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David J. Mitten, M.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-5321

Administrative: (585) 341-7865

Fax: (585) 760-8492

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentAccepting New Patients

Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Setting

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance


Dr. Mitten's clinical practice includes all aspects of hand and wrist surgery as well as peripheral nerve surgery and microsurgery. He has a special expertise in surgical treatment of pediatric hand conditions, reconstructive surgery for arthritic and traumatic disorders of the hand and wrist, as well as upper extremity nerve disorders.
Dr. Mitten received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed a residency Orthopaedic Surgery at URMC and a Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA. He is certified by both the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Mitten is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

If surgery is required, Dr. Mitten uses the convenient and efficient Clinton Crossings Procedure Rooms for outpatient surgical procedures when possible. The Procedure Room team of nurses and technicians that assist him are experts in the care of patients undergoing outpatient procedures. Dr. Mitten also works closely with our specially trained hand and upper extremity therapists in the Hand Rehabilitation program to direct your post-surgical care and to ensure a fast and successful recovery. When bracing is ordered by Dr. Mitten, our hand therapists are prepared to fashion custom orthoses on site the same day as your appointment.



  • Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


MD | Univ. of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1997 - 06/30/1999
Fellowship in Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA Medical Center

07/01/1993 - 06/30/1997
Residency in Orthopaedics at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/1992 - 06/30/1993
Internship in General Surgery at University of Rochester Medical Center

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2017 Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement (for innovation in Healthcare)
Sponsor: National Patient Safety Foundation
Location: National Patient Safety Foundation Annual Congress from May

Meliora Award - PROMIS Team
Sponsor: University of Rochester
Location: Rochester, New York

Location: University of Rochester School of Medicine

Doctor of Medicine with Honor
Location: University of Rochester School of Medicine

Tau Beta Pi
Location: University of Rochester School of Engineering

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Journal Articles

Judith F. Baumhauer, MD, MPH, Christopher Dasilva, BS, David Mitten, MD, Paul Rubery, MD & Michael Rotondo, MD. "The Cost of Patient-Reported Outcomes in Medicine". New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst. 2018; . Link

St John MJ, Mitten D, Hammert WC. "Efficacy of PROMIS Pain Interference and Likert Pain Scores to Assess Physical Function." The Journal of hand surgery.. 2017 Sep; 42(9):705-710. Epub 2017 Jul 12.

M. O. Papuga C. Dasilva A. McIntyre D. Mitten S. Kates J. F. Baumhauer. "Large-scale clinical implementation of PROMIS computer adaptive testing with direct incorporation into the electronic medical record". Health Systems. 2017; 6(15): 1-13. Link