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Orthopaedic Surgeons and Specialists Biographies

William D. Abraham, MD

William Abraham, MD | Orthopedic Surgery
William D. Abraham, MD, is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon with Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers, and a member of its hip and knee reconstruction team. Dr. Abraham trained at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Hershey Medical Center at Penn State. He also completed a total joint replacement fellowship at the Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic and Emory University. He was the recipient of a two-year research grant to study total knee replacement, and since has written several articles on total knee and hip replacement procedures. In 1996, Dr. Abraham joined Pittsburgh-based Tri Rivers Surgical Associates, now Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers. His practice focuses on total joint replacement surgery and general orthopaedics. Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Abraham is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and Allegheny County Medical Society.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Hip surgery
  • Knee surgery
  • General orthopaedics
  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Knee replacement surgery

D. Kelly Agnew, MD

D. Kelly Agnew, MD | Orthopedic Surgery
D. Kelly Agnew, MD, is executive physician administrator of Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers and a member of its hip and knee reconstruction team. After receiving his medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine in 1989, Dr. Agnew completed an internship and orthopaedic surgical residency at the University of South Carolina. In 1990, while an intern, he joined the U.S. Naval Reserves Medical Corps, serving for 15 years. This included serving as commander during a period of active duty in 2003. In 1994, Dr. Agnew joined Pittsburgh-based Tri Rivers Surgical Associates, now Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers. Maintaining privileges at three hospitals, his practice focuses on total joint replacement surgery and general orthopaedics. Dr. Agnew is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and serves as a team physician for local high school athletic programs, providing on-field sports medicine coverage. Dr. Agnew is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and Allegheny County Medical Society.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Hip surgery
  • Knee surgery
  • General orthopaedics
  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Knee replacement surgery

Kelley Anderson, DO

Kelley Anderson, DO | Orthopedic Surgery
Kelley Anderson, DO, is a board-certified primary care sports medicine physician and assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. She is also medical advisor for the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program. Dr. Anderson serves as assistant fellowship director for the UPMC Family Medicine Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, and is a team physician for Carnegie Mellon University athletics.

Dr. Anderson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Allegheny College and received her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her family medicine residency, as well as her fellowship in sports medicine at UPMC.

Additionally, Dr. Anderson is in charge of the Elite Runner’s medical tent at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and is an active member of the Pittsburgh Marathon Executive Medical Advisory Board. She provides medical coverage for the annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic and is the medical director for the annual Pittsburgh, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Having participated in gymnastics, diving, and dance herself, Dr. Anderson has a special interest in these athletes. She enjoys helping athletes of all ages and levels achieve their goals.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Primary care sports medicine (Non-surgical)
  • General fracture care
  • Sports medicine (Upper extremity)
  • Sports medicine (Lower extremity)
  • General foot and ankle (Non-surgical)

Robert Armstrong, DO

Robert Armstrong, DO | Orthopedic Surgery
Robert Armstrong, DO, specializes in orthopaedic surgery with sub specialties in hip replacement surgery, knee replacement surgery, general fracture care, arthroscopic knee surgery, and arthroscopic shoulder surgery. He received his medical degree from Rowan University of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Armstrong completed his residency at SSM DePaul in St. Louis, Mo., and his fellowship at Community General Osteopathic Hospital in Harrisburg, Pa.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hip Replacement Surgery
  • Knee Replacement Surgery
  • General Fracture Care
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • General Orthopaedic Surgery

Mark E. Baratz, MD

Mark Baratz, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Mark Baratz, MD, is vice chairman of orthopaedic surgery at UPMC and director of the hand and upper extremity fellowship. Before joining Orthopaedic Specialists—UPMC, Dr. Baratz was a consultant to the Pittsburgh Pirates until 2012. He is currently a consultant to the Pittsburgh Penguins, and consults for the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), and with Major League Baseball (MLB) teams. He is past-president of the American Association of Hand Surgery. Dr. Baratz has over 100 published articles, chapters, and textbooks, and is an associate editor for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and the Journal of Hand Surgery. Dr. Baratz has been recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s "Top Docs" by Pittsburgh Magazine since 2004. He has been elected to America’s Top Doctors, America’s Top Orthopedists, and received Patients' Choice Compassionate Doctor Recognition. He specializes in the care of high-level athletes; arthroscopy and arthroplasty of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand; care of arthritis; and conditions affecting nerves and blood vessels. Dr. Baratz has extensive experience with the care of pediatric upper-extremity conditions.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Shoulder surgery

Jeffrey A. Baum, MD

Jeffery Baum, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Jeffrey A. Baum, MD, is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery, as well as a fellowship in spine surgery at UPMC. He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Baum is a member of several professional and scientific societies including the North American Spine Society, the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He specializes in spine surgery and general orthopaedics. Dr. Baum currently serves as clinical assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, and is a member of the committee on professionalism for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Baum and his partners at Three Rivers Orthopedic Associates – UPMC were recently acknowledged among Pittsburgh’s “Best Doctors” in 2016 by Pittsburgh Magazine.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Spine/back/neck surgery
  • General orthopaedics

Lisa R. Blackrick, MD

Lisa Blackrick, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Lisa R. Blackrick, MD, is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University of Cleveland. She completed her orthopaedic surgical residency at UPMC, as well as a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Dr. Blackrick is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon. Additionally, she is assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UPMC. Dr. Blackrick’s research emphasis focuses on surgical site infections, fracture healing, and limb reconstruction. She specializes in acute fracture care, fracture malunion and nonunion, care of polytrauma patients, and degenerative joint disease.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Orthopaedic trauma
  • General orthopaedics
  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Knee replacement surgery
  • General fracture care
  • Shoulder replacement surgery

Jerome Bonier, DO

Jerome Bonier, DO, specializes in general orthopaedics in addition to orthopaedic trauma and hip, knee, and shoulder surgery. He earned his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a residency at JFK Memorial Hospital in Edison, N.J. Dr. Bonier is board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hip surgery
  • Knee surgery
  • General orthopaedics
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Orthopaedic trauma

Patrick Bosch, MD

Patrick Bosch, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Patrick Bosch, MD, is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Iowa School of Medicine. He completed an orthopaedic residency at UPMC, and fellowship in pediatric surgery and spinal deformity at The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. He has completed supplemental fellowships in Auckland, New Zealand and Bern, Switzerland. Dr. Bosch is an active member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) and the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS). He has published research and invited chapters on pediatric spine, hip, and trauma issues. He has received funding from POSNA and the SRS for ongoing research on blood loss in spinal deformity surgery. Dr. Bosch has been recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s “Top Docs” by Pittsburgh Magazine since 2012. He specializes in pediatric orthopaedic issues such as club foot, hip dysplasia, and scoliosis.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Pediatric orthopaedic surgery
  • Sports medicine (Lower extremity)

James P. Bradley, MD

James Bradley, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

James P. Bradley, MD, is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at UPMC, as well as a fellowship in sports medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Inglewood, Calif. Dr. Bradley is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, the Twentieth Century Orthopaedic Society, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. He has published over 160 articles, and over 50 book chapters. Dr. Bradley regularly presents his clinical and research findings at national meetings. Additionally, Dr. Bradley is head orthopaedic surgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers and co-founded Burke and Bradley Orthopaedics at UPMC St. Margaret. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Bradley has been recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s Top Doctors by Pittsburgh Magazine. He was also recognized as one of the Top 19 Sports Medicine Specialists in the United States in Orthopedics This Week. Dr. Bradley specializes in the care of athletes and active adults, and has extensive experience with arthroscopy and arthroplasty of the shoulder, elbow, and knee.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Knee surgery
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Arthroscopic shoulder surgery
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Sports medicine (Upper extremity)
  • Sports medicine (Lower extremity)

Charles J. Burke III, MD

Charles Burke, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Charles "Chip" J. Burke III, MD, graduated from Harvard University and the University of Cincinnati Medical College. Dr. Burke completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at UPMC and a fellowship in traumatology in Graz, Austria. Dr. Burke has been named to Pittsburgh Magazine’s “Top Doctors” for the past 11 years. Dr. Burke served as team physician for the Pittsburgh Penguins for 27 years and was elected into their Hall of Fame in 2013. He was the team physician for the U.S. hockey team at the 2002 Winter Olympics, and 1991 Canada Cup. He is past-president of the National Hockey League (NHL) Team Physician Society and served on both the Executive Committee and the Injury Analysis Panel of the NHL. Dr. Burke developed the NHL Concussion Program, the world’s largest study investigating the effects of head injuries in sports. He serves on USA Hockey’s safety and protective equipment committee and is associate coach-in-chief of the Mid-Am District. In 2015, Dr. Burke was awarded the National Excellence in Safety Award. Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Dr. Burke is clinical associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and co-founder of Burke and Bradley Orthopaedics at UPMC St. Margaret. He is a member of numerous national organizations. Dr. Burke specializes in the treatment of shoulder and knee problems utilizing the latest in arthroscopic and joint replacement techniques.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Knee surgery
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Knee replacement surgery
  • Sports medicine (Upper extremity)
  • Sports medicine (Lower extremity)

Patrick. R. Burns, DPM

Patrick Burns, DPM | Orthopedic Surgery

Board-certified in both foot surgery and reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery, Patrick R. Burns DPM, is assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and director of the UPMC podiatric medical and surgical residency based at UPMC Mercy. Dr. Burns earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, graduating with honors. He then graduated summa cum laude from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. He returned to the University of Pittsburgh in 2000 to complete his surgical residency. In 2006, Dr. Burns joined the Foot and Ankle Division of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Burns is board-certified in foot surgery, and reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery. He is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and is a diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Dr. Burns is an editor for Diabetic Foot and Ankle, and on the editorial board for Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, and Foot and Ankle Specialist. He has written articles and textbook chapters regarding foot and ankle surgery and reconstruction, and lectures regularly across the country. In 2014, he was named to the list of “Most Influential” DPM’s across the country, and in 2015 won the “Distinguished Service Award” from the Pennsylvania Podiatric Medical Association. His interests and specialties include complex foot and ankle deformity and preservation techniques. He has extensive experience with complicated surgery of the foot and ankle, fracture care, charcot neuroarthropathy, diabetic limb preservation, and external fixation techniques.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Podiatric foot and ankle surgery
  • Podiatric foot surgery
  • Podiatric orthopaedics

Donald C. Campbell, DO

Donald Campbell, DO | Orthopedic Surgery

Donald Campbell, DO, specializes in orthopaedic surgery with a sub specialty in sports medicine. He graduated from and completed his residency at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia. He went on to complete a fellowship at the Pennsylvania Hospital-Penn Orthopedics also in Philadelphia.




