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Christian Petrulio, MD

4.6 out of 5 (325 Ratings)


Hand Surgery / Orthopedic Surgery / Orthopedics

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About Christian Petrulio

Dr. Christian Petrulio is a double board certified, fellowship trained hand surgeon with board certification in both General Surgery and Hand Surgery. He graduated with honors from Harvard University after which he did research in the fields of wildlife conservation with the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, Africa and then virology research at New York University School of Medicine, from where he went on to receive his Doctorate in medicine.

His surgical training was done at Columbia University Medical Center’s New York-Presbyterian Hospital in General Surgery, during which time he did a fellowship in Surgical Oncology focusing his research on vaccine development for the treatment of melanoma. From there he went on to do his Hand and Microsurgery fellowship at the University of Louisville’s Kleinert-Kutz Institute, where he participated in the second and third hand transplants ever performed in the United States.

Upon completion of his surgical training, he joined a Hand Surgery practice in Austin, Texas for five years before joining Southcoast Physicians Group in 2014.

His areas of expertise include minimally invasive treatments for nerve compression, including carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar nerve compression. Other commonly treated problems include thumb arthritis, trigger fingers, Dupuytrens contractures, and all varieties of hand and wrist trauma including bone, tendon and nerve injuries.


Practicing at the following locations:

Southcoast Physicians Group Hand Surgery

300C Faunce Corner Road
Dartmouth , MA 02747

P: 508-973-2211

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Patient Comments (54)

At Southcoast Health, we strive to deliver exceptional patient care along with an exceptional patient experience. We appreciate all of your feedback and share your comments to recognize the wonderful care our teams provide to you as well as identify areas for improvement.

  • Awesome

  • It was a great experience. Dr. Petrullio was very nice and listened to my concerns. He explained everything thoroughly and the treatment he thought would provide me comfort.

  • All the staff were professional, friendly, knowledgeable and caring. I would highly recommend this practice.

  • I arrived early & was seen early, which was wonderful. Processing was efficient & friendly. I think I chose a prudent course of action, guided by conversation with doctor. I yelled into my mask during the injection but he just stayed steady. Am now trying to learn how to cope with one-handedness, given cast. The purple color cast is lovely, but it has a rough surface that catches on clothing, wishing that could be remedied.

  • On time appointment

  • This office took me in with an appointment right away. They explained everything they were very courteous made sure I knew what was going on. The doctor was very clear and efficient I had a wonderful experience.

  • Everyone was professional, courteous, explained everything to my understanding very well great practice all together great teamwork.

  • My Primary Care doctor's staff scheduled this appointment for me. I was amazed how soon I was able to get an appointment! Awesome service. I like Dr. Petrulio, and the entire staff at his office. Very nice!!

  • Greatly appreciated not having to wait too long

  • All good

  • Long wait to be checked in. Person ahead had an issue that took a long time and there was no second attendant to move the line. Line got five people long. Should be a solvable problem. Doctor was clearly ready for me as soon as checked in, about 15 minutes late.

  • PromptKnowledgeable..Good naturedGave an injection right where it was neededBrought about great relief to injury Told me to save my money probally did not need a follow up appointment when asked if there would be a follow up..Probally meant well.....

  • I don't feel comfortable with the doctors diagnosis because my injury was not even discussed and the diagnosis doesn't seem right.

  • The only issue I have was being told my surgery... after my surgery would be 8 to 12 weeks of physical therapy and recovery. Which in fact it's six months to a year.

  • Quick and easy

  • Quick and to the point. In and within 30 minutes.

  • Everyone in the office is very pleasant. Very attentive to my over all health. Office is very clean.

  • My health is very important to him. He was courteous and he listened to what I have to say.

  • I can't thank Dr. Petrulio enough for taking my concerns seriously and IMMEDIATELY. I told him what I wanted, he listened, compassionately, and he and his staff did what it took to get me answers faster than any other provider I've seen in my life. I CANNOT thank you enough.

  • I was pleased

  • The secretary was extremely helpful along with Dr.Petrulio. They could have had me come back for my treatment but they called on the spot , getting verbal permission. The doctor gave me my injection and was open for questions about my MRI. Dr. Petrulio is a true helpful specialist. [Name] [Redacted].

  • There was no wait , I was assessed by the physician , had an X-ray , was given a diagnosis , splint and follow up appointment quickly . The staff is very efficient , friendly & at all times professional . This office was like a well oiled machine . A pleasure ??

