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Gregory Hamid Rafijah, M.D.Orthopaedic Hand, Wrist and Elbow Surgery

Gregory Hamid Rafijah, M.D.

Specialty Certification

Surgery of the Hand, Wrist and Elbow

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (7/2000) Recertified ABOS 2010

Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Surgery of the Hand (8/7/2004)

Appointments

  • 08/19-present
  • Professor of Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery
    Chief of Hand Surgery
    Hand Fellowship Director
    University of California, Irvine
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Department of Plastic Surgery
    Orange, California
  • 07/18 – 07/2018
  • Volunteer Hand Attending
    UCI Medical Center
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Orange, California
  • 07/18 – 07/2019
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon
    Kaiser Permanente
    Downey, California
  • 07/12-07/2016
  • Associate Clinical Professor
    Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
  • 09/08-07/2018
  • Associate Clinical Professor
    UCI Medical Center
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Orange, California

    Director Microvascular Training Laboratory
    UC Irvine Medical Center
    Orange, California

    Director Resident Educational Curriculum
    UC Irvine Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Director of Continuing Medical Education
    Activities, Dept Orthopaedic Surgery, UC Irvine
  • 9/98 – 08/08
  • Chief of Hand Surgery
    Director of Orthopaedic Anatomy and Basic Science Program
    Harbor UCLA Medical Center
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Torrance, California

    Assistant Clinical Professor
    UCLA School of Medicine
    Los Angeles, California
  • 1/05 – 1/08
  • Vice Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Torrance Memorial Medical Center
    Torrance, California
  • 9/98 – 9/08
  • Orthopaedic Institute
    Surgery of the Hand, Wrist and Elbow
    19000 Hawthorne Blvd #200
    Torrance, California
  • 9/04 – 2007
  • Genex Services Inc
    Physician Advisor
    1745 W Orangewood, Suite 103
    Orange, CA, 92868
  • 9/98 – 1/2004
  • Orthopaedic Specialists
    Upper Extremity Specialist
    23550 Crenshaw Blvd
    Torrance, California
  • 9/00 – 12/2004
  • Concentra Industrial Clinic
    Hand, Wrist and Elbow Specialist
    3055 Century Blvd
    Los Angeles, California

University of California Irvine

Chief of Hand Surgery, UC Irvine Dept  of Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery: 2019-present

Program Director Hand Surgery Fellowship 2019-present

Medical Director of Orthopaedic Ambulatory Clinics, UC Irvine 2015-2018

Surgeon Leader Perioperative Surgical Home Project 2013-2015

Academy for Innovation in Medical Education (AIME) 1/13-2018

MEMBERSHIPS

American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)

Hand Fellowship Directors Association 2019-present

ER Hand Care Committee 2014-2017

Annual Meeting Program Committee 2009 – 2015

Clinical Trials and Outcomes Committee 2009 - 2014

Self-Assessment Exam Committee 2009 – 2012

Resident Education Committee 2015 - 2018

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

California Orthopaedic Association

Southern California Society for Hand Surgery

American Association of Hand Surgery (AAHS, 2011)

Orange County Medical Association 2013

International Bone Research Society (IBRA)

Wilson Bost Interurban Club 2015 to present

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING

  • 8/97 – 8/98
  • Hand Surgery Fellowship
    University of Washington
    Division of Hand and Microvascular Surgery
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Seattle, Washington
    Chief: Thomas Trumble, MD
  • 6/92 – 7/97
  • Orthopaedic Internship and Residency
    Harbor UCLA Medical Center
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Torrance, California
    Chief: Daniel Zinar, MD

EDUCATION

  • 7/88 – 6/92
  • UHS/ The Chicago Medical School
    3333 Greenbay Road
    Chicago, Illinois
    Degree: Doctor of Medicine
    Honors: AOA
  • 9/83 – 6/86
  • University of California, Irvine
    Irvine, California
    Degree: BS, Biological Sciences
  • 8/82 – 6/83
  • El Camino Community College
    Torrance, California
    Degree: Associate of Arts (AA)
    Honors: Alpha Gamma Sigma

LICENSURE

2/94 – present    Medical Board of California (GO78365)

4/94 – present    Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA# BR3953684)

1/95 – present    X-Ray Supervisor and Operator (#RHD140665)

4/97 – present    Washington State Dept Health (#34865-inactive)

EXAMINATIONS

9/20  ABOS Recertification of CAQ Hand Surgery

1/11  ABOS Re-ceritification for Orthopaedic Surgery

1/11  ABOS Recertification of CAQ Hand Surgery

8/04  Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand

7/00  American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery part II

7/97  American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery part I

7/93  Diplomate National Board of Medical Examiners (#421503)

