Igor Immerman, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1500 Owens St., #170
San Francisco CA 94158
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    Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MDBS05/2001Biomedical Engineering
    Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OHMD05/2006Medicine
    NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York, NY06/2012Orthopedic Surgery
    UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA07/2013Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2019Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

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    Dr. Igor Immerman is an orthopaedic surgeon with specialty training in hand and upper extremity surgery. Treating all conditions of the upper extremity, from the simple to the complex, Dr. Immerman’s philosophy of care is that each patient should be treated as a unique person and not by a cookie-cutter, protocol-only approach. He spends time getting to know each patient, and works with the patient to choose the right treatment, whether surgical or nonsurgical, that is best for a patient’s specific situation.

    Dr. Immerman grew up in Moscow, Russia, and moved to Maryland in his teens. He graduated with honors with a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and he received his M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. After medical school, he completed residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases, and he also received subspecialty training in hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgery at UC Davis Medical Center. After fellowship, Dr. Immerman studied hand and peripheral nerve surgery in Israel and Russia, including a fellowship at the birthplace of the Ilizarov method in Siberia. Throughout his career, Dr. Immerman has been active in research, and has over 20 peer-reviewed publications in medical journals. In addition to his full-time clinical practice, Dr. Immerman serves as a volunteer reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, participates in several committees in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and takes part in international medical missions with Health Volunteers Overseas.

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    1. Triceps Rupture After Olecranon Fixation with Proximal Ulna Plate and Suture Augmentation: A Case Report. JBJS Case Connect. 2023 07 01; 13(3). Flores SE, Sheridan JR, Larson ES, Immerman I. PMID: 37590436.
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    2. Return to Play After Thumb Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries Managed Surgically in Athletes-A Systematic Review. J Hand Surg Glob Online. 2023 May; 5(3):349-357. Allahabadi S, Kwong JW, Pandya NK, Shin SS, Immerman I, Lee NH. PMID: 37323971; PMCID: PMC10264891.
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    3. Percutaneous Release of Trigger Finger With and Without Steroid Injection A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Bull Hosp Jt Dis (2013). 2022 Jun; 80(2):137-144. Levine N, Young C, Allen I, Immerman I. PMID: 35643472.
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    4. Acceptable Distal Radial Fracture Reduction May Not Be Good Enough: Commentary on articles by C.A. Selles, MD, et al.: "Volar Plate Fixation Versus Cast Immobilization in Acceptably Reduced Intra-Articular Distal Radial Fractures. A Randomized Controlled Trial" and "Cost Analysis of Volar Plate Fixation Versus Plaster Cast Immobilization for Intra-Articular Distal Radial Fractures". J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2021 11 03; 103(21):2062. Immerman I. PMID: 34730565.
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    5. Trends in the Management of Pediatric Trigger Thumb in the United States. Hand (N Y). 2023 06; 18(4):568-574. Park KM, Immerman I, Rahgozar P. PMID: 34730008; PMCID: PMC10233649.
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    6. Virtual reality may reduce anxiety and enhance surgical experience during wide-awake local anaesthesia no tourniquet surgery: A report of two cases. J Perioper Pract. 2022 06; 32(6):136-141. Krish G, Immerman I, Kinjo S. PMID: 34190639.
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    7. Patient outcomes and costs after isolated flexor tendon repairs of the hand. J Hand Ther. 2022 Oct-Dec; 35(4):590-596. Lalchandani GR, Halvorson RT, Zhang AL, Lattanza LL, Immerman I. PMID: 34016517.
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    8. Scaphoid fracture displacement is not correlated with the fracture angle. J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2021 Jul; 46(6):607-615. Aruse O, Immerman I, Badir O, Haj ME, Volk I, Luria S. PMID: 33794693.
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    9. Opioid Use following Open versus Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release: A Population Study. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2021 Feb; 9(2):e3399. Withers JA, Lalchandani GR, Halvorson RT, Immerman I, Rahgozar P. PMID: 33680652; PMCID: PMC7928944.
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    10. Management of Metadiaphyseal Proximal Radius Fractures. Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2020 Nov 20; 25(3):156-164. Demetri L, Young C, Patterson JT, Kandemir U, Morshed S, Immerman I, Lee NH. PMID: 33231947.