Franklin H. Chou, MD

Franklin Chou, MD | Orthopedic Surgery
Franklin H. Chou, MD, is a graduate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, as well as a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at UPMC. Dr. Chou is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and obtained a subspecialty certificate in surgery of the hand. Dr. Chou is a member of several professional and scientific societies including the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery, and general orthopaedics. Dr. Chou currently serves as clinical instructor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Chou and his partners at Three Rivers Orthopedic Associates – UPMC were recently acknowledged among Pittsburgh’s “Best Doctors” in 2016 by Pittsburgh Magazine.

Clinical Specialties:

  • General orthopaedics
  • Hand, wrist, and/or upper extremity surgery

Adrian Clayton, DO

Adrian Clayton, DO, specializes in minimally invasive joint replacement and adult joint reconstruction. He received his undergraduate degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. and went on to receive his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie. He completed his residency at Memorial Hospital in York, Pa. and his fellowship in adult joint reconstruction at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopaedics, Sinai Hospital, in Baltimore, Md. 

Dr. Clayon's professional affiliations include UPMC Altoona, American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, American Osteopathic Association, and Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association.

Stephen F. Conti, MD

Stephen Conti, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Stephen F. Conti, MD, is a graduate of New Jersey Medical School. He completed his residency at the Hospital for Joint Diseases at New York University and a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery from the Center for Orthopaedic Care. Dr. Conti has been in academic medicine for over 20 years and is currently clinical professor for the University Of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is a two-time recipient of the Golden Mallet Award for excellence in orthopaedic education, and has been consistently voted by his peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America” since 2002. Dr. Conti is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, and has authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles. He is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and is the driving force and founding practice partner of the Orthopaedic Specialists—UPMC group. Dr. Conti’s clinical emphasis is both non-operative and operative foot and ankle issues. Dr. Conti and his family founded “Our Hearts to Your Soles” in 2004, a non-profit that provides free medical foot examinations and shoes to the less fortunate in over 30 sites across the United States.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Ankle replacement surgery
  • General foot and ankle (Non-surgical)

Gary J. Cortina, MD

Gary J. Cortina, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Gary Cortina, MD, specializes in orthopaedic surgery. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. Cortina completed his residency at UPMC Hamot in Erie and two fellowships at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Knee replacement surgery
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Arthroscopic shoulder surgery
  • Sports medicine (Upper extremity)
  • Sports medicine (Lower extremity)

Lawrence S. Crossett, MD

Lawrence Crossett, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Lawrence S. Crossett, MD, is chief of adult reconstruction within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UPMC and clinical associate professor of orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Crossett is a graduate of Bucknell University and Temple University School of Medicine. He is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Crossett specializes in joint replacement of the hip and knee, as well as complex revisions of the hip and knee. His practice is based at the UPMC Shadyside campus, which is considered a regional referral center for joint replacement surgery. He regularly presents at national and international meetings. Dr. Crossett has been consistently named as one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly and one of Pittsburgh’s Top Doctors by Pittsburgh Magazine.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Knee replacement surgery

Ozgur Dede, MD

Ozgur Dede, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Ozgur Dede, MD, is a graduate of Hacettepe University Medical School in Ankara, Turkey, where he also completed his residency training in orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Dede completed two spine surgery fellowships at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He completed two pediatric orthopaedic surgery fellowships at A I DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Dede is a member of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), and Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA). He has published more than 30 articles and book chapters, and presents at national and international meetings. Dr. Dede specializes in pediatric spine deformities and orthopaedic management of neuromuscular disease.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Pediatric orthopaedic surgery
  • Spine/back/neck surgery

William F. Donaldson III, MD

William Donaldson, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

William F. Donaldson, III, MD, is a graduate of the Rush Medical College. He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery, as well as a fellowship in spine surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Dr. Donaldson serves on the program committee for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Scoliosis Research Society, and the Rocky Mountain Trauma Society. He is also involved in the Cervical Spine Research Society, North American Spine Society, and the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. He has published more than 100 articles, book chapters, and textbooks, and regularly presents his clinical and research findings at national meetings. He serves as executive vice chairman for Clinical Services, and division chief of the spine service for Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Donaldson has been recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s "Top Docs" by Pittsburgh Magazine since 2000. He specializes in the care of spinal disorders and spinal surgery.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Spine/back/neck surgery

Jeanne Doperak, DO

Jeanne Doperak, DO | Orthopedic Surgery
Jeanne Doperak, DO, is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a residency in family medicine at Latrobe Hospital as well as a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at UPMC. Dr. Doperak is assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh and serves as primary care sports medicine fellowship director. She regularly presents sports medicine topics at both regional and national meetings, and has published several book chapters on this topic. She is the head primary care team physician for the Olympic sports at the University of Pittsburgh, including the men’s basketball team, and is head team physician for the St. Vincent College football team. Dr. Doperak is assistant team physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers. She serves as an executive committee member for the ACC Physician’s Society, is a peer reviewer for the Sports Review Journal, and sits on the academic leadership committee at UPMC St. Margaret. Dr. Doperak specializes in all sports injuries at all ages.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Primary care sports medicine (Non-surgical)
  • Sports medicine (Upper extremity)
  • Sports medicine (Lower extremity)
  • General lower extremity (Non-surgical)
  • General upper extremity (Non-surgical)
  • General foot and ankle (Non-surgical)

Anna M. Dumont, DO

Anna Dumont, DO | Orthopedic Surgery
Anna M. Dumont, DO, is a fellowship-trained primary care sports medicine specialist with Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers and a member of the nonsurgical sports medicine team. Dr. Dumont attended the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at UPMC. She conducted a primary care sports medicine fellowship at the Max Sports Medicine Center in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Dumont served as a team physician for Otterbein College and provided medical coverage for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League. In 2010, she joined Pittsburgh-based Tri Rivers Surgical Associates, now Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers. Dr. Dumont serves as a team physician for local high school teams. She specializes in the treatment of acute and chronic injuries, soft tissue injuries, fractures, sprains, strains, and juvenile back pain. She also provides concussion care, including ImPACT® baseline and post-concussion testing, and osteoporosis management.

Clinical Specialties:

  • General fracture care
  • Primary care sports medicine
  • Sports medicine (Upper extremity)
  • Sports medicine (Lower extremity)
  • General upper extremity (Non-surgical)
  • General lower extremity (Non-surgical)

David P. Fowler, MD

David Fowler, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Since completing sports research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in association with the Boston Red Sox, David P. Fowler, MD, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed a surgical internship and sports medicine research fellowship at the University of Massachusetts before returning to UPMC to complete his orthopaedic training. Dr. Fowler served as medical staff president and is currently a member of the medical executive committee at UPMC East. He is a general orthopaedist, seeing nearly all orthopaedic maladies with an emphasis in total joint replacement, including computer assisted total knee replacement, and sports medicine. Dr. Fowler has served as the team doctor at Gateway High School since 1986.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Knee surgery

John R. Fowler, MD

John Fowler, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

John R. Fowler, MD, is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Temple University Hospital and a fellowship in hand, upper extremity, and microvascular surgery at UPMC. Dr. Fowler serves on multiple committees for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and the American Association of Hand Surgery (AAHS). He is a reviewer for the Journal of Hand Surgery and has published over 50 scientific articles. He was recently selected as a “Young Leader” by the ASSH, an honor given to only 15 hand surgeons per year. Dr. Fowler treats both children and adults. He has an active practice at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, treating both traumatic injuries and congenital hand and arm deformities. In adults, Dr. Fowler treats all conditions from the clavicle to the fingertips, including fractures, nerve compression (carpal tunnel syndrome), nerve injuries, tendon lacerations, arthritis, and rotator cuff tears. He utilizes minimally invasive techniques such as endoscopic carpal tunnel release and ultrasound guided tennis elbow release to allow a faster recovery after surgery. Dr. Fowler’s research interests include the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound for the diagnosis and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Elbow surgery
  • Hand, wrist, and/or upper extremity surgery
  • Arthroscopic shoulder surgery
  • Arthroscopic wrist surgery
  • Finger(s) surgery
  • Pediatric upper extremity

Freddie H. Fu, MD, DSc (Hon), DPs (Hon)

Freddie Fu, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Freddie H. Fu, MD, is the David Silver Professor and chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Fu specializes in sports medicine and serves as head team physician for the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department.

He graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1974 and received his BMS in 1975 from Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Fu earned his medical degree in 1977 at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed his general surgery internship at Brown University. He then returned to UPMC, where he completed his orthopaedic residency training. Dr. Fu was an AO International Fellow at the Hannover Trauma Center in Germany, and was also an ESSKA-AOSSM Sports Medicine Travelling Fellow.

