Our Award Winning Team

As the founder of Total Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, LLP, Charles Ruotolo MD was a top graduate at the New York Medical College School of Medicine in 1995. He completed an orthopedic residency program at the SUNY at Stony Brook in 2000. After his residency he underwent fellowship training in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the prestigious Sports Clinic of Laguna Hills, California under the tutelage of Wesley Nottage, MD. It is here where he perfected his advanced arthroscopic surgical skills. Dr. Ruotolo is board certified in orthopedic surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. As an Associate Master Instructor of Arthroscopy for the Arthroscopy Association of North America, Dr. Ruotolo actively teaches other orthopedic surgeons advanced arthroscopic skills in shoulder surgery.

As an avid researcher he has published multiple articles on shoulder injuries and shoulder surgery in the peer review journals of Arthroscopic Surgery and of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery as well as several book chapters on the same. It is his dictum to constantly be critical and to constantly review treatment options and surgical results. This persistent pursuit of quality affords his patients the highest level of care in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine.

Dr. Ruotolo has excelled throughout his career in medicine. From being named the top surgical student in his graduating medical student class of 210 students, to being named the attending of the year in 2003 for the orthopedic training program at the SUNY at Stony Brook Dr. Ruotolo has always excelled in every role from student to surgeon to teacher. Currently as the Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at Nassau University Medical Center he is helping guide the hospital in its revival as a leading center for orthopedic surgery. As with himself he has developed a core group of highly skilled orthopedic surgeons at NUMC providing some of the best care in orthopedic spine surgery, orthopedic trauma surgery, minimally invasive joint replacement surgery, arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. As the Director of Total Orthopedics and Sports Medicine he is proud to lead not just a team of highly trained and skilled physicians, but an organization of compassionate and caring people.

Dr. Jonathan Owens has been practicing Orthopedics on Long Island for over 25 years. Since finishing his orthopedic residency at University Hospital at Stony Brook, he has focused on Adult Reconstruction, emphasizing hip, knee and elbow replacement surgery. Both primary (1st time procedures) and revision surgery are a routine part of his work. HE is a native of New York having grown up in Queens. After college he pursued a graduate study in Biochemistry at Tufts University. He has published in scientific journals. His medical school training was at SUNY Downstate and Kings County Hospital. During his years in Orthopedics he has consulted for companies involving the development of joint replacement implants and of Orthopedic surgical techniques. Currently he is actively in patient care including treating patients at Nassau University Medical Center and Good Samaritan Medical Center.

Dr. McCormack is a sports medicine specialist with a clinical focus on arthroscopic and open treatment of injuries of the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee.

Dr. McCormack attended Harvard University where he was captain of the two-time national championship winning Harvard Lightweight Rowing team. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry. Dr. McCormack received a combined M.D. /M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, where he was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society and graduated with High Honors from the Booth School of Business. Dr. McCormack performed his orthopaedic residency at the prestigious New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases, where he received extensive training in total joint arthroplasty, trauma, and sports medicine. He completed his sports medicine fellowship training at the Lenox Hill Hospital where Dr. McCormack served as the assistant team physician for the New York Jets, New York Islanders, Hunter College, and the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, allowing him to gain experience taking care of a range of injuries and athletes across different levels of competition.

As a clinician scientist, Dr. McCormack has performed research and published on a variety of topics, including evaluating and improving the quality of orthopedic care as it relates to hospital readmissions, for which he was awarded an Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation Resident Education Grant. He most recently performed an analysis of the biomechanical performance of new implants for use in arthroscopic shoulder surgery. He has presented his work at various local and national meetings and has published in a number of peer reviewed journals. His current research interests include measuring outcomes and identifying drivers of quality of care in surgery, especially in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, rotator cuff repair, and shoulder stabilization procedures. He is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopic Association of North America, and the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine.

Dr. McCormack is excited to be practicing in Long Island. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys, playing golf and soccer, and instilling within his children the dedication and values that come from being a native of Cleveland, Ohio and lifelong sports fan.

  • 1995

    Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College 
    Philadelphia, PA

  • 1992

    UMDNJ/Rutgers Graduate School 
    Camden, NJ
    Master of Physical Therapy

  • 1989

    Oral Roberts University College of Arts and Sciences
    Tulsa, OK
    Bachelor of Science

Dr. Leven is a fellowship trained orthopedic spine surgeon practicing in Long Island and New York City who specializes in minimally invasive surgery, trauma, and spinal deformity. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the State University of New York, Downstate in Brooklyn, NY and completed his spine surgery fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. Dr. Leven teaches courses for residents and fellows on minimally invasive surgery and surgical approaches. He has trained with several of the leading spinal deformity and cervical spine surgeons in the country.

