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​​“A hand surgeon has the capability to make an immediate and major difference in the daily lives of patients.”
Marshfield - Marshfield Medical Center

1000 N Oak Ave
Marshfield, WI 54449

Also sees patients at:
Stevens Point Center

Appointment Phone:
1-715-387-5139

Provider Bio down arrow

Steven Sanford, M.D., is a hand surgeon in Orthopedics. He completed a fellowship in hand surgery at Rush Presbyterian- St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago in 1998, and has been working exclusively with elbows and hands ever since.

“There is the mental aspect of it because of the intimacies of the hand,” he said. “There is also the mechanics of how it works and how we control it. It’s very complicated, therefore interesting.” He also enjoys being able to work on more than bones, because he also deals with the nervous system, blood circulation in the hand, and the tendons that hold it together.

He came to Marshfield Clinic from Charlotte, North Carolina, where he practiced for 15 years, including eight years in a solo practice. But he knew what to expect with Marshfield because he completed his general surgery residency here from 1992 to 1997.

“As I spoke with people here, I realized that the feeling of the Clinic hadn’t changed in 20 years. The community was also still comfortable and small,” he said.

Dr. Sanford earned his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit.

He enjoys being with his family and playing hockey, and he has completed six marathons and is in training for more. He and his wife, Cindy, have two teenage boys.

Professional Summary down arrow

  • Medical School
    Wayne State University - School of Medicine Detroit, MI, United States, M.D. 1991

    Internship
    Catherine McAuley Health System Ann Arbor, MI, United States, General Surgery 1992

    Residency
    Marshfield Clinic Health System Marshfield, WI, United States, General Surgery 1997

    Fellowship
    Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center Chicago, IL, United States, Orthopedic Surgery - Hand 1998

  • Professional Societies
    American Association for Hand Surgery American College of Surgeons American Medical Association American Society for Surgery of the Hand

    Board Certifications
    Surgery of the Hand: 2001, recertified 2010

    State Licenses
    North Carolina Wisconsin

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Patient Ratings down arrow

4.7
out of 5 (118 ratings, 17 comments)
4.8
Provider friendliness
4.7
Provider explanations of my problem
4.7
Provider concern for my questions
4.7
Provider's efforts to include me in treatment decisions
4.6
Provider's medication information
4.6
Provider's follow-up care instructions
4.8
Provider's use of words I understood
4.7
Provider's amount of time with me
4.7
My confidence in this provider
4.7
My likelihood of recommending this provider