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    11. Opioid Use Following Open Versus Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release—A Population Study. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Global Open. 2020 Oct 9; 8(9 Suppl). Withers WJ, Lalchandani LG, Halvorson HR, Immerman II, Rahgozar RP. .
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    12. Flexor Tendon Rupture After Distal Radius Malunion Associated With Electromyographic Abnormalities: A Case Report. JBJS Case Connect. 2020 Apr-Jun; 10(2):e0309. Lalchandani GR, Chan A, Nagao M, Immerman I. PMID: 32649090.
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    13. Incidence of Corrective Procedures After Nonoperatively Managed Distal Radius Fractures in the Elderly. J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2019 Nov; 3(11). Satariano NP, Lalchandani GR, Menchaca SE, Immerman I. PMID: 31875197; PMCID: PMC6903820.
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    14. Wide-Awake Local Anesthesia for Minor Hand Surgery Associated With Lower Opioid Prescriptions, Morbidity, and Costs: A Nationwide Database Study. J Hand Surg Glob Online. 2020 Jan; 2(1):7-12. Lalchandani GR, Halvorson RT, Rahgozar P, Immerman I. PMID: 35415468; PMCID: PMC8991616.
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    15. Allograft Nerve Reconstruction: The New Gold Standard?: Commentary on an article by Peter Tang, MD, MPH, FAOA, et al.: "No Difference in Outcomes Detected Between Decellular Nerve Allograft and Cable Autograft in Rat Sciatic Nerve Defects". J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2019 05 15; 101(10):e48. Immerman I. PMID: 31094995.
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    16. A Biomechanical Study of Posteromedial Tibial Plateau Fracture Stability: Do They All Require Fixation? J Orthop Trauma. 2015 Jul; 29(7):325-30. Cuéllar VG, Martinez D, Immerman I, Oh C, Walker PS, Egol KA. PMID: 25591035.
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    17. Universal hepatitis C screening and surgeon safety. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2014 Nov; 43(11):E245. Immerman I. PMID: 25539533.
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    18. Lower extremity nerve trauma. Bull Hosp Jt Dis (2013). 2014; 72(1):43-52. Immerman I, Price AE, Alfonso I, Grossman JA. PMID: 25150326.
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    19. Use of emergency department services for hand, wrist, and forearm fractures in the United States in 2008. J Surg Orthop Adv. 2014; 23(2):98-104. Immerman I, Livermore MS, Szabo RM. PMID: 24875340.
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    20. Real-time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) during active wrist motion--initial observations. PLoS One. 2013; 8(12):e84004. Boutin RD, Buonocore MH, Immerman I, Ashwell Z, Sonico GJ, Szabo RM, Chaudhari AJ. PMID: 24391865; PMCID: PMC3877133.
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    21. Ulnar variance as a predictor of persistent instability following Galeazzi fracture-dislocations. J Orthop Traumatol. 2014 Mar; 15(1):41-6. Takemoto R, Sugi M, Immerman I, Tejwani N, Egol KA. PMID: 23989858; PMCID: PMC3948522.
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    22. Subscapularis slide correction of the shoulder internal rotation contracture after brachial plexus birth injury: technique and outcomes. Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2013 Mar; 17(1):52-6. Immerman I, Valencia H, DiTaranto P, DelSole EM, Glait S, Price AE, Grossman JA. PMID: 23423238.
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    23. The effects of pronator quadratus repair on outcomes after volar plating of distal radius fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2013 Mar; 27(3):130-3. Hershman SH, Immerman I, Bechtel C, Lekic N, Paksima N, Egol KA. PMID: 22664580.
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    24. Total knee arthroplasty in patients with a previous patellectomy. Bull Hosp Jt Dis (2013). 2013; 71(3):227-30. Maslow J, Zuckerman JD, Immerman I. PMID: 24151951.
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    25. Accuracy of detecting screw penetration of the radiocarpal joint following volar plating using plain radiographs versus computed tomography. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2012 Aug; 41(8):358-61. Takemoto RC, Gage M, Rybak L, Zimmerman I, Egol KA. PMID: 22900246.