Journal Reviewer

Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 2011 – present

Journal of Hand Surgery 2019 – present

Hand 2020 – present

Honors and Awards

  • 2021
  • Super Doctor
  • 2020
  • Top Doctor
    Super Doctor
  • 2019
  • Super Doctors 2018-2019
  • 2018
  • Kevin Armstrong Clinical Faculty Teaching Award; Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, UC Irvine School of Medicine.
  • 2017
  • Super Doctors 2017-2018
  • 2015
  • Linscheid-Dobyns Excellence in Wrist Surgery Award from The American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand
  • 2015
  • Kevin Armstrong Clinical Faculty Teaching Award; Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, UC Irvine School of Medicine.
  • 2015
  • Keynote Speaker El Camino College Commencement: Commencement Address to Class of 2015, 5/15/15
  • 2014
  • El Camino College Distinguished Alumni
  • 2012
  • AAHS Outstanding Paper of Annual Meeting: Fibrin Glue Augmentation of Nerve Repair Does Not Impede Neurological Recovery in an Animal Model
  • 2010
  • Kevin Armstrong Clinical Faculty Teaching Award; Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery, UC Irvine School of Medicine
  • 2010
  • 2010 American Association of Hand Surgery-Research grant to evaluate the effect of fibrin glue on nerve regeneration ($5,000).
  • 2008
  • Paul Johnson Teaching Award Harbor-UCLA Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 2004
  • Paul Johnson Teaching Award Harbor-UCLA Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 9/90
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)
  • 1989-90
  • Pathology Honors Program
  • Deans List Track
  • UC Irvine 1984-86
    El Camino College 1983 (Alpha Gamma Sigma)
    Numerous Awards, Scholarships and School
    records during High School and College career
    NCAA Academic All American 1985 and 1986.

Courses and Symposia Chaired

  • The Curse of the Macrimmons: Advances in Dupuytrens Disease; Instructional Course Lecture 64, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Virtual Meeting, October 1-3, 2020.
  • High energy Blunt Trauma of The Upper Extremity, Instructional Course Lecture 57, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Virtual Meeting, October 1-3, 2020.
  • Overlake Symposium on Treating Neuritis, Tendonitis and Arthritis, Bellvue Washington, 11/9/2019.
  • Surgeons Hands on Workshop: Principles of Internal Fixation,  American Association for Hand Surgery, Palm Desert, California, 1/30/2019.
  • Surgeons Hands on Workshop: Principles of Internal Fixation,  American Association for Hand Surgery, Phoenix, AZ, 1/2018
  • International Bone and Reasearch Instructional Course, Mexico City, Mexico, 1/25-1/26/2018
  • Overlake Symposium “Achy Breaky Joints”. Bellvue, WA, 11/2017
  • Master Wrist and Elbow Course, International Bone Research Association (IBRA), Miami , Fl 10/20/17 – 10/22/17.
  • Surgeon Development Workshop, American Association for Hand Surgery Annual Meeting, Kona, Hawaii, 1/11/2017
  • Overlake Syposium on Upper Extremity Trauma “Bad to the Bone”, Bellvue, WA 11/5/2016.
  • New Treatment Options for the Hand, Wrist and Elbow: Didactics Course and Hands On Cadaver Lab, UCSD, Sandiego, CA, 10/28 – 10/29 2016.
  • ASSH Instructional Course:  The PIP Joint: Soul of The Hand, Repair and Reconstruction. 71st Annual Meeting of The American Society for Surgery of The Hand (ASSH), Austin, Texas, 9/29/2016.
  • ASSH Pre-Course: Interactive Review of Distal Radius Fractures,  71st Annual Meeting of The American Society for Surgery of The Hand (ASSH), Austin, Texas, 9/28/2016.
  • Hands On Surgeon Development Workshop at American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS) Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/13/16
  • Vumedi The Event, 11/20-21, 2015, SanFrancisco, California.
  • Overlake Symposium on Upper Extremity Trauma, Bellevue, WA, 11/14/15.
  • Surgical Approaches for Internal Fixation, UC Irvine Medical Center, Orange, CA. 12/6/2014.
  • European Wrist Arthroscopy Society Advanced Wrist Surgery Course, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 11/21-22 2014.
  • International Bone and Research Association Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, 11/14-15 2014
  • Surgeons Hands on Workshop: Principles of Internal Fixation,  American Association for Hand Surgery, Poipu, Hawaii 1/8/14.
  • International Bone and Research Association Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, 11/8-9, 2013.
  • Overlake Hospital Symposium on Nerve and Tendon Injuries, Bellvue, WA.  11/2/2013.
  • Postsurgical Rehabilitation of Orthopaedic Surgical Procedures;  Newport Beach California, 5/31/2013.  Course Chair.
  • Surgeons Hands on Workshop: Principles of Internal Fixation,  American Association for Hand Surgery, Naples, FL, 1/8/13.
  • Comprehensive Hand Review Course, American Association for Hand Surgery, Naples Florida, 1/11/13.
  • Arthrex Wrist and Elbow Course, Orange, CA 12/1/2012.
  • AO Synthes Hand and Wrist Course, Orange, CA, 11/17/2012
  • ASSH Annual Meeting Clinical Paper Session Thumb / CMC, September 7, 2012, Chicago, Illinois.
  • AO Synthes Hand and Wrist Course Instructor, Orange, CA, 11/17/2012.
  • Smith and Nephew SAIF Course, Orange, CA  10/22/2012
  • Arthrex Surgical Skills Wrist and Elbow, Orange, CA, 11/30-12/1 2012

