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Prominent Foot and Ankle Surgeon Returns to UPMC, Rejoins Five Colleagues Who Earlier Made Move

PITTSBURGH, June 28, 2013 – Another nationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon from the Allegheny Specialty Practice Network has left his practice and association with the West Penn Allegheny Health System to join UPMC effective Monday. Stephen F. Conti, M.D., becomes the newest member of the practice group, Orthopaedic Specialists—UPMC, created in January when five other prominent orthopaedic surgeons left the Allegheny network to become employed by UPMC.
Dr. Conti, a foot and ankle specialist at UPMC from 1993 to 2003, rejoins longtime colleagues Thomas B. Hughes Jr., M.D., Mark E. Baratz, M.D., Alan H. Klein, M.D., Christopher C. Schmidt, M.D., and Dean G. Sotereanos, M.D., in seeing patients in various convenient locations throughout the region as they make up the Orthopaedic Specialists—UPMC practice. All are board-certified in orthopaedic surgery. 
To extend UPMC’s world-class care to more communities in the region, Drs. Conti and Hughes are among the first orthopaedic surgeons from UPMC to regularly practice in eastern Ohio.
Dr. Conti has been voted by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America since 2002 and a Best Doctor in Pittsburgh. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles on the foot, and twice was named the recipient of the Golden Mallet Award for orthopaedic education as a clinical professor.
Dr. Baratz specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery with expertise in carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as elbow and shoulder conditions, and was named in April the vice chair of Community Outreach in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Klein is a general orthopaedic surgeon with interests in anterior cruciate ligament injuries, hip and knee replacement, and foot and ankle injuries. Drs. Hughes and Schmidt focus on hand and upper extremity surgery with expertise in arthritis management, carpal tunnel syndrome, joint replacement, and shoulder and elbow conditions. Dr. Sotereanos is known for his surgical expertise in treating hand, elbow and carpal tunnel conditions as well as shoulder and joint ailments.
“We are very pleased that these six extraordinary clinicians holding stellar reputations within the medical community have chosen UPMC,” said Steven D. Shapiro, M.D., executive vice president, chief medical and scientific officer, and president of the Physician Services Division, UPMC. “As part of our large integrated network, they are working to help make UPMC’s nationally renowned orthopaedic services and related clinical care even better for our patients and the communities we serve.” UPMC is consistently ranked highly in the nation for orthopaedics by U.S. News & World Report. “It also is important to our region to keep physicians of this caliber in western Pennsylvania,” Dr. Shapiro added.
“I have known each of these skilled and talented doctors for a long time. They are supporting our academic- and research-guided mission to help ensure the highest quality of accountable care and best outcomes for our patients today and in the future,” said Freddie H. Fu, M.D., David Silver Professor and Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC.
To reach Orthopaedic Specialists—UPMC, call 1-877-471-0935.

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