Donald Bae

Donald S. Bae, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Medical Services


  • Brachial Plexus
  • Congenital Anomalies
  • Congenital Malformations
  • Elbow Injury
  • Orthopedics
  • Hand Surgery
  • Hand and Upper Extremities
  • Microsurgery
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Shoulder Injury
  • Sports Injuries of the Upper Limb
  • Trauma
  • Wrist Injuries


  • Orthopedic Center
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine Division


  • English


  • Hand and Orthopedic Upper Extremity Program
  • Brachial Plexus Program
  • Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Trauma Program
  • General Orthopedic Program
To schedule an appointment: Call 617-355-6021 or Request an Appointment
Donald Bae

Philosophy of Care 

"I am an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand and upper extremity surgery in children and young adults. After completing fellowship training in both pediatric orthopedics as well as hand and upper limb surgery, I provide care for a variety of congenital, traumatic, neuromuscular and sports-related conditions in patients ranging from newborn to collegiate age.

"My interest in orthopedics stems from my prior experience as an athlete, having successfully recovered from surgery on both shoulders to swim at the Division 1 level and captain the Harvard Men’s Varsity Team. I was fortunate to train in orthopedics, pediatrics and hand surgery at outstanding centers of excellence and ultimately joined the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital.

"Caring for infants with congenital hand differences, children with neuromuscular disorders, adolescents with fractures or collegiate athletes with sports injuries is both a tremendous privilege and profound responsibility. My professional philosophy is to provide the highest quality, most compassionate care to improve the lives of my patients, based upon the best scientific evidence available.   Furthermore, I am firmly committed to both education and research, training the next generation of orthopedic surgeons and improving the standards of care for future patients."

Experience and Education


Undergraduate School

Harvard College, 1988-1992

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Medical School

Harvard Medical School, 1992-1997

Boston, Massachusetts

Internship, General Surgery

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 1997-1998

Boston, MA

Residency, Orthopedic Surgery

Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program, 1998-2002

Boston, Massachusetts

Fellowship, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

Brigham and Women's Hospital, 2003-2004

Boston, MA

Fellowship, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Boston Children's Hospital, 2003

Boston, MA


  • Orthopedic Surgery

  • Certificate of Added Qualification for Hand Surgery

Professional History

  • Co-author of the textbook Pediatric Hand and Upper Limb Surgery: A Practical Guide
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • Member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), and former member of Board of Directors
  • Member of International Pediatric Simulation Society
  • Co-Fellowship Director, Harvard Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Fellowship
  • Program Chair, International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium
  • St. Giles Young Investigator Award – 2008
  • Harvard Orthopaedic Golden Apple Award – 2011
  • Angela S.M. Kuo Memorial Award – 2012
  • Robert P. Masland Jr. Teaching Award – 2013
  • Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery

To schedule an appointment: Call 617-355-6021 or Request an Appointment


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