PUBLICATIONS

  • Diamond S, Lundy JB, Weber EL, Lalezari S, Rafijah G, Leis A, Gray BL, Lin IC, Gupta R. A Call to Arms: Emergency Hand and Upper Extremity Operations During the COVID -19 Pandemic. J Hand Surg Glob Online. 2020 Jul;2 (4): 175-181. PMID 32835183
  • Laurence VL, Rafijah G; Tendon Transfers in Upper Extremity Reconstruction in Operative Plastic Surgery , 2nd Edition, Editor Gregory Evans, MD. Chapter 101; 1015-1018. Oxford University Press, New York, 2019.
  • Bui C, NH Rafijah GH, Lin CC, Khan T, Lee TQ; Dorsal Extrinsic Carpal Ligament Injury Exacerbates Volar Radiocarpal Instability After Intra-articular Distal Radius Fracture, Hand, June 2019. PMID 31155949
  • Nozaki T, Rafijah G, Yang L, Ueno T, Horiuchi S, Hitt D, Yoshioka H, High Resolution 3T MRI of Traumatic and Degenerative Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Abnormalities using Palmer and Outerbridge Clasifications; Clinical Radiology, May 2017. PMID 2852228
  • Nozaki T, Wu WD, Kaneko Y, Rafijah G, Yang L, Hitt D, Yoshioka H: High Resolution MRI of the Ulanr and Radial Collateral Ligaments of the Wrist, Acta Radiologica, Jan 2017. PMID 28292199
  • Rafijah G; Fractures and Malunions of the Distal Radius, Chapter 8, 151-179 in Principles of Hand Surgery and Therapy, ed Trumble T, Rayan G, Budoff JE, Baratz M, Slutsky D, Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA 2017.
  • Reavey P, Rafijah G, Anatomy and Examination of the Hand, Wrist and Forearm, Chapter 1, 1-26, in Principles of Hand Surgery and Therapy, ed Trumble T, Rayan G, Budoff JE, Baratz M, Slutsky D, Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA 2017.
  • Hacquebord JH, Rafijah G, Trumble TE, Rheumatoid Arhritis, Chapter 26 466-489, in Principles of Hand Surgery and Therapy, ed Trumble T, Rayan G, Budoff JE, Baratz M, Slutsky D, Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA 2017.
  • Shah K, Hoffman MR, Schwrzkopf R, Pourmand D, Rafijah G, Bederman SS; Patient Reported Outcomes Measures: How Do Digital Tablets Stack Up To Paper Forms? A Randomized Controlled Study. American Journal of Orthopaedics. November / December 2016 E452-457. PMID 28005113
  • Sutherland JK, Nozaki T, Kaneko Y, Rafijah G, Hitt D, Yoshioka H; Initial Experience with 3D Isotropic High Resolution 3T MR Arthrography of the Wrist, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, January 2016, 17:30 1-8. PMID 28522258
  • American Academy Orthopaedic Surgeons, Upper Extremity Injection Instructional Videos, Rafijah, G, Schwarzkopf R. 2015.
  • Yoshioka H, Sutherland J, Nozaki T, Rafijah G, Hitt D, European Society of Radiology, Vienna, Austria March 3-5 2015.
  • Rafijah G, Posttraumatic Elbow Contracture, Current Orthopaedic Practice, 2014; 25(3): 213-216.
  • Langdorf M, Cisneros V, Rafijah G; Replantation, September 18, 2013. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/827648-overview.
  • Trumble T, Rafijah G, Heaton D; Thumb Carpometacarpal Arthroplasty With Ligament Reconstruction and Interposition Costochondral Arthroplasty, J Wrist Surg 2013; 2:220-227. PMID 2443680
