Michael Kessler

michael kesslerMichael Kessler, MD, MPH, is an orthopaedic surgeon at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH). In addition, he is an assistant professor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kessler specializes in hand, wrist and elbow surgery. AT MGUH, he also serves as the associate residency program director. In this capacity, he has helped organize the curriculum for the orthopaedic residents and has initiated a formal mentorship program. His work in the medical school includes education in both the lecture hall and the operating room.

Dr. Kessler is interested in research related to hand and wrist conditions, traumatic injuries, tendon and nerve lacerations, and advanced arthroscopic techniques. His professional affiliations include candidate membership in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and the American Association for Hand Surgery. He also is a member of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia. He serves on the American Orthopaedic Association’s Council of Residency Directors.

Dr. Kessler received a Joseph H. Boyes award from the ASSH and also received an award from the North Shore/Long Island Jewish Medical Center. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Orthopaedic Research and the Journal of Hand Surgery. In addition, he has written chapters for orthopaedic textbooks.

His medical degree is from Albany Medical College, Albany, NY. He completed an internship in General Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY, and an orthopaedic residency at North Shore/Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He completed a hand and upper extremity fellowship at the Philadelphia Hand Center and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.

Research Interests

Dr. Kessler’s research interests include

  • Hand, wrist and elbow surgery
  • Advanced arthroscopic techniques
  • Traumatic injuries

Selected Research

Diagnosis of DeQuervain’s tendonitis

Stress and strain in the intrinsic and extrinsic ligaments of the wrist

Arthroscopy and chronic elbow instability

View Dr. Kessler's publications on PubMed

  • Research Areas
  • Orthopedics/Sports Health