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Alan Rosen, MD
Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery, Sports Injuries
Dr. Alan Rosen completed his internship and residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University. Prior to immigrating to the United States, Dr. Rosen attended Medical School at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He then taught Anatomy at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, where he received numerous teaching awards. He continued his training with a Fellowship in Hand and Microvascular Surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery at Cornell University in New York City. He joined KSF Orthopaedic Center in 1997.
Dr. Rosen is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand with Certification of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity. In addition, Dr. Rosen a member of the Texas Orthopaedic Association, the Houston Orthopaedic Society, the Texas Medical Association, and the Harris County Medical Society.
Dr. Rosen specializes in surgery of the hand and upper extremity, treating traumatic injuries, overuse syndromes, arthritis, and a wide spectrum of other conditions. He treats common problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, ganglion cysts, and tennis elbow, as well as more complex problems including tendon lacerations, nerve injuries, fractures, and dislocations. Additionally, Dr. Rosen performs reconstructive procedures and joint replacements to combat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
"The hand is a very intricate, complex and vital organ. People may not anticipate how devastating a hand injury can be to every aspect of their daily life."
Generally, Dr. Rosen prefers conservative treatment when appropriate. However, when presented with injuries such as a fracture or the laceration of a tendon or nerve, he makes recommendations as to the most appropriate treatment.
An advocate for patient education, Dr. Rosen is available to discuss potential treatments and possible outcomes with patients. “I have always believed that educating patients about their conditions allows them to make better, more informed decisions.”
“Regarding degenerative conditions, I explain the full course of a disease to my patients and discuss their chances for success with conservative treatment including injections, splinting, therapy, or medications. I prefer my patients to understand the pros and cons of conservative treatment prior to considering surgical options. It is vital that my patients be part of the decision-making process whenever considering surgery.”
Dr. Rosen works closely with highly trained hand therapists. According to Dr. Rosen, an experienced hand therapist is essential to a successful recovery following surgery. Additionally, therapists are instrumental in treatment of overuse syndromes such as tennis elbow or crippling diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Dr. Rosen appreciates that his patients benefit from the full-service nature of KSF Orthopaedic Center, where they receive on-site X-ray, MRI, electromyography, and hand therapy. This convenience saves patients the time of visiting multiple facilities for their various services.
Dr. Rosen was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He immigrated to the United States in 1986, living first in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City prior to moving with his family to Houston in 1997. “One of the greatest benefits of having moved to Houston is the warmth and kindness of Texans. Everyone is genuinely pleasant and appreciative. My patients are a pleasure to treat. One of my greatest sources of satisfaction is the large number of family, friends, and colleagues that are referred to me by former patients.”