  • Rafijah G, Bowen AJ, Dolores C, Vitalli R, Mozzaffar T, Gupta R; "The Effects of Adjuvant Fibrin Sealant on the Surgical Repair of Segmental Nerve Defects in an Animal Model. Journal of Hand Surgery 38(5) May 2013 847-55. PMID 23561728
  • Holleran A, Rafijah G, Quigley R, Lee TQ, Biomechanical Evaluation of Radioscapholunate Fusions. Journal of Hand Surgery 38(4) April 2013 706-711. PMID 23474154
  • Song JW, Waljee JF, Burns PB, Chung KC, Gaston RG, Haase SC, Hammert WC, Lawton JN, Merrell GA, Nassab PF, Yang LJ; Surgery for the Ulnar Nerve (SUN) Study Group, An Outcome Study for Ulnar Neuropathy at the Elbow: A Multicenter Study by the Surgery for Ulnar Nerve Study Group, Neurosurgery, 2013.
  • Badalamente M, Coffelt L, Elfar J, Gaston G, Hammert W, Huang J, Lattanza L, Macdermid J, Merrell G, Netscher D, Panthaki Z, Rafijah G, Trczinski D, Graham B; American Society for Surgery of the Hand Clinical Trials and Outcomes Committee.
  • Measurement scales in clinical research of the upper extremity, part 1: general principles, measures of general health, pain, and patient satisfaction. J Hand Surg Am. 2013 Feb;38(2):401-6. PMID 23351913
  • Badalamente M, Coffelt L, Elfar J, Gaston G, Hammert W, Huang J, Lattanza L, Macdermid J, Merrell G, Netscher D, Panthaki Z, Rafijah G, Trczinski D, Graham B; American Society for Surgery of the Hand Clinical Trials and Outcomes Committee.
  • Measurement scales in clinical research of the upper extremity, part 2: outcome measures in studies of the hand/wrist and shoulder/elbow. J Hand Surg Am. 2013 Feb;38(2):407-12. PMID 2335192
  • Trumble TE, Rafijah G, Waitayawinyu T.; Scaphoidectomy and Capsulodesis for SNAC or SLAC Stage II. J Wrist Surgery, 2012, Nov 1 (2): 129-34. PMID 2419716
  • Rafijah G; Anatomy of Peripheral Nerve. in Upper Extremity Nerve Repair- Tips and Techniques: A Master skills Publication: American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2008, chapter 1 pp 3-14.
  • Redjal, H; Rafijah, G; Perlunate Injuries of the Wrist; Fractures and Injuries of the Distal Radius and Carpus: The Cutting Edge. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier Inc., 2009. chapter 43 pp 425-35.
  • Rafijah,G; Zinar, D; Schmelling K: Fractures of the Forearm and Distal Radius. in Orthopaedic Knowledge Update, Trauma 3: American Academy Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2005, chapter 19 pp 199-220.
  • Trumble TE; Gilbert M; Murray LW; Smith J; Rafijah G; Mcallister, W; Displaced Scaphoid Fractures treated with Open Reduction and Internal Fixation With a Cannulated Screw. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2000 May 82(5): 633-41.
  • Trumble, T; Rafijah, G; Gilbert, M; Allan, C; North, E; Mcallister, W; Thumb Trapeziometacarpal Joint Arthritis: Partial Trapeziectomy with Ligament Reconstruction and Interposition Costochondral Allograft; Journal of Hand Surgery; 1/2000; 25A(1) 61-76.
  • Rafijah, G: Endoscopic vs Open Carpal Tunnel Release. Occupational Medicine Bulletin. 5/2000.
  • Leblanc, GG; Epstein, M; Bronner-Fraser, M; Rafijah, G; Differential Development of Cholinergic Neurons from Cranial and Trunk Neural Crest Cells in Vitro. Developmental Biology 137, 318-330 (1990)

