University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

Bio for Adam Shafritz, MD
Adam Shafritz, MD

Adam Shafritz, MD

Professor of Orthopaedics
Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation
University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine

Clinic Address
Hand, Upper Extremity & Microsurgery
Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation Center
The University of Vermont Medical Center
192 Tilley Drive
South Burlington VT 05403
Phone: 802-847-2663
Fax: 802-847-3798

Link to Clinical Information

Contact Information
Office Location:
UVM COM Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, McClure Musculoskeletal Research Center, 95 Carrigan Drive, 428B Stafford Hall, Burlington, VT 05405


Medical School: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (1995)

Postdoctoral Training

Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Fellowship: The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (2001)
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: The Hospital of Special Surgery, New York, NY (2000)
General Surgery Internship: North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY (1996)

Board Certification

Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery (2004)

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (2003)

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Shafritz has substantial experience operating on the entire upper limb. His practice focuses on Shoulder Joint Replacement and Reconstruction Surgery including Total Shoulder Replacement, Arthroscopy, Rotator Cuff Repair, Fractures and Dislocations of the Shoulder. He utilizes procedures which are at the forefront of the medical community's knowledge, with the latest technology available. He also has a particular interest in Elbow and Wrist Arthroscopy and Arthritis Surgery, and performs all procedures common to Hand Surgery including repair of hand and wrist fractures, tendon repairs, carpal tunnel releases, removal of ganglions, trigger finger releases, and ulnar nerve surgery. In addition, Dr. Shafritz is fellowship trained in Microsurgery, and he always uses a microscope to repair nerves and blood vessels when indicated.

Awards and Honors

Who’s Who in America (2012-2014)
US News and World Report, Top Orthopaedic Surgeon (2012-2014)
Vitals Top Ten Doctors Award (2012-2014)
Castle Connolly Top Doctor (2012-2014)
Delegate of the University of Pennsylvania at the Inauguration of the 26th President of the University of Vermont (2012)
Consumer’s Research Council of America, “America’s Top Orthopedic Surgeons” (2007-2014)
O.H. Perry Pepper Award for Clinical and Research Excellence (1995)
G.H. Munns Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery (1995)
International Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva Association (IFOPA) Research Achievement Award (1995)
International Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva Association (IFOPA) Research Fellowship 1994-(1995)
American Heart Association Research Fellowship (1993-1994)
Dean’s List (1988-1990)
Kiwanis Club Math/Science Scholarship (1986-1990)
American Gastroenterology Association/Glaxo Research Award, 2nd Prize (1987)
Outstanding College Students of America (1987)
The Michael Mastrangelo Memorial Award (1986)
The “Doc” Parker Award (1986)
New York Academy of Science, Junior Division Research Competition, 3rd Prize (1986)
New York State Regents Scholarship (1986)
National Honor Society, Mamaroneck High School  (1985)

Research Interests

Dr. Shafritz's current research interests include the study of upper extremity injuries occurring in skiers and snowboarders, outcomes after surgical treatment of fractures of the proximal humerus, and the function of the clavicle on shoulder girdle mechanics. At present, he is writing a textbook chapter on Shoulder Arthroplasty for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Dr. Shafritz has presented his research at national and international conferences. In addition, Dr. Shafritz has been involved in extensive molecular biology research studying the molecular mechanisms and genetic regulation of disorders of heterotopic ossification and his work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine.


Peer Reviewed Published Manuscripts

Shafritz AB, Coppage JM Acute and Chronic Paronychia of the Hand. J Amer Acad of Ortho Surg. 22:165-74, 2014.

Rubright JH, Kelleher PM, Beardsley CL, Paller DJ, Shackford S, Beynnon BD, Shafritz AB.  Long-Term Clinical Outcomes, Motion, Strength and Function Following Total Claviculectomy. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 23:236-244, 2014.