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    26. Stability of the posteromedial fragment in a tibial plateau fracture. J Knee Surg. 2013 Apr; 26(2):117-26. Immerman I, Bechtel C, Yildirim G, Heller Y, Walker PS, Egol KA. PMID: 23288766.
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    27. The persistence of Staphylococcus aureus decolonization after mupirocin and topical chlorhexidine: implications for patients requiring multiple or delayed procedures. J Arthroplasty. 2012 Jun; 27(6):870-6. Immerman I, Ramos NL, Katz GM, Hutzler LH, Phillips MS, Bosco JA. PMID: 22397861.
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    28. The rotator cable: magnetic resonance evaluation and clinical correlation. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 2012 May; 20(2):173-85, ix. Gyftopoulos S, Bencardino JT, Immerman I, Zuckerman JD. PMID: 22469398.
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    29. Hand function in children with an upper brachial plexus birth injury: results of the nine-hole peg test. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2012 Feb; 54(2):166-9. Immerman I, Alfonso DT, Ramos LE, Grossman LA, Alfonso I, Ditaranto P, Grossman JA. PMID: 22129161.
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    30. Patient preferences and willingness to pay for arthroplasty surgery in patients with osteoarthritis of the hip. J Arthroplasty. 2012 Apr; 27(4):503-506.e2. Bozic KJ, Chiu V, Slover JD, Immerman I, Kahn JG. PMID: 21955791.
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    31. Health state utility in patients with osteoarthritis of the hip and total hip arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2011 Sep; 26(6 Suppl):129-132.e1-2. Bozic KJ, Chiu VW, Slover JD, Immerman I, Kahn JG. PMID: 21602023.
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    32. Staphylococcus aureus Decolonization Protocol Decreases Surgical Site Infections for Total Joint Replacement. Arthritis. 2010; 2010:924518. Hadley S, Immerman I, Hutzler L, Slover J, Bosco J. PMID: 22046511; PMCID: PMC3200003.
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    33. Reference axes for comparing the motion of knee replacements with the anatomic knee. Knee. 2011 Oct; 18(5):312-6. Walker PS, Heller Y, Yildirim G, Immerman I. PMID: 20719517.
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    34. Prevalence of Staphylococcus aureus colonization in orthopaedic surgeons and their patients: a prospective cohort controlled study. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010 Aug 04; 92(9):1815-9. Schwarzkopf R, Takemoto RC, Immerman I, Slover JD, Bosco JA. PMID: 20610774.
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    35. Myths and legends in orthopaedic practice: are we all guilty? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2008 Nov; 466(11):2861-72. Tejwani NC, Immerman I. PMID: 18726654; PMCID: PMC2565037.
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    36. Resident work-hour rules: a survey of residents' and program directors' opinions and attitudes. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2007 Dec; 36(12):E172-9; discussion E179. Immerman I, Kubiak EN, Zuckerman JD. PMID: 18264560.
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    37. Fracture-dislocation of the elbow functional outcome following treatment with a standardized protocol. Bull NYU Hosp Jt Dis. 2007; 65(4):263-70. Egol KA, Immerman I, Paksima N, Tejwani N, Koval KJ. PMID: 18081545.
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    38. Tourniquet cuff pressure: The gulf between science and practice. J Trauma. 2006 Dec; 61(6):1415-8. Tejwani NC, Immerman I, Achan P, Egol KA, McLaurin T. PMID: 16983305.
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    39. Renal osteodystrophy. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2006 May; 14(5):303-11. Tejwani NC, Schachter AK, Immerman I, Achan P. PMID: 16675624.
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    40. The Early Effects of Code 405 Work Rules on Attitudes of Orthopaedic Residents and Attending Surgeons. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American). 2005 Apr 1; 87(4):903-908. Zuckerman ZJ, Kubiak KE, Immerman II, DiCesare DP. .
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    41. The early effects of code 405 work rules on attitudes of orthopaedic residents and attending surgeons. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2005 Apr; 87(4):903-8. Zuckerman JD, Kubiak EN, Immerman I, Dicesare P. PMID: 15805223.
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    42. Outcomes After Hip Fracture. Techniques in Orthopaedics. 2004 Sep 1; 19(3):229-234. Aharonoff AG, Immerman II, Zuckerman ZJ. .
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