PRESENTATIONS

  • Rafijah, G; Update in Experience with Extended Dorsal Spanning Plates. Medartis Webinar Symposium, 3/25/2021.
  • Rafijah, G; Sullivan, Connor, MD, Use of Nerve Allografts in Segmental Peripheral Nerve Defect of the Upper Extremity. Presented as Hand fellowship Debates Webinar, University of Washington, 2/18/2021.
  • Rafijah G; Surgical Anatomy Behind Dupytrens Disease, Instructional Course 64, American Society for Surgery of the Hand Virtual Meeting, San Antonio, Tx, October 3 2020.
  • Rafijah G; Bridge Plating of High Energy Distal Radius Fractures, Instructional Course 57: High Energy Blunt Trauma of The Upper Extremity; American Society for Surgery of the Hand Virtual Meeting, San Antonio, Tx, October 3 2020.
  • Rafijah G; A Tale of Two Tunnels: Carpal Tunnel and Radial Tunnel Syndromes, Overlake Upper Extremity Orthopaedic Symposium, Bellvue, WA, 11/9/2019.
  • Rafijah G; The Claw Attacks: Tendon Transfers for Ulnar Nerve Palsy, Overlake Upper Extremity Orthopaedic Symposium, Bellvue, WA, 11/9/2019.
  • Rafijah G; Spanning Plate Fixation of Distal Radius Fractures: Indications and Applications. American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, 9/5/2019
  • Rafijah G; Bridge Plating for Complex Fractures of the Distal Radius, Kaiser Upper Extremity Conference, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 3/1/2019.
  • Rafijah, G. Surgeons Perspective on Distal Radius Fractures. UC Irvine Rehabilitation Grand Rounds, 2/7/19.
  • Rafijah G: Reduction Strategies in Volar Locked Plating of Distal Radius Fractures. Surgeons Hands On Workshop; Amercican Association of Hand Surgery Annual Meeting. Palm Desert, California, 1/30/2019
  • Rafijah G; Current Concepts in Spanning Plate Fixation of Distal Radius Fractures. CORE Institute, Phoenix, AZ, 3/2/2018
  • Rafijah G; Current Concepts in the Management of Post-traumatic Wrist Osteoarthritis. 8th Annual Kaiser Mammoth Upper Extremity Meeting, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 2/22/2018.
  • Rafijah G; Advances in Hand and Wrist Fixation. 2018 SCPMG Dale Daniel, MD Orthopaedic Symposium, Los Angeles, CA. 2/3/2018.
  • Rafijah G, Osteosintesis en Fractura de Metacarpianos. Patologia Traumatica de Mano, Muneca y Codo. International Bone Research Symposium, Mexico City, Mexico. 1/25/2018.
  • Rafijah G, Tratamiento del Fragmento Semilunar del radio distal: Estrategia de Tratamiento. Patologia Traumatica de Mano, Muneca y Codo. International Bone Research Symposium, Mexico City, Mexico. 1/25/2018.
  • Rafijah G, Fracturas del Humero Distal. Patologia Traumatica de Mano, Muneca y Codo. International Bone Research Symposium, Mexico City, Mexico. 1/25/2018.
  • Rafijah, G: Malunions and Nonunion of the Hand. Instructional Course Lecture in Symposium of Secondary Procedures: Malunion and Nonunions of the Hand and Management of Post-traumatic Stiffness. Amercican Association of Hand Surgery Annual Meeting. Phoenix, AZ, 1/11/2018
  • Rafijah G: Reduction Strategies in Volar Locked Plating of Distal Radius Fractures. Surgeons Hands On Workshop; Amercican Association of Hand Surgery Annual Meeting. Phoenix, AZ, 1/10/2018
  • Rafijah G, The Crunchy Wrist: Current Concepts in the Management of Posttraumatic Arthritis of the Wrist. Bellevue, WA, 11/11/2017.
  • Rafijah G; Distal Humerus Fractures, International Bone Research Association Wrist and Elbow Master Course, Miami Fl., 10/20/2017
  • Rafijah G; Treatment Strategies for Acute Scaphoid Fractures, International Bone Research Association Wrist and Elbow Master Course, Miami Fl., 10/20/2017
  • Rafijah G; Distal Radius Fractures: A Surgeons Perspective, American Society of Hand Therpists (ASHT, National Meeting), Anaheim, Ca, 10/14/2017.
  • Rafijah G: Current Concepts in the Management of Distal Radius Fractures, California Orthopaedic Association, Carlsbad, CA, 5/20/2017.
  • Rafijah G, Strategies for Open Reduction Of Distal Radius Fractures with Volar Locking Plate, American Association for Hand Surgery Annual Meeting, Kona, Hawaii, 1/11/2017
  • Rafijah, G: When Stuff is Sticking Out of The Wound: Combined Injuries of the Hand with Tendon and Nerve Damage. Overlake Upper Extremity Trauma Symposium: “Bad To The Bone”, Bellvue, WA, 11/5/2016.
  • Rafijah, G; Digital Joint Savage, Course: New Treatment Options for Hand, Radius and Elbow, UCSD, San Diego, CA 10/28/2016
  • Rafijah, G; Complications of Wrist Plating, Course: New Treatment Options for Hand, Radius and Elbow, UCSD, San Diego, CA 10/28/2016
  • Rafijah, G; Radial Head Fractures: Ignore, Fix or Replace, Course: New Treatment Options for Hand, Radius and Elbow, UCSD, San Diego, CA 10/28/2016
