(5):595-599, Journal of hand surgery (European volume)
— id: 100590, year: 2008, vol: 33, page: 595, stat: Journal Article,

Indirect decompression of the carpal tunnel during basal joint arthroplasty of the thumb
Hepinstall, Matthew S; Yang, S Steven
2008 Sep;33(7):1057-1062, Journal of hand surgery (American volume)
— id: 100588, year: 2008, vol: 33, page: 1057, stat: Journal Article,

Mini-incision fixation of nondisplaced scaphoid fracture nonunions
Yassaee, Farnaz; Yang, S Steven
2008 Sep;33(7):1116-1120, Journal of hand surgery (American volume)
— id: 100589, year: 2008, vol: 33, page: 1116, stat: Journal Article,

Biomechanics and tendon transfers
Falkenstein N; Keefer EP; Yang SS
Hand rehabilitation St. Louis MO : Mosby, 2004,
— id: 5082, year: 2004, vol: , page: ?, stat: Chapter,

Intraosseous leiomyoma of the ulna. A case report
Zikria, Bashir A; Radevic, Miroslav R; Jormark, Susan C; Huvos, Andrew G; Yang, S Steven
2004 Nov;86-A(11):2522-2525, Journal of bone & joint surgery (American volume)
— id: 100587, year: 2004, vol: 86-A, page: 2522, stat: Journal Article,

Fractures and dislocations of the hand
Yang SS
Clinical orthopaedics Baltimore : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1999,
— id: 5089, year: 1999, vol: , page: ?, stat: Chapter,

Radioulnar load-sharing in the forearm. A study in cadavera
Markolf, K L; Lamey, D; Yang, S; Meals, R; Hotchkiss, R
1998 Jun;80(6):879-888, Journal of bone & joint surgery (American volume)
— id: 100586, year: 1998, vol: 80, page: 879, stat: Journal Article,

Closed rupture of the flexor digitorum profundus tendon in the palm of a non-rheumatoid patient
Yang SS; McCormack RR; Weiland AJ
1998 Feb;21(2):205-208, Orthopedics (Thorofare NJ)
— id: 35342, year: 1998, vol: 21, page: 205, stat: Journal Article,

First metacarpal subsidence during pinch after ligament reconstruction and tendon interposition basal joint arthroplasty of the thumb
Yang SS; Weiland AJ
1998 Sep;23(5):879-883, Journal of hand surgery (American volume)
— id: 35338, year: 1998, vol: 23, page: 879, stat: Journal Article,

Recurrent eccrine acrospiroma of the hand
Kalainov DM; DiCarlo EF; Yang SS; Weiland AJ
1996 Apr;21(2):280-282, Journal of hand surgery (British volume)
— id: 35352, year: 1996, vol: 21, page: 280, stat: Journal Article,

Multiple carpometacarpal dislocations. A case report and review of treatment
Smith GR; Yang SS; Weiland AJ
1996 Jul;25(7):502-506, American journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, NJ)
— id: 35350, year: 1996, vol: 25, page: 502, stat: Journal Article,

Fractures of the hand
Yang SS; Gerwin M
Orthopaedic knowledge update : trauma Rosemont IL : American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1996,
— id: 5081, year: 1996, vol: , page: ?, stat: Chapter,

A rare variant of mirror hand: a case report
Yang SS; Jackson L; Green DW; Weiland AJ
1996 Nov;21(6):1048-1051, Journal of hand surgery (American volume)
— id: 35347, year: 1996, vol: 21, page: 1048, stat: Journal Article,

Fracture of the hook of hamate with rupture of the flexor tendons of the small finger in a rheumatoid patient: a case report
Yang SS; Kalainov DM; Weiland AJ
1996 Sep;21(5):916-917, Journal of hand surgery (American volume)
— id: 35349, year: 1996, vol: 21, page: 916, stat: Journal Article,

Leiomyoma of the hand in a child who has the human immunodeficiency virus
Yang, S S; Williams, R J; Bear, B J; McCormack, R R
1996 Dec;78(12):1904-1906, Journal of bone & joint surgery (American volume)
— id: 100585, year: 1996, vol: 78, page: 1904, stat: Journal Article,

Rupture of the flexor pollicis longus tendon after 30 years due to migration of a retained foreign body
Yang SS; Bear BJ; Weiland AJ
1995 Dec;20(6):803-805, Journal of hand surgery (British volume)
— id: 35353, year: 1995, vol: 20, page: 803, stat: Journal Article,

Arthroscopic surgery of the knee in the geriatric patient
Yang, S S; Nisonson, B
1995 Jul;(316):50-58, Clinical orthopaedics & related research
— id: 100584, year: 1995, vol: , page: 50, stat: Journal Article,

A history of the surgical treatment of knee ligament injuries
Yang SS; Alexiades M
The Knee St. Louis MO : Mosby-Year Book, 1994,
— id: 5080, year: 1994, vol: , page: ?, stat: Chapter,

Valve-related events and valve-related mortality in 340 mitral valve repairs. A late phase follow-up study
Fernandez, J; Joyce, D H; Hirschfeld, K J; Chen, C; Yang, S S; Laub, G W; Adkins, M S; Anderson, W A; Mackenzie, J W; McGrath, L B
1993 ;7(5):263-270, European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery
— id: 131411, year: 1993, vol: 7, page: 263, stat: Journal Article,

Idiopathic brachial plexus neuropathy : a review
Yang SS; Hershman EB
1993 ;5:193-201, Critical reviews in physical medicine & rehabilitation
— id: 100953, year: 1993, vol: 5, page: 193, stat: Journal Article,

Cystic enlargement of the iliopsoas bursa causing venous obstruction as a complication of total hip arthroplasty. A case report
Yang, S S; Bronson, M J
1993 Dec;8(6):657-661, Journal of arthroplasty
— id: 100583, year: 1993, vol: 8, page: 657, stat: Journal Article,

Response to Alain Enthoven and the consumer choice health plan
Yang SS
1989 ;321:117-117, New England journal of medicine
— id: 100952, year: 1989, vol: 321, page: 117, stat: Journal Article,

Treatability of the sex offender: considerations of etiology, pathology, and treatment in repealing sexually dangerous offender statutes
Yang, S S
1989 ;8(4):319-328, Medicine & law
— id: 100680, year: 1989, vol: 8, page: 319, stat: Journal Article,

Protection of the immature myocardium during ischemic arrest: dose dependent effects of glucose and mannitol when added to St Thomas' cardioplegic solution
Yang, S S; Hearse, D J
1989 Nov-Dec;5(8):401-407, Canadian journal of cardiology
— id: 100582, year: 1989, vol: 5, page: 401, stat: Journal Article,

Reperfusion-induced arrhythmias: characterization studies with the globally ischemic rat heart
Hearse, D J; Yang, S S; Manson, N; Hess, M
1988 Apr;4(3):149-155, Canadian journal of cardiology
— id: 100581, year: 1988, vol: 4, page: 149, stat: Journal Article,

Differential effects of dopamine agonists on acoustically and electrically elicited startle responses: comparison to effects of strychnine
Davis, M; Commissaris, R L; Cassella, J V; Yang, S; Dember, L; Harty, T P
1986 Apr 16;371(1):58-69, Brain research
— id: 100580, year: 1986, vol: 371, page: 58, stat: Journal Article,