Michael Rivlin, M.D.

Dr. Rivlin is a board certified orthopaedic hand and wrist surgeon who specializes in all conditions of the hand, wrist and elbow. He completed his training in hand surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital – Harvard University. He has special interest in complex fracture care, minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques, carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve and microsurgery. He is part of the Orthopaedic Oncology team for upper extremity tumors and complex reconstruction. He is a published, fellowship-trained physician, who is a dedicated educator and clinician.

While born in Hungary, Dr. Rivlin grew up in New York, where he completed his medical training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and residency in Philadelphia at Thomas Jefferson University. He studied in Spain and Switzerland as an AO fellow in upper extremity trauma.

He is widely published having contributed numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, textbook chapters, and presentations at national meetings. He is a current member of several professional societies including, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society and the American Association for Surgery of the Hand.
He specializes in all conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow and nerve surgery.

Professional Profile

  • 2003-08 MD Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
  • 2008-09 Intern in General Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia
  • 2009-13 Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia
  • 2013-14 Fellowship, Hand and Upper Extremity, Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard University,
Titles & Certifications
  • Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Hospital Affiliations
  • Kennedy Health System
  • Riverview Surgery Center
  • Thomas Jefferson University
Professional Associations
  • Candidate Member, American Association for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Philadelphia County Medical Society



Gao T, Rivlin M, Abraham, J. Three-dimensional Printing Technology and Role for Custom Implants in Orthopedic Oncology, Techniques in Orthopaedics: March 19, 2018 Volume 33 - Issue 3 - p 166–174
PMID: (pending) doi: 10.1097/BTO.0000000000000292

Andrew J. Miller, Jacob Tulipan, Mark Wang, Pedro Beredjiklian, Andrzej Fertala, Michael Rivlin A Peripheral Nerve Injury Model Utilizing A Simple Tissue Sparing Approach To The Rabbit Sciatic Nerve, Journal of Musculoskeletal Research Vol. 21, No. 01, 1850002 (2018)
PMID: (pending) ISSN:0218-9577, 03/2018

Hozack BA, Abboudi J, Gallant G, Jones CM, Kirkpatrick W, Liss FE, Rivlin M, Takei TR, Wang ML, Silverman M, Foltz C, Ilyas AM. Prospective Evaluation of Opioid Consumption Following Cubital Tunnel Decompression Surgery. Hand (N Y). 2018 Sep 29
PMID: 30269520

Wang ML, Rivlin M, Graham JG, Beredjiklian PK. Peripheral nerve injury, scarring, and recovery. Connect Tissue Res. 2018 Sep 6:1-7.
PMID: 30187777

Graham J, Wang M, Frizzell K, Watkins C, Beredjiklian P, Rivlin M. Conventional vs 3-Dimensional Printed Cast Wear Comfort. Hand (N Y). 2018 Aug 27.
PMID: 30146902

Graham JG, Wang ML, Rivlin M, Beredjiklian PK. Biologic and mechanical aspects of tendon fibrosis after injury and repair.  Connect Tissue Res. 2018 Sep 7:1-11.
PMID: 30126313

Tulipan J, Beredjiklian P, Gandhi JS, Liss F, Rivlin M. Changes in Medicare Reimbursement for Advanced Upper Extremity Imaging. J Hand Surg Am. 2018 Jul 26
PMID: 30057222

Sandrowski K, Edelman D, Rivlin M, Jones C, Wang M, Gallant G, Beredjiklian PK. A Prospective Evaluation of Adverse Reactions to Single-Dose Intravenous Antibiotic Prophylaxis During Outpatient Hand Surgery. Hand (N Y). 2018 Jul 1.
PMID: 30009635

Chen A, Fertala A, Abboud J, Wang M, Rivlin M, Beredjiklian PK. The Molecular Basis of Genetic Collagen Disorders and Its Clinical Relevance. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2018 Jun 6.
PMID: 29870450

Graham JG, Rivlin M, Abboudi J, Lutsky K, Beredjiklian PK. Delayed, Atraumatic Index Metacarpal Fracture After Trapeziectomy and Suture-Button Suspensionplasty for Thumb Carpometacarpal Osteoarthritis: A Report of Three Cases.J Hand Surg Am. 2018 May 24.
PMID: 29804696

