Steven Graff, MD
Steven N. GraffSpecialties:
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Board-certified in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Graff began his orthopedic practice here in Rhode Island in 1994. He received a Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand and Microvascular Surgery from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in 1997. This additional certification designates him as an expert in the various aspects of upper extremity surgery.
While his practice incorporates seeing all aspects of orthopedic surgery in the office, his surgical practice is strongly focused on the upper extremity from just below the shoulder to the hand. Conditions that he treats include but are not limited to fractures, dislocations, significant ligament injuries, significant tendon injuries including complete rupture and laceration, tendonitis, all forms of arthritis, neurologic problems involving the upper extremity including nerve compression syndromes and nerve trauma, the evaluation and treatment of abnormal lumps and bumps in the upper extremity, infections, and nail disorders.
Central to his practice philosophy is the belief that the patient who understands his or her diagnosis and all the available treatment options is the orthopedic surgeon’s best friend. He has found very frequently that there is a medicinal effect that comes simply from understanding one’s condition. Additionally, when patients understand where their symptoms are coming from, it often reduces anxiety and helps them better participate in the decision-making process as to how to move forward. He does his best to spend all the time necessary with patients to make sure that this understanding is achieved. Also important in his practice philosophy is the belief that surgery, more often than not, should be the last resort. Most conditions of the upper extremity have nonsurgical options that are often worth trying prior to surgery.
Outside of work, his first passion is family. Other strong interests include music (he plays several instruments but is most competent at the violin), model railroading, and home repair. Over the years, he has tried to give time whenever possible to community service through his Temple, through Habitat for Humanity, and in support of educational institutions that focus on children with learning differences.
Phone (401) 729-2800
Pawtucket, RI 02860
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