- Born 1883 New York City, USA.
- 1904 – Medical degree Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
- 1906 – Member of the original founding staff of the Hospital for Joint Diseases
- 1924 – Chief of the Orthopedic Service, Hospital for Joint Diseases
- 1925 – Consulting Orthopedic Surgeon, Jewish Memorial Hospital
- 1927 – Chief of orthopedic surgery at Trinity Hospital, Brooklyn
- 1939 – Retired from medical service due to medical illness
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
- Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery
- Died 24 January 1975 Tarrytown, N.Y.
Key Medical Attributions:
- 1932 – Along with E. J. Haboush invented a stabilizing apparatus and operative technique for bone lengthening, anticipating by decades the current widely utilized Ilizarov technique
- Finkelstein H. Stenosing tendovaginitis at the radial styloid process. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 1930, 12: 509-540. [PDF]
- Rosenheck C, Finkelstein H. Treatment of sciatica by perineural infiltrations and epidural injections – an analysis of fifty cases. JAMA. 1916;LXVII(27):2001.
- Haboush EJ, Finkelstein H. Leg lengthening with new stabilizing apparatus. J Bone Joint Surg 1932:14:807
- Finkelstein H. Osteochondritis of the spine. The American Journal of Surgery, 1927, Vol.3(1), pp.80
- Rosenheck C, Finkelstein H. Sciatica a neuro-orthopedic consideration. JAMA. 1925;84(13):939-944
- Most commonly quoted as having died in 1939. In fact, this was the year of his retirement following a severe coronary occlusion. Harry Finkelstein lived until 1975.
- History of Hospital for Joint Diseases 1905-2005
- Occupation and Disease: How Social Factors Affect the Conception of Work-Related Disorders. Yale University Press pp61-64
- In memoriam: Dr. Harry Finkelstein. Bull Hosp Joint Dis. 1975 Apr;36(1):1. [PMID 1100155]
- Dr. Harry Finkelstein, 91, Orthopedic Surgeon, Dies. New York Times. Jan 25, 1975
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