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

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Dr. Steven B. Sanford is a hand surgeon in orthopedics. He works exclusively with elbows and hands repairing joints and bones.


“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 completed a fellowship in hand surgery at Rush Presbyterian- St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago in 1998.

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 Hand Surgery 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

Patient Ratings down arrow

4.5
out of 5 (68 ratings, 16 comments)
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4.5
Provider concern for my questions
4.6
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4.5
Provider's discussion of proposed treatment
4.5
My likelihood of recommending this provider

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January 6, 2021
Dr. Sanford gave me exceptional care; all aspects. I first saw him for a second opinion on a surgery, he gave me other options an so far that treatment has been successful. He answered all my questions thoroughly & patiently.
February 16, 2021
Very pleased that I was able to receive injection at the same visit - So I didn't have to make another appt.
April 27, 2021
Dr. Sanford's professionalism and bedside manner immediately eased any concerns i had about my injury and surgery.
June 25, 2021
Very good.
July 26, 2021
I love Dr. Sanford - very caring and personable.
August 30, 2021
Dr. Sanford & all of the staff were very professional & compassionate. If you have to have hand surgery - this is the place to go.
September 24, 2021
Dr. examined hand discussed options treatment, had great sense of humor & made me feel confident in his treatment plan.
September 27, 2021
Dr. Sanford was great. Explained options well, listened to my questions. Very kind, understanding dr.
October 14, 2021
Dr. Sanford has always listened to me & showed concern & respect for me & my reason for seeing him.
May 10, 2022
Very informative.
May 18, 2022
Dr. Sanford is great! I always feel listened to & believed about my concerns.
January 7, 2022
Very good patient concern. Visit was not rushed, exam was thorough. Pleasant person!
November 1, 2021
I would recommend Dr. Sanford, but I would also explain that there is an extreme wait to see anyone in Orthopedics.
February 9, 2022
He told me what my pain wasn't, but not what caused it.
April 8, 2022
I felt the dr. didn't want to be bothered to do my surgery. I never got a call back from the clinic after my appointment.
August 16, 2021
He left the room in a hurry without really listening to me or answering all questions. He even at times seemed to be ignoring me. Never called me back with test results, I had to call him.
August 16, 2021
He left the room in a hurry without really listening to me or answering all questions. He even at times seemed to be ignoring me. Never called me back with test results, I had to call him.
April 8, 2022
I felt the dr. didn't want to be bothered to do my surgery. I never got a call back from the clinic after my appointment.
February 9, 2022
He told me what my pain wasn't, but not what caused it.
November 1, 2021
I would recommend Dr. Sanford, but I would also explain that there is an extreme wait to see anyone in Orthopedics.
January 7, 2022
Very good patient concern. Visit was not rushed, exam was thorough. Pleasant person!
January 6, 2021
Dr. Sanford gave me exceptional care; all aspects. I first saw him for a second opinion on a surgery, he gave me other options an so far that treatment has been successful. He answered all my questions thoroughly & patiently.
February 16, 2021
Very pleased that I was able to receive injection at the same visit - So I didn't have to make another appt.
April 27, 2021
Dr. Sanford's professionalism and bedside manner immediately eased any concerns i had about my injury and surgery.
June 25, 2021
Very good.
July 26, 2021
I love Dr. Sanford - very caring and personable.
August 30, 2021
Dr. Sanford & all of the staff were very professional & compassionate. If you have to have hand surgery - this is the place to go.
September 24, 2021
Dr. examined hand discussed options treatment, had great sense of humor & made me feel confident in his treatment plan.
September 27, 2021
Dr. Sanford was great. Explained options well, listened to my questions. Very kind, understanding dr.
October 14, 2021
Dr. Sanford has always listened to me & showed concern & respect for me & my reason for seeing him.
May 10, 2022
Very informative.
May 18, 2022
Dr. Sanford is great! I always feel listened to & believed about my concerns.
January 6, 2021
Dr. Sanford gave me exceptional care; all aspects. I first saw him for a second opinion on a surgery, he gave me other options an so far that treatment has been successful. He answered all my questions thoroughly & patiently.
February 16, 2021
Very pleased that I was able to receive injection at the same visit - So I didn't have to make another appt.
April 27, 2021
Dr. Sanford's professionalism and bedside manner immediately eased any concerns i had about my injury and surgery.
June 25, 2021
Very good.
July 26, 2021
I love Dr. Sanford - very caring and personable.
August 16, 2021
He left the room in a hurry without really listening to me or answering all questions. He even at times seemed to be ignoring me. Never called me back with test results, I had to call him.
August 30, 2021
Dr. Sanford & all of the staff were very professional & compassionate. If you have to have hand surgery - this is the place to go.
September 24, 2021
Dr. examined hand discussed options treatment, had great sense of humor & made me feel confident in his treatment plan.
September 27, 2021
Dr. Sanford was great. Explained options well, listened to my questions. Very kind, understanding dr.
October 14, 2021
Dr. Sanford has always listened to me & showed concern & respect for me & my reason for seeing him.
November 1, 2021
I would recommend Dr. Sanford, but I would also explain that there is an extreme wait to see anyone in Orthopedics.
January 7, 2022
Very good patient concern. Visit was not rushed, exam was thorough. Pleasant person!
February 9, 2022
He told me what my pain wasn't, but not what caused it.
April 8, 2022
I felt the dr. didn't want to be bothered to do my surgery. I never got a call back from the clinic after my appointment.
May 10, 2022
Very informative.
May 18, 2022
Dr. Sanford is great! I always feel listened to & believed about my concerns.
May 18, 2022
Dr. Sanford is great! I always feel listened to & believed about my concerns.
May 10, 2022
Very informative.
April 8, 2022
I felt the dr. didn't want to be bothered to do my surgery. I never got a call back from the clinic after my appointment.
February 9, 2022
He told me what my pain wasn't, but not what caused it.
January 7, 2022
Very good patient concern. Visit was not rushed, exam was thorough. Pleasant person!
November 1, 2021
I would recommend Dr. Sanford, but I would also explain that there is an extreme wait to see anyone in Orthopedics.
October 14, 2021
Dr. Sanford has always listened to me & showed concern & respect for me & my reason for seeing him.
September 27, 2021
Dr. Sanford was great. Explained options well, listened to my questions. Very kind, understanding dr.
September 24, 2021
Dr. examined hand discussed options treatment, had great sense of humor & made me feel confident in his treatment plan.
August 30, 2021
Dr. Sanford & all of the staff were very professional & compassionate. If you have to have hand surgery - this is the place to go.
August 16, 2021
He left the room in a hurry without really listening to me or answering all questions. He even at times seemed to be ignoring me. Never called me back with test results, I had to call him.
July 26, 2021
I love Dr. Sanford - very caring and personable.
June 25, 2021
Very good.
April 27, 2021
Dr. Sanford's professionalism and bedside manner immediately eased any concerns i had about my injury and surgery.
February 16, 2021
Very pleased that I was able to receive injection at the same visit - So I didn't have to make another appt.
January 6, 2021
Dr. Sanford gave me exceptional care; all aspects. I first saw him for a second opinion on a surgery, he gave me other options an so far that treatment has been successful. He answered all my questions thoroughly & patiently.

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