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Dr. Raymond Raven is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with subspecialty fellowship training in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery.  He has a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in both Surgery of the Hand and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine – one of only two surgeons in California with this distinction. Dr. Raven is the Managing Partner and CEO of Orthopaedic Surgery Specialists, where his practice focuses on the management of musculoskeletal and neurovascular conditions of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand in children and adults.

He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine where he teaches residents anatomy and state-of-the-art surgical techniques.  Surgeons throughout the greater Los Angeles area frequently refer patients to Dr. Raven to correct complications from failed surgeries.

Dr. Raven was born and raised in San Jose, California. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of California, Irvine, where he studied Molecular Biology and Philosophy of Science. Dr. Raven is a graduate of one of our country’s top medical schools, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). After graduating in the top of his class, he trained under leaders in the field of Orthopaedic trauma, hand surgery and reconstructive limb surgery, also at UCSF.

During residency, Dr. Raven spent time in South Africa where he volunteered as a trauma and reconstructive surgeon in the small village of Umtata (where Nelson Mandela was born). Following residency, Dr. Raven traveled to Europe where he studied complex conditions of the wrist and hand at the ‘Institut Kaplan’ in Barcelona, Spain. After returning to the United States, Dr. Raven studied pediatric and congenital surgery of the upper limb at the Texas Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Raven completed his fellowship training in Manhattan at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he mastered state of the art techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery.

Dr. Raven is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and an active member of both the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS). He currently serves on several committees for the ASSH and was chosen as one of the “Young Leaders” in Hand Surgery. Dr. Raven has published clinical research in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national meetings. He has designed proprietary orthopaedic devices used internationally for the treatment of hand and wrist fractures. Dr. Raven stays up to date on the latest research and orthopaedic breakthroughs by attending several professional conferences and lectures each year.

Dr. Raven has special interest in arthroscopic surgery of the elbow, wrist and hand.  He is well known and regarded for his expertise in the treatment of arthritis involving the base of the thumb (basal joint arthritis), and received advanced fellowship training where the standard of care for this condition was established.

Dr. Raven has other professional interests too.  He is passionate in developing technical and operational innovations aimed to increase efficiency in the health care system.  He also actively reviews policies and is interested in the use of social media in orthopaedics and medicine.

Honors & Awards
S.O.F.C.O.T. International Traveling Fellowship
Excellence in Teaching and Leadership
Marmor Arthritis Foundation
Orthopedics Overseas-OREF Traveling Fellowship
Howard Hughes Research Award 

Public Service
Team Orthopedist, Rampage Soccer Club

Conditions Dr. Raven treats:

  • Upper extremity trauma, bone fractures and ligament injuries
  • Sports related injuries in children and adults
  • Chronic injuries and failed surgeries
  • Nerve, blood vessel and tendon injuries
  • Arthritis conditions 

Treatments Dr. Raven routinely performs:

  • Arthroscopic and ‘minimally invasive’ surgery of the elbow, wrist and hand
  • Bone fracture surgery and ligament repair
  • Microsurgery (nerve and small vessel repair)
  • Joint replacement and arthritis surgery of the elbow, wrist and hand
  • Reconstructive surgery of the elbow, wrist and hand

Editor & Reviewer

Raymond Raven. IT editor. American Society for Surgery of the Hand: Textbook of Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery. 2013

Books, Chapters, and Contributions

Dan A. Zlotolow, Raymond B. Raven III. Salvage procedures of the wrist. American Society for Surgery of the Hand: Textbook of Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery. 2013

Dan A. Zlotolow, Raymond B. Raven III. The ulnar side of the wrist. American Society for Surgery of the Hand: Textbook of Hand Surgery. 2013

Lifchez DS, McKee DM, Raven RB, Shafritz AB, Tueting JL: Guidelines for Ethical and Professional Use of Social Media in a Hand Surgery Practice.  Journal of Hand Surgery 2012;37A:2636–2641.

Zlotolow D, Raven R: Avoiding complications with volar plating of distal radial fractures.  Current Orthopaedic Practice. 23(4):300-304, July/August 2012.

Zlotolow DA, Raven RB 3rd. Treatment Options After Failed Distal Radial Fracture Treatment (Salvage Procedures). Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics. 2009 Apr;19(2):119-129.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Raven RB 3rd, Kushner H, Nguyen D, Naam N, Curtin C. Analysis of Efficacy and Safety of Treatment With Collagenase Clostridium histolyticum Among Subgroups of Patients With Dupuytren Contracture. Ann Plast Surg. 2013 Mar 18.

Grimsrud C, Raven R, Fothergill AW, Kim HT. The in vitro elution characteristics of antifungal-loaded PMMA bone cement and calcium sulfate bone substitute. Orthopedics. 2011 Aug 8;34(8):e378-81.

Greene D, Maas CS, Carvalho G, Raven R. Epidemiology of facial injury in female blunt assault trauma cases. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 1999 Oct-Dec;1(4):288-291.

Greene D, Raven R, Carvalho G, Maas CS. Epidemiology of facial injury in blunt assault. Determinants of incidence and outcome in 802 patients. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997 Sep;123(9):923-928.

Azakie A, McElhinney DB, Thompson RW, Raven RB, Messina LM, Stoney RJ. Surgical management of subclavian-vein effort thrombosis as a result of thoracic outlet compression. J Vasc Surg. 1998 Nov;28(5):777-786

Macdonald MR, Spiegel JH, Raven RB, Kabaker SS, Maas CS. An anatomical approach to glabellar rhytids. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1998 Dec;124(12):1315-1320.

Hwang PH, Tami TA, Lee KC, Raven RB. Attitudes, knowledge, and practices of otolaryngologists treating patients infected with HIV. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1995 Dec;113(6):733-739.

Presentations and Posters

Raven RB. Social Media and your Practice: How to Connect with and Inform your Patients and the Public. 67th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand; 2012, Chicago, Il.

Raven RB. Leveraging Social Networking in Orthopaedics. 79th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; 2012, San Francisco, CA.

Raven RB. Social Media and your Practice: How to Connect with and Inform your Patients and the Public. 66th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand; 2011.

Raven RB 3rd. Botulinum Toxin: Treatment Option for Digital Ischemia in Raynaud’s Phenomena.  26th Annual Bradford Eaton Memorial Lecture. Littler-Eaton Hand Society – St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, Columbia University School of Medicine. 2011.

Wright RC, Yacoubian SV, Raven RB 3rd, Falkinstein Y, Yacoubian SV. Treatment of Proximal Femur Fractures using an Extended-Short Nail. Poster session presented at: 78th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; 2011 Feb 15-19, San Diego, CA.

Raven RB, Kushner H, Nguyen D. Analysis of Efficacy and Safety of Treatment with Collagenase Clostridium Histolyticum Among Subgroups of Patients with Dupuytren’s Contracture. Paper session presented at: 65th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand; 2010
Oct 7-9, Boston, MA.

Raven RB. Hand Fracture Fixation Using a Novel Plating System. Presented at 65th Annual Meeting of The American Society for Surgery of the Hand; 2010 Oct 7-9, Boston, MA.

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