Harry Finkelstein

Harry Finkelstein (1883 – 1975)

Harry Finkelstein (1883 – 1975) was an American Surgeon.

Eponymously associated with the Finkelstein Test to confirm the diagnosis of De Quervain tenosynovitis

One of the co-founders of the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York


  • Born 1883 New York City, USA.
  • 1904 – Medical degree Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • 1906 – Member of the original founding staff of the Hospital for Joint Diseases
  • 1924 – Chief of the Orthopedic Service, Hospital for Joint Diseases
  • 1925 – Consulting Orthopedic Surgeon, Jewish Memorial Hospital
  • 1927 – Chief of orthopedic surgery at Trinity Hospital, Brooklyn
  • 1939 – Retired from medical service due to medical illness
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Died 24 January 1975 Tarrytown, N.Y.

Key Medical Attributions:

1932 – Along with E. J. Haboush invented a stabilizing apparatus and operative technique for bone lengthening, anticipating by decades the current widely utilized Ilizarov technique

Medical Eponyms

Major Publications

  • Finkelstein H. Stenosing tendovaginitis at the radial styloid process. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 1930, 12: 509-540. [PDF]
  • Rosenheck C, Finkelstein H. Treatment of sciatica by perineural infiltrations and epidural injections – an analysis of fifty cases. JAMA. 1916;LXVII(27):2001.
  • Haboush EJ, Finkelstein H. Leg lengthening with new stabilizing apparatus. J Bone Joint Surg 1932:14:807
  • Finkelstein H. Osteochondritis of the spine. The American Journal of Surgery, 1927, Vol.3(1), pp.80
  • Rosenheck C, Finkelstein H. Sciatica a neuro-orthopedic consideration. JAMA. 1925;84(13):939-944


  • Most commonly quoted as having died in 1939. In fact, this was the year of his retirement following a severe coronary occlusion. Harry Finkelstein lived on until 1975 and died at the age of 91.


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the person behind the name

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