Richard D. Battista, M.D.

Physician

Specialist In:

  • Elbow / Arm
  • Hand / Wrist
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Dr. Battista is President of OAA Orthopaedic Specialists. Prior to joining the practice as a premier hand surgeon in 2004, he served with distinction achieved by the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy. His career was marked by numerous personal, as well as unit awards & medals for meritorious service. He served as the Chief of Orthopaedics/General Surgery while stationed at the Naval Hospital Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. Most recently, he served as the Assistant Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD – The President’s Hospital.

Dr. Battista's experience in caring for members of the Congress/Senate and military leadership, as well as combat casualties during Operation Iraqi Freedom, augmented his sincere appreciation for how precious and vital our arms and hands are in everyday life. Now, his practice focuses exclusively on the treatment of hand, finger, wrist, and upper extremity conditions.

Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Dr. Battista attended Jefferson Medical College and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. He completed a Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh in 2001. He holds academic appointments as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and as Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the Penn State College of Medicine. He is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery. Dr. Battista maintains a variety of memberships in related professional organizations.
 
 
 

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  • Education
    • Undergraduate

      • Villanova University
        Villanova, PA

      Medical School

      • Jefferson Medical College
        Philadelphia, PA

      Surgical Internship

      • Abington Memorial Hospital
        Abington, PA

      Residency

      • Albert Einstein Medical Center Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
        Philadelphia, PA

      Fellowship – Hand/Upper Extremity Surgery

      • University of Pittsburgh
        Pittsburgh, PA

      Experience

      • United States Navy

      Board Certifications

        • Certificate of Added Qualifications - Hand Surgery
        • Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
        • Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners

      Professional Societies

        • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
        • American Association for Hand Surgery
        • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
        • Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society
        • Pennsylvania Medical Society
        • Lehigh County Medical Society
        • Albert Einstein Medical Center Orthopaedic Alumni Association 
  • FAQ
    • Q. How did you become interested in medicine?

      A. I became attracted to medicine in high school as my interest in science grew. I really enjoyed science classes and medicine seemed to be the roadmap to channel that interest into making a difference in people’s lives.

      Q. When did you decide to specialize in orthopaedics?

      A. Early in medical school, I developed the interest in orthopaedics. In medicine, similar personalities tend to coalesce in particular specialties. Orthopaedic surgery is a specialty that provides a degree of immediate satisfaction in terms of making a difference.

      Q. What are common conditions you treat? Is there anything patients can do to avoid developing their conditions?

      A. I treat nearly every condition in the upper extremity from just above the elbow to the fingertips. I have a particular interest in carpal tunnel syndrome and fractures of the wrist. My favorite advice to patients is that “if it hurts, don’t do it.” The vast majority of everyday orthopaedic conditions will likely go away with time. Unfortunately, some do not – that’s when my role increases.

      Q. What do you like best about working with your patients?

      A. People really respect our practice and what we have to offer. I enjoy learning about them personally and enjoy the challenge of restoring function so that they may be able to return to the level of activity that they crave.

      Q. What do you like best about working for OAA?

      A. Without question, the employees at OAA are top notch and are the true “wizards” behind the scenes that make our organization top notch. They all believe in what we do as physicians and their support is invaluable. I am also very honored and proud to have been elected president of the best orthopaedic organization in the Lehigh Valley. I never imagined that, 5 years into coming to OAA, that my partners would look to me to guide us through the uncertain future of medicine in the aftermath of healthcare reform. It is a great responsibility that I take very seriously, where failure is not an option.

      Q. Where are you from, originally, and how did you come to live in the Lehigh Valley?

      A. I am originally from the Mainline, just outside of Philadelphia – a lifelong Eagles, Phillies and Flyers fan! After becoming a bit burned out with tertiary care of casualties, I was lured to the Lehigh Valley by Dr. McDaid and Dr. Talsania, after reaching a crossroads in my Navy career. I had made the decision to transition from military medicine to the civilian sector. Having previously trained with both Dr. McDaid and Dr. Talsania, it was a natural fit. Not to mention that the Lehigh Valley is a great place to live.

      Q. If you were not an orthopaedic surgeon, what would you be doing?

      A. I had always wanted to fly jets. I try to attend any nearby air show whenever I can. Love the Blue Angels! Unfortunately, my eyesight disqualified me from that pursuit, and the emergence of refractive surgery came too late for me.

      Q. How do you apply your experience as an orthopaedic surgeon and a physician to the rest of your life?

      A. I have dedicated my life to what I do. I truly believe that there is no other specialty in medicine where the physicians are completely and literally thrilled doing what they do. Completing a challenging case is like scoring a touchdown, making a goal, hitting a home run…Attention to detail is critical.

      Q. Of what achievements are you especially proud?

      A. I am especially proud of my wonderful wife and two children. They are the reason that I strive to be the best at what I do, and do the best for OAA.

Quality of my life

Dear Dr. Battista, Just a note to tell you how grateful I am for everything you have done to help me these past few years. Starting with both Carpal Tunnel surgeries and going on with several Trigger Finger surgeries. When I think of the times I could not easily drive, hold a cup of coffee, work with a computer or even sleep without my hands and arms going numb and feeling pain. You have made a difference in my life in ways you can't even imagine. I wish you and your team everything good. I will always recommend OAA whenever someone is looking for excellent orthopaedic care. Thanks again for saving my quality of life. Sincerely, Lynne Waraksa

– Lynne

OAA Orthopaedic Specialist
Richard D. Battista
  • Elbow / Arm
  • Hand / Wrist
250 Cetronia road Allentown, PA 18104
Phone: 610.973.6200 URL of Map