David S. Ruch, MD David S. Ruch, MD

David S. Ruch, MD

Hand Surgeon, Microvascular Surgeon, Orthopaedic Surgeon

4.6 out of 5  (453 ratings, 60 reviews)
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919-668-5259 Office number
919-660-5022
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WHERE I PROVIDE CARE
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ABOUT ME

I am an orthopaedic surgeon who is the chief of hand surgery at Duke. Although we are referred to as “hand surgeons,” I treat many people with wrist and elbow conditions. Because the hand is so complex, patients who see me can have complaints that range from numbness and weakness to issues with range of motion. My grandfather, my grandmother, my mother and my father were all healthcare workers. I have wanted to be a surgeon since I watched M*A*S*H on the television as a child. I obtain great satisfaction from treating someone who has a very severe hand or arm injury, reconstructing the part and restoring its basic function. Duke has been the strongest hand surgery program in the country for the past 50 to 75 years. As chair of the program, I want patients to know that the best and the brightest providers are seeing them when they come to Duke.

LANGUAGES I SPEAK
English
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Experience
Hand and upper extremity team

I am part of an orthopaedic hand and upper extremity team that is committed to diagnosing and treating hand pain and discomfort, including carpal tunnel syndrome, thumb arthritis, joint dislocations, nail-bed injuries, and trigger finger.

My surgical specialties
  • Major musculoskeletal surgery
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  • Wrist neuroplasty
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  • Forearm and wrist surgery
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  • Finger surgery
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  • Complex hand surgery
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  • Arm fracture and dislocation surgery
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  • Neuroplasty
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Note: All surgical experience data is from July 2014 through June 2017 and is calculated by individual Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes. 

Surgeries Performed by the Hand and Upper Extremity Team
9,851
Surgeries Performed by the Hand and Upper Extremity Team
9,851
My surgical specialties
  • Major musculoskeletal surgery
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  • Wrist neuroplasty
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  • Forearm and wrist surgery
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  • Finger surgery
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  • Complex hand surgery
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  • Arm fracture and dislocation surgery
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  • Neuroplasty
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Procedures I Perform the Most

Note: All surgical experience data is from July 2014 through June 2017 and is calculated by individual Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes. 

Training
EDUCATION
MD, Wake Forest University School of Medicine (North Carolina), 1988
RESIDENCY
Orthopaedic Surgery, Bowman Gray/Baptist Medical Center (North Carolina), 1988-1993
FELLOWSHIP
Hand, Microvascular, and Upper Extremity Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, 1993-1994
BOARD CERTIFICATION
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Surge
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedics
Clinical Focus and Research
MY RESEARCH INTERESTS

I am widely published on a variety of research topics, including new treatments for wrist and elbow fractures. I am also very interested in the use of new technology, such as arthroscopy and the use of microscopes, to assist in surgical management of upper extremity problems. My ability to repair small blood vessels has led to an interest in using bone grafts to treat avascular necrosis of the hip in younger patients (a procedure that was developed at Duke).

PUBLICATIONS
View David Ruch's publications on PubMed
Ratings and Reviews

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Overall provider rating
4.6 out of 5 (453 ratings, 60 reviews)
PATIENT REVIEWS
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Industry Relationships and Collaborations
This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has a working relationship (i.e. consulting, research, and/or educational services) with the companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.
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