Physicians

Dr. Virak Tan

Dr. Tan is a fellow of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand. He graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery and obtained additional microvascular surgery training in the Plastic Surgery Department at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan.

Dr. Tan is Clinical Professor in Orthopaedics and Director of the Hand, Upper Extremity & Microvascular Surgery Fellowship at Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School. He has authored over 70 scientific articles and nearly 20 book chapters. Dr. Tan has lectured extensively, both at the national and international level.

Dr. Tan has designed and pioneered orthopaedic devices used in the treatment of hand, wrist and elbow fractures. He has been a multiyear NJ Monthly Top Doctor; and Patients’ Choice and Best Doctor recipient.

Dr. Tan founded the Institute for Hand & Arm Surgery, with offices in Northern New Jersey. He is dedicated to providing comprehensive care of disorders from the fingertip to the shoulder, including brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injuries. He treats patients of all ages.

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  • Dr. Tan saved our son's arm. He had been playing on the monkey bars and fell off, breaking his arm badly at the elbow. However, unknown to us, the break had been so bad that it had severed the entire blood flow to his hand. Dr. Tan arrived immediately at the hospital and realized that the artery and nerve had also been severely injured. Typically, a vascular surgeon would have been required to treat the blood vessel, but in one of the luckiest events of our life, Dr. Tan had an expertise in both orthopedics AND microvascular surgery. He was able to fix both the break in the bone and restore the blood flow to the hand without any loss of time. Our son now has full range of movement and full use of his arm. We are so lucky to have had Dr. Tan as our doctor.

  • We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to you and your team for taking care of our son Sean. I’m sure you can understand the fear and anxiety we were faced with and your knowledge, sense of concern and thorough explanation put us at ease. Sean is our whole life and it is comforting to know that he is under the care of someone so knowledgeable and more so has compassion. Thank you so very much!

  • Your brilliant surgical techniques and expertise and excellent post-operative care have resulted in the restoration of health to my left wrist. Normal functioning and strength have returned. Indeed, I am at a loss of how to pay tribute to not only your genius as a surgeon, but to your warmth, compassion, and kindness as a health-care provider. I wish there were better ways to express our thanks for the precious gift you gave to me.

  • Thanks so much for taking care of Joe – although he’s been cranky with that cast…it did give him some new joke material! Thanks for help us and doing such a great job.

  • Thank you so very much for your expertise, time, caring, thoughtfulness and support you have shown to me. I can’t thank you enough for helping me with my problems with my left arm. God Bless you and your family always.

  • I wanted to thank you for being such a wonderful doctor. I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to answer our questions prior to surgery, as well as, so patiently returning our phone call the night of and the morning after the surgery. Words cannot express how happy I am that you were my father’s doctor. Thank you.

  • I wanted to express my deepest thanks and gratitude for saving my hand back in 2010. I feared the worst and you brought my hand back better than I could have ever imagined. Thank You!

  • I will be forever grateful to the powers that be that led me to you when I so desperately needed help. I was extremely frightened and worried about the loss of use of my elbow, arm and hand. Thanks to your great skill, I now have the functions back. It is difficult to express my deep gratitude to you. May you continue for many years helping others. Thank you and God Bless.

  • This year my wife and I have been blessed with two very special gifts that have changed our lives! None of this would have been possible without your wonderful gift as an amazing doctor and surgeon. Thanks to you I can hold both of my children forever! You are an incredible person and I’m eternally grateful for what you have done.

  • We can’t even begin to express our gratitude to you. What you did for our son is beyond words. You have made Michael so happy to get back to baseball! He has a glove on his hand and cleats on his feet again! Thank you so very much!!