Gandhi JS, Rivlin M. Topiramate-induced Neuropathy Mimicking Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Case Report. Arch Bone Jt Surg. 2018 Jan;6(1):78-81.
PMID: 29430500

Rivlin M, Kachooei AR, Wang ML, Ilyas AM. Electrodiagnostic Grade and Carpal Tunnel Release Outcomes: A Prospective Analysis. J Hand Surg Am. 2018 May;43(5):425-431.
PMID: 29396311

Jimenez ML, Hioe SD, Kachooei AR, Shearin JW, Jones CM, Rivlin M. Single-Bundle vs Double-Bundle (Anatomical) Reconstruction of the Thumb Ulnar Collateral Ligament: Biomechanical Study. Hand (N Y). 2017 Dec 1.
PMID: 29239252

Tulipan JE, Kim N, Abboudi J, Jones C, Liss F, Kirkpatrick W, Rivlin M, Wang ML, Matzon J, Ilyas AM. Open Carpal Tunnel Release Outcomes: Performed Wide Awake versus with Sedation.
J Hand Microsurg. 2017 Aug;9(2):74-79. doi: 10.1055/s-0037-1603200. Epub 2017 May 22.
PMID: 28867906

Rivlin M, Miller A, Tulipan J, Beredjiklian PK, Wang ML, Fertala J, Steplewski A, Kostas J, Fertala A. Patterns of production of collagen-rich deposits in peripheral nerves in response to injury: A pilot study in a rabbit model. Brain Behav. 2017 May 24;7(7):e00659. PMID: 28729925

Watkins CJ, Zivaljevic N, Eberlin KR, Rivlin M, Mudgal CS. The Relationship Between the Intercrease Line and the A1 Digital Pulley: A Cadaveric Study. Hand (N Y). 2017 May;12(3):297-300. PMID: 28453336

Tulipan JE, Kim N, Abboudi J, Jones C, Liss F, Kirkpatrick W, Matzon J, Rivlin M, Wang ML, Ilyas AM. Prospective Evaluation of Sleep Improvement Following Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery. J Hand Surg Am. 2017 May;42(5):390.PMID: 28359641

Medina J, Rivlin M, Chan 1, Beredjiklian P1. Ossified Dorsal Wrist Ganglion Cyst: A Case Report. Arch Bone Jt Surg. 2016 Oct;4(4):399-401. PMID: 27847858.

Ahsan ZS, Rivlin M, Jupiter JB. Ulnar-Sided Wrist Pain due to Long Ulnar Styloid: A Case Report. J Wrist Surg. 2016 Nov;5(4):311-314. PMID: 27777823.

Rivlin M, Eberlin KR, Kachooei AR, Hosseini A, Zivaljevic N, Li G, Mudgal C. Side-to-Side Versus Pulvertaft Extensor Tenorrhaphy-A Biomechanical Study. J Hand Surg Am. 2016 Nov;41(11):e393-e397. PMID: 27546442.

Steplewski A, Fertala J, Beredjiklian PK, Abboud JA, Wang ML, Namdari S, Barlow J, Rivlin M, Arnold WV, Kostas J, Hou C, Fertala A.Blocking collagen fibril formation in injured knees reduces flexion contracture in a rabbit model. J Orthop Res. 2016 Jul 15. PMID: 27419365.

Lutsky KF, Jimenez M, Rivlin M, Matzon JL, Maltenfort M, Beredjiklian PK. Reliability of the Soong Classification for Volar Plate Position. J Hand Surg Am. 2016 Jul;41(7):e199-202. PMID: 27212413.

Watkins C, Rivlin M, Beredjiklian PK. Tailoring Tendon Transfer Surgery and Rehabilitation for a Musician: A Case Study. Arch Bone Jt Surg. 2016 Apr;4(2):181-4.PMID: 27200400.

Seigerman DA, Rivlin M, Bianchini J, Liss FE, Beredjiklian PK.A Comparison of Two Sterile Solution Application Methods During Surgical Preparation of the Hand. J Hand Surg Am. 2016 Jun;41(6):698-702. PMID: 27083319.

