Orthopedic and Spine Leader to Know: Dr. Stacey Berner of Maryland's Northwest Hospital

Written by Rachel Fields | August 03, 2010 | Print  |
Stacey Berner, MD, became an integral part of the movement toward robotic surgery on July 23 when he became the first physician in the United States to perform specialized robotic hand surgery. Dr. Berner serves as medical director of the Hand Center at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown, Md.

Dr. Berner used the Da Vinci Surgical System to repair the nerves on a 20-year-old man who put his hand through glass while on vacation. By the time he arrived for surgery, one of the man's nerves had been severed, and he had large amounts of scar tissue.

The robotic system allows surgeons to make more precise movements during surgery because of the elimination of tremors and shaking that occur in human hands. Dr. Berner told The Baltimore Sun that robot surgery will produce better outcomes for patients than traditional surgery by reducing blood loss and pain and decreasing recovery time.

In addition to his work at Northwest Hospital Center, Dr. Berner is medical director of the Hand Centers at Carroll Hospital Center and a consultant in hand surgery at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md. and McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. He is primarily interested in athletic injuries and minimally invasive upper extremity surgery.

During his tenure as a hand surgeon, Dr. Berner has helped develop and pioneer new techniques in hand and wrist arthroscopy for treating wrist ganglion cysts and thumb arthritis. A recognized academic, he has lectured on these topics internationally and published papers on hand surgery in various journals.

Dr. Berner is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He earned his MD from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and completed an internship in general surgery and a residency at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He also undertook a fellowship in hand and microsurgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Read more on notable orthopedic leaders:

-Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Christian Zimmerman of Idaho Neurological Institute

-Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Edward Benzel of the Cleveland Clinic

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