  • Rafijah, G; Arthodesis Thumb CMC Joint, Course: New Treatment Options for Hand, Radius and Elbow, UCSD, San Diego, CA 10/29/2016
  • Rafijah, G; Double Plating of Olecranon Fractures, Course: New Treatment Options for Hand, Radius and Elbow, UCSD, San Diego, CA 10/28/2016
  • Rafijah, G; Dorsal PIP Joint Fracture Dislocations: ORIF vs Reconstruction. A Review of Hemi-Hamate vs Volar Plate Arthroplasty. 71st Annual Meeting of The American Society for Surgery of The Hand (ASSH), Austin, Texas, 9/29/2016.
  • Rafijah G; Bridge Plating Of Distal Radius Fractures, Presented at Graduate Research Forum: Trauma Symposium, Newport Coast, California, 5/27/16
  • Rafijah G; Mucormycosis of the Upper Extremity, Presented at Kaiser Permanente 6th Annual Winter Upper Extremity Conference, 2/19/16.
  • Rafijah G; Current Concepts in Treating Malunions of the Distal Radius, Presented at Kaiser Permanente 6th Annual Winter Upper Extremity Conference, 2/19/16.
  • Rafijah G; Application of Dynamic Compression Plate to Transverse Metacarpal Fracture. Hands On Surgeon Development Workshop at American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS) Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/13/16
  • Rafijah, G; The Soul of The Hand: Fractures and Dislocations of the PIP Joint. VuMedi -The Event, San Francisco, CA, 11/21/15.
  • Rafijah, G; PIP and MCP Joints. Replace or Fuse? Current Status of Small Joint Arthrodesis and Arthroplasty. VuMedi -The Event, San Francisco, CA, 11/21/15.
  • Rafijah G; Malunions of the Distal Radius: Current Strategies in Surgical Management. VuMedi -The Event, San Francisco, CA, 11/20/15.
  • Rafijah, G; The Soul of The Hand: Fractures and Dislocations of the PIP joint. Symposium on Upper Extremity Trauma, Overlake Hospital, Bellevue, Washington, 11/14/15
  • Bui C, Rafijah G, Lee TQ: The Role of Dorsal Wrist Capsuloligamentous Structures on Traumatic Volar Radiocarpal instability After Distal Radius Fractures with Volar Lunate Facet Fragments. Presented at 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Seattle, WA, 9/12/15.
  • Rafijah G; Standardization and Clinical Pathways: Essentials For Successful Implementation of the Perioperative Surgical Home. Annual Perioperative Surgical Home Summit, American Association of Anesthesiologists, Huntington Beach, CA, 6/27/15.
  • Rafijah G; Commencement Address to El Camino College Class of 2015, Torrance, California, 5/15/2015.
  • Rafijah G; Injuries to the Brachial Plexus and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Presented as visiting professor at HARBOR-UCLA Grand Rounds, Torrance, CA, 4/22/15
  • Rafijah G, Current State of Radial Head Arthroplasty, California Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, Indian Wells, CA. 4/25/15.
  • Bui C, Rafijah G, Lee TQ, The Role Of Dorsal Capsuloigamentous Structures in Radiocarpal Instability In Intra-articular Distal Radius Fractures. Presented by Rafijah G, Wilson Bost Interurban Club Annual Meeting, Orange, CA, 4/11/2015.
  • Galle S, Rafijah G, Quigley RJ, Lee TQ; Single vs Double Screw Fixation in Scaphoid Waist Fractures. Presented at podium by Rafijah G. at 6th Combined Meeting American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand, Maui, Hawaii, 3/31/2015.
  • Rafijah G, Complications of Wrist Arthrodesis, Kaiser Permanente Winter Conference, Mammoth Lakes, California, 2/26/2015
  • Rafijah G, Surgical Approaches of the Elbow, Surgical Approaches for Internal Fixation Course, Orange, CA, 12/6/2014.
  • Rafijah G Surgical Approaches of the Forearm, Surgical Approaches for Internal Fixation Course, Orange, CA, 12/6/2014.
  • Rafijah, G; Metacarpal Fractures, presented at International Bone Research Association: Current Concepts in Trauma and reconstruction of the Upper Limb, 11/14/2014
  • Rafijah, G; The Problematic Distal-radial Ulnar Joint: Reconstruction and Salvage, presented at International Bone Research Association: Current Concepts in Trauma and reconstruction of the Upper Limb, 11/14/2014
  • Rafijah, G; Current Concepts of Radial Head Fractures: ORIF vs Arthroplasty, presented at International Bone Research Association: Current Concepts in Trauma and reconstruction of the Upper Limb, 11/14/2014
  • Rafijah G, Painful Finger Joints: Fix, Fuse or Replace? Presented at Overlake Upper Extremity Symposium, Overlake Hospital, Bellvue Washington, Course Director: Tom Trumble, MD, 11/1/2014
  • Rafijah G, Living With The Pediatric Lateral Condyle Fractures: From Child to Adult. Presented at Graduate research Forum, UC Irvine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Irvine, CA 6/6/2014