Dr. Fu’s major research interest lies in anatomic ACL reconstruction, clinical outcomes, and bioengineering of sports-related problems. He has been honored with over 260 professional awards, made over 1150 national and international presentations, co-authored 173 books, chapters, and 570 articles on the management of sports injuries, and edited 30 major orthopaedic textbooks.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Knee surgery
  • Sports medicine (Lower extremity)

Mark A. Fye, MD

William Abraham, MD | Orthopedic Surgery
Mark A. Fye, MD, is a graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed a residency in general surgery and orthopaedic surgery at the Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. He completed a fellowship in spinal surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, University Hospital of Cleveland, in Ohio. Dr. Fye is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and a member of Orthopaedic Specialists—UPMC. His areas of clinical expertise include spinal surgery, neck and back care, disc herniations, stenosis, and osteoporotic spinal fractures.

Clinical Specialties:

  • General spine/back/neck (Non-surgical)
  • Spine/back/neck surgery

Michael B. Gaffney, MD

Michael B. Gaffney, MD, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at UPMC. He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a member of its society. He specializes in knee and hip surgery, arthroscopy, and general orthopaedics. Dr. Gaffney currently serves as clinical instructor of orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Gaffney and his partners at Three Rivers Orthopedic Associates – UPMC were recently acknowledged among Pittsburgh’s “Best Doctors” in 2016 by Pittsburgh Magazine.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Knee surgery
  • Hip surgery
  • General orthopaedics
  • General fracture care

Mark Gardner, DO

Mark Gardner, DO, graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a residency at Humility of Mary Health Partners in Warren and Youngstown, Ohio, and is board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Gardner offers general orthopaedic surgery procedures and has a special interest in total joint arthroplasty and sports medicine.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hip surgery
  • Knee surgery
  • Shoulder surgery
  • General orthopaedics

Trenton M. Gause, MD

Trenton M. Gause, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon with Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers and a member of its hand and upper extremity team. He obtained his medical degree and orthopaedic training at the College of Medicine and Hershey Medical Center, both at Penn State. He conducted a spine fellowship in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center, and completed additional training in upper extremity surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Gause has written numerous articles on orthopaedic surgery techniques. In 1996, Dr. Gause joined Pittsburgh-based Tri Rivers Surgical Associates, now Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers. Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Gause is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, the Pennsylvania Medical Society and Allegheny County Medical Society. He performs shoulder surgery, including reverse shoulder replacement, rotator cuff repair and shoulder stabilization, as well as elbow and wrist arthroscopy, including carpal tunnel release.

Clinical Specialties:

  • General orthopaedics
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Elbow surgery
  • Hand, wrist, and/or upper extremity surgery
  • Shoulder replacement surgery
  • Wrist surgery

Robert Goitz, MD

Robert Goitz, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Robert Goitz, MD, is chief of the Division of Hand/Upper Extremity/Microsurgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgey at UPMC. Dr. Goitz graduated from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed an orthopaedic residency at UPMC and a hand and upper extremity fellowship at the Indiana Hand Center. Dr. Goitz is actively engaged in numerous research projects, including carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist biomechanics, osteoarthritis of the hand, and pediatric limb differences. He is an editor of four hand journals, and nationally participates in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, as well as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has published over 100 articles and lectures nationally at numerous scientific meetings and courses. Dr. Goitz has been recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s “Best Doctors” by Best Doctors, Inc. in Pittsburgh Magazine, and “America’s Top Docs” since 2010.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Arthroscopic shoulder surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Hand, wrist, and/or upper extremity surgery
  • Shoulder replacement surgery
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Wrist surgery

Gregg Goldstrohm, MD

Gregg Goldstrohm, MD, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at UPMC and a fellowship in hand surgery at University of Florida Health. Dr. Goldstrohm is certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a prehospital physician and sees patients with various orthopaedic complaints.

Mark A. Goodman, MD

Mark Goodman, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Mark A. Goodman, MD, is a graduate of State University of New York-Downstate Medical Center. He completed his orthopaedic residency and research year at UPMC, and completed a year of specialty training in orthopaedic oncology at the University of Florida. Dr. Goodman has committed his career to cancer surgery and general orthopaedics, and has helped build the program at UPMC into one of the premier orthopaedic oncology programs in the United States. Dr. Goodman is past president of the Allegheny County Medical Society and served 17 years as chief of orthopaedics at UPMC Shadyside. He is recognized as a Pittsburgh “Best Doctor” by Best Doctors, Inc. in Pittsburgh Magazine and has been honored with numerous awards. Dr. Goodman has presented at national meetings and has been published many times. His current practice ranges from oncology, to infections, to limited general orthopaedics.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Musculoskeletal oncology

Timothy Graham, MD

Timothy Graham, MD | Orthopedic Surgery  
Timothy Graham, MD, is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Dr, Graham is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is an active member of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society, PA Medical Society, Lawrence County Medical Society, and Jefferson Orthopedic Society.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hip Surgery
  • Knee Surgery
  • General Orthopaedics
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • General Fracture Care
  • Sports Medicine (Upper Extremity)
  • Sports Medicine (Lower Extremity)

Yram J. Groff, MD

Yram J. Groff, MD, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and was honored with the Sankey Award for Excellence in Orthopaedics. Dr. Groff completed his internship in general surgery, residency in orthopaedic surgery, and fellowship in sports medicine and arthroscopy at UPMC. Dr. Groff was honored with the Most Outstanding Resident Award. He has authored numerous papers and has given academic presentations on a wide variety of topics. Dr. Groff is clinical instructor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Qualified to evaluate and treat the entire spectrum of orthopaedic problems, Dr. Groff specializes in sports-related injuries and disease of the knee and shoulder. Dr. Groff is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He holds a subspecialty certificate in sports medicine through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


Clinical Specialties:

  • General orthopaedics
  • Knee replacement surgery
  • Arthroscopic shoulder surgery
  • Shoulder replacement surgery

Jan S. Grudziak, MD, PhD

Jan S. Grudziak, MD, PhD, was born and raised in Poland and completed his pre-med and medical graduate school at the K. Marcinkowski University School of Medicine in Poznan, Poland. His special interests included congenital hip and foot deformations, adolescent scoliosis, and adolescent and pediatric sports medicine. In 1991, he finished and defended his doctorate thesis about genetic, demographic, and treatment variables influencing the final treatment outcome of congenital clubfeet.
 

Dr. Grudziak came to Pittsburgh to participate in research projects at the University of Pittsburgh. He repeated his orthopaedic residency at UPMC and completed his pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Dr. Grudziak contributed to a pioneering surgical approach for the treatment of the dysplastic hip—the Dega transiliac osteotomy. This operative technique has become one of the standard procedures in the treatment of the dysplastic hip. His current research interests include ACL injuries in skeletally immature patients and pain control after surgery. His clinical practice focuses on adolescent and pediatric sports injuries of the knee, ankle, elbow, and shoulder. Dr. Grudziak has been appointed medical director of sports medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Knee surgery
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Arthroscopic hip surgery
  • Sports medicine (Upper extremity)
  • Sports medicine (Lower extremity)

Gary Gruen, MD

Gary Gruen, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Gary Gruen, MD, is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, graduating with honors. He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at UPMC as well as a fellowship in trauma surgery at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. Dr. Gruen serves as chief of orthopaedic trauma surgery at UPMC. He received numerous accolades and honors and was promoted to professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Gruen is a clinician scientist and has been recognized as a “Best Doctor in America” by Best Doctors, Inc. in Pittsburgh Magazine. He has been a principal investigator of several research grants including gene therapy in a fracture model. Dr. Gruen has published more than 70 articles, book chapters, and text books, and regularly presents his clinical and research findings at national meetings. Dr. Gruen has held leadership and committee positions in major professional organizations such as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Orthopaedic trauma
  • General fracture care
  • Sports medicine (Upper extremity)
  • Sports medicine (Lower extremity)

Brian R. Hamlin, MD

Brian R. Hamlin, MD, is a graduate of The University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. He completed his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. After completion of his military obligation to the United States Air Force, he pursued a fellowship in adult reconstruction at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. From 2006 to 2010, he served as head of the section of adult reconstruction for the Department of Orthopaedics at West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Hamlin joined The Bone and Joint Center at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC in 2010. He is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. His clinical practice encompasses all aspects of care to the adult hip and knee, including complex primary and revision surgery. Dr. Hamlin has published and presented numerous research projects in advancement of joint replacement, including the examination of new techniques and technologies, and the long term survivorship of implants.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hip surgery
  • Knee surgery
  • Bloodless medicine

Steven Hand, DO, MS

Steven Hand, DO, MS, is a graduate of the University of Pikeville School of Osteopathic Medicine (Currently the Kentucky College Of Osteopathic Medicine). He completed his internship at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City and his residency at UPMC Horizon. Dr. Hand also completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Millcreek Community Hospital-LECOM in Erie, Pa., as well as a fellowship in adult reconstruction and total joint replacement surgery at The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He serves on the continuing medical education committee for the American Osteopathic Association of Orthopedics. Dr. Hand is adjunct faculty for the LECOM Orthopaedic Residency Program and program site director for the LECOM Orthopaedic Surgery Program at UPMC Jameson. Dr. Hand regularly presents clinical and research findings at national meetings. Additionally, Dr. Hand is team physician for Lawrence County High Schools including New Castle, Mohawk, Neshannock, Laurel, Union, and Shenango. Dr. Hand has been recognized as one of Lawrence County’s “Top Docs" since 2012. He specializes in the care of active adults, athletes, and geriatric patients. He has extensive experience with arthroplasty/replacement of the hip and knee joints including both primary and revision joints. Dr. Hand also treats general orthopaedic conditions as well as sports injuries.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hip Replacement Surgery
  • Knee Replacement Surgery

Charles Harvey, DO

Charles Harvey, DO, is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon whose specialties are spinal (neck and back) disorders and total hip replacement. He received his medical degree from and completed an internship and residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. Harvey completed a fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics and Spine Surgery at Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa.

Dr Harvey's professional affiliations include: Physical Therapy Medical Director at UPMC Altoona, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, American Osteopathic Association, American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics, Pennsylvania Medical Society, and Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society.

