Dr. Tarik Kardestuncer is a fourth-generation Connecticut Yankee. He earned his B.A. from UConn in his native Storrs and medical degree from UConn School of Medicine. He did his internship at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital and residency at UConn before getting further specialty training at Harvard Medical School, where he completed a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery. “Some of the grandfathers of hand surgery were there” at Mass General, Brigham and Women’s and Boston Children’s hospitals, he says, with training that “was unparalleled by other programs” in treating trauma, arthritis and congenital anomalies. Additionally, he holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery. Recently Dr. Kardestuncer, who is board-certified, helped perfect a surgical technique to treat carpal tunnel syndrome that offers faster recovery than other endoscopic hand surgery. He has done more than 1,000 of these minimally invasive surgeries. The five-minute procedure enables patients to drive themselves home and return to work the same day. Among patient testimonials is the report of a mason who built a chimney the day after the surgery. Dr. Kardestuncer believes that the hand, wrist and elbow make up “the most complex and challenging subspecialty in orthopedics because the anatomy is so intricate and delicate.” There are few subspecialists in this area, especially in elbow treatment. He treats people with arthritis, tendonitis, peripheral nerve disorders and hand deformities. He performs all hand surgeries, including complete restoration even after severe trauma, as well as arthroscopic, nerve and microsurgery, and joint replacement (the latter is rarely done in the New London area). He still works closely with colleagues in Boston when treating extraordinarily complex or unusual cases. He notes, “There are dramatic advances in the field of hand and upper extremity surgery,” and he is committed to making those developments available to his patients.
Organizations: American Medical Association
American Association for Hand Surgery
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Connecticut Orthopaedic Society
Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Harvard Medical School