Rikesh A Gandhi, MD

Elbow, Hand, Upper Extremity

Rikesh Gandhi, MD

Direct Phone
(703) 769-8430

Undergraduate School
Boston College

Medical School
Duke University School of Medicine

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Hand, Upper Extremity & Microvascular Surgery
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Professional Societies
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Society for Surgery of the Hand


Arlington Office
2800 Shirlington Rd
Suite 1100
Arlington, VA 22206

Fairfax Office
3299 Woodburn Road
Suite 480
Fairfax, VA 22003


Dr. Rikesh A. Gandhi is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hand, wrist, and elbow surgery. His expertise allows him to serve as a referral source for both common hand and upper extremity conditions, as well as complex reconstructive procedures.

A native of Long Island, New York, Dr. Gandhi graduated with honors from Boston College and completed medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Gandhi moved to Philadelphia to pursue his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, during which he was awarded grants from the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand to study novel methods of measuring hand motion. He then completed an additional year of fellowship training in Hand and Microvascular Surgery at Harvard Medical School at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical in Boston, where he gained expertise in the latest hand trauma, microsurgery, and arthroscopic techniques.

Dr. Gandhi treats a multitude of hand and upper extremity conditions, including overuse injuries, nerve problems, tendon injuries, arthritis, sports and work-related injuries, and fractures. He has additional expertise in endoscopic carpal tunnel release and wrist arthroscopy.

“I believe a patient-centered approach is essential to quality care. I enjoy getting to know my patients and understanding their specific problems. I believe exploring nonsurgical and surgical options is necessary to find the right treatment. Ultimately, seeing my patients return to doing what they love drives my passion for hand surgery.”

Peer Reviewed Publications:

1. Woodward CC, Eby M, Gandhi RA, Plachta SM, Baldwin K, Holderread BM, Smith HE, Arlet V, Saifi C. Do Prophylactic Inferior Vena Cava Filters Affect the Rates of Venous Thromboembolism and Pulmonary Embolism in Patients Undergoing Major Spine Surgery? Global Spine Journal 2022; DOI: 10.1177/21925682211058462

2. Serra Lopez VM, Gandhi RA, Falk DP, Baxter J, Lien JR, Gray BL. Dynamic Thumb Circumduction Measured With a Wearable Motion Sensor: A Prospective Comparison of Patients with Basal Joint Arthritis to Controls. J Hand Surg GO 2021; DOI: 10.1016/j.jhsg.2021.05.002

3. Cazzulino A, Gandhi RA, Woodard T, Ackshota N, Janjua MB, Arlet V, Saifi C. Soft Landing technique as a possible prevention strategy for proximal junctional failure following adult spinal deformity surgery. J Spine Surg 2021; 7(1):26-36.

4. Gandhi RA, Mendenhall S, Severance G, Levey T, Ben-Amotz O, Levin LS. Measuring Functional Outcomes after Vascularized Composite Hand Allotransplantation. J Hand Surg Am 2020; S0363-5023(20)30277-X.

5. Wink JD, Gandhi RA, Ashley B, Levin LS. Flap Reconstruction of the Hand. Plastic Reconstructive Surg 2020; 145(1):172e-183e.

6. Gandhi RA, Bozentka DJ. Bilateral Plexiform Neurofibromas of the Posterior Interosseous Nerve Mimicking Dorsal Wrist Ganglions. J Hand Surg Am 2020; 45(8): 781.e1-781.e4.

7. Gandhi RA, DeFrancesco C, Shah AS. The Association Between Clavicle Fracture and Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy. J Hand Surg Am 2019; 44(6):467-472.

8. Gandhi RA, Hasenauer M, Mehta S. Pseudoaneurysm of the Popliteal Artery After Hardware Removal in a Patient with Marfan Syndrome. J Clin Orthop Trauma 2019; 10(5);965-968.

9. Mendenhall SD, Ben-Amotz O, Gandhi RA, Levin LS. A Review on the Orthoplastic Approach to Lower Limb Reconstruction. Indian J Plast Surg 2019; 52(1):017-025.

10. Gandhi RA, Hesketh P, Bannister E, Sebro R, Mehta S. Age-Related Variations in Volar Cortical Angle of the Distal Radius. Hand (N.Y.) 2018; 15(4):573-577.

11. Saville P, Gandhi RA, Smith H, Arlet V. Overpowering the Previously Posterior Instrumented Cervical Spine with Cage-Assisted ACDF: A Cadaveric Study. Spine Deformity 2018; 6(5):492-497.

12. Gandhi RA, Silverman E, Courtney PM, Lee GC. How many cultures are necessary to identify pathogens in the management of total hip and knee arthroplasty infection? Journal of Arthroplasty 2017; 32(9):2825-2828.

13. Cahill TC, Gandhi RA, Allori AC, Marcus JR, Powers D, Erdmann D, Hollenbeck ST, Levinson H. Hardware removal in craniomaxillofacial trauma: A systematic review of the literature and management algorithm. Annals of Plastic Surgery 2015; 75(5):572-8.

14. Gandhi RA, Babu R, Cummings TJ, Adamson C. Adult primitive neuroectodermal tumors: the prognostic value of supratentorial location. Journal of Neurooncology 2013; 114:141–148.

15. Spada C, Gandhi RA, Patel SR, Nuccio PF, Weinhouse GL, Lee PS. Oxygen saturation/fraction of inspired oxygen ratio is a simple predictor of noninvasive positive pressure ventilation failure in critically ill patients. Journal of Critical Care 2011; 26(5):510-516.

Book Chapters:

1. Gandhi RA, Kachare SD, Rozental TD. Radiocarpal Carpal Instability Non-dissociative: Ulnar translocation of the Carpus. Sanj Kakar and Jeffrey Yao (ed.) American Society for Surgery of the Hand Surgical Anatomy: Ulnar-sided Wrist Pain. 2022

2. Gandhi RA, Gittings DJ, Levin LS. Revascularization and Replantation of the Digits. Hand, Wrist, and Elbow: Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery 3rd edition, Wolters Kluwer 2020

3. Wink JD, Gandhi RA, Lin IC, Levin LS. Soft Tissue Coverage for the Hand and Upper Extremity. Seth R Thaller & Zubin Panthaki (eds.) Tips and Tricks in Plastic Surgery 2020.

4. Gandhi RA, Winterton M, Liu SY. Management of the “Failed” Cubital Tunnel Release. J Fowler (ed.), Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: Diagnosis, Management and Rehabilitation, Springer Publishing 2019; 153-167.

5. Gandhi RA, Brock JL, Ahn J. Radial Head Replacement for an Acute Complex Radial Head Fracture. N.C. Tejwani (ed.), Fractures of the Elbow: A Clinical Casebook, Springer Publishing 2019; 141-149.

6. Gandhi RA, Winterton M, Mehta S, Levin LS. Orthopaedic Trauma, Fractures, and Dislocations. Peitzman (ed.), The Trauma Manual: Trauma and Acute Surgery, 5th Edition, Wolters Kluwer Publishing 2019.

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