University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

Bio for Adam Shafritz, M.D.
Adam Shafritz, M.D.

Adam Shafritz, M.D.

Associate Professor of Orthopaedics
Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Clinic Address
Hand, Upper Extremity & Microsurgery
Orthopaedic Specialty Center
192 Tilley Drive
South Burlington VT 05403
Phone: 802-847-2663
Fax: 802-847-3798

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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)

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.

Awards and Honors

Dr. Shafritz has been named one of "America's Top Orthopaedic Surgeons" by the Consumer's Research Council of America every year since 2007.


Hahn JC, Shafritz AB. Chemotherapy extravasation injuries. J Hand Surg Am 2012 Feb;37(2):360-2.

Duffy RK, Shafritz AB. Bone cement. J Hand Surg Am 2011 Jun;36(6):1086-8.

McLaughlin JS, Shafritz AB. Cutaneous warts. J Hand Surg Am 2011 Feb;36(2):343-4.

Rubright JH, Shafritz AB. The herpetic whitlow. J Hand Surg Am 2011 Feb;36(2):340-2.

Beardsley CL, Howard AB, Wisotsky SM, Shafritz AB, Beynnon BD. Analyzing glenohumeral torque-rotation response in vivo. Clin Biomech 2010 Oct;25(8):759-64.

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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.

Professional Activities

Dr. Shafritz is the President of the Vermont Orthopaedic Society. He was recently selected to participate in the Young Leaders program of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He was also invited by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons to serve on the committee to develop the Upper Extremity Self Assessment Examination for 2011 and to serve as an instructor for the surgical treatment of distal humerus fractures. Dr. Shafritz acts as a reviewer for the Journal of Orthopaedic Research and has served as Team Physician for the USA at the World Maccabiah Games in 2005 and 2009. Finally, Dr. Shafritz is actively involved with the University of Vermont College of Medicine, lecturing to medical students and teaching residents, and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and New England Shoulder and Elbow Society.