Dr. Harvey has earned the following honors and awards: Allegheny Family Physicians Clinical Teacher of the Year for 1993 - 1994 and New York University's Founder's Day Award in 1979.

 

Carl T. Hasselman, MD

Carl Hasselman, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Carl T. Hasselman, MD, is a graduate of Duke University. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery, as well as a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at UPMC. Dr. Hasselman is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of several professional and scientific organizations including the Association of Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He specializes in foot and ankle surgery, bunions, and general orthopaedics. Dr. Hasselman served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserves and served his country in the Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq armed conflicts. He currently serves as vice chairman in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UPMC St. Margaret, and as clinical assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, he provides consulting for the design of new orthopaedic foot and ankle devices with several orthopaedic companies. Dr. Hasselman and his partners at Three Rivers Orthopedic Associates – UPMC were recently acknowledged among Pittsburgh’s “Best Doctors” by Best Doctors Inc. in Pittsburgh Magazine.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • General orthopaedics

Fred P. Heidenreich, Jr, MD

Fred P. Heidenreich, MD, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Washington University in St. Louis and his pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis. Dr. Heidenreich is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He takes special interest in sports medicine, knee replacement surgery, hip replacement surgery, as well as arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee including rotator cuff surgery and ACL reconstruction. Dr. Heidenreich has served as team physician for Valley High School for several years and currently serves as clinical instructor of orthopaedic surgery for the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Heidenreich is a member of the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Heidenreich and his partners at Three Rivers Orthopedic Associates-UPMC were recently acknowledged among Pittsburgh’s “Best Doctors” in 2016 by Best Doctors Inc. in Pittsburgh Magazine.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Knee surgery
  • Hip surgery
  • General orthopaedics
  • General fracture care

MaCalus V. Hogan, MD

MaCalus Hogan, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

MaCalus V. Hogan, MD, is assistant professor in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering, where he also serves as the residency program director. He is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hogan completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Virginia Health System, where he also served as a National Institutes of Health Musculoskeletal Tissue Repair and Regeneration Research Fellow. His foot and ankle fellowship training was done at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. During his fellowship, Dr. Hogan served as a foot and ankle consultant for a number of collegiate and professional sports teams, as well as the New York Ballet Company and American Ballet Theatre.

Dr. Hogan is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, and Orthopaedic Research Society. He is currently the director of the Foot and Ankle Injury Research [F.A.I.R.] group and co-director of the Musculoskeletal Growth and Regeneration Lab. He has over 100 manuscripts, book chapters, and presentations. Dr. Hogan presents both nationally and internationally on his management of foot and ankle injuries, regenerative medicine, and his clinical outcomes research. In addition to his clinical and research practice, Dr. Hogan serves as a foot and ankle consultant for the athletic departments at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and Duquesne University. He also serves as the assistant team physician for Point Park University and the Conservatory of Performing Arts. Dr. Hogan was recently named to Best Doctors in America® in 2016 by Best Doctors Inc. in Pittsburgh Magazine.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Sports medicine (Lower extremity)

Bryan P. Hooks, DO

Bryan P. Hooks, DO, earned his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a residency at Humility of Mary Health Partners in Warren and Youngstown, Ohio. He also completed a fellowship in adult hip and knee reconstruction at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Hooks is a veteran of the United States Air Force and served as an active duty staff orthopaedic surgeon and officer at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, where he received the Meritorious Service Medal for Commitment to Excellence in Leadership and Patient Care. He has authored many peer-reviewed orthopaedic journal articles and has been awarded best presentation at multiple regional and state research presentation symposiums on various orthopaedic related topics. Dr. Hooks is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Thomas B. Hughes Jr., MD

Thomas Hughes, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Thomas B. Hughes Jr., MD, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, as well as a fellowship in hand, upper-extremity, and microvascular surgery at Brown University in Providence, R.I.

Dr. Hughes is a member of Orthopaedic Specialists–UPMC and is clinical associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He holds various leadership posts with the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Association for Hand Surgery, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Hughes is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in orthopaedics and hand surgery, and has expertise in carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder and elbow conditions, rotator cuff treatment, shoulder-joint replacement, and all upper-extremity surgery.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Shoulder surgery
  • Elbow surgery
  • Hand, wrist, and/or upper extremity surgery
  • Arthroscopic shoulder surgery
  • Shoulder replacement surgery
  • Finger(s) surgery

David M. Junkin, MD

David M. Junkin Jr., MD, is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine with a focus on the treatment of injuries and disorders of the shoulder, knee, and ankle. He received his master's degree at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., and his medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Junkin completed his residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, and a sports medicine fellowship at Albert Chandler Medical Center, University of Kentucky, in Lexington, Ky.

Dr. Junkin's professional affiliations include UPMC Altoona, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society.

Dr. Junkin has authored articles in several journals and a chapter on ACL reconstruction in a professional publication, and presented lectures on sports medicine and medical therapy for the injured knee.

Robert Kaufmann, MD

Robert Kaufmann, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Robert Kaufmann, MD, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Mechanical Engineering. After working as a design engineer for two years, he attended Temple University School of Medicine and completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Temple University Hospital. He received specialized training in elbow and upper extremity surgery at the Philadelphia Hand Center at Jefferson University Hospital.

Dr. Kaufmann has published more than 30 articles, book chapters, and textbooks. He regularly presents his clinical and research findings at national meetings. Dr. Kaufmann is the primary upper extremity surgeon for the University of Pittsburgh and the Duquesne University athletic programs. He is also part of the medical team that treats the Pittsburgh Penguins. He specializes in the care of athletes and active adults, and has extensive experience with arthroscopy and arthroplasty of the elbow, wrist, and hand.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Elbow surgery
  • Hand, wrist, and/or upper extremity surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Wrist surgery
  • Finger(s) surgery

Brian A. Klatt, MD

Brian Klatt, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Brian A. Klatt, MD, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Klatt completed his residency at UPMC, and then served in the United States Air Force before completing a fellowship in adult reconstruction at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He serves as chief of the division of orthopaedic surgery at UPMC East, and is assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Klatt is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has more than a decade of experience in performing primary and complex hip and knee replacement surgeries. In 2016, Dr. Klatt was recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s "Top Docs” by Best Doctors Inc. in Pittsburgh Magazine.

Dr. Klatt is actively involved in orthopaedic research. He has published more than 30 articles and book chapters, and has edited two orthopaedic textbooks. Dr. Klatt regularly presents his research findings at national meetings. Research topics have included rapid recovery protocols, physical therapy, blood utilization, computer navigation, complex revision surgery, hip and knee biomechanics, and the treatment of infection. He is active in several local and national organizations that advance the science and care of orthopaedic patients. Dr. Klatt serves on the research committee of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and on the Western Pennsylvania Arthritis Foundation Advisory Board.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Knee surgery
  • Hip surgery
  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Knee replacement surgery

Alan H. Klein, MD

Alan Klein, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Alan H. Klein, MD, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at UPMC. With a mechanical engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Klein used his background in biomechanics to test new implants during his fellowship at the Ferguson Laboratory for Orthopaedic Research at the University of Pittsburgh. Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Klein manages arthritis, fractures, and other conditions — often involving the hip, knee, and leg — with conservative treatment, as well as joint replacement, arthroscopy, and other techniques. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and a member of Orthopaedic Specialists—UPMC and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. Dr. Klein has authored peer-reviewed articles, has made presentations locally, nationally, and internationally, and has been active in teaching orthopaedic residents and medical students.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Orthopaedic trauma
  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Knee replacement surgery
  • General fracture care
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • General orthopaedic surgery

Alex J. Kline, MD

Alex Kline, MD | Orthopedic Surgey

Alex J. Kline, MD, is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at UPMC, as well as a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at OrthoCarolina. Dr. Kline is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a member of several professional and scientific societies including the Association of Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He specializes in foot and ankle surgery and general orthopaedics. Dr. Kline currently serves as clinical assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Kline and his partners at Three Rivers Orthopedic Associates – UPMC were recently acknowledged among Pittsburgh’s “Best Doctors” in 2016 by Best Doctors Inc. in Pittsburgh Magazine.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • General orthopaedics

Joon Yung Lee, MD

Joon Lee, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Joon Yung Lee, MD, specializes in cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine surgery. Dr. Lee graduated summa cum laude from University of California, Berkeley, and obtained his medical degree from Yale Medical School. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at UPMC and his fellowship in spine surgery at the Rothman Institute-Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Dr. Lee performs spinal surgery using standard techniques and cutting-edge surgical technologies including minimally invasive spine surgery, disc replacement, and microsurgical decompression.

Dr. Lee has been involved in research at the National Institutes of Health, Yale Medical School Research Laboratories, and the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh. He has authored numerous articles and lectured on topics such as cervical disc herniation, cervical myelopathy, cervical disc replacement, lumbar disc herniation, lumbar spinal stenosis, lumbar disc replacement, spinal fusion, spine trauma, microsurgical decompression, and non- fusion technologies. He has won numerous research and clinical awards, including "Best Doctors" by Best Doctors Inc. in Pittsburgh Magazine three years in a row.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Spine/back/neck surgery

Bryson P. Lesniak, MD

Brian Lesniak, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Bryson P. Lesniak, MD, is associate professor of orthopaedic surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UPMC. Dr. Lesniak earned his medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2003, and completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, Mich. He then obtained fellowship training in sports medicine in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UPMC.

Dr. Lesniak was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine upon completion of post graduate training in 2009. While at the University of Miami, he was also fellowship director of the sports medicine program. Dr. Lesniak is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons with a subspecialty certification in sports medicine.

