Elisa J. Knutsen, MD

Elisa J. Knutsen, MD is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hand, wrist and elbow injuries.  She is a graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa. She earned her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine where she was awarded the Thomas Gillespie award for excellence in orthopaedics and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

After completing residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Maryland, Dr. Knutsen continued her training at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri for a fellowship in hand surgery. At OrthoMaryland she specializes in hand surgery with particular interest in nerve compression syndromes, trauma, arthritis and sports injuries of the elbow, wrist and hand.

Dr. Knutsen was drawn to orthopaedics during her residency, where she observed the passion that orthopaedic surgeons had for their work. As a woman, Dr. Knutsen is part of a small percentage of female orthopaedic surgeons in the United States. However, she did not find that her gender stopped her from feeling consistently supported during her training. She says, “working on hands, wrists, and elbows requires knowledge not just of bones and muscles but also nerves, arteries and tendons. I like working on hands because they are the key to many vocations and the hobbies and activities that people enjoy.”

Dr. Knutsen has published articles in various journals including The Journal of Hand Surgery, Hand Clinics and The Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. Prior to joining OrthoMaryland in 2015 she was an orthopaedic surgeon and assistant professor with The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Washington, DC.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling, playing golf and watching sports, especially the Ravens.

Orthopaedic Interests

  • Thumb basal joint arthritis
  • Tendonitis of the wrist
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Wrist arthroscopy


Knutsen EJ, Paryavi E, Castillo RC, O’Toole RV. Is Satisfaction among Orthopaedic Trauma Patients Predicted by Depression and Activation Levels? The Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, 2015

Knutsen EJ, Goldfarb CA. Madelung’s Deformity. Hand,  2014

• Manning CN, Havlioglu N, Knutsen E, Sakiyama0Elbert SE, Silva MJ, Thomopoulos S, Gelberman RH. The early inflammatory response after flexor tendon healing: a gene expression and histological analysis. The Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 2014

Knutsen EJ, Calfee RP. Uncommon Upper Extremity Compression Neuropathies. Hand Clinics, 2014

• Farber DC, Knutsen EJ. Footwear Recommendation and patterns among Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons: A Survey. Foot and Ankle Spectator, 2013

• Davis C, Stall A, Knutsen E, Whitney A, Becker E, Hsieh A, O’Toole RV. Locking Plates in Osteoporosis: A Biomechanical Cadaveric Study of Diaphyseal Humerus Fractures. The Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, 2012

• Zlotolow D, Knutsen E, Yao J. Optimization of Volar Percutaneous Screw Fixation for Scaphoid Waist Fractures using Traction, Positioning, Imaging and an Angiocatheter Guide. The Journal of Hand Surgery, 2011

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Specialty Hand & Upper Extremity
General Orthopaedics
Board Certifications American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Fellowship Hand Fellowship, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Residency Orthopaedic Resident, University of Maryland, Baltimore, M.D.
Medical School University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD