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Raymond B. Raven III, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Raymond B. Raven III, M.D.

Dr. 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 a few surgeons in California with this distinction. Dr. Raven is a general partner 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 biochemistry. 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 serveson several committees for the ASSH and was chosen as one of the “Young Leaders” in Hand Surgery. Dr. Ravenhas 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 break throughs 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.

Other professional interests include:

  • Technical and operational innovations aimed to increase efficiency and improve the value of health care delivery
  • Policies that improve access to quality health care services while maintaining appropriate reimbursement schedules for providers
  • The use of social media in orthopaedics and medicine

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

Procedures 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

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