Dr. Lesniak has received several sports medicine awards for his clinical research, including The O’Donoghue Sports Medicine Injury Award in 2010. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America, Major League Baseball Physicians Association, and the International Cartilage Repair Society. Dr. Lesniak is the team physician for the University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball team, Carnegie Mellon University athletics, and U.S. Soccer. He has previously served as a team physician for the University of Miami athletics as well as the Miami Marlins baseball franchise.

His clinical and research interest is in sports medicine with special emphasis on articular cartilage and articular cartilage injury, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, knee kinematics, injuries in professional and college athletes, applications of stem cells in sports medicine, rotator cuff injury and treatment, and shoulder instability and treatment.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Knee surgery
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Arthroscopic shoulder surgery
  • Sports medicine (Upper extremity)
  • Sports medicine (Lower extremity)

Albert Lin, MD

Albert Lin, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Albert Lin, MD, is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program, as a well as fellowships in sports medicine at UPMC, and shoulder surgery at Harvard University in Boston. Dr. Lin is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society. He is a reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine; Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, and Arthroscopy; Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery; and International Journal of Shoulder Surgery. He currently serves on the editorial review board of Frontiers in Orthopaedic Surgery and has served as section editor for Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics.

Dr. Lin has published more than 30 articles, abstracts, and book chapters, and regularly presents his research at national and local meetings. He is a member of the program education committee and the clinical core competency committee for the UPMC Sports Medicine Fellowship and is actively involved in residency and fellowship education. In addition, he is the head orthopaedic team physician for Duquesne University and the head team physician for Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School. Dr. Lin specializes in the care of athletes and shoulder conditions, and has extensive experience with arthroscopy, arthroplasty, and complex reconstructive and open surgery of the shoulder as well as arthroscopy of the knee.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Knee surgery
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Shoulder replacement surgery
  • Sports medicine (Upper extremity)
  • Sports medicine (Lower extremity)

Jeffrey M. Manway, DPM

Jeffrey M. Manway, DPM​, is a graduate of the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his residency in foot and reconstructive ankle surgery at UPMC. Dr. Manway serves as faculty of the UPMC Mercy Podiatric Surgical Residency, training foot and ankle surgeons. He is also a proctor for medical students at UPMC. Dr. Manway has published original research regarding limb salvage, diagnosis of deep infection, and a variety of other topics. His publications also include novel surgical techniques, first described at UPMC. He has lectured nationwide on topics including traumatic injuries of the foot and ankle, amputation and limb salvage, as well foot and ankle reconstruction. Dr. Manway is certified in ankle replacement surgery and has a particular interest in the treatment of foot and ankle fractures and reconstruction.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Podiatric foot and ankle surgery
  • Podiatric foot surgery
  • Podiatric orthopaedics

Aaron V. Mares, MD

Aaron V. Mares, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Aaron V. Mares, MD, a Pittsburgh native, specializes in the non- operative care of sports-related and musculoskeletal injuries, general medical conditions in the athlete, and sports injury prevention at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

Dr. Mares serves as co-head team physician for the University of Pittsburgh football team and medical consultant for several local high school teams. He is assistant medical director of the Pittsburgh Marathon and has served as lead physician for many other running and extreme sporting events. Additionally, Dr. Mares is assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Mares is a graduate of the Temple University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine, as well as a sports medicine fellowship, at UPMC. Dr. Mares is trained in ultrasound-guided, non-operative procedures.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Primary care sports medicine (Non-surgical)
  • Sports medicine (Upper extremity)
  • Sports medicine (Lower extremity)
  • General upper extremity (Non-surgical)
  • General foot and ankle (Non-surgical)

Craig S. Mauro, MD

Craig S. Mauro, MD, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at UPMC, as well as a fellowship in sports medicine, with a focus on hip arthroscopy, at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He was awarded an AO trauma fellowship in Salzburg, Austria, and completed a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder reconstruction in Munich, Germany. Dr. Mauro is a team physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers and previously served as a team physician for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is associate program director of the UPMC Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship training program, a member of Burke and Bradley Orthopaedics, and serves as associate master instructor for the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Dr. Mauro serves as a reviewer for multiple journals and has published more than 40 articles and book chapters. He has been named to Pittsburgh Magazine’s “Best Doctors” list each year since 2013. Dr. Mauro specializes in sports medicine injuries and hip arthroscopy and has extensive experience with arthroscopic, reconstructive, and replacement surgery of the shoulder, knee, and elbow.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Knee surgery
  • Hip surgery
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Arthroscopic hip surgery
  • Shoulder replacement surgery
  • Sports medicine (Upper extremity)
  • Sports medicine (Lower extremity)

Edward J. McClain, III, MD

Edward J. McClain, III, MD, is a graduate of West Virginia University. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at UPMC, as well as a fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery at Indiana University. He is board- certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. McClain is a member of several professional and scientific organizations, including the Society for Arthritic Joint Surgery and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He specializes in total joint surgery, MIS surgery, arthroscopy, revision joint surgery, and general orthopaedics. Dr. McClain currently serves as medical director of Three Rivers Orthopedic Associates – UPMC and as clinical assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. McClain and his partners at Three Rivers Orthopedic Associates – UPMC were also recently acknowledged among Pittsburgh’s “Best Doctors” in 2016.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Knee surgery
  • Hip surgery
  • General orthopaedics

Robert D. McGann, DO

Robert D. McGann, DO | Orthopedic Surgery
mcgann-robert, DO, received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Ohio University at the Doctor’s Hospital of Stark County. Dr, McGann is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is an active member of the American Association of the American Osteopathic Association, American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, Pennsylvania Medical Society, and Lawrence County Medical Society..

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hip Surgery
  • Knee Surgery
  • General Orthopaedics
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • General Fracture Care
  • Sports Medicine (Upper Extremity)
  • Sports Medicine (Lower Extremity)

Richard L. McGough III, MD

Richard L. McGough, III, MD, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency and orthopaedic traumatology fellowship at Brown University. He also completed a fellowship in musculoskeletal oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, remaining there as a surgical oncology research fellow. Dr. McGough is currently associate professor of orthopaedic surgery with a dual appointment in the Division of Surgical Oncology. He serves as chief of musculoskeletal oncology at UPMC.

Dr. McGough has been active with the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, the Connective Tissue Oncology Society, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has published widely in orthopaedic oncology, and maintains an extremely active lecturing schedule both nationally and internationally. Dr. McGough specializes in musculoskeletal tumor surgery, including tumors of the pelvis, megaprosthetic reconstruction, limb salvage, and other sarcoma surgery. Dr. McGough pioneered the “BrachyVAC” treatment for superficial malignancies, and performs both clinical and research work developing this procedure.

Dr. McGough’s primary research interest is osseointegration prostheses for amputees, and he performed the first upper extremity osseointegration procedure in the United States. He serves as an extramural committee member for the Department of Defense’s Osseointegration Program, and is actively pursuing the development of this technology for the American population. He has been named one of Pittsburgh’s “Top Docs” by Best Doctor’s Inc. in Pittsburgh Magazine, a UPMC “ACE,” and has been the recipient of the University of Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Residency’s “Golden Apple” award in recognition of his teaching.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Musculoskeletal oncology
  • Hip surgery
  • Knee surgery
  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Knee replacement surgery
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery

Melissa McLane, DO

Melissa McLane, DO | Orthopedic Surgery
Melissa McLane, DO, is assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UPMC. She serves as assistant team physician for the Pittsburgh Penguins and is also head team physician for Carlow University and LaRoche University Athletics.

Dr. McLane grew up in Pittsburgh and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Saint Vincent College. She received her medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine and completed a residency in emergency medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Dr. McLane completed her fellowship in sports medicine at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah, and practiced in Utah for over ten years. During this time she was assistant fellowship director for Utah Valley Sports Medicine, and served as team physician for Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University.

In addition to general sports medicine, Dr. McLane has special interests in ultrasound-guided procedures, biologics/ PRP, pediatric sports medicine, and acute injuries/fracture care.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Emergency medicine
  • Primary care sports medicine (Non-surgical)

Stephen A. Mendelson, MD

Stephen A. Mendelson, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Mendelson specializes in pediatric orthopaedics, pediatric spinal deformity, pediatric orthopaedic trauma, and general muscular skeletal pathology in children. Dr. Mendelson is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and attended the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Mendelson completed a residency in general orthopaedic surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, followed by a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic and spinal deformity at Children’s Hospital of Washington with the University of Washington Medical School.

Dr. Mendelson has been full-time faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as well as Children’s Hospital since 1997. Dr. Mendelson serves as director of pediatric orthopaedic trauma and lectures at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. He has been named one of Pittsburgh’s “Top Doctors” by Best Doctors, Inc. in Pittsburgh Magazine for five consecutive years. Dr. Mendelson has been awarded the Golden Apple Award for resident education as well a Spinal Deformity Advancement Award for his contribution to spinal deformity surgery. Dr. Mendelson takes care of a wide variety of pediatric orthopaedic conditions including scoliosis, neuromuscular orthopaedics, pediatric orthopaedic trauma, hip diseases, and a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions in children involving the spine and both upper and lower extremities.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Pediatric orthopaedic surgery

Megan Groh Miller, MD

Megan Groh Miller, MD | Orthopedic 
				
Surgery

Megan Groh Miller, MD, is a fellowship-trained primary care sports medicine specialist with Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers and a member of the nonsurgical sports medicine team. Dr. Miller graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed her internship in internal medicine at the University of Connecticut. She completed her residency in primary care internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Medical Center and conducted a fellowship in sports medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, where she served as a team physician for Rutgers University and Princeton University athletics. Dr. Miller has also researched, presented, and published articles on numerous sports medicine topics.

