Our Award Winning Team


As the founder of Total Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, 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. He has continued his pursuit of teaching starting an Orthopedic Surgery Residency program at Nassau University Medical Center for which he is the Program Director.

As an avid researcher he has published multiple articles on shoulder injuries and shoulder and knee surgery in the peer review journals of Arthroscopy, Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, and Journal of Orthopedic Trauma 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 providing the most up to date surgical procedures maximizing outcomes while minimizing pain.

Dr. Ruotolo has excelled throughout his career in medicine. He was named the top surgical student in his graduating medical student class of 210 students and has been named the attending of the year several times for the orthopedic training programs for which he has been a faculty member. From here he started a residency program where he takes a lead role as the Program Director for the institution.  Dr. Ruotolo has always excelled in every role from student to surgeon to teacher. Dr. Ruotolo is listed as a Top Doctor by Newsday, a Castle Connolly Top Doctor, and has been voted multiple times as the Best Orthopedist on Long Island, by Best of Long Island. 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 President 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.

Education & Appointments

2017 – Present
Program Director
Nassau University Medical Center Orthopedic Residency Program

2015 – 2017
Interim Program Director
Nassau University Medical Center Osteopathic Orthopedic Residency Program

2013 – Present
Clinical Assistant Professor Surgery
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

2005 – Present
Chairman
Department of Orthopaedics
Nassau University Medical Center, NY

2004 – 2005
Acting Chairman
Department of Orthopaedics
Nassau University Medical Center, NY

2004 – Present
President, Orthopaedic Surgeon
Total Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, NY

2001 – 2004
Attending, Director of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery
Nassau University Medical Center, NY

2000 – 2001
Fellow in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery
The Sports Clinic, Laguna Hills, CA

1996 – 2000
Residency in Orthopedics
SUNY, Stony Brook, NY

1995 – 1996
Internship in General Surgery
SUNY, Stony Brook, NY

1991 – 1995
Doctor of Medicine
New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY

1985 – 1990
B.S., Biochemistry
SUNY, Stony Brook, NY

Research & Presentations

Committed to the Practice of Orthopedics

Reconstruction for Pectoralis Major Tendon Myotendinous Tears presented at 4th Annual Section Eight Athletic Trainers Sports Medicine Symposium March 3, 2018 Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY

AC Joint Separations, What Works and When”, presented at 3rd Annual Section Eight Athletic Trainers Sports Medicine Symposium March 4, 2017 Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY

“Novel Spiked-Washer Repair Is Biomechanically Superior to Suture and Bone Tunnels for Arcuate Fracture Repair.”  J Orthop Trauma. 2017 Mar;31(3):e81-e85.  Vojdani S, Fernandez L, Jiao J, Enders T, Ortiz S, Lin L, Qin YX, Komatsu, DE, Penna J, Ruotolo CJ

Controversies in ACL Graft Options: All-Inside Hamstring Reconstruction” presented at 2rd Annual Section Eight Athletic Trainers Sports Medicine Symposium March 5, 2016 Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY

Shoulder Instability: Current Concepts in 2015”, presented at the Section Eight Athletic Trainers Lacrosse Sports Medicine Symposium March 7, 2015 Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY

Chronic Elbow Dislocation Treated With Open Reduction and Reconstruction of Both Medial and Lateral Collateral Ligaments:  A Case Report & Literature Review” J Chiang DO, N Sveilich DO, C Ruotolo MD, second place winner of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics in the category of Hand. during the Residents/Fellows Session at the 2012 Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 25 Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Upper Extremity”, Book Chapter, Oxford American Handbook of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2010 by Oxford University Press, Inc.

A biomechanical comparison of the modified Mason-Allen stitch and massive cuff stituch in vitro.” Sileo MJ, Ruotolo CR, Nelson CO, Serra‐Hsu F, Panchal AP. Arthroscopy. 2007 Mar;23(3):235‐40, 240.e1‐2.

Loss of Total Arc of Motion in Collegiate Overhand Throwing Athletes” Ruotolo C, Price E, Panchal A, J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2006 Jan‐Feb;15(1):67‐71.

