Ryan Calfee, MD

Ryan Calfee, MD, MSc
Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Associate Medical Director, Washington University 
and Barnes-Jewish Orthopedic Center


Ball CM, Meunier M, Galatz LM, Calfee R, Yamaguchi K. Arthroscopic Treatment of Post-traumatic Elbow Contracture. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 11:624-629, 2002.

Galatz LM, Connor PM,Calfee RP, Hsu JC, Yamaguchi K. Pectoralis Major Transfer for Anterior-superior Subluxation in Massive Rotator Cuff Insufficiency. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 12:1-5, 2003. 

Prickett WD, Teefey SA, Galatz LM, Calfee RP, Middleton WD, Yamaguchi K. Accuracy of Ultrasound Imaging of the Rotator Cuff in Shoulders that are Painful Postoperatively. J Bone Joint Surg [Am]. 85A:1084-1089, 2003.

Calfee RP, Shin SS, Weiss APC. Neurolysis of the Distal Superficial Radial Nerve for Dysaesthesia due to Nerve Tethering. J Hand Surg [Eur]. 33:152-154, 2008.

Calfee RP, Leventhal E, Wilkerson J, Moore D, Akelman E Crisco JJ. Simulated Radioscapholunate Fusion Alters Carpal Kinematics While Preserving Dart Thrower’s Motion. J Hand Surg [Am] 33:503-510, 2008.

Calfee RP, Kiefhaber TR, Sommerkamp TG, Stern PJ.  Hemi-hamate Arthroplasty Provides Functional Reconstruction of Acute and Chronic Proximal Interphalangeal Fracture/Dislocations.  J Hand Surg [Am] 34:1232-1241, 2009.

Elfar JC, Calfee RP, Stern PJ.  Topographical Assessment of Symptom Resolution Following Open Carpal Tunnel Release.  J Hand Surg [Am] 34:1188-1193, 2009.

Patel A, Calfee RP, Fischer SA, Plante M, Green A. Propionibacterium Colonization of the Human Shoulder. J of Shoulder and Elbow Surg. 18:897-902, 2009.

Tweet ML, Calfee RP, Stern PJ. Rotational Fluoroscopy Assists in Detection of Intra-Articular Screw Penetration During Volar Plating of the Distal Radius. J Hand Surg [Am] 35:619-627, 2010.

Calfee RP, Sutter M, Steffen JA, Goldfarb CA. Skeletal and Chronologic Ages in American Adolescents: Current Findings in Skeletal Maturation. Journal of Children’s Orthopaedics 4:467-470, 2010.

Calfee RP, Manske PR, Gelberman RH, VanSteyn MO, Steffen J, Goldfarb CA. Clinical Assessment of the Ulnar Nerve at the Elbow: Reliability of Instability Testing and the Association of Hypermobility with Clinical Symptoms. J Bone Joint Surg [Am] 92:2801-2808, 2010.

Calfee RP, Van Steyn MO, Gyuricza C, Adams A, Weiland AJ, Gelberman RH. Joint Leveling for Advanced Kienbock’s Disease. J Hand Surg [Am] 35:1947-1954, 2010.

Calfee RP, Wilson J, Wong A. Variations In the Anatomic Relations of the Posterior Interosseous Nerve Associated with Proximal Forearm Trauma: A Study of Simulated Proximal Radius Fracture and the Essex Lopresti Lesion in Cadavera.  J Bone Joint Surg [Am] 93:81-90, 2011.

Bruce B, Sheibani-Rad S, Appleyard D, Calfee R, Reinert SE, Chapin KC, DiGiovanni CW. Are Dropped Osteoarticular Bone Fragments Safely Re-implantable In Vivo?.  J Bone Joint Surg [Am] 93:430-438, 2011.

Goldfarb CA, Wall L, Strauss N, Calfee RP. Defining Ulnar Variance in the Adolescent Wrist: Measurement Technique and Interobserver Reliability. J Hand Surg [Am] 36:272-277, 2011.

Smith MV, Calfee RP, Baumgarten KM, Brophy RH, Wright RW. Upper Extremity-Specific Measures of Disability and Outcomes in Orthopaedic Surgery. J Bone Joint Surg [Am] 94:277-285, 2012.

Calfee RP, Dale AM, Ryan D, Descatha A, Franzblau A, Evanoff B. Performance of Simplified Scoring Systems for Hand Diagrams in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Screening. J Hand Surg [Am] 37:10-17, 2012.

Wall LB, Brodt MD, Silva MJ, Boyer MI, Calfee RP. The Effects of Screw Length on Stability of Simulated Osteoporotic Distal Radius Fractures Fixed with Volar Locking Plates. J Hand Surg [Am] 37:446-453, 2012.

