Robert M. Szabo, M.D., M.P.H.
Orthopaedic Surgery - Hand
Orthopaedic Surgery - Shoulder
Orthopaedic Surgery - Elbow
Orthopaedic Surgery - Microvascular
- Chief of Hand and Upper Extremity Service
Robert M. Szabo is one of the country's leading hand surgeons. His clinical interests include hand and upper-extremity problems such as brachial plexus and peripheral nerve surgery; shoulder, elbow and wrist joint replacements; wrist reconstruction, including arthroscopy; congenital deformities, including llizarov reconstructions; tumors; and microvascular reconstructive free tissue transfers. Szabo is associate editor for Journal of Hand Surgery, Techniques in Hand and Wrist Surgery and Operative Orthopaedics, Hand Section. He serves on the editorial board of Journal of the Southern Orthopaedic Association and reviews for Journal of Bone and Joint Surgeons, Clinical Orthopaedic & Related Research. His research interests include nerve compression lesions, nerve repair and regeneration biology, tendon healing and adhesion formation, and epidemiology of repetitive trauma and injury prevention.
Philosophy of Care
My philosophy of care is to educate my patients and help them evaluate and take delivery of the best evidence-based therapeutic options available to manage their upper extremity disorders.
M.D., State University of New York School of Medicine, Buffalo, New York, 1977
B.A., New York University, Bronx, New York, 1973
Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City, New York, 1977-82
Ilizarov Surgery Fellowship Program, Lecco, Italy, 1991
University of California, San Diego, San Diego, California, 1982-83
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1985
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Certification of Added Qualification, Surgery of the Hand, 1989
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Certification of Added Qualification, Surgery of the Hand, 1998
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Certification of Added Qualification, Surgery of the Hand, 2009
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Diplomate, 1985
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hand Surgery, 1989
American Board of Orthopaedics, Recertification of Continuing Education and Practice Requirements, 1998
American Board of Orthopaedics, Recertification of Continuing Education and Practice Requirements, 2009
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Hand Therapist Foundation, Board Member
American Orthopaedic Association
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons
Orthopaedic Research Society
Western Orthopaedic Association
Honors and Awards
Honored Professor at "Five Decades of Evolution in Tendon and Nerve Surgery: Mad Men at Work", 16th Annual Philadelphia Hand Surgery Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, 2014
U.S. News and World Report Top Doctors, 2011
Sacramento Super Doctors, Top Doctors, 2011
Sacramento Magazine, One of the Best Doctors in the Region, 2011
Select Recent Publications
Szabo RM. “Tendon Transfers for Radial Nerve Palsy.” Tendon Transfer Surgery of the Upper Extremity: A Master Skills Publication, Van Heest A, Goldfarb C (co-Editors), American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Chicago, IL, 2012;Chapter 4, pp. 35-46.
Szabo RM. JHS Select Expert Critique: “Rate of Infection After Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery and Effect of Antibiotic Prophylaxis.” JHS Select: An Expert Critique on the Impact of 2010's Most Popular Articles, Michael R. Hausman, MD (Editor), American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Chicago, IL, 2012;Article 3, pp. 29-30.
Zafonte B, Szabo RM. “Evidence-Based Medicine in Hand Surgery-Clinical Applications and Future Direction.” Hand Clinics. 2014;30(3): 269-283.
Zafonte B, Rendulic D, Szabo RM. “Flexor Pulley System: Anatomy, Injury, and Management.” The Journal of Hand Surgery, 2014;39(12): 2525-2532.
Immerman I, Livermore MS, Szabo RM. “The Use of Emergency Department Services for Hand, Wrist, and Forearm Fractures in the United States in 2008.” The Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances. 2014;23(2): 98-104.
Boutin RD, Buonocore MH, Immerman I, Ashwell Z, Sonico GJ, Szabo RM, Chaudhari AJ. Real-time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) during active wrist motion-initial observations. PLOS One. 2013;8(12):e84004. eCollection published on-line December 31, 2013.
Fajardo MR, Szabo RM, Gleason BC. “Haemorrhagic Epithelioid and Spindle Cell Haemangioma Misdiagnosed as a Metacarpal Enchondroma.” Journal of Hand Surgery: European Volume, published on-line January 8, 2013.
Fajardo MR, Kim SH, Szabo RM. “The Incidence of Carpal Tunnel Release: Trends and Implications Within the United States Ambulatory Care Setting.” Journal of Hand Surgery, 2012;37(8): 1599-1605.
Kim SH, Meehan JP, Blumenfeld TJ, Szabo RM. “Hip Fractures in the United States: 2008 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample.” Arthritis Care & Research, 2012;64(5): 751-757.
Kim SH, Szabo RM, Marder RA. “Epidemiology of Humerus Fractures in the United States: Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, 2008.” Arthritis Care & Research, 2012;64(3): 407-414.