Gregory H Rafijah

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Clinical Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
School of Medicine

Chief of Hand Surgery

Director of Hand Fellowship Program


M.D., UHS/The Chicago Medical School, 1992

Phone: (714) 456-7801
Email: grafijah@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
101 City Dr. Pavilion III
Irvine, CA 92697
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Awards and Honors
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 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 UC Irvine 1984-86

El Camino College 1983 (Alpha Gamma Sigma)

Track Numerous Awards, Scholarships and School records during High School and College career -- NCAA Academic All American 1985 and 1986.
Publications
Son, JH, Rafijah G; Extra-articular Malunions of the Distal Radius in Fractures of the Wrist, Editor Normal Tejwani, MD; Chapter 11; 87-95, Springer International Publishing, New York, 2021.
 
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

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.

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

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.

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.

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 Iterposition Costochondral Arthroplasty, J Wrist Surg 2013; 2:220-227.

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.

Holleran A, Rafijah G, Quigley R, Lee TQ, Biomechanical Evaluation of Radioscapholunate Fusions. Journal of Hand Surgery 38(4) April 2013 706-711.

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.

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.

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)
Professional Societies

American Society for Surgery of the Hand
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
American Association for Hand Surgery
California Orthopaedic Association
Southern California Society for Hand Surgery
Orange County Medical Association - 2013
International Bone Research Society
Wilson Bost Interurban Club - 2015 to Present
Adrian Flatt Residents and Fellows Education Committee
International Visiting Professor Committee
Hand Fellowship Directors Association
J of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
J of Hand Surgery
Hand
Other Experience
Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon
Kaiser Permanente, Downey, CA 2018—2019

Associate Clinical Professor
Long Beach Memorial Medical Center 2012—2016

Graduate Programs
Hand Surgery (ORS)

Last updated
11/09/2021