Steven Rueda, MD

Hand and Wrist Surgeon

Dr. Steven Rueda is one of the of the best doctors for Hand and Wrist Surgery in Palm Beach. With 7 years of surgical experience, over 2000 cases, and one of the best surgical training in the country, Dr. Rueda’s patients can feel confident they are entrusting their health and body to the right hands. 

2,000+Procedures
7Years of Experience
1Fellowship Training

STEVEN RUEDA, M.D.

A top Palm Beach Hand and Wrist surgeon specialized in surgical and non-surgical procedures.
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation trained (Top 2 Hospital in the US)
  • Fellowship trained in Hand Surgery at the Ohio State University (one of nation’s top programs)
  • Surgical experience of 7 years and over 2,000 procedures
  • Author in expert  international medical journals and books
  • Specializing in hand and wrist surgery.
2,000+Procedures
7Years of Experience
1Fellowship Training

STEVEN RUEDA, M.D.

A top Palm Beach Hand and Wrist surgeon specialized in surgical and non-surgical procedures.
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation trained (Top 2 Hospital in the US)
  • Fellowship trained in Hand Surgery at the Ohio State University (one of nation’s top programs)
  • Surgical experience of 7 years and over 2,000 procedures
  • Author in expert  international medical journals and books
  • Specializing in hand and wrist surgery.

“I treat and advise my patients with the same passion I would my parents and family: working to deliver excellent results, providing world-class care, and meet every single patient goal”.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Dr. Steven Rueda’s has a proven record of excellence since his early years of life. A south Florida native, Dr. Rueda was accepted early at the University of Miami School of Medicine after graduating as the No. 1 ranked student in the entire College of Engineering with a perfect GPA. During his years in medical school he once again was among the top students in his class and was elected to the exclusive Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, an honor only held by the other top 7 students in his class. It was here where Dr. Rueda discovered his love and passion for Hand Surgery and Plastic Surgery.

Doctors become Hand Surgeons after completing training in Plastic Surgery or Orthopedic Surgery, with Plastic Surgery considered to be the most competitive. Dr. Rueda’s high level of accomplishment enabled him to be chosen as the first class of Integrated Plastic and Hand Surgery residents at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, recognized as the second best Hospital in the US and considered one of the best training programs in the entire country. Dr. Rueda was one of only two people chosen that year amongst a pool of more than 300 outstanding applicants. During his time at this institution, Dr. Rueda was part of the surgical teams that performed two face transplants, including the youngest patient in the country for which he was featured in CNN, Univision, and other national and international news agencies. 

In this same institution, Dr. Rueda was part of the Hand Surgery team that performed and treated some of the most complex hand and wrist problems that can be possibly encountered. His passion for helping patient’s with hand problems led him to complete the prestigious Hand Surgery Fellowship at the Ohio State University, where he spent an additional year learning the latest techniques in the field. Dr. Rueda has developed a unique understanding of the field that has enabled him to perform at the 95% percentile in the national exams, an honor few other surgeons share. He has published in expert peer-reviewed journals. Most importantly Dr. Rueda is a compassionate doctor that strives to treat his patients as he would his own family, striving to achieve perfection. He likes to place a heavy emphasis on patient education, as he believes this helps patients enhance their results.  

Dr. Rueda also enjoys giving back to the community. He has been part of medical missions in underserved areas of the city of Miami, Chile, and Colombia. His charity is not just limited to occasional trips, but he consistently devotes a portion of his practice to complex reconstructive surgery of the hand to help those patients who are most in need. 

Dr. Steven Rueda returned home to south Florida to join Precision Hand and Wrist center to serve the Palm Beach community. He specializes in surgical and non surgical procedure for the hand and wrist. Most of the procedures are performed in our state-of-the-art facility with modern equipment to provide world-class medical care. 

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

Cleveland Clinic Face Transplant Team

Dr. Rueda was one of the Plastic Surgeons involved in the care of the historic face transplant performed by the Cleveland Clinic on the youngest patient in the world

Cleveland Clinic Educational Excellence

Distinction given to doctors at the institution for excellence in education to others. Nominated and chosen by all other doctors. Awarded twice

Past President of Alpha Omega Alpha

University of Miami School of Medicine Chapter

Presidents Honor Roll

Honor given to students with perfect 4.0. Awarded eight times

Jacob Kline Founders Award

Award given to the No. 1 graduating senior in the Department of Bioengineering. University of Miami

Norman G Einspruch Scholar

Award given to the No. 1 graduating senior in the College of Engineering. University of Miami

SELECTED SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS

Rueda S, Rebane M, Thaller SR. (2011).

Chapter 5: Contour Deformities after Massive Weightloss. In Atiyeh BS (Ed.), Body Contouring Following Bariatric Surgery and Massive Weight Loss (pp. In Press). Beirut, Lebanon. Bentham Science Publications

Rueda S, Thaller SR, Dayicioglu D. (2011).

Chapter 6. Aesthetic Body Contouring: Abdominoplasty.. In Thaller SR, Oeltjen JC, Dayicioglu D (Ed.), Essentials in Plastic Surgery. (pp. In Press). Miami, FL. WordPress.

Rueda S, Kaufman JJ, Thaller SR. (2011).

Dermal Filler Complications.. http://www.plasticsurgery.hyperguides.com/tutorial.asp?tid=85789.

Huettener, F, Rueda S, Osturk CN, Osturk C, Drake R, Langevin CJ, Zins JE.

The relationship of the marginal mandibular nerve to the mandibular osseocutaneous ligament and lesser ligaments of the lower face. Aesthet Surg J. 2015 Feb; 35(2):111-20.

Couto RA, Waltzaman JT, Tadasina KK, Rueda S, Richards BG, Zins JE.

Objective Assessment of Facial Rejuvenation After Massive Weight Loss. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2015 Dec; 39(6): 847-55.

Couto RA, Lamaris GA, Baker TA, Hashem AM, Tadisina K, Durand P, Rueda S, Orra S, Zins JE.

Age as a risk factor for abdominoplasty. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 2017 May; 37(5):550-556.

Grover R, Rueda S, Gurunluoglu R. Letter to Editor:

Is Single-Stage Prosthetic Reconstruction Cost Effective? A Cost-Utility Analysis for the Use of Direct-to-Implant Breast Reconstruction Relative to Expander-Implant Reconstruction in Postmastectomy Patients. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Jan 11. Pub Ahead Print

Tellez A, Rueda S, Conic RZ, Powers K, Gastman B et.al.

Risk Factors and outcomes of cutaneous melanoma in woman less than 50 years of age. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2016 Apr; 74(4): 731-8.

Couto RA, Lamaris GA, Knackstedt R, Alleyne B, Durand P, Rueda S, Gastman B.

Determining False-Negative Rate Using Fluoresence Image-Assisted Sentinel Node Biopsy in Cutaneous Melanoma. Ann Plas Surg. 2018 Jan; 80(1) 54-58.