Seth D Dodds MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation; Associate-Director, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Training Program; Director, Hand and Upper Extremity Service

Biographical Info

The Yale Hand and Upper Extremity service specializes in the evaluation and management of a broad spectrum of injuries and disorders involving the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. The team consists of physicians who are board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery with added qualification in Hand Surgery. They are members and participate in numerous societies including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Society of Surgery of the Hand, Orthopaedic Trauma Association, and the American Association of Hand Surgery. Members of the team are active in both clinical and basic science research as well as being invited national and international speakers. Dr. Dodds is a graduate of MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed his residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He then served as a fellow in Hand and Microvascular Surgery at the University of Washington and Harborview Hospitals in Seattle, Washington. After his fellowship he joined the faculty at the Yale University Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery with an added Certification of Qualification for Surgery of the Hand.

Dr. Dodds specializes in reconstruction of complex deformity or disability involving the hand and upper extremity that can occur after acute and chronic injuries to nerves, tendons, ligaments, and bone in children and adults. Additionally, he has a special interest in minimally invasive approaches and arthroscopy for joint, ligament, and bone injuries. Dr. Dodds frequently utilizes occupational and physical therapists specifically trained in disorders of the hand and upper extremity to provide complete patient care. Dr. Dodds believes in treating each patient's individual needs through comprehensive evaluation and treatment designed to help them achieve active, pain-free hand and upper extremity function. He combines leading edge, minimally-invasive techniques with proven traditional methods to provide patients with the best possible care. His clinical practice is based out of Yale New Haven Hospital and Temple Surgical Center. He sees patients in the Yale Department of Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation main office in New Haven, CT and in a satellite office in Guilford, CT.

Education & Training

Yale University (1994)
Hahnemann Medical College (2000)
Yale - New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT General Surgery
Yale - New Haven Hospital, Orthopaedic Surgery (2001 - 2005)
University of Washington and Harborview Hospital, Seattle, WA, Hand and Microvascular Surgery (2005 - 2006)
Research Associate
Biomechanics Laboratory Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
Board Certification
Surgery of the Hand (Surgery), Board Certified  (2009)
Board Certification
Orthopaedic Surgery, Board Certified  (2008)

Honors & Recognition

  • Wayne O. Southwick Teaching Award
    Orthopaedic Surgery Residents (2007)
  • Wayne O. Southwick Teaching Award
    Orthopaedic Surgery Residents (2008)
  • Wayne O. Southwick Teaching Award Orthopaedic Surgery Residents
    Yale Orthopaedic Surgery Residents (2011)

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