Dr. Miller serves as a team physician for Slippery Rock University and local high school teams. She specializes in the treatment of acute and chronic injuries, soft tissue injuries, fractures, sprains, strains, and juvenile back pain. She also provides concussion care, including ImPACT® baseline and post-concussion testing, and osteoporosis management.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Primary care sports medicine (Non-surgical)
  • General fracture care
  • Sports medicine (Upper extremity)
  • Sports medicine (Lower extremity)
  • General lower extremity (Non-surgical)
  • General upper extremity (Non-surgical)

Gele Moloney, MD

Gele Moloney, MD | Orthopedic Surgery
Gele Moloney, MD, received her medical degree from SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine in Stony Brook, N.Y. She completed her orthopaedic surgery residency at UPMC and her fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Dr. Moloney specializes in orthopaedic trauma and is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Orthopaedic Trauma
  • General Fracture Care

Volker Musahl, MD

After earning his medical degree at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg in Germany, Dr. Volker Musahlmoved to the United States, where he completed his residency at UPMC and fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery Sports Medicine and Shoulder in New York City. He is assistant editor-in-chief for KSSTA. Dr. Musahl is recognized by Best Doctor’s Inc. on the 2016 Best Doctors List in Pittsburgh Magazine.

Dr. Musahl is co-director of the Orthopaedic Robotics Laboratory and his research interests include bioengineering research of the knee and shoulder. Dr. Musahl specializes in sports medicine. Currently, Dr. Musahl is associate professor of bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, program director of the sports medicine fellowship program, and medical director at the UPMC Rooney Sports Medicine Complex. He is the co-head team physician for the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Football Team. Dr. Musahl provides comprehensive care for patients of all ages with injuries to the knee, shoulder, and elbow.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Knee surgery
  • Elbow surgery
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Arthroscopic shoulder surgery
  • Sports medicine (Upper extremity)
  • Sports medicine (Lower extremity)

Thomas S. Muzzonigro, MD

Thomas S. Muzzonigro, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon with Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers and is a member of its hip and knee reconstruction team. After graduating with honors and distinction in orthopaedic research from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York, Dr. Muzzonigro completed an internship and orthopaedic surgical residency at UPMC, where he also served as a clinical instructor in orthopaedics. He has written numerous articles on orthopaedic topics, including trauma, sports medicine, and gene therapy for arthritis.

Dr. Muzzonigro is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and serves as a team physician for local high school athletic programs. He also participates in Operation Walk Pittsburgh by traveling to Central America to perform knee and hip replacements on poverty-stricken individuals who are unable to afford orthopaedic care.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Knee surgery
  • General orthopaedics
  • Hip surgery
  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Knee replacement surgery
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery

Michael O’Malley, MD

Michael O’Malley, MD | Orthopedic Surgery
Michael O’Malley, MD, is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed his residency at UPMC and fellowship in adult reconstruction at Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. Dr. O’Malley specializes in joint replacement surgery and adult reconstruction surgery. He is a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hip Replacement Surgery
  • Knee Replacement Surgery

Corey A. Pacek, MD

Corey A. Pacek, MD, is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon with Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers and a member of its hand and upper extremity team. Dr. Pacek received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at UPMC. He completed hand and upper extremity surgery fellowships at UPMC and the Wexford Hand & UpperEx Center, where he refined his skills in hand surgery, including microsurgery, elbow, and shoulder surgery.

Dr. Pacek has served as clinical instructor and staff surgeon, and has authored numerous articles. Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Pacek serves as a team physician for local high school athletic programs, providing on-field sports medicine coverage. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and Allegheny County Medical Society. In addition to performing arthroscopic hand, wrist, and elbow surgery, Dr. Pacek treats congenital hand conditions, fractures, dislocations, ligament injuries and arthritis.

Clinical Specialties:

  • General orthopaedics
  • Elbow surgery
  • Hand, wrist, and/or upper extremity surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Wrist surgery
  • Finger(s) surgery

Periklis A. Papapetropoulos, MD

Periklis A. Papapetropoulos, MD | Orthopedic Surgery
Periklis A. Papapetropoulos, MD, earned his medical degree from the Iuliu Hatieganu School of Medicine in Romania and completed his residency at Hatzikosta General Hospital, Ioannina in Greece. Dr. Papapetropoulos completed his hand research fellowship at Duke University Medical Center, his foot and ankle fellowship at UPMC, and his total joint fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital. In addition to English, he is fluent in Greek and Romanian. Dr. Papapetropoulos is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery by the Greece-European Union and a member of Orthopaedic Specialists—UPMC.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hip surgery
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Knee surgery

Spiro N. Papas, MD

Spiro N. Papas, MD, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at UPMC, as well as a fellowship in hand surgery at New England Baptist Hospital. He is board- certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Papas is a member of several professional and scientific societies including the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the Association for Arthritic Hip and Knee Surgery, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He specializes in total joint surgery, MIS surgery, arthroscopy, shoulder surgery, and general orthopaedics. Dr. Papas currently serves as the UPMC CMI orthopaedic quality director at UPMC, and as clinical assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Papas and his partners at Three Rivers Orthopedic Associates – UPMC were recently acknowledged among Pittsburgh’s “Best Doctors” in 2016 by Best Doctors, Inc. in Pittsburgh Magazine.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Knee surgery
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Hip surgery

H. James Pfaeffle, MD, PhD

H. James Pfaeffle, MD, PhD, is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon with Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers and a member of its hand and upper extremity team. He studied mechanical engineering prior to entering medical school, and earned his medical degree and doctorate in bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Pfaeffle completed his internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at UPMC. He completed a hand surgery fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he refined his skills in hand and upper extremity surgery and microsurgery.

Dr. Pfaeffle is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, Pennsylvania Medical Society, and Allegheny County Medical Society. In addition to performing arthroscopic hand, wrist and elbow surgery, Dr. Pfaeffle treats congenital hand conditions, fractures, dislocations, ligament injuries, and arthritis.

Clinical Specialties:

  • General orthopaedics
  • Elbow surgery
  • Hand, wrist, and/or upper extremity surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Wrist surgery
  • Finger(s) surgery

Anton Plakseychuk, MD, PhD

Anton Plakseychuk, MD, PhD, received his medical degree from Kazan State Medical University in Russia. He completed an orthopaedic surgery residency and a joint reconstruction fellowship at UPMC. Dr. Plakseychuk also trained in surgical navigation, robotics, and computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. He is fellowship-trained in hip arthroscopy by M. Philippon, world-renowned hip arthroscopy pioneer. Dr. Plakseychuk also trained and worked with Prof. G. Ilizarov, founder of the eponymous revolutionary limb-lengthening procedure, and has 25 years of clinical and research experience in limb lengthening and correction of skeletal deformities. Dr. Plakseychuk provides comprehensive care for patients with hip and knee disorders. He is an expert in minimally invasive direct anterior total hip arthroplasty and in the treatment of avascular necrosis. Dr. Plakseychuk is an experienced hip resurfacing surgeon and has performed over 600 surgeries. Dr. Plakseychuk has over 100 publications and over 30 patents in the field of orthopaedics. He currently sees patients at The Bone and Joint Center at Magee- Womens Hospital of UPMC.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hip surgery
  • Orthopaedic trauma
  • Bloodless medicine

Stephen Rabuck, MD

With a specialty in sports medicine, Stephen Rabuck, MD, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the Northwestern University School of Medicine. He returned to Pittsburgh for advanced training, completing a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at UPMC. His research interests focus on ligament reconstruction and tendon repair, and include book chapters, peer-reviewed literature, and regional and national presentations. Additionally, Dr. Rabuck provides team coverage for the University of Pittsburgh athletics, as well as the U.S. national soccer teams. Dr. Rabuck specializes in the treatment of active individuals, performing both arthroscopic and open procedures for upper and lower extremity injuries.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Knee surgery
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Arthroscopic shoulder surgery
  • Sports medicine (Upper extremity)
  • Sports medicine (Lower extremity)

Scott G. Rainey, DO

Scott G. Rainey, DO, is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon with Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers and a member of its orthopaedic back and neck team. He attended Kansas City University of Medicine and completed both his internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at St. Joseph’s Health Center in Warren, Ohio. He completed an orthopaedic spine fellowship at the Texas Back Institute, where he refined his skills in degenerative spinal conditions in the cervical and lumbar areas.

Dr. Rainey is board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics, American Osteopathic Association – Spine Division, Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, Pennsylvania Medical Society, and the Allegheny County Medical Society. Dr. Rainey diagnoses and treats conditions including back and neck pain, disc herniation, spinal stenosis, compression fractures, spinal arthritis, and sciatica.

Clinical Specialties:

  • General orthopaedics
  • General fracture care
  • General spine/back/neck (Non-surgical)​
  • Spine/back/neck surgery

Jory Richman, MD, FACS

Jory Richman, MD, FACS, is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. He completed his orthopaedic surgery training at New York University/ Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York, as well as a fellowship in spinal surgery at Tulane University in New Orleans. Dr. Richman is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, The North American Spine Association, and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. He has authored numerous research articles and book chapters in the fields of spinal surgery and orthopaedic trauma. He was appointed as chief of orthopaedic surgery at UPMC Mercy Hospital in 1997 and continues to serve in that role. His practice focuses on adult reconstructive surgery and joint replacement, spinal surgery, and orthopaedic trauma.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Orthopaedic trauma

John M. Richmond, MD

John M. Richmond, MD, is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon with Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers and a member of its sports medicine and shoulder surgery team. Dr. Richmond received his medical degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. He also completed his internship in general surgery and residency in orthopaedic surgery at Temple, where he served as team physician for the men’s football team and men’s and women’s basketball teams. He completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the San Diego Arthroscopy & Sports Medicine Center. Dr. Richmond worked as assistant team physician for San Diego State University and the San Diego Padres.

