Robert Szabo, M.D., M.P.H.

Robert M. Szabo, M.D., M.P.H.

Specialties

Orthopaedic Surgery - Hand

Orthopaedic Surgery - Shoulder

Orthopaedic Surgery - Elbow

Orthopaedic Surgery - Microvascular

Department

Orthopaedic Surgery

Title

  • Chief of Hand and Upper Extremity Service
  • Professor
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Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St., 3800 & 1700 (Clinic)
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions

Primary Phone:
916-734-2700

Additional Phone Numbers

Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

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.

Division

Orthopaedic Surgery

Education

M.D., State University of New York School of Medicine, Buffalo, New York, 1977

B.A., New York University, Bronx, New York, 1973

Residency

Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City, New York, 1977-82

Fellowships

Ilizarov Surgery Fellowship Program, Lecco, Italy, 1991

University of California, San Diego, San Diego, California, 1982-83

Board Certifications

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

Professional Memberships

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.