Rivlin M, Fernández DL, Nagy L, Graña GL, Jupiter J. Extensor Pollicis Longus Ruptures Following Distal Radius Osteotomy Through a Volar Approach. J Hand Surg Am. 2016 Mar;41(3):395-8. PMID: 26794125.

Kachooei AR, Rivlin M, Shojaie B, van Dijk CN, Mudgal C., Intraoperative Technique for Evaluation of the Interosseous Ligament of the Forearm. J Hand Surg Am. 2015 Dec;40(12):2372-6.e1. PMID: 26547797.

Rivlin M, Kim N, Lutsky KF, Beredjiklian PK. Measurement of the radiographic anatomy of the small and ring metacarpals using computerized tomographic scans. Hand (N Y). Dec 2015;10(4):756-761. PMID: 26568736.

Miller AJ, Rivlin M, Kirkpatrick W, Abboudi J, Jones C. Fingertip Amputation Treatment: A Survey Study. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). Sep 2015;44(9):E331-339. PMID: 26372760

Rivlin M, Fei W, Mudgal CS. Bennett Fracture. J Hand Surg Am. Aug 2015;40(8):1667-1668.

Steplewski A, Fertala J, Beredjiklian PK, Abboud JA, Wang ML, Namdari S, Barlow J, Rivlin M, Arnold WV, Kostas J, Hou C, Fertala A, Auxiliary proteins that facilitate formation of collagen-rich deposits in the posterior knee capsule in a rabbit-based joint contracture model. J Orthop Res. Aug 4 2015. PMID: 26241613.

Kachooei AR, Rivlin M, Wu F, Faghfouri A, Eberlin KR, Ring D. Intraoperative Physical Examination for Diagnosis of Interosseous Ligament Rupture-Cadaveric Study. J Hand Surg Am. 2015 Sep;40(9):1785-90.e1. PMID: 26231483.

Rivlin M, Kim N, Lutsky FK, Beredjiklian PK, “Measurement of the Radiographic Anatomy of the Small And Ring Metacarpals Using Computerized Tomographic Scans” Hand (N Y). 2015 Dec;10(4):756-61. PMID: 26568736.

Rivlin M, Osterman M, Jacoby SM, Skirven T, Ukomadu U, Osterman AL. The incidence of postoperative flare reaction and tissue complications in Dupuytren's disease using tension-free immobilization. Hand (N Y). 2014 Dec;9(4):459-65. PMID: 25414605

Abzug JM, Osterman M, Rivlin M, Paryavi E, Osterman AL. Current rates of publication for podium and poster presentations at the american society for surgery of the hand annual meetings. Arch Bone Jt Surg. 2014 Sep;2(3):199-202. PMID: 25386582

Lifchez SD, Leinberry CF, Rivlin M, Blazar PE. Ethical and educational considerations in coding hand surgeries. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Jul;39(7):1370-7. PMID: 24881896

Mintalucci D, Lutsky KF, Matzon JL, Rivlin M, Niver G, Beredjiklian PK. Distal interphalangeal joint bony dimensions related to headless compression screw sizes. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Jun;39(6):1068-74 e1. PMID: 24751471

Rivlin M, Blazar PE, Kachooei AR. Letter regarding "Corticosteroid injection with or without thumb spica cast for de Quervain tenosynovitis". J Hand Surg Am. 2014 May;39(5):1023. PMID: 24766837

Rivlin M, Kachooei AR. Benefits of either operative or non-operative treatment for perilunate dislocation and fracture dislocations. Arch Bone Jt Surg. 2014 Mar;2(1):84-5. PMID: 25207323

Rivlin M, King M, Kruse R, Ilyas AM. Frostbite in an adolescent football player: a case report. J Athl Train. 2014 Jan-Feb;49(1):97-101. PMID: 24143903

Sibley PA, Jacoby SM, Abzug JM, Waddell CL, Rivlin M, Bednar JM. Internal fixation of distal metacarpal fractures: new uses for an old plate. Orthopedics. 2013 Sep;36(9):e1169-74. PMID: 24025009

Leinberry C, Rivlin M, Hutchinson D, Matzon J, Beredjiklian PK, Ilyas A.,. Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by Members of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand: A 25 years Perspective. Journal of Hand Surgery (American), 2012 Oct;37(10):1997-2003, PMID: 23021173.