Yergason’s test is highly specific for detecting high‐grade labral tears and biceps pathology” Panchal A, Sileo M, Ruotolo, C, presented at AAOS Mar 2006.

Current Concepts in Proximal Humerus Fractures” Ruotolo C, presented at Treatment Options for Difficult Fractures: A New Technology Symposium. Mar 5 2005, Garden City, NY

All‐arthroscopic removal of a suture anchor using an arthroscopic bur sheath. Namkoong S, Ruotolo C, Nottage WM, Arthroscopy. 2004 Jul;20 Suppl 2:87‐9.

The supraspinatus footprint: an anatomic study of the supraspinatus insertion.” Ruotolo C, Fow JE, Nottage WM, Arthroscopy. 2004 Mar;20(3):246‐9.

Loss of Total Arc of Motion in Collegiate Overhand Throwing Athletes” Price E, Ruotolo C presented at AAOS/American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Specialty Day March 13, 2004 San Francisco, CA.

Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair.” Ruotolo C, presented at the Nassau Surgical Society Multispecialty Surgical Symposium Dec 3, 2003 Uniondale, NY.

Shoulder Pain in the Overhead Athlete” Ruotolo CJ, Penna J, Namkoong S, Meinhard M, Am J Orthop. 2003 May, 32(5):248‐58.

The supraspinatus footprint: A rationale guide for the management of articular sided partial thickness supraspinatus tears.” Wesley M. Nottage, Charles James Ruotolo, Marc Raymond Safran, Arthroscopy July‐August 2003, Supplement 1 19(6):105‐106.

A Comparison of All‐Arthroscopic Versus Mini‐Open Rotator Cuff Repair.” Severud E, Nottage WM, Ruotolo C, Arthroscopy. 2003 Mar,19(3):234‐8.

Arthroscopic Treatment of Partial Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears” Book Chapter Nottage WM, Ruotolo C. Shoulder Arthroscopy, Springer Verlag, NY 2003.

Surgical and nonsurgical management of rotator cuff tears” Ruotolo C, Nottage WM, Arthroscopy. 2002 May‐Jun;18(5):527‐31.

Symposium: Controversial Topics in Shoulder Arthroscopy 2001” Ruotolo C, Nottage WM, Flatow E, Gross M, Fanton G, Arthroscopy. 2002 Feb;18(2 Suppl 1):65‐75.

Arthroscopic Treatment of Partial Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears” Ruotolo C, presented at Winthrop University Hospital Dept. of Orthopedics Grand Rounds March 1, 2002, Mineola, NY.

Shoulder Pain in the Overhead Athlete, A Review of Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment” Ruotolo C, presented at SUNY at Stony Brook Dept. of Orthopedics, Sports Medicine Grand Rounds Nov. 28, 2001, Syosset, NY.

The Supraspinatus Footprint. A rational guide for the treatment of articular partial thickness rotator cuff tears.” Presented at “Controversies in Shoulder Surgery 2001” Costa Mesa, CA October, 2001.

The Natural History of Rotator Cuff Tears” Ruotolo C, Presented at “Controversies in Shoulder Surgery 2000”, Costa Mesa, CA, October, 2000.

Acetabular Fractures with Associated Vascular Injury, A Report of Two Cases” Ruotolo CJ, Savarese E, Khan A, Ryan M, Kottmeier S, Meinhard B, J Trauma. 2001 Aug;51(2):382‐6.

The etiology of idiopathic clubfoot: Does retracting fibrosis play a role?” Khan AM, Ryan MG, Ruotolo CJ, Gruber MA and Badalamente MA, presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 67th Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, March, 2000.

Distal Femur Fractures: Surgical Approaches” Kottmeier S, Ruotolo C, video presentation at “Practical Techniques in Improved Fracture Management”, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL, November, 1999.

In Vitro Prevention of Wear Debris Induced Cytokines with IL‐4 and IL‐10” Ruotolo CJ, Keller K, presented at the Fifth Annual Orthopaedic Symposium, SUNY at Stony Brook, June, 1999.