  • Rafijah G, Update on Current Practice of Distal Radius Fractures, California Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, Monterrey, California, 6/1/2014.
  • Rafijah G; Scaphoid Fractures. Kaiser Permanente Hand and Upper Extremity Course, Mammoth Lakes, California, 2/28/2014.
  • Rafijah G; Strategies and Current Concepts of Distal Radius Fracture Treatment. Surgeons Hands on Workshop: Principles of Internal Fixation, American Association for Hand Surgery, Poipu, Hawaii 1/8/14.
  • Rafijah, G; Intra-articular Phalangeal Fractures and Dislocations; OCMA Trauma Evening Symposium, Irvine, CA, 11/20/2013
  • Rafijah, G; Intra-articular Phalangeal Fractures and Dislocations; IBRA Current Concepts in Trauma and Reconstruction of the Upper Limb, Phoenix AZ, 11/8/2013.
  • Rafijah G; Salvaging the Problematic Distal Radial-ulnar Joint; IBRA Current Concepts in Trauma and Reconstruction of the Upper Limb, Phoenix AZ, 11/8/2013.
  • Rafijah G; Save or Replace the Radial Head: Review of Current Radial Head Fracture Treatment. IBRA Current Concepts in Trauma and Reconstruction of the Upper Limb, Phoenix AZ, 11/8/2013.
  • Rafijah G: Brachial Plexus Injuries and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Overlake Medical Center Symposium on Upper Extremity Nerve and Tendon Injuries. 11/2/2013.
  • Rafijah G; Postsurgical Rehabilitation of the Elbow. Presented at Graduate Research Forum, Newport Beach, California, 5/31/2013.
  • Rafijah, G, Bowen A, Dolores C, Vitali R, Mozaffar T, Gupta R; The Effects of Adjuvant Fibrin Sealant on the Surgical Repair of Segmental Nerve Defects. Presented at 12th Triennial Congress of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand, New Delhi, India 3/5/2013.
  • Rafijah G, Wrist Arthritis. Presented at Comprehensive Hand Review Course, Naples, FL 1/11/2013.
  • Rafijah G, Surgical Approaches to the Distal Radius. Surgeons Hands on Workshop at AAHS meeting Naples, FL 1/8/13.
  • Rafijah, G; Current Concepts in Thumb Ulnar Collateral Ligament Repair and Reconstruction, Arthrex Wrist and Elbow Course, 12/1/2012.
  • Rafijah G; Surgical Approches To The Distal Radius, AO Synthes Hand and Wrist Course, Orange, CA, 11/17/2012
  • Rafijah G; Volar or Dorsal Plating of the Distal Radius: Decision Making. AO Synthes Hand and Wrist Course, Orange, CA 11/17/2012.
  • Holleran A, Rafijah G, Quigley R, Lee TQ, Biomechanical Evaluation of Radioscapholunate Arthrodesis, American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, 9/5/2012.
  • Rafijah G; Pediatric Elbow Fractures, State of the Art; 76th Meeting of the Western Orthopaedic Association, Portland, Oregon, 6/16/2012.
  • Rafijah G, Distal Radius Fractures in Adults: Whats New? Current Cocncepts in the Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures, UC Irvine Hand Symposium, Costa Mesa, CA, 6/1/2012.
  • Holleran A, Rafijah G, Quigley R, Lee TQ, Biomechanical Evaluation of Radioscapholunate Arthrodesis, Graduate Research Forum, Orange, CA, 5/31/2012
  • Rafijah G, Dolores C, Bowen A, Vitali R, Mozaffar T, Gupta R; Fibrin Glue Augmentation of Nerve Repair Does Not Impede Neurological Recovery in an Animal Model. Presented at American Association for Hand Surgery Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1/14/2012.
  • Award: AAHS Outstanding Paper of Annual Meeting.
  • Rafijah, G; Just Another Carpal Tunnel? The Differential Diagnosis and Neurological Evaluation of the Upper Extremity; 66th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), Instructional Course 13: Zebras in Hand Surgery; Las Vegas, Nevada, 9/8/2011.
  • Rafijah, G; Perilunate Injuries of The Wrist; Kaiser Winter Upper Extremity Conference, Mammoth Lakes, California, 4/2/2011.
  • Rafijah, G; Repair and Reconstruction of Thumb MCP Joint Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries. Hand, Wrist and Elbow Course, Orange, CA, 12/11/2010.
  • Rafijah G; Upper Extremity Replantation; 65th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand; Precourse 3: The Art of Microsurgical Hand Reconstruction; Boston, Massachusetts, 10/6/2010.
  • Rafijah G; Upper Extremity Review for MOC: Adult Elbow; 74th Annual Meeting of The Western Orthopaedic Association, August 4-7 2010, Monterrey, California.
  • Rafijah G; Difficult Carpal Bone Fractures. Symposium presented at 64th Meeting of American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). San Francisco, California, 9/5/2009.