Beredjiklian PK, Rivlin M. Electrothermal Collagen Shrinkage. Journal of Hand Surgery (American), 012 Oct;37(10):2165-7, PMID: 22507391
Rivlin M, Sheikh E, Isaac R, Beredjiklian PK. The role of nerve allografts and conduits for nerve injuries. Hand Clin 2010;26-3:435-46, viii. PMID: 20670808
Tayyab NA, Mariller MM, Rivlin M, Berekashvili K, Bitan FD, Casden AM, Kuflik P, Neuwirth MG. Efficacy of Aprotinin as a blood conservation technique for adult deformity spinal surgery: a retrospective study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2008;33-16:1775-81. PMID: 18628710
Joseph SA, Jr., Berekashvili K, Mariller MM, Rivlin M, Sharma K, Casden A, Bitan F, Kuflik P, Neuwirth M. Blood conservation techniques in spinal deformity surgery: a retrospective review of patients refusing blood transfusion. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2008;33-21:2310-5. PMID: 18827697
Rivlin M, Gutowski C, Isaac R; Williams GR, Ilyas A. Shoulder and Elbow Content on the Orthopaedic In-Training Examination The Jefferson Orthopaedic Journal, 2013, (March).
Sharma K, Rivlin M, Mariller MM, Casden A, Bitan F, Kuflik P, Neuwirth M. Spinal Deformity Surgery in Patients Refusing Blood Transfusion [Abstract]. Bulletin of the Scoliosis Research Society 2006 -September.
Rivlin M, Mariller MM, Roonprapunt C, Math K, Petchprapa CN, Bitan F, Casden A, Neuwirth M, Kuflik P. Fusion Rates of Patients Treated with rhBMP-2 (Infuse) in Primary Multilevel Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion Surgery [Abstract]. Bulletin of the International Meeting of Advanced Spine Techniques 2006;1-July.
Barbaro CE, Knapp EE, Rivlin M, Savaser DJ. Universal Out-of-Hospital DNR Bracelets – Adopted policy for the American Medical Association. [2353]. 2003.
Calvin S, Iskhakov R, Rivlin M, denBoer ML. Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure of Materials with Multiple Absorbing Sites, [Q29.019]. Bulletin of the American Physical Society 2002 - April.
Calvin S, Isaac R, Rivlin M, denBoer ML. EXAFS of Materials with Multiple Absorbing Sites [Q29.019]. Bulletin of the American Physical Society 2001 - March.



Ilyas A, Rivlin M, Jupiter JB, Chapter 46  “Open Reduction and Internal Fixation of Capitellum and Capitellar–Trochlear ShearFractures” in Ed: Wiesel SW. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery (Four Volume Set): Wolters Kluwer Health; 2015.

Rivlin M, Moradi A, Ring D. “Olecranon fractures”, in Ed: Lee D, Steinmann S. Elbow Trauma: A Master Skills Publication: American Society for Surgery of the Hand; 2015.

Rivlin M, Tiba A, Matzon J. Thermal Injuries to the Extremities. In: Beredjiklian PK, Litchkofski B, eds. Hospital Physician Orthopaedic Surgery Board Review Manual. Turner White Publishing. (February 2012) 8:5, 5-25. ISBN: 22507391
Isaac R, Osterman M, Rivlin M, Chen NN. Chapter 10: Clavicle Fractures. In: Ilyas A, Rehma S, eds. Contemporary Surgical Management of Fractures & Complications. Vol. 2: McGraw-Hill - Jaypee Medical Publishers. ISBN-10: 9350259648. P358-377.
Calvin S, Iskhakov R, Kishinyovszkiy V, Mimih J, Metha H, Rivlin M, Schiros T, Waters S, denBoer ML. EXAFS Handbook - Laboratory manual. New York, NY.: CUNY - Hunter College, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 2001.


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