Palo Alto Hand Surgery

Dr. Andrew Gutow 

Dr. Jennifer Schneider

A dedicated hand and upper extremity practice in Palo Alto at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Dr. Gutow and  Dr. Schneider are board certified orthopaedic surgeons with specialty training in Hand Surgery and Upper Extremity Surgery who together have over 25 years of experience treating disorders and injuries of the hand and arm in children and adults.


Our goal is to use our skills as hand surgeons to help you restore function of your arm and hand and to relieve your pain.


Each year we perform over 500 surgical procedures for repair and reconstruction of the upper extremity.  We treat broken bones from the shoulder down to the finger tip. The upper extremity is our only area of focus so that we have more experience in this area than a general orthopedic or sports medicine surgeon who also treats injuries of other parts of the body.

Some of our most common surgeries include surgical repair of fractures, release of carpal tunnel, release of trigger finger, surgery for arthritic joints and treatment of hand masses (tumors).  We treat dupuytren contractures with the newest most minimal incision techniques such as needle aponeurotomy (performed under local anesthetic in the exam room) and with more extensive surgical excisions in the operating room.  We also perform specialized procedures such as microsurgical nerve and vessel repair and vascularized grafting to bones.  Common injuries we treat include sprains of the thumb (gamekeeper or skiers thumb), and  fractures (breaks) of the finger, wrist, forearm (radius and ulna), elbow (radial head,olecranon of the ulna and humerus) and shoulder (proximal humerus and clavicle)

Dr. Schneider received her undergraduate degree from Harvard College, Class of 1989, medical degree from Georgetown University and completed an Orthopaedic Surgery Residency and  additional training in Hand Surgery at Stanford.  She has been practicing in Palo Alto since 2001, and previously worked at the Menlo Clinic and Sequoia Hospital.




Dr. Gutow received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College,  Class of 1986, medical degree from Michigan, completed an Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Yale, and training in Hand and Microsurgery  at the USC/Joseph Boyes Fellowship.  He has been practicing in Palo Alto since 2004, and was previously in pactice as part of the full time teaching faculty at the University of Michigan.  Dr. Gutow has an adjunct clinical appointment at Stanford Medical School teaching the residents and fellows in Hand Surgery.