Dr. Richmond is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and serves as team physician for Slippery Rock University and Pine-Richland High School athletics. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, Pennsylvania Medical Society, and the Allegheny County Medical Society.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Knee surgery
  • General orthopaedics
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Arthroscopic shoulder surgery
  • Shoulder replacement surgery

Jack Rocco, MD

Jack Rocco, MD, is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with primary specialty in general orthopaedics and special interests in sports injuries and joint replacement. He received his medical degree, completed an internship, and completed his residency at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

Dr. Rocco has military experience and education including: completing a combat casualty care course in San Antonio, Texas, serving as a Major in the United States Air Force, and chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics in Misawa Air Base, Japan.

Dr. Rocco's professional affiliations include: UPMC Altoona, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, Masonic Lodge/Jaffa Shrine, and founder of Operation Small Steps. His honors and awards include membership in Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.


Mark W. Rodosky, MD

Mark W. Rodosky, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

Mark W. Rodosky, MD​, is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of shoulder problems in patients of all ages and both sexes. His patients include local people and professional athletes from around the world, with shoulder problems ranging from the common to the complex. Dr. Rodosky has special expertise in minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques, as well as in difficult open reconstructions and replacements.

Dr. Rodosky serves as chief of UPMC's Shoulder Service and has taught residents, fellows, and practicing orthopaedic surgeons from many different countries. He earned a degree in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University in Chicago, and completed his medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and the prestigious Neer Shoulder Fellowship at Columbia University in New York.

Dr. Rodosky is consistently named one of The Best Doctors in America and to Pittsburgh Magazine's Top Doctors list. He is world-renowned for his biomechanical and clinical research, and has written numerous articles and presented numerous lectures nationally and internationally.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Shoulder surgery

William E. Saar, DO

William E. Saar, DO, is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon with Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers and a member of its orthopaedic foot and ankle team. He attended the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his internship and orthopedic surgery residency at South Pointe Hospital in Cleveland. He then completed an orthopaedic foot and ankle reconstruction fellowship at the Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center in Columbus, Ohio, where he refined his skills in minimally invasive arthroscopic ankle techniques and reconstructive procedures for complex foot and ankle trauma.

Dr. Saar joined Pittsburgh-based Tri Rivers Surgical Associates, now Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers, in 2011. He is board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a member of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics, American Osteopathic Association, Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, Pennsylvania Medical Society, and the Allegheny County Medical Society. Dr. Saar is also a member of the UPMC Foot and Ankle Center.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • General orthopaedics
  • General fracture care
  • Ankle replacement surgery
  • General lower extremity (Non-surgical)
  • General foot and ankle (Non-surgical)

Mark Sakr, MD

Mark Sakr, MD | Orthopedic Surgery
Mark Sakr, MD, is assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at UPMC. He serves as a team physician for USA Rugby and head team physician for Chatham University in Pittsburgh, as well as the Pittsburgh Passion. Previously, he served as team physician for the Carolina Hurricanes as well as medical director for the Raleigh Ironman and Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon.

Dr. Sakr is originally from upstate New York and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor in microbiology. Dr. Sakr received his medical degree from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training in family medicine at Duke University Medical Center, where he was chief resident, and his sports medicine fellowship at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

Dr. Sakr’s clinical and research interests include preventative medicine, nutrition, performance medicine, musculoskeletal ultrasound and PRP procedures.

He is also fluent in French and Arabic.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Primary care sports medicine (Non-surgical)
  • General fracture care
  • Sports medicine (Upper extremity)
  • Sports medicine (Lower extremity)
  • General lower extremity (Non-surgical)
  • General upper extremity (Non-surgical)

Christopher C. Schmidt, MD

Christopher C. Schmidt, MD, is a shoulder and elbow surgeon. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison, Wis., and completed an orthopaedic residency at UPMC as well as an upper extremity fellowship at The Indiana Shoulder to Hand Center in Indianapolis, Ind. Dr. Schmidt has published numerous scientific articles on total shoulder replacements, rotator cuff tears, and distal biceps ruptures. Director of shoulder surgery at Orthopaedic Specialists–UPMC, Dr. Schmidt has won national awards for his work on tendon and ligament injuries, including the O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award, given by the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine. Further, he was awarded “Top Doctor” (Patients’ Choice Awards) by his patients.

Dr. Schmidt is an active member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Dr. Schmidt is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery, with a certificate of added qualification in hand surgery. His clinical emphasis is on arthroscopy, joint replacement, tendon and ligament repair, and nerve and fracture care of the shoulder, elbow, and hand.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Shoulder surgery
  • Elbow surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Shoulder replacement surgery
  • Wrist surgery
  • Finger(s) surgery

Corey Schutt, DO

Corey Schutt, DO, is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic trauma surgeon with unique skills in all aspects of fracture management. He received his medical degree from NOVA Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. Dr. Schutt completed an internship and residency at Memorial Hospital in York, Pa. He then completed a fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, Sc. His professional affiliations include: UPMC Altoona, American Osteopathic Association, American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association.

Some of Dr. Schutt's awards and honors include: graduating with Honors at NOVA Southeastern University, earning the Psi Sigma Alpha National Osteopathic Scholastic Honor Society Award, earning Outstanding Graduating Senior in Biology at the University of North Florida, and graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Florida.

Vincent J. Silvaggio, MD

Vincent J. Silvaggio, MD | Orthopedic Surgery
Vincent J. Silvaggio, MD, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery and a fellowship in spine surgery at UPMC. Dr. Silvaggio is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a member of several professional and scientific societies including the North American Spine Society, the Cervical Spine Research Society, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He specializes in spine surgery. Dr. Silvaggio currently serves as chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and chief of surgical services at UPMC St. Margaret. He also serves as clinical assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Silvaggio was recently named by Best Doctor’s Inc. to the 2016 “Best Doctors” list in Pittsburgh Magazine. He and his partners at Three Rivers Orthopedic Associates – UPMC were recently acknowledged among Pittsburgh’s “Best Doctors” in 2016.

Clinical Specialties:

  • General orthopaedics
  • Spine/back/neck surgery

Thomas M. Sisk, MD

Thomas M. Sisk, MD | Orthopedic Surgery
Thomas M. Sisk, MD, is a board-certified primary care sports medicine physician and assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Sisk received his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University Medical School in Pennsylvania. He completed his residency at Christiana Care Family Medicine in Wilmington, Del., and his fellowship at UPMC. Dr. Sisk is board-certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine and Sports Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Primary Care Sports Medicine (Non-surgical)
  • General Fracture Care
  • Sports Medicine (Upper Extremity)
  • Sports Medicine (Lower Extremity)
  • General Lower Extremity (Non-Surgical)
  • General Upper Extremity (Non-Surgical)

Peter A. Siska, MD

Peter A. Siska, MD is assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery and specializes in fracture care and total joint replacements. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine with honors, and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at UPMC. Dr. Siska completed a fellowship at UPMC in orthopaedic traumatology, where he received specialized training in fracture care. He currently serves as director of the posttraumatic reconstruction center at UPMC Presbyterian. His clinical interests include caring for patients with new fractures, as well as fractures that have previously been treated but have not healed. He performs hip and knee replacements at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and UPMC Presbyterian, and has a clinical interest in performing hip and knee replacements for arthritis that has been caused by a previous fracture or injury. His research includes the development of minimally invasive techniques for pelvic fracture fixation and fracture care in the geriatric patient.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Orthopaedic trauma
  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Knee replacement surgery
  • General fracture care
  • Sports medicine (Upper extremity)
  • Sports Medicine (Lower extremity)

Donald B. Smith, MD

Donald Smith, MD, specializes in orthopaedic surgery. He graduated from the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile, Ala. and completed a residency at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals in Richmond, Va.






Patrick N. Smith, MD

Patrick N. Smith, MD, is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson Medical College. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery, as well as a fellowship in spine surgery at UPMC. Dr. Smith is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a member of several professional and scientific societies, including the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He specializes in spine surgery and general orthopaedics. Dr. Smith currently serves as clinical instructor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Smith and his partners at Three Rivers Orthopedic Associates – UPMC were recently acknowledged among Pittsburgh’s “Best Doctors” in 2016 by Pittsburgh Magazine.

Clinical Specialties:

  • General orthopaedics
  • Spine/back/neck surgery

Dean G. Sotereanos, MD

Dean G. Sotereanos, MD, graduated from the Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at UPMC, and a fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Before joining Orthopaedic Specialists–UPMC, Dr. Sotereanos was professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Drexel University College of Medicine, West Penn Allegheny Health System campus. Since 2009, he has repeatedly been named one of the Top Doctors in Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh Magazine, and is a member of the American Association for Hand Surgery, the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, and the American Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and Elbow. Dr. Sotereanos is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, with a certificate of added qualification in hand surgery. He specializes in hand surgery, with expertise in carpal tunnel syndrome, elbow conditions, joint replacement, shoulder conditions, and upper-extremity surgery.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Shoulder surgery
  • Elbow surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Wrist surgery
  • Finger(s) surgery

John Steele, MD

John Steele, MD | Orthopedic Surgery

John Steele, MD, is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed a residency at the Cleveland Clinic Education Foundation. Dr. Steele is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He specializes in general orthopaedic surgery with a special interest in total hip and knee replacement.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hip surgery
  • Knee surgery
  • General orthopaedics

S. Joshua Szabo, MD

S. Joshua Szabo, MD, received his medical degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pa. and his orthopaedic training at Drexel University's College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Jackson, Miss. Dr. Szabo has written numerous articles about orthopaedic surgery techniques and performed several clinical studies. He lectures nationally about arthroscopic shoulder surgery, knee ligament reconstruction techniques and other orthopaedic topics.

Dr. Szabo also regularly teaches other orthopaedic surgeons advanced arthroscopic skills for the shoulder, elbow and wrist at the Orthopaedic Learning Center in Rosemont, Ill. He serves as team physician for the United States Ski and Snowboard Association, as well as area high schools.