Supracondylar and Lateral Condyle Fractures of the Humerus in Children” Ruotolo CJ, Healy WA III, Medscape, May 17, 1999.

Interdigital Neuroma: Local Cutaneous Changes after Corticosteroid Injection” Reddy PR, Zelicof SB, Ruotolo C, Holder J, Clin Orthop 317: 185‐187, 1995.

Society Memberships

Arthroscopy Association of North America, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American College of Sports Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, American Medical Association

  • 1995

    Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College 
    Philadelphia, PA
    M.D.

  • 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. 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.

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.

High School-
The Bear Creek School Redmond , Wa
1998-2002

Undergraduate –
The University of Washington Seattle, Wa
Anthropolog y
2002-2006

Medical School-

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

Academic Fellowship 2012-2013
Anatomy, Clinical Skills

Residency-

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.

Education & Appointments

1999 – 2000
Fellowship, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery, NY

1995 – 1999
Orthopaedic Surgery
Peninsula Hospital Center, NY

1994 – 1995
General Surgery

Peninsula Hospital Center, NY

1993 – 1994
Internship
Peninsula Hospital Center, NY

1989 – 1993
Doctor of Osteopathy
NY College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY

1983 – 1987
B.S., Biology
Adelphi University, NY

Honors

Board Certified

American Osteopathic Boards of Orthopedics Surgery

2001 – 2011

Division Chief Pediatric Orthopedics

North Shore University Hospital-Manhasset

1998 – 1999

Chief Resident Orthopedic Surgery

Profesional Affiliations

American Osteopathic Association

American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics

Education & Appointments

Medical School

New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

Internship

Peninsula Hospital Center, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency

Peninsula Hospital Center, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Certifications & Memberships

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon (AOBOS)

American Osteopathic Association (Member)

American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (Member)

Medical Society of the State of New York (Member)

Society Memberships

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon (AOBOS)

NYIT/NYCOM Clinical Assistant Professor Surgery

Outstanding Educator Award / Orthopedics Resident Training

Peninsula Hospital Consortium (2006)

Northshore-LIJ / Plainview Hospital (2013)

Biography

Peter A. Kechejian, MD, CPE is a board-certified Pain Management Specialist and Certified Pain Educator. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Anesthesiology and fellowship in Pain Management at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Dr. Kechejian has been caring for patients across Long Island for the past 25 years.

He served as the Director of Pain Management for the Anesthesia Residency Program at Nassau University Medical Center, where he thrived on teaching physicians in training different anesthesia blocks for surgery and pain procedures for chronic pain sufferers, such as epidural steroid and joint injections. As his love for teaching deepened, Dr. Kechejian was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at SUNY Stony Brook University Hospital.

Subsequently, Dr. Kechejian pursued his passion for pain management at Syosset Hospital where he perfected his interventional pain management skills. Dr. Kechejian focused on providing safe, minimally-invasive outpatient techniques for treatment of chronic pain conditions, including neck and back pain, as well as muscle and joint conditions, while at the same time, trying to minimize opioid therapy.

It was during his work in a private pain management practice in the towns of Smithtown and Shirley that Dr. Kechejian continued to advance his skills in spinal cord stimulation therapy for patients who remained in chronic pain despite aggressive medical and surgical treatments. Dr. Kechejian is dedicated to playing an active role in minimizing the opioid crisis in America, particularly among pain sufferers living on Long Island.

As a provider at Total Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Dr. Kechejian is dedicated to healing patients suffering from both acute and chronic pain syndromes. He prides himself on maintaining a patient-centered approach to pain management and creating a tailored treatment plan for his patients’ unique needs. Dr. Kechejian believes that the key to helping patients feel pain relief is to integrate the judicious use of medications, periodic pain procedures such as epidural and joint injections, and surgery when needed. Through the use of multidisciplinary, integrative pain care, Dr. Kechejian ensures that his patients have access to the resources they need to successfully live with less daily pain flares and an improved overall quality of life.

Education & Appointments

• 1