Stutz CM, Calfee RP, Steffen JA, Goldfarb CA. Surgical and Nonsurgical Treatment of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome in Pediatric and Adolescent Patients. J Hand Surg [Am] 37:657-662, 2012.

Calfee RP, Shah CM, Canham CD, Wong AHW, Gelberman RH, Goldfarb CA. The Influence of Insurance Status on Access and Utilization of a Tertiary Hand Surgery Referral Center. J Bone Joint Surg [Am] 94:2177-2184, 2012.

Fufa DT, Osei DA, Calfee RP, Silva MJ, Thomopoulos S, Gelberman RH. The Effect of Core and Epitendinous Suture Modifications on Repair of Intrasynovial Flexor Tendons in an In-vivo Canine Model. J Hand Surg [Am] 37:2526-2531, 2012.

Bengard MJ, Calfee RP, Steffen JA, Goldfarb CA. Intermediate-Term to Long Term Outcome of Surgically and Nonsurgically Treated Congenital, Isolated Radial Head Dislocation. J Hand Surg [Am] 37:2495-2501, 2012.

McKeon KE, Gelberman RH, Calfee RP. Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries of the Thumb: Phalangeal Translation During Valgus Stress in Human Cadavera. J Bone Joint Surg [Am] 95:881-887, 2013

Wessel LE, Fufa DT, Boyer MI, Calfee RP. Epidemiology of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Patients with Single Versus Multiple Trigger Digits.  J Hand Surg [Am] 38:49-55, 2013.

Osei DA, Padegimas EM, Calfee RP, Gelberman RH. Outcomes Following Modified Oblique Medial Epicondylectomy for Treatment of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. J Hand Surg [Am] 38:336-343, 2013.

Sorensen A, Howard D, Tan WH, Ketchersid J, Calfee RP. Minimal Clinically Important Differences of Three Patient-Rated Outcomes Instruments. J Hand Surg [Am] 38:641-649, 2013.

Shah C, Calfee RP, Goldfarb CA. Outcomes of Rigid Night Splinting and Activity Modification in the Treatment of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. J Hand Surg [Am] 38:1125-1130, 2013.

Root CG, London DA, Schroeder NS, Calfee RP. Anatomic Relationships and Branching Patterns of the Dorsal Cutaneous Branch of the Ulnar Nerve. J Hand Surg [Am] 38:1131-1136, 2013.

Bogunovic L, Gelberman RH, Goldfarb CA, Boyer MI, Calfee RP. The Impact of Antiplatelet Medication on Hand and Wrist Surgery. J Hand Surg [Am] 38:1063-1070, 2013.

Stepan JG, London DA, Boyer MI, Calfee RP. Accuracy of Patient Recall of Hand and Elbow Disability on the QuickDASH Questionnaire Over a Two-Year Period.  J Bone Joint Surg [Am] 95:e1761-1768, 2013.

Sorensen AA, Wojahn R, Manske MC, Calfee RP. Using the STROBE Statement to Assess Reporting of Observational Trials in Hand Surgery. J Hand Surg [Am] 38:1584-1589, 2013.

Harrison B, Moore AM, Calfee RP, Sammer DM. The Association Between Glomus Tumors and Neurofibromatosis. J Hand Surg [Am] 38:1571-1574, 2013.

Fufa D, Calfee RP, Wall L, Zeng W, Goldfarb CA. Digit Replantation: Experience of Two U.S. Academic Level 1 Trauma Centers. J Bone Joint Surg [Am] 95:2127-2134, 2013.

Gray BL, Calfee RP, Steffen J, Goldfarb CA. The Utility of Prenatal Ultrasound as a Screening Tool for Upper Extremity Anomalies. J Hand Surg [Am] 38:2106-2111, 2013.

McKeon KE, London DA, Osei DA, Gelberman RH, Goldfarb CA, Boyer MI, Calfee RP. Ligamentous Hyperlaxity and Dorsal Wrist Ganglions. J Hand Surg [Am] 38:2138-2143, 2013.

Carpenter C, Pines J, Schuur J, Muir M, Calfee R, Raja A. Adult Scaphoid Fracture [Meta-Analysis]. Academic Emergency Medicine 21:101-121, 2014.

London DA, Stepan JG, Calfee RP. Determining the Michigan Hand Questionnaire Minimal Clinically Important Difference via Three Methods.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 133:616-625, 2014.

