Rochester Native Returns to Direct Strong’s Division of Hand and Upper Extremity

April 09, 2003

Matthew Tomaino, M.D., a native of Brighton and nationally renowned for his surgical techniques in the hand and upper extremity, has returned to Rochester as chief of Strong Memorial Hospital’s Division of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. Tomaino also serves as a professor of orthopaedics at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

A fellowship-trained and board-certified surgeon, Tomaino specializes in hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder problems, and has special interests in rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, and peripheral nerve problems. In addition to Tomaino’s clinical work, he will lead research studies to better understand nerve healing and regeneration in the hand and upper extremity. He currently serves as an associate editor for three journals: the American Journal of Hand Surgery, Microsurgery, and the American Journal of Orthopaedics.

"We are fortunate to have a physician of such stature join us to head up our Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Division," said Randy Rosier, M.D., chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. "In a relatively short period, Matt has established himself as a leader in the hand and upper extremity surgery field. I have no doubt his research and clinical work here will result in new treatments for our patients here and around the country."

Tomaino most recently served as associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which he joined in 1994. While at Pittsburgh, he achieved a national reputation for excellence in hand and upper extremity surgery, serving as its chief of microvascular surgery and director of the Hand Educational Program.

Tomaino received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he also completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery. He obtained fellowship training in Surgery of the Hand at the University of Rochester Medical Center and in Reconstructive Microvascular Surgery at the University of Toronto. Tomaino also has a MBA degree from the Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.

He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery, and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery.

Tomaino currently resides in Pittsford with his wife, Amy, a Fairport native, and their four-year-old son, Nicholas.

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