Dr. Szabo's clinical services include: arthroscopic rotator cuff repair and shoulder stabilization; shoulder replacement surgery, including resurfacing and reverse shoulder replacement; knee ligament surgery, including ACL reconstruction and cartilage transplantation; and arthroscopic knee, wrist, and tennis elbow surgery.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Knee surgery
  • General orthopaedics
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Elbow surgery
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Arthroscopic shoulder surgery

Ivan S. Tarkin, MD

Ivan S. Tarkin is an expert musculoskeletal trauma surgeon and division chief of orthopaedic traumatology at UPMC. He treats patients with both routine and complex injuries of the upper and lower extremities as well as the pelvis and acetabulum, providing both state of the art and innovative treatment solutions. Further, he serves patients with ongoing problems after orthopaedic injury, including failure of fracture healing, deformity, and physical dysfunction.

Dr. Tarkin has subspecialized training in orthopedic trauma completing the prestigious Twin Cities Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship in Minnesota after residency training. He is board-certified with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Tarkin has won numerous awards for clinical excellence including the UPMC Award for Commitment and Excellences in Service, and has been named a Top Doctor according to Pittsburgh Magazine. His superior innovative patient care has been highlighted in the media, including the Discovery Channel.

Beyond direct patient care, his academic mission is to train the next generation of surgeons and to improve care paradigm of the injured patient through research. He has been awarded the Golden Apple and Clinical Educator of the Year awards for mentoring both orthopaedic residents and medical students. His research has culminated in over 60 peer reviewed articles. As an expert in care of the orthopaedic trauma patient, he has been invited to author book chapters as well as give presentations locally, nationally, and internationally.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Orthopaedic trauma

Edward Uberti, DO

Edward Uberti, DO, graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a residency at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren, Ohio. He is board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Uberti provides a variety of orthopaedic services, including general orthopaedic surgery, total and partial joint replacement, minimally invasive surgery, sports medicine, arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgery, and ACL construction.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hip surgery
  • Knee surgery
  • Shoulder surgery
  • General orthopaedics

Ken Urish, MD, PhD

Ken Urish, MD, PhD, is fellowship-trained in adult reconstructive orthopaedic surgery. He completed his fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and was an instructor at Harvard Medical School. As associate medical director at the Bone and Joint Center at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, his practice focuses on primary and revision hip and knee arthroplasty. He has extensive experience with minimally invasive techniques, robotic surgery, and managing complications of failed or painful hip and knee replacements.

Dr. Urish is director of the Arthritis and Arthroplasty Design Group. Funded by the National Institute of Health, the group’s focus is on early arthritis prevention and optimizing joint replacement outcomes. He has published more than 50 articles, book chapters, and abstracts. Dr. Urish is actively involved in medical student, engineering graduate student, and resident education. He is considered an expert on implant infection, corrosion, and optimizing joint replacement outcomes in the active adult.

Originally from the Pittsburgh area, Dr. Urish graduated with honors from Penn State University with a degree in chemical engineering and completed medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, both under full scholarship. Dr. Urish received his doctorate in bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh where his research focused on using adult stem cells for regenerative medicine. He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Penn State University. He holds additional appointments with the University of Pittsburgh Department of Bioengineering and Carnegie Mellon University Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Dharmesh Vyas, MD, PhD

Dharmesh Vyas, MD, PhD, is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center, as well as sports medicine fellowships at UPMC, Klinikum Rechts Der Isar in Munich, Germany, and Centre Albert Trillat in Lyon, France.

Dr. Vyas is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery with a subspecialty certification in sports medicine. He is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Association, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Dr. Vyas is the head team physician for the Pittsburgh Penguins NHL team and has been recognized by Best Doctors, Inc. on the Best Doctors in America® 2015-2016 list in Pittsburgh Magazine. He is also a consulting orthopaedic surgeon for Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University. He specializes in the care of young and experienced athletes, and trains residents and fellows in sports medicine. Dr. Vyas has extensive experience with treatment of shoulder (rotator cuff, labrum, instability, and arthritis), knee (ACL, PCL, meniscus, patella instability, osteotomy), and hip injuries (impingement/FAI, labrum, instability).

Clinical Specialties:

  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Arthroscopic shoulder surgery
  • Arthroscopic hip surgery
  • Sports medicine (Upper extremity)
  • Sports medicine (Lower extremity)

Robert L. Waltrip, MD

Robert L. Waltrip, MD, is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon with Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers and a member of its sports medicine and shoulder surgery team. Dr. Waltrip attended Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed his internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at UPMC. He conducted a sports medicine and shoulder fellowship with the internationally-renowned Drs. James Andrews and Bill Clancy at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Ala. There, he refined his skills in sports medicine, arthroscopy, and joint replacement surgery. In 2005, Dr. Waltrip joined Pittsburgh-based Tri Rivers Surgical Associates, now Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers. He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, with a subspecialty certification in orthopaedic sports medicine. Dr. Waltrip serves as team physician for local area high school sports teams. He is a clinical faculty instructor in the Orthopaedic Surgery Department at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Knee surgery
  • General orthopaedics
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Arthroscopic shoulder surgery
  • Shoulder replacement surgery

W. Timothy Ward, MD

W. Timothy Ward, MD, graduated from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He received his orthopaedic training at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. He went on to a pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children in Dallas. He later did an adult spinal surgery fellowship at Case Western University in Cleveland. He has published numerous articles and book chapters. Among his multiple presentations, Dr. Ward has been a visiting or guest lecturer both nationally and internationally. Dr. Ward is chief of pediatric orthopaedics as well as executive vice chairman in the Department of Orthopaedics. Dr. Ward’s current research interests are the development of appropriate surgical indications for idiopathic scoliosis and the long term functional outcomes of individuals with scoliosis.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Pediatric orthopaedic surgery
  • Spine/back/neck surgery

Kurt R. Weiss, MD

Kurt R. Weiss, MD, began his affiliation with the UPMC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1994 when he performed basic science research in the Ferguson Laboratory as an undergraduate student. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame, and spent an additional year in the Ferguson Laboratory before enrolling at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. During medical school, he performed one year of bone cancer research at the National Cancer Institute as part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute/National Institutes of Health Research Scholars Program. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at UPMC, and his fellowship in musculoskeletal oncology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Weiss was recruited back to his hometown of Pittsburgh in 2010, and established the Department’s Cancer Stem Cell Laboratory.

Dr. Weiss is a cancer survivor and specializes in the care of adults and children with musculoskeletal tumors. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is a member of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Connective Tissue Oncology Society. He was awarded a K08 Career Development Award by the National Cancer Institute to build a sarcoma research program at UPMC. He is an author on over 35 peer reviewed manuscripts in the clinical and basic scientific literature, as well as numerous book chapters. He reviews for many journals and is on the editorial staff of BMC Cancer and Frontiers In Surgery. Dr. Weiss has been honored by the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, the Sarcoma Foundation of America, the V Foundation, North Hills High School, Pittsburgh Magazine, and the Pittsburgh Business Times. He is a founding committee member of Pittsburgh Cure Sarcoma.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Musculoskeletal oncology
  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Knee replacement surgery
  • Orthopaedic trauma

Michael W. Weiss, MD

Michael W. Weiss, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon with Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers and a member of its hip and knee reconstruction team. Dr. Weiss attended Rutgers Medical School in New Jersey and received his orthopaedic training at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he also served as chief resident prior to moving to Pittsburgh. Dr. Weiss joined Tri Rivers Surgical Associates, now Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers, in 1994 and has built a busy orthopaedic surgical practice. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has served as orthopaedic team physician for North Catholic High School, Duquesne University football, Pittsburgh Bulls indoor lacrosse, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dr. Weiss is co-medical director of the nonprofit organization Operation Walk Pittsburgh, which annually travels to Central America to perform knee and hip replacements on poverty-stricken individuals unable to afford orthopaedic care. Dr. Weiss is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, Pennsylvania Medical Society, and the Allegheny County Medical Society.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hip surgery
  • General orthopaedics
  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Knee replacement surgery
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Wrist surgery

Robert M. Woods, DO

Robert Woods, DO, specializes in orthopaedic surgery with sub specialties in hip surgery and knee surgery. He graduated from the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City. He went on to complete his residency at Meridia South Pointe Hospital-Point B in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, and then a fellowship at Desert Orthopedic Center in Las Vegas.

Vonda J. Wright, MD

Dr. Wright is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and works to optimize her patients’ mobility. She is especially interested in aging athletes and how physical aptitude affects mobility, and other aspects of general health, as people age. She is director of the Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes (PRIMA), the first program of its kind in a medical setting. Dr. Wright first came to the University of Pittsburgh in 1999 as an orthopaedic surgery resident. She completed a research fellowship in the Musculoskeletal Growth and Development Lab, and a one-year sports medicine and upper extremity fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Ill.; her master’s degree in oncology nursing from Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, and her medical degree from the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Arthroscopic shoulder surgery
  • Arthroscopic hip surgery
  • Sports medicine (upper extremity)
  • Sports medicine (lower extremity)

A.J. Yates, Jr., MD

A.J. Yates, Jr., MD, is a graduate of Harvard College, and completed his doctor of medicine, internship, and residency at Johns Hopkins. He is associate professor and vice chairman for quality management within the UPMC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He serves as chief of orthopaedics at UPMC Shadyside, where he specializes in hip and knee replacement as well as knee arthroscopy. Dr. Yates is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, in which he is chairman of the EBM committee.

Dr. Yates is currently serving on the Surgical Committee for the National Quality Forum, as well as CMS technical expert panels. He serves on MEDCAC and previously served on the Device panel for the FDA. He has helped AAOS prepare several national clinical guidelines and appropriate use criteria. His research interests include interventions for osteoarthritis, patient-derived outcomes, and developing techniques for promoting the safest and best long-term outcomes in joint replacement.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hip surgery
  • Knee surgery
  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Knee replacement surgery
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery



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