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H. James Pfaeffle, M.D., Ph.D.

Education
  • University of Washington

    Seattle, WA

    - Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Fellowship

    - Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

    2006 - 2007
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

    Pittsburgh, PA

    - Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

    2002 - 2005
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

    Pittsburgh, PA

    - Research Fellow

    - Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

    2001 - 2002
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

    Pittsburgh, PA

    - Orthopaedic Surgery Internship

    2000 - 2001
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

    Pittsburgh, PA

    - Doctor of Medicine

    1993 - 2000
  • University of Pittsburgh

    Pittsburgh, PA

    - Doctorate in Bioengineering

    1993 - 1998
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Troy, NY

    - Master of Science, Mechanics

    1991 - 1993
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Troy, NY

    - Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

    1987 - 1991

    Board Certification
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery 2009
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Subspecialty, Hand Surgery 2011

    Professional Positions
  • Tri Rivers Surgical Associates
    8/2007 - Present
  • University of Pittsburgh
    1993-2006
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    1992-1993
  • Samaritan Hospital
    1992
  • GE Silicones
    1990
  • ALCOA
    1989

    Hospital Affiliations
  • UPMC Passavant Hospital
  • UPMC Passavant Cranberry Hospital
  • Butler Memorial Hospital

    Current Licensure
  • Pennsylvania Medical License
  • Connecticut Medical License
  • Texas Medical License
  • California Medical License

    Memberships
  • Allegheny County Medical Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Candidate Member
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society

    Teaching Appointments
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Clinical Instructor
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    2005 - 2006

    Publications
    Waitayawinyu, T., Pfaeffle, H. J., McCallister, W. V., Nemechek, N. M., & Trumble, T. E. (2010). Management of Scaphoid Nonunions. Hand Clinics, 26(1): 105-117.

    Tang, P., Gauvin, J., Muriuki, M., Pfaeffle, H. J., Imbriglia, J. E., & Goitz, R. J. (2009). Comparison of the "Contact Biomechanics" of the Intact and Proximal Row Carpectomy Wrist. Journal of Hand Surgery, 34(4): 660-670.

    Howlett, J. P., Pfaeffle, H. J., Waitayawinyu, T., & Trumble, T. E. (2008). Distal Tunnel Placement Improves Scaphoid Flexion with the Brunelli Tenodesis Procedure for Scapholunate Dissociation. Journal of Hand Surgery, 33(10): 1756-1764.

    Pfaeffle, H. J., Waitayawinyu, T., & Trumble, T. E. (2007). Ulnar Nerve Laceration and Repair. Hand Clinics, 23(3): 291-299.

    Hanel, D. P., Pfaeffle, H. J., & Ayalla, A. (2007). Management of Posttraumatic Metadiaphyseal Radioulnar Synostosis. Hand Clinics, 23(2): 227-234, vi-vii. Review.

    Waitayawinyu, T., Pfaeffle, H. J., McCallister, W. V., Nemechek, N. M., & Trumble, T. E. (2007). Management of Scaphoid Nonunions. Orthopedic Clinics of North America, 38(2): 237-249.

    Blankenhorn, B. D., Pfaeffle, H. J., Robertson, D. R., Imbriglia, J. E., & Goitz, R. J. (2007). Carpal Kinematics after Proximal Row Carpectomy. Journal of Hand Surgery, 32(1): 37-46.

    Kaufmann, R. A., Pfaeffle, H. J., Blankenhorn, B. D., Stabile, K. J., Robertson, D. D., & Goitz, R. J. (2006). Kinematics of the Midcarpal and Radiocarpal Joint in Flexion and Extension: An In Vitro Study. Journal of Hand Surgery, 31(7): 1142-1148.

    Pfaeffle, H. J., Fischer, K. J., Srinivasa, A., Manson, T. T., Woo, S. L-Y., & Tomaino, M. M. (2006). A Model of Stress and Strain in the Interosseous Ligament of the Forearm Based on Fiber Network Theory. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 128(5): 725-732.