  • Very pleased with my first visit

  • Great bed side manner.The Dr took his time and explained everything.

  • Staff was friendly and I was taken into a room in a timely manner. Appointment was rushed and didn't feel it was thoroughly explained

  • Haven't had the hand surgery yet so too early to judge, comment

  • Timeliness, or lack of. Waited 45" to see MD; was with him probably 5-7"

  • Dr Patrulio was patient and curtious explaining my diagnosis.That made me feel calm and comfortable meeting him for the first time. I would definitely recommend him to anyone in need of a hand surgeon.

  • The facility was supposed to set up an MRI and call me with the date.As of today, that has not happened.

  • Very efficient office!

  • Freindly, supportive staff and knowedgeable Doctor

  • Everything was perfect at the time of the visit

  • The doctor was very good. The receptionist could not coordinate my workman's comp claim. She kept messing up my place of employment even though I told her multiple times where I worked.

  • I liked that X-ray capability was accessible very close by in the same area of the bldg. doctor Petrulio is a good listener. I was taken in to the exam room about 5 minutes before my appointment but I did have to wait 25 minutes to see the doctor. Facility was very clean, modern and observed mask protocols.

  • Nice office, easy checkin, medical assistant [Name] very thorough, and Dr Petrulio easy to talk to and felt he listened to me.

  • I recently saw Dr. Christian Petrulio in the dartmouth office and i was very impressed ! Being the son of an Orthopedic surgeon and having a history of many broken bones (athletics), Cancer, Neuropathy, Herniated Discs, and lower back disc problems. My father cared for me many years, and seeing many orthopedic surgeons since my dad passed away ~ you could say i have been around the block a few times. Dr Petrulio was totally straight forward with me, he was kind and very intelligent. I was glad i was able to get Dr Petrulio as my hand surgeon ~ i feel very comfortable having him as my doctor.

  • Dr. Petrulio explained everything, I was seen in a timely matter and I definitely will go back to him, very kind understanding, and I would recommend him to my friends and family.

  • My experience would have been better if the doctor would have taken the time to show me my x-rays. And explain to me, the procedure that was being done and what I could expect after the surgery as far as how long I'm going to be wearing a cast. And, you know, just overall what to expect. I was never told that. It was more like, okay, you need surgery, sign here, sign here, sign here. Okay. See you on your surgery date. Bye.

  • My sons appt was at 8:15 AM and we waited in exam room for 40 minutes before being seen by dr. When he did finally come in he was extremely brief - spoke about 10 words to us.Dr seemed as though he did not want to be there. He was so brief I thought we would get a few more minutes for questions after the tech casted my sons hand but not the case. I called the office later in the day after the visit to get info on sports restrictions only to learn that the Dr leaves at noon on Fridays. Thankfully the PA was available to help me get the info I needed in a very time manner. Overall not the best experience, Dr should just take the entire day off on Fridays. Clearly he needs a break.

  • Everything

  • I got an appointment with MD quickly. The other provider in the office had an emergency and would be putting my surgery off for another 2 weeks. I was very satisfied with the Dr.

  • Appointment was on time!

  • The staff was very friendly. Excellent customer service.

  • No complaints.

  • Visit proceeded smoothly with doctor, xray and splint people. Just wish appointment could have been sooner to when I got hurt.

  • Excellent visit with Dr Petrilio. He was kind, attentive and knowledgeable.

  • So happy with this provider - he knew what he was talking about and was very reassuring. What a difference from the useless rheumatologist I saw for this same problem. Dr. Petrulia was GREAT!

  • Everyone, doctor and staff were excellent. I was seen in a timely manner and procedures and the hand support use were thoroughly explained.

  • All went well no isdues

  • You're doing well.

  • Excellent doctor, excellent care, great staff, great facility!

  • The facility was amazing you did absolutely nothing wrong... Dr. Petrulio and staff were very cooperative they talked in a language I could understand and for elderly people that's very hard when doctors use big words that they don't know what they mean. They were he was very open and any questions anything you don't understand. Staff was great... I couldn't have asked for a better appointment and I would recommend it to anyone.

  • This was my 2 nd visit to the facility and everyone was friendly cheerful and helpful both times

  • Hi. I'm very happy with my doctor's there in South Coast. You guys don't need to improve anything you guys were very good and been very helpful through this pandemic. Which I got it,got that stuff and they help me out very much and I just want to say I'm very healthy now and doing everything I can do to stay healthy. Thank you very much and you guys are just wonderful.

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