  • Rafijah G; Kim KC; Vidor N; Inter-observer and Intra-observer Reliability of Frykman, AO/ASIF, and Fernandez Classifications of Distal Radius Fractures. Presented as a Poster at 64th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). San Francisco, California, 9/4/2009
  • Rafijah G; Intercarpal Arthrodesis: Current Status of the Four Corner Fusion, Presented at American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Irvine, CA, 6/9/09
  • Rafijah G; Intercarpal Arthrodesis: Current Status of the Four Corner Fusion, Presented at Dana Street Memorial Lectures, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA, 6/5/2009.
  • Rafijah G; Flexor Tendon repair, University of Washington Hand Review Course, Seattle, Washington, 5/9/2009
  • Rafijah, G; Extensor Tendon Anatomy University of Washington Hand Review Course, Seattle, Washington, 5/9/2009
  • Rafijah G; Fracture of the distal Radius in Adults; Crucial Elements Course sponsored by So Cal Society for Hand Surgery, UC Irvine, Irvine, California, 11/3/07
  • Rafijah, G; Volar Approach for Dorsally Angulated Malunions of the Distal Radius With Locking Internal Fixation, Harbor UCLA Dana Street Memorial Lectures, Torrance, Ca, 6/2/06
  • Rafijah, G; Hemi-Hamate Auto Grafting of Unstable PIP Joint Fracture dislocations, Harbor UCLA Dana Street Memorial Lectures, Torrance, Ca, 6/1/06
  • Rafijah G; Current Concepts in the Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures. Presented at Synthes Course on Technological Advances in Fracture Surgery. Pasadena, Ca; 4/1/06
  • Rafijah, G: Carpal Instability, Presented at Crucial Elements in Hand Surgery Course, Los Angeles, Ca, 11/2005
  • Sohn R, Rafijah G, Jo M, Lee M; Transcaphoid Perilunate Fracture Dislocations of the Wrist; Treatment with Isolated Dorsal Approach and Scaphoid Screw Fixation. Poster presentation: 59th Meeteing of American Society for Surgery of the Hand, San Antonio, Texas, 9/2005
  • Combs, C; Rafijah G; Metallic Radial Head Replacement for Comminuted Fractures of the Proximal Radius. Presented at Harbor UCLA Dana Street Memorial Lecture 6/4/2004
  • Kim KC; Rafijah G; Interobserver and Intraobserver Reliabilty of Classification Systems of Distal Radius Fractures. Presented at Harbor UCLA Dana Street Memorial Lecture 6/4/2004.
  • Rafijah G; Locked Volar Plating of Distal Radius Fractures. Presented at Harbor UCLA Dana Street Memorial Lecture 6/6/2003.
  • Rafijah G; Lee M; Kim KC; Trans-Scaphoid Perilunate Fracture Dislocations Treated With an Isolated Dorsal Approach and Cannulated Screw. Presented by Dr Lee at Harbor UCLA Dana Street Memorial Lecture 6/7/2002. Winner Annual Research Award.
  • Rafijah G; Total Elbow Arthroplasty in the Treatment of Supracondylar Fractures of the Distal Humerus. Presented at Harbor UCLA Dana Street Memorial Lecture 6/7/2002.
  • Rafijah G; The Hand: Our Most Precious Tool, AAORN Meeting, 3/2002.
  • Rafijah G; Fractures of the Proximal Ulna and Radius. Fracture Forum. Beaver Creek, Colorado, 1/13/2002.
  • Rafijah, G; Cannulated Screw Fixation of Scaphoid Fractures. Presented at Harbor UCLA Dana Street Memorial Lecture 6/15/2001.
  • Raskin, A; Rafijah, G; Doshi, A; External Fixation vs Percutaneous K-Wire Fixation of Extra-Articular Distal Radius Fractures: Is There a Difference? Presented at Harbor UCLA Dana Street Memorial Lecture, 6/2001.
  • Rafijah G; Advanced Giant Cell Tumors of The Distal Radius: Treatment with en –Bloc Excision and Reconstruction with a Distal Radius Allograft. Presented at Harbor UCLA Dana Street Memorial Lecture 6/2000.
  • Rafijah, G; Trumble; T, Kubiak, E; Biomechanical Evaluation of Thumb CMC Joint Arthroplasties, Presented at Harborview Academic Day, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 6/1998
  • Trumble, T; Rafijah, G; Gilbert, M; Allan, C; North, E; Mcallister, W; Thumb Trapeziometacarpal Joint Arthritis: Partial Trapeziectomy with Ligament Reconstruction and Interposition Chostochondral
  • Allograft. Presented at American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 53rd Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, 9/1998.
  • Rafijah, G; Watts, H; Wrist Arthrodesis in Pediatric Orthopaedics. Presented at Shriners Hospital For Crippled Children Academic Day, Los Angeles, CA, 6/1997.
  • Rafijah, G; Nathan, R; Miniature External Fixation of Phalangeal and Metacarpal Fractures Due to Low Velocity Gun Shot Wounds; Presented Harbor-UCLA Dana Street Memorial Lecture 6/1997
  • Rafijah G; Current Concepts in Scaphoid Fractures, UCLA Orthopaedic Grand Rounds; 4/1994.

PhD Candidate Dissertation Committee

Ryan Quigley, UCI medical student completed research on wrist kinematics and scapholunate instability. PhD awarded 8/2014