Awarded Orthopedic Specialists
We are not just a standard walk-in clinic. We are a team of highly awarded orthopedic specialists and surgeons. As leaders in our field, we provide state-of-the-art treatments and procedures for our patients. Whether you have a simple sprain or something far more complex, our advanced team is ready to help you fully recover and get back to living your life.
- Charles Ruotolo, MD, FAAOS
- Richard McCormack, M.D.
- Dr. Jonathan Ownes, MD
- Paul Pipitone, D.O.
- Elizabeth Morrison, MD, FAAOS, MPT
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.
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 Orthopaedic 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.
Director of Orthopedic Trauma
Biography coming soon.