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Neil J. Cobelli, MD

Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Director, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center

Professor of Clinical Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Cobelli is a recognized expert in the field of orthopaedic adult reconstructive surgery. His clinical practice focuses on knee and hip replacements. His current research is on the causes of osteolysis, a major reason for the premature failure of joint replacements. His primary interest is on the relationship of this process to the immune system.

Areas of Expertise

  • Joint replacement surgery

Selected Media Coverage

Montefiore

Terry D. Amaral, MD

Director, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery and Pediatric Sports Medicine, Limb and Pediatric Spine Deformity, Montefiore Medical Center

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Taking care of pediatric musculoskeletal problems is the center of Dr. Amaral’s orthopaedic practice. Whether he is treating a fracture, deformity or sports medicine injury, his focus is to help the child get better. His special interests include: sports and minimally invasive techniques to manage sports problems specific to children and their special needs, computer-assisted limb deformity correction, and innovative surgical solutions for complex spine deformity which includes minimally invasive scoliosis correction. He is involved in a number of research projects that include spine pedicle classification and minimally invasive scoliosis surgery. He has presented his research at national and international conferences. Dr. Amaral is an active participant in medical education, both in the medical school and orthopaedic residency program, and he is actively involved in career counseling for medical students.

Areas of Expertise

  • Pediatric musculoskeletal issues
  • Spine deformity / scoliosis
  • Sports Medicine

Selected Media Coverage

New York Times, MSNBC, USA Today

Alok D. Sharan, MD

Chief, Orthopaedic Spine Service, Montefiore Medical Center

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery (Orthopedic Surgery), Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Sharan currently practices all types of spinal surgery with an emphasis on minimally invasive spine surgery, cervical spine surgery and spine tumor surgery. Dr. Sharan collaborates with physicians in various disciplines, such as rehabilitation medicine, physical therapy and radiology, to provide with the best plan of care. He is interested in understanding healthcare policy and committed to providing the local community with the highest quality of spine surgery care.

Areas of Expertise

  • Cervical spine surgery
  • Spine tumor surgery

Selected Media Coverage

Beckers Orthopedic and Spine

David Gonzalez, MD

Director of Sports Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Gonzalez’ practice emphasis is in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. In particular, he specializes in arthroscopic shoulder surgery including rotator cuff repair, instability/labral repair and associated conditions. He also performs arthroscopic knee surgery. Dr. Gonzalez has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery since 1998.

Areas of Expertise

  • Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopic surgery

Tony S. Wanich, MD

Attending Surgeon, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Wanich specializes in the treatment of sports injuries, including ACL tears, rotator cuff tears, meniscal tears, cartilage injuries and labral tears of the hip. He has a special interest in arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, knee and hip, as well as cartilage restoration procedures. Dr. Wanich is involved in several research projects focusing on ACL reconstruction, rotator cuff repair and shoulder dislocations. Dr. Wanich joined the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2009 as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Sports Medicine. Dr. Wanich is currently the team physician for the Truman High School Mustangs.

Areas of Expertise

  • Sports injuries including ACL tears, rotator cuff tears, meniscal tears, cartilage injuries and labral tears of the hip
  • Cartilage restoration procedures

Selected Media Coverage

Yahoo!, Chicago Tribune

Konrad I. Gruson, MD

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicinee

Dr. Gruson performs both arthroscopic and open rotator cuff surgery, instability surgery and shoulder replacements. Additionally, he has a particular interest in fracture repair of the upper extremity, including minimally invasive techniques. Dr. Gruson is currently Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he is actively involved in resident and medical student education. He has published numerous articles on shoulder surgery in peer-reviewed journals and has presented his findings at local and national meetings. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the New York State Medical Society, as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Areas of Expertise

  • Shoulder replacements
  • Open rotator cuff surgery

Sam Moghtaderi, MD

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Moghtaderi treats all problems of the hand and upper extremity. This includes the most common conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger and tendonitis, as well as fractures, trauma, sports injuries, ligament tears and pediatric hand problems. He attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Montefiore and a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is a candidate member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Areas of Expertise

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Pediatric hand problems

Chaiyaporn Kulsakdinun, MD

Section Chief of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center

Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Kulsakdinun has special interests and advanced training in foot and ankle surgery. He specializes in forefoot reconstruction of the foot, such as bunions and hammertoes. He also has training in hindfoot reconstruction for post traumatic deformities, flat feet, diabetic foot problems and athletic foot and ankle injuries. Dr. Kulsakdinun is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and is a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society.

Areas of Expertise

  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Post traumatic deformities
  • Diabetic foot problems

Dominic J. Catanese, DPM, FACFAS

Director of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center

Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Catanese has extensive experience in reconstructive foot surgery, clinical podiatric medicine and trauma of the foot. He is a nationally-recognized expert in the use of radiofrequency for non-surgical treatment of heel pain and nerve pain. Dr. Catanese treats all medical, surgical and traumatic disorders of the foot, as well as surgical revision of patients with a failed previous foot surgery or an unacceptable result from a previous surgery. A large number of surgical procedures performed by Dr. Catanese involve reconstructive surgery of the forefoot for bunions, hammertoes and boney prominences. Dr. Catanese has served as Director of the Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Division of Montefiore’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery since 1996. He is a frequent contributor to various print and media outlets.

Areas of Expertise

  • Reconstructive foot surgery
  • Radiofrequency for non-surgical treatment of heel and nerve pain

Sun Jin Kim, MD

Chief of Adult Reconstruction, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center

Assistant Professor, Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Kim practices orthopaedic surgery with an emphasis on hip and knee arthritis and joint reconstruction. He specializes in adult reconstruction of the hip and knee. Dr. Kim emphasizes non-operative treatment prior to any surgical intervention. He is an active participant in medical education, both in the medical school and the orthopaedic residency program. Dr. Kim joined the Department of Orthopaedics in 2005. He is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon and is an active member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and the Eastern Orthopaedic Association. In 2007, he was named Attending of the Year in Montefiore’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Areas of Expertise

  • Hip and knee arthritis
  • Joint reconstruction