London DA, Stepan JG, Boyer MI, Calfee RP. Performance Characteristics of the Verbal QuickDASH.  J Hand Surg [Am] 39:100-107, 2014.

Fufa DT, Carlson MG, Calfee RP, Nandita SA, Gelberman RH, Weiland AJ. Mid-Term Results Following Ulna Shortening Osteotomy. Hospital for Special Surgery Journal 10:13-17, 2014.

Osei DA, Stepan JG, Calfee RP, Thomopoulos S, Boyer MI, Potter R, Gelberman RH. The Effect of Suture Caliber and Number of Core Suture Strands on Zone II Flexor Tendon Repair; A Study in Human Cadavers. J Hand Surg [Am] 39:262-268, 2014 

Osei DA, Calfee RP, Stepan JG, Boyer MI, Goldfarb CA, Gelberman RH. Simultaneous Bilateral versus Unilateral Carpal Tunnel Release: A Prospective Cohort Study of Early Outcomes and Limitations. J Bone Joint Surg [Am] 96:889-896, 2014.

Stepan JG, London DA, Boyer MI, Calfee RP. Blood Glucose Levels in Diabetic Patients Following Corticosteroid Injection Into the Hand and Wrist. J of Hand Surgery [Am] 39:706-712, 2014.

London DA, Stepan JG, Boyer MI, Calfee RP. The Impact of Depression and Pain Catastrophization on Initial Presentation and Treatment Outcomes for Atraumatic Hand Conditions.  J Bone Joint Surg [Am] 2014;96:806-814.

London DA, Stepan JG, Lalchandani GR, Okoroafor UC, Wildes TS, Calfee RP. The Impact of Obesity on Complications of Elbow, Forearm, and Hand Surgery. J Hand Surgery [Am] 2014;39:1578-1584.

Wojahn RD, Foeger NC, Gelberman RH, Calfee RP. Long-term Outcomes Following a Single Corticosteroid Injection for Trigger Finger. J Bone Joint Surg [Am] 2014;96:1849-1854.

Aleem AW, Krogue JD, Calfee RP. Outcomes of Revision Surgery for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. J Hand Surgery [Am] 2014;39:2141-2149.

Nelson GN, Stepan JG, Osei DA, Calfee RP. The Impact of Patient Activity Level on Wrist Disability after Distal Radius Malunion in Older Adults. J Orthop Trauma 2014;29:195-200.

Park KW, Boyer MI, Calfee RP, Goldfarb CA, Osei DA. The Efficacy of 95-Hz Topical Vibration in Pain Reduction for Trigger Finger Injection: A Placebo-Controlled Prospective Randomized Trial. J Hand Surg [Am] 2014;39:2203-2207.

Krogue JD, Aleem AW, Osei DA, Goldfarb CA, Calfee RP. Predictors of Surgical Revision After In-Situ Decompression of the Ulnar Nerve. J Shoulder and Elbow Surg 2015;24:634-639.

Calfee RP, Boone S, Stepan JG, Osei DA, Thomopoulos S, Boyer MI. Looped versus Single Stranded Flexor Tendon Repairs: A Cadaveric Mechanical Study. J Hand Surg [Am] 2015;40:958-962.

Knutsen EJ, Chen R, Goldfarb C, Calfee RP, Osei D. Factors Associated with Surgical Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis. Accepted Am J Sports Med.

Louer C, Calfee RP. Recognition and Fixation of Crista Supinatoris Fractures in Monteggia Injuries. Accepted Techniques in Hand and Upper Extr Surg

Gelberman RH, Boone S, Cherney S, Calfee RP. Trapeziometacarpal Arthritis: A Prospective Clinical Evaluation of the Thumb Adduction and Extension Provocative Tests. J Hand Surg [Am] 2015;40:1285-1291.

Bogunovic L, Gelberman RH, Goldfarb CA, Boyer MI, Calfee RP. The Impact of Uninterrupted Warfarin on Hand and Wrist Surgery. Accepted J Hand Surg [Am].

Calfee RP, Chu J, Sorensen A, Martens EJ, Elfar J. The Impact of Comorbidities on Self-Rated Hand Function in Patients with Symptomatic Trapeziometacarpal Arthritis. Accepted Clin Orhop Rel Res.

London DA, Calfee RP, Boyer MI. The Impact of a Musculoskeletal Clerkship on Orthopedic Surgery Applicant Diversity. Accepted American J of Orthopedics.


Calfee R, Fadale P. Popular Ergogenic Drugs and Supplements in Young Athletes. Pediatrics 117:e577-589, 2006.

Calfee R, Madom I, Weiss APC. Radial Head Arthroplasty. J Hand Surg [Am]. 31:314-321, 2006.