Gradl G, Neuhaus V, Fuchsberger T, Science of Variation Group. Radiographic Diagnosis of Scapholunate Dissociation among Intra-articular Fractures of the Distal Radius: Interobserver Reliability.  J Hand Surg. 38A:1685-90, 2013

Lifchez SD, McKee DM, Raven RB, Shafritz AB, Tueting JL. Guidelines for Ethical and Professional Use of Social Media in a Hand Surgery Practice. J Hand Surg.  37A:2636-41, 2012.

Shafritz AB, Flieger S.  Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty: Early results of 41 cases and a review of the literature. Hand Clinics. Nov;28(4):469-79, 2012.

Beardsley CL, Howard AB, Wisotsky SM, Shafritz AB, Beynnon BD.  Analyzing Glenohumeral Torque-Rotation Response in vivo. Clin Biomech. 25: 759-64, 2010.

Bissell BT, Johnson RJ, Shafritz AB, Chase DC, Ettlinger CF.  Epidemiology and Risk Factors of Humerus Fractures Among Skiers and Snowboarders. Am J Sports Med. 36:1880-1888, 2008.

Shafritz A, Kaplan F.  Differential Expression of Bone and Cartilage Related Genes in Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva, Myositis Ossificans Progressiva, and Osteogenic Sarcoma.  Clin Orthop Relat Res. 346:46-52, 1998.

Shafritz A, Shore E, Gannon F, Zasloff M, Taub R, Meunke M, Kaplan F.  Over-Expression of an Osteogenic Morphogen in Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva.  New England J Med. 335:555-561, 1996.

Norden DK, Ostrov BE, Shafritz AB, Von Feldt JM.  Vasculitis Associated with Antiphospholipid Syndrome.  Seminars Arthr Rheumat. 24:273-281, 1995.

Non-Peer-Reviewed Published Manuscripts

Fitzgerald MG, Shafritz AB. Distal Myasthenia Gravis. J Hand Surg. 39:1419-20, 2014.

Lesiak AC, Shafritz AB. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy. J Hand Surg. 38A:1828-32, 2013.

Kleeman LT, Shafritz AB. The Krukenberg Procedure. J Hand Surgery. 38A:173-5, 2013.

Hahn J, Shafritz AB. Chemotherapy Extravasation Injuries. J Hand Surg. 37A:360-2, 2012.

Duffy RK, Shafritz AB. Bone Cement. J Hand Surg. 36A:1086-8, 2011.

McLaughlin JS, Shafritz AB. Cutaneous Warts.  J Hand Surg. 36A:343-4, 2011.

Rubright JH, Shafritz AB. The Herpetic Whitlow.  J Hand Surg. 36A:340-2, 2011.

Green PA, Shafritz AB. Medicinal Leech Use in Microsurgery.  J Hand Surg. 35A:1019-21, 2010.

Blackburn EW, Shafritz AB.  Why do Bier Blocks work for Hand Surgery…Most of the Time. J Hand Surg. 35A:1022-24, 2010.

Link to PubMed

Book Chapters

Teuting J, Shafritz AB. Radiocarpal Arthritis.  In: Hand and Wrist Arthritis. Ed. SK Lee, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2014.

Shafritz AB, Grafe, M.  Do injured workers return to the same job?  Is there a role for a pretreatment Functional Capacity Evaluation? In: Workers Compensation: A Primer for Hand Surgeons!  Eds J Pomerance and M Putnam, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2013, pp 85-108.

Shafritz AB.  Shoulder Arthroplasty.  In: Hand Surgery Update 5.  Eds KC Chung and PM Murray, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2012, pp 659-74.

Shafritz A, Hayes E.  Fingertip and Nail Bed Injuries.  In: Hand Surgery.  Eds RA Berger and APC Weiss, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2004, pp 1101-18. 

Das KM, Zuckerman M, Shafritz A, Vecchi M.  Athymic Nude (nu/nu) Mice: An Experimental Animal for Studies of the Etiology of Crohn’s Disease. In: Inflammatory Bowel Disease: current status and future approach. Ed. R.P. MacDermott, Elsevier Science Publishers B.V., 1988, pp. 461-467.