Louis W. Catalano III, MD

Dr. Catalano is an Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Attending Hand Surgeon at the Roosevelt Hand to Shoulder Center at OrthoManhattan.

His numerous publications have appeared in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Hand Clinics, Journal of Hand Surgery and other leading surgical publications. He is an associate scientific editor for the Journal of Hand Surgery and a consultant reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Dr. Catalano was the Fordham University’s team physician from 2002-2014 and is the shoulder specialist for Team New York Aquatics swim team.  Dr. Catalano frequently gives national research presentations on hand and upper extremity surgery and was named teacher of the year by the St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Orthopedic Surgery Program in 2005. 

Dr. Catalano takes care of many musicians from the NYC Philharmonic and Lincoln Center, as well as many Broadway actors and dancers. In addition, he is presently on NY Magazine’s Best Doctors List.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Catalano earned his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine and was a resident at Washington University/Barnes Hospital. He was awarded a fellowship in congenital hand deformities at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, a shoulder surgery fellowship at Columbia University, and an upper extremity fellowship at Roosevelt Hospital.  He was the Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery Residency/Program director at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital from 2001 - 2015, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons from 2000-2013 and Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Mount Sinai West from 2013-2015.  He was an Attending Surgeon in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital from 2002 - 2015, and Attending Hand Surgeon at the CV Starr Hand Surgery Center at Roosevelt Hospital from 2000 - 2015.

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Catalano currently resides in Pelham Manor with his wife and two children. In addition to fishing, Dr. Catalano participates in marathon and triathlon races to raise money for cancer research. He is also a founding member of Team Continuum, which has raised millions of dollars for cancer patients and their families.

Current Positions

Scientific Editor, Journal of Hand Surgery, 2004 to present
Associate Editor, Journal of Bone Joint Surgery, 2006-present


Johns Hopkins University, Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Biology, Baltimore, MD, 1986-1990
New York University School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, New York, New York, 1990-1994


Washington University/Barnes Hospital 1994-1995, St. Louis, Missouri (General Surgery)


Washington University/Barnes Hospital 1995-1999, St. Louis, Missouri


Pediatric Hand Surgery, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, Dallas, TX, 7/99-9/99
Roosevelt Hospital, Hand Surgery, NY, NY, 1/00 - 12/00
Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, Shoulder Surgery, NY, NY, 10/99-12/99

Board Certification

July, 1999: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Written Exam 99 percentile rank
July, 2003, passed Oral Exam
August, 2004, Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery

Certifying Bodies

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, Year: 2003
American Society of Surgery for the Hand, Year: 2004


1999-present New York Medical License #213031
1999-2000 Texas Medical License #468743

Professional Societies

2003-present American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
2000-present American Society for Surgery of the Hand
2005 - present New York Society of Surgery for the Hand

Professional Achievements, Awards, and Interests

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 1994