    Pfaeffle, H. J., Stabile, K. J., Li, Z. M., & Tomaino, M. M. (2006). Reconstruction of the Interosseous Ligament Unloads Metallic Radial Head Arthroplasty and the Distal Ulna in Cadavers. Journal of Hand Surgery, 31(2): 269-278.

    Kaufmann, R. A., Pfaeffle, H. J., Blankenhorn, B. D., Stabile, K. J., Robertson, D. D., & Goitz, R. J. (2005). Kinematics of the Midcarpal and Radiocarpal Joints in Radioulnar Deviation: An In Vitro Study. Journal of Hand Surgery, 30(5): 937-942.

    Pfaeffle, H. J., Blankenhorn, B. D., Stabile, K. J., Imbriglia, J. E., Goitz, R. J., & Robertson, D. R. (2005). Development and Validation of a CT-Based Methodology to Measure Carpal Kinematics. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 127(3): 541-548.

    Pfaeffle, H. J., Stabile, K. J., Li, Z. M., & Tomaino, M. M. (2005). Reconstruction of the Interosseous Ligament Restores Normal Forearm Compressive Load Transfer in Cadavers. Journal of Hand Surgery, 30(2): 319-325.

    Stabile, K. J., Pfaeffle, H. J., Saris, I., Li, Z. M., & Tomaino, M. M. (2005). Structural Properties of Reconstruction Constructs for the Interosseous Ligament of the Forearm. Journal of Hand Surgery, 30(2): 312-318.

    Stabile, K. J., Pfaeffle, H. J., Weiss, J. A., Fischer, K. J., & Tomaino, M. M. (2004). Bi-Directional Mechanical Properties of the Human Forearm Interosseous Ligament. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 22(3): 607-612.

    Gabriel, M. T., Pfaeffle, H. J., Stabile, K. J., Tomaino, M. M., & Fischer, K. J. (2004). The Passive Strain Distribution in the Interosseous Ligament of the Forearm: Implications for Injury Reconstruction. Journal of Hand Surgery, 29(2): 293-298.

    Li, Z. M., Pfaeffle, H. J., Sotereanos, D. G., Goitz, R. J., & Woo, S. L. (2003). Multi-Directional Strength and Force Envelope of the Index Finger. Clinical Biomechanics, 18(10): 908-915.

    Fischer, K. J., Bastidas, J. A., Pfaeffle, H. J., & Towers, J. D. (2003). A Method for Estimating Relative Bone Loads from CT Data with Application to the Radius and the Ulna. Computer Modeling in Engineering and Sciences, 4(3): 397-404.

    Tomaino, M. M., Pfaeffle, H. J., Stabile, K. J., & Li, Z. M. (2003). Reconstruction of the Interosseous Ligament of the Forearm Reduces Load on the Radial Head in Cadavers. Journal of Hand Surgery, 28(3): 267-270.

    Chandler, J. W., Stabile, K. J., Pfaeffle, H. J., Li, Z. M., Woo, S. L., & Tomaino, M. M. (2003). Anatomic Parameters for Planning of Interosseous Ligament Reconstruction Using Computer-Assisted Techniques. Journal of Hand Surgery, 28(1): 111-116.

    Stabile, K. J., Pfaeffle, H. J., & Tomaino, M. M. (2002). The Essex-Lopresti Fracture-Dislocation: Factors in Early Management and Salvage Alternatives. Hand Clinics, 18(1): 195-204.

    Fischer, K. J., Manson, T. T., Pfaeffle, H. J., Tomaino, M. M., Herndon, J. H., & Woo, S. L-Y. (2001). A Method for Measuring Joint Kinematics and Registration with Bony Geometry Reconstructed from Computed Tomography. Journal of Biomechanics, 34(3): 377-383.