Digiovanni C, Patel A, Calfee R, Nickisch F. Avascular Necrosis in the Foot. J Am Acad Orthop Sur. 15:208-217, 2007.

Born C, Calfee R, Mead J. Blast Injuries in Civilian Practice. Medicine and Health 90:21-24, 2007.

Johnson S, Patel A, Calfee RP, Weiss APC. Pisiform Impingement after Total Wrist Arthroplasty. J Hand Surg [Am] 32: 334-336, 2007.

Patel A, Fischer S, Calfee R, Fadale P. Locker Room Acquired MRSA. Orthopedics  30:532-535, 2007.

Calfee R, Patel A, DaSilva M, Akelman E. Management of Lateral Epicondylitis – Current Concepts. J of Am Acad of Orthop Surg 16:19-29, 2008.

Patel A, Calfee R, Thakur N, and Eberson C. Non-operative Management of Femoral Neuropathy Secondary to a Traumatic Iliacus Haematoma in an Adolescent. J Bone Joint Surg [Br] 90:1380-1381, 2008.

Calfee RP, White L, Patel A, Stern PJ. Palmar Dislocation of the Trapezoid with Coronal Shearing Fracture: Case Report. J Hand Surg [Am] 33:1482-5, 2008.

Patel A, Calfee RP, Plante M, Fischer SA, Arcand N, Born C. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus in Orthopaedic Surgery. J Bone Joint Surg [Br] 90:1401-6, 2008.

Patel A, Bliss J, Calfee RP, Froehlich J, Limbird R. Modular Femoral Stem-Sleeve Junction Failure After Primary Total Hip Arthoplasty. Journal of Arthroplasty. 24:1143.e1-5, 2009.

Calfee RP, Sommerkamp TG.  Fracture-Dislocations About the Finger Joints.  J Hand Surg [Am] 34:1140-1147, 2009.

Calfee RP, Stern PJ.  Proximal Row Carpectomy.  Techniques in Orthopedics: Management of Wrist Arthritis. 24:62-68, 2009.

Aaron DL, Patel A, Kayiaros S, Calfee R: Four Common Types of Bursitis: Diagnosis and Management. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 19:359-367, 2011.

Calfee RP, Adams AA. Clinical Research and Patient-rated Outcome Measures in Hand Surgery. J Hand Surg [Am] 37:851-855, 2012.

McKeon KE, Talerico MT, Calfee RP. Stress Fracture of the Radius Diaphysis in a Skeletally Immature Wrestler. J Hand Surg [Am] 37:995-998, 2012.

Casstevens EC, Calfee RP, Stern PJ. Case Report: Traumatic Divergent Dislocation in an Adult with an Associated Distal Humeral Shaft Fracture and Open Perilunate Dislocation. J Bone and Joint Surg Case Connector. 2012 Oct 24;2(4):e61 1-6.

Knutsen E, Calfee RP. Uncommon Nerve Compressions of the Upper Extremity. Hand Clinics 29:443-453, 2013.

Calfee RP. Establishing a Collaborative Research Practice. Am Soc Hand Therapists Times 20(2):14-15, 2013.

Calfee RP. JHS Select Expert Critique of: Wolf JM, Delaronde S. Current Trends in Nonoperative and Operative Treatment of Trapeziometacarpal Osteoarthritis: A Survey of US Hand Surgeons. JHS Select 2013.

Calfee RP. Commentary on “Clinometric Evaluation of the Disabilities of the Arm Shoulder, and Hand (DASH) and QuickDASH Questionnaires for Patients With Shoulder Disorders”. Physical Therapy Reviews. Publication Pending.

Boone S, Gelberman RH, Calfee RP. The Management of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. J Hand Surg Am, Publication Pending.

Staples R, Calfee RP. Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: Current Concepts. J Am Acad Orthop Surgeons, Publication Pending.


Published Interview. Young E. Growth Hormone Use in Young Athletes: a ‘Black Box’ of Information. Endocrine Today 4:10, 2006.

Calfee R, Fynn-Thompson E, Stern P. Surgeon Bias in the Medical Record. Orthopedics. 32:732, 2009.

Calfee RP. Book Review of Principles of Hand Surgery and Therapy: 2nd Edition. Ed’s Trumble, Rayan, Budoff, Baratz. J Hand Surg [Am] 35:689, 2010.

Calfee RP. Book Review of AANA Advanced Arthroscopy: The Elbow and Wrist. Ed’s Savoie FH III, Field LD. Accepted J Hand Surg [Am] 2010.