Patient Comments down arrow

Comments are also gathered from the Press Ganey patient satisfaction survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing.
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July 14, 2017
This doctor was excellent.
September 01, 2017
Dr. Sanford took the time to explain the options in treating my hand issues and answered all of my many questions.
September 18, 2017
very thorough and informative. felt very comfortable
September 19, 2017
Dr. Sanford is fantastic at what he does and [...]is great too.
November 04, 2017
#9. - Total.
December 02, 2017
Dr. Sanford is wonderful,wish all could be like him.
December 21, 2017
I wish all drs. were as personal & caring as Dr. Sanford.
December 29, 2017
Dr. Sanford was one FANTASTIC doctor to have! I would go to him again if needed and I have been putting his name out there if anyone would need his services!
January 06, 2018
Dr. Sanford and his team took amazing care of my daughter and had her stitched up in no time and had us home in bed in a timely manner.
January 06, 2018
Already have recommended Dr. Sanford to other co-workers with hand problems.
February 24, 2018
This was my final appointment with Dr. Sanford. From the first time I met him to today I have felt completely comfortable with his care & expertise and would most definitely recommend him to others.
March 06, 2018
Very kind doctor.
March 08, 2018
He was wonderful as was his new MA.
March 11, 2018
Informed.
March 23, 2018
Dr. Sanford - if there was choice of outstanding or excellent - he is all of that & more. You are lucky to have him.
July 06, 2017
Dr. communicates well is easy to understand and in my past experience a skilled surgeon.
December 18, 2017
Won't come back for my wrist.
December 18, 2017
Won't come back for my wrist.
July 06, 2017
Dr. communicates well is easy to understand and in my past experience a skilled surgeon.
July 14, 2017
This doctor was excellent.
September 01, 2017
Dr. Sanford took the time to explain the options in treating my hand issues and answered all of my many questions.
September 18, 2017
very thorough and informative. felt very comfortable
September 19, 2017
Dr. Sanford is fantastic at what he does and [...]is great too.
November 04, 2017
#9. - Total.
December 02, 2017
Dr. Sanford is wonderful,wish all could be like him.
December 21, 2017
I wish all drs. were as personal & caring as Dr. Sanford.
December 29, 2017
Dr. Sanford was one FANTASTIC doctor to have! I would go to him again if needed and I have been putting his name out there if anyone would need his services!
January 06, 2018
Dr. Sanford and his team took amazing care of my daughter and had her stitched up in no time and had us home in bed in a timely manner.
January 06, 2018
Already have recommended Dr. Sanford to other co-workers with hand problems.
February 24, 2018
This was my final appointment with Dr. Sanford. From the first time I met him to today I have felt completely comfortable with his care & expertise and would most definitely recommend him to others.
March 06, 2018
Very kind doctor.
March 08, 2018
He was wonderful as was his new MA.
March 11, 2018
Informed.
March 23, 2018
Dr. Sanford - if there was choice of outstanding or excellent - he is all of that & more. You are lucky to have him.
July 06, 2017
Dr. communicates well is easy to understand and in my past experience a skilled surgeon.
July 14, 2017
This doctor was excellent.
September 01, 2017
Dr. Sanford took the time to explain the options in treating my hand issues and answered all of my many questions.
September 18, 2017
very thorough and informative. felt very comfortable
September 19, 2017
Dr. Sanford is fantastic at what he does and [...]is great too.
November 04, 2017
#9. - Total.
December 02, 2017
Dr. Sanford is wonderful,wish all could be like him.
December 18, 2017
Won't come back for my wrist.
December 21, 2017
I wish all drs. were as personal & caring as Dr. Sanford.
December 29, 2017
Dr. Sanford was one FANTASTIC doctor to have! I would go to him again if needed and I have been putting his name out there if anyone would need his services!
January 06, 2018
Dr. Sanford and his team took amazing care of my daughter and had her stitched up in no time and had us home in bed in a timely manner.
January 06, 2018
Already have recommended Dr. Sanford to other co-workers with hand problems.
February 24, 2018
This was my final appointment with Dr. Sanford. From the first time I met him to today I have felt completely comfortable with his care & expertise and would most definitely recommend him to others.
March 06, 2018
Very kind doctor.
March 08, 2018
He was wonderful as was his new MA.
March 11, 2018
Informed.
March 23, 2018
Dr. Sanford - if there was choice of outstanding or excellent - he is all of that & more. You are lucky to have him.
March 23, 2018
Dr. Sanford - if there was choice of outstanding or excellent - he is all of that & more. You are lucky to have him.
March 11, 2018
Informed.
March 08, 2018
He was wonderful as was his new MA.
March 06, 2018
Very kind doctor.
February 24, 2018
This was my final appointment with Dr. Sanford. From the first time I met him to today I have felt completely comfortable with his care & expertise and would most definitely recommend him to others.
January 06, 2018
Dr. Sanford and his team took amazing care of my daughter and had her stitched up in no time and had us home in bed in a timely manner.
January 06, 2018
Already have recommended Dr. Sanford to other co-workers with hand problems.
December 29, 2017
Dr. Sanford was one FANTASTIC doctor to have! I would go to him again if needed and I have been putting his name out there if anyone would need his services!
December 21, 2017
I wish all drs. were as personal & caring as Dr. Sanford.
December 18, 2017
Won't come back for my wrist.
December 02, 2017
Dr. Sanford is wonderful,wish all could be like him.
November 04, 2017
#9. - Total.
September 19, 2017
Dr. Sanford is fantastic at what he does and [...]is great too.
September 18, 2017
very thorough and informative. felt very comfortable
September 01, 2017
Dr. Sanford took the time to explain the options in treating my hand issues and answered all of my many questions.
July 14, 2017
This doctor was excellent.
July 06, 2017
Dr. communicates well is easy to understand and in my past experience a skilled surgeon.

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