    Manson, T. T., Pfaeffle, H. J., Herndon, J. H., Tomaino, M. M., & Fischer, K. J. (2000). Forearm Rotation Alters Interosseous Ligament Strain Distribution. Journal of Hand Surgery. 25(6): 1058-1063.

    Pfaeffle, H. J., Manson, T. T., Fischer, K. J., Tomaino, M. M., Woo, S. L-Y., & Herndon, J. H. (2000). Role of the Forearm Interosseous Ligament: Is It More than Just Longitudinal Load Transfer? Journal of Hand Surgery, 25(4): 683-688.

    Mitsionis, G., Fischer, K. J., Bastidas, J. A., Grewal, R., Pfaeffle, H. J., & Tomaino, M. M. (2000). Feasibility of Partial A2 and A4 Pulley Excision: Residual Pulley Strength. Journal of Hand Surgery, 25(1): 90-94.

    Pfaeffle, H. J., Fischer, K. J., Manson, T. T., Tomaino, M. M., Herndon, J. H., & Woo, S. L-Y. (1999). Technical Note: A New Methodology to Measure Load Transfer Through the Forearm Using Multiple Universal Force Sensors. Journal of Biomechanics, 32(12): 1331-1335.

    Mitsionis, G., Bastidas, J. A., Grewal, R., Pfaeffle, H. J., Tomaino, M. M., & Fischer, K. J. (1999). Feasibility of Partial A2 and A4 Pulley Excision: Part I. Effect on Finger Flexor Tendon Biomechanics. Journal of Hand Surgery, 24(2): 310-314.

    Tomaino, M. M., Mitsionis, G., Bastidas, J. A., Grewal, R., & Pfaeffle, H. J. (1998). The Effect of Partial Pulley Excision on Finger Flexor Tendon Biomechanics. Journal of Hand Surgery, 23(1): 50-52.

    Pfaeffle, H. J., Tomaino, M. M., Grewal, R., Xu, J., Boardman, N. D., Woo, S. L.-Y., & Herndon, J. H. (1996). Short Communication: Tensile Properties of the Interosseous Membrane of the Human Forearm. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 14(5): 842-845.


    Awards/Honors
  • The Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Journal
    Editor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery,
    University of Pittsburgh
    2006
  • Eastern Orthopaedic Association
    Resident Paper Award
    2004
  • Harvard University
    Honors, Adult Orthopaedics Rotation
    1999
  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics Institute, The Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital
    ORLAC Graduate Student Traveling Fellowship Award for Computational Biomechanics
    1998
  • Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand
    Sumner L. Koch Award, Paper with Greatest Future Clinical Application
    1996
  • Orthopaedic Research Laboratory
    Treasurer, Alumni Council
    1996-Present
  • University of Pittsburgh M.D./Ph.D. Program
    NIH Medical Scientist Training Program
    Traineeship Award
    1993
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta, Premedical Honor Society
    1992
  • Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Fraternity
    1991
  • RPI, Deans List of Distinguished Students
    1987-1991
  • Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Upsilon Chapter
    Vice President & President, respectively
    1989-1991

    Research Grants
  • AMA Seed Grant Program
    MRI Measurement of Wrist Biomechanics for Study of Wrist Arthritis Surgeries
    Primary Investigator: H. J. Pfaeffle, M.D., Ph.D.
    Co-Investigators: Drs. R. J. Goitz & D. G. Robertson
    2004 2005
  • Albert B. Ferguson, M.D., Orthopaedic Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation
    Carpal Kinematics following Proximal Row Carpectomy Measured from CT Scans
    Primary Investigator: H. J. Pfaeffle, M.D., Ph.D.
    2002-2003
  • Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Resident Research Grant
    Analysis of Functional Bundles and Isometry in the Interosseous Ligament of the Forearm
    Primary Investigator: H. J. Pfaeffle, M.D., Ph.D.
    2002 2003


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