Dr. Leven has over 25 publications in peer-reviewed journals on the topics of spinal deformity, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, spinal cord injuries and cervical spine surgery and has written multiple book chapters.

As an active member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, and the Lumbar Spine Research Society, he has presented over 25 studies and over 75 posters at international conferences.

In clinical practice, Dr. Leven’s focus is in minimally invasive surgery, disc replacement, cervical spine surgery, and spinal deformity. He is an associate professor with the orthopedic surgery residency program at Nassau University Medical Center. As a physical therapist for 10 years prior to pursuing his medical training, he worked extensively with patients suffering from chronic pain, scoliosis, neuromuscular disorders, traumatic injuries, and disability. He completed his training with the goal of maximizing his ability to help patients before, during and after surgery with a comprehensive treatment approach. His compassion for patients comes from hours of working with patients to improve their quality of life and Dr. Leven makes every effort to offer the best surgical option with the least invasive approach.

Dr. Leven has appointments at Mount Sinai Hospital, Lenox Hill, Nassau University Medical Center, Valley Stream and Beth Isreal Hospital.

High School-
The Bear Creek School Redmond , Wa

Undergraduate –
The University of Washington Seattle, Wa
Anthropolog y

Medical School-

Pacific Northwest Univers ity of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Yakima, Wa
2008 -2012

Academic Fellowship 2012-2013
Anatomy, Clinical Skills


Plainview Hospital Northw ell Health Plainview, Ny 2013-2018

Dr. Spain is a graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine at NYIT. He is a board-certified physician in Family Practice with added qualifications in Sports Medicine and has trained under numerous top physicians throughout New York City and Long Island.

As a medical student Dr. Spain was active in the sports medicine field attending conferences, covering endurance events and serving in leadership roles in sports medicine clubs. After residency training at Good Samaritan hospital in West Islip, he completed his sports medicine fellowship through the North Shore/LIJ system and is now an active attending physician teaching students, residents and fellows how to care for active patients.

His sports coverage credentials include work with several local high school football teams, the Long Island marathon, CW Post/LIU and NYIT sports teams, the U.S. Open tennis tournament and Ironman Triathlon events.

Currently, he serves as one of the team physicians for the USA men’s and women’s water polo national teams. In this post he has traveled the world with these Olympic hopefuls and provided exceptional medical care at the highest level of competition on a multinational stage.

Dr. Spain specializes in caring for athletes and active people of all ages with a holistic approach considering every aspect of medicine, nutrition and rehabilitation. Accordingly, he is able to offer several new and advanced techniques in the diagnosis and management of non-surgical conditions. He is proficient in ultrasound-guided injections procedure, platelet-rich plasma/prolotherapy injections, diagnostic ultrasound, concussion management and osteopathic manipulation techniques.

As a former collegiate level baseball and volleyball player, Dr. Spain has never been far from a high pressure, competitive environment. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and teaching his daughter the finer points of a curveball. A lifelong Mets/Jets/Islanders fan, he is always up to date on the latest scores and prospects.

Dr. Karèn Avanesov is a graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine where he received a medical degree. He then completed his internship and residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the Peninsula Hospital Center-North Shore Long Island Jewish Consortium. From there, Dr. Avanesov completed his spine fellowship at Nationally and Internationally recognized Leatherman Spine Center for complex spine surgery Louisville, Kentucky where he received extensive training in complex adult and pediatric spine surgery. During fellowship training Dr. Avanesov has been involved in the development and trials of several spinal instrumentation systems that in the future will be used worldwide.

Dr. Avanesov is a member of several professional medical associations, among them, the North American Spine Society, American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Ostheopathic Academy.

Dr. Avanesov has published and presented in the fields of orthopaedics, tumor and spinal surgery. His clinical areas of interest are Adult and Pediatric Spinal Surgery, Spinal trauma, Deformity, Scoliosis, Complex Spinal Reconstruction and Degenerative Conditions of Lumbar and Cervical Spine, Minimally invasive Spine Surgery.

Dr. Vadim Lerman received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Binghamton University. He then completed his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Lerman did his Rotating Internship at Peninsula Hospital Medical Center and that year he was elected to be Chief Intern.

His Orthopedic Residency was completed at Peninsula Hospital consortium where most of the rotations were through the North Shore/ Long Island Jewish Hospitals system. Dr. Lerman then did an Orthopedic Pediatric rotation at Cincinnati Children’s hospital. In Dr. Lerman‘s last year in residency he was appointed Administrative Chief Resident. Dr. Lerman‘s fellowship in Spine Surgery was done at the Beth Israel Spine Institute.

Dr. Lerman is currently a member of the Spine Institute at Beth Israel Medical Center with special interest in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Spinal Trauma, Deformity and Scoliosis in Pediatrics and Adults, and Degenerative Conditions of Cervical and Lumbar Spine.