Calfee R, Weiss APC. Kienbock’s Disease (Ulna negative) Radius Shortening. In Trumble TE, Budoff JE Editors. Wrist and Elbow Reconstruction and Arthroscopy: A Master Skills Publication. American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Rosemont, IL. pp. 295-302, 2006.

Born C, Calfee R. Blast Pathophysiology and Injury Patterns. Text for: Disaster and Mass Casualty Management Course: Principles and Practice. Orthopedic Trauma Association. October 4, 2006.

Calfee RP, Born C. Terrorist Extremity Injuries and Limb Salvage. CDC TIIDE project and clinical primer, 2007.

Born C, Calfee RP. Disaster Management. In Browner B, Levine A, Jupiter J, Trafton P, Eds. Skeletal Trauma, 4th Edition. Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA pp.219-236.

Calfee R, Patel A, Akelman E. Carpal Dislocations and Instability. In:Weinzweig J, Ed. Plastic Surgery Secrets, 2nd Edition. Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA pp. 979-983, 2010.

Calfee RP, Calfee AG, Fadale PD. The Adolescent Athlete: Performance Enhancing Drugs and Dietary Supplements. In Duggan C, Watkins J, Walker W, Eds. Nutrition in Pediatrics: Basic Science and Clinical Applications, 4th Edition. BC Decker Inc., Ontario Canada. pp. 737-746, 2008.

Calfee RP, Stern PJ. Management of Phalangeal and Metacarpal Malunions and Nonunions. In Budoff J, Ed. Fractures of the Upper Extremity: A Master Skills Publication. American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Rosemont, IL pp. 61-73, 2008.Calfee RP, Stern PJ. Proximal Row Carpectomy. In Slutsky, Ed. Principles and Practice of Wrist Surgery. Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA pp403-410, 2010.

Calfee RP, Berger R, Beredjiklian P, Engles D, Greenberg J, Isaacs J, McDaniel C, Rozenthal T, Blazer P, Pate O. Fractures and Dislocations: Wrist. In Hammert WC, Calfee RP, Bozentka D, Boyer MI, Eds. ASSH Manual of Hand Surgery. American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, pp. 216-254, 2010.

Calfee RP, Goldfarb CA. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Implant Arthroplasty of the Digits. In Glickel SZ, Bernstein RA Eds. Arthritis of the Hand and Upper Extremity: A Master Skills Publication. American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Rosemont, IL, pp. 123-130, 2011.

Calfee RP. Pain Syndromes. In Weiss APC, Goldfarb CA, Hentz VR, Raven RB, Slutsky DJ, Steinmann SP Eds. Hand Surgery. Textbook of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery.  American Society for Surgery of the Hand, pp. 1399-1411, 2013.

Born C, Calfee RP, Hayda R, Gerlinger T, Kadramas W, Ginaitt P. Disaster Management. In Browner B, Levine A, Jupiter J, Trafton P, Eds. Skeletal Trauma, 5th Edition. Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, pp. 331-348, 2015.

London DA, Calfee RP. Chamay Procedure: Radiolunate Fusion. In Shin A, Day C, Eds. Advances in Scapholunate Ligament Treatment. American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2014.

Hippensteel KJ, Calfee RP.  Thumb Carpometacarpal Arthrodesis. In Hunt T and Kozin S, Eds. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery, Volume 3: Hand, Shoulder, and Elbow. (In Press)

Dy C, Calfee RP. Replantation. Chapman MW, James MA, Eds. Chapman’s Orthopaedic Surgery 4th Ed. (In Press)

Adams J, Calfee R, Vitale M, Strauch R, Barron A. Dorsal Proximal Interphalangeal Joint Fracture Dislocations: Evaluation and Treatment. In Della Valle CJ Ed. Instructional Course Lectures 64. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2015.

Kazmers N, Calfee RP. Articular Fractures and Dislocations. In Murray P, Hammert W Eds. Hand Surgery Update VI. American Society For Surgery of the Hand. (In Press)

Dardas A, Calfee RP. Hemi-hamate Arthroplasty. In Adams J Eds. PIP Joint Fracture Dislocations: A Clinical Casebook. (In Press)

Calfee RP. Ulnar Neuropathy. In Ring Ed, AAOS Advanced Reconstruction of the Elbow. (In Press)

Moore A, Calfee RP. Hand Infections. In Neligan Plastic Surgery 4th Edition: Hand and Upper Extremity (In Press)



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Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM)

Barnes Jewish Hospital

4921 Parkview Place

St Louis, MO 63110

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14532 S. Outer Forty Drive

Chesterfield, MO 63017


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