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Paul C. Bettinger, Orthopaedics provider.

Paul C. Bettinger, MD


I chose to specialize in orthopaedic hand surgery because I enjoy—and am challenged by—the mechanical complexity of the hand and wrist. My goal is to restore function to my patients’ hands and wrists so they can return to the activities they enjoy.

It’s gratifying to be able to help members of my community. I treat every patient as if they are part of my family. The only thing more rewarding than doing a great job during a complicated operation is seeing the happy expression on a patient’s face after I’ve repaired their hand.

Orthopaedics at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

The Department of Orthopaedics wants to improve your quality of life and get you back to doing the things you enjoy most. Our team includes specialists in every area of orthopaedic medicine including:

We work with you and your family to determine the best surgical or non-surgical treatment approach for you. Our goal is to provide the best results and help you achieve your goals.

Where to find me

Cheshire Medical Center

580 Court Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03431



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About me

Paul C. Bettinger, MD

  • Section Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery, Cheshire Medical Center


  • 1998

Areas of focus

  • Diagnosis and treatment of hand and wrist disorders
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Trigger fingers
  • Thumb and finger arthritis
  • Wrist arthritis and instability
  • Dupuytren's disease
  • Fractures
  • Tendon and nerve lacerations
  • Ligament ruptures
  • Bone and soft tissue tumors including ganglion cysts


  • English


Medical School

  • MD, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, 1989


  • General Surgery, Bellevue Medical Center, New York University, New York, NY, 1990


  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Bellevue Medical Center, New York University, New York, NY, 1994


  • Postdoctoral Research on Thumb Ligament Anatomy and Biomechanics, Mayo Clinic Orthopaedics Biomechanical Lab, Rochester, MN, 1995
  • Hand Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 1995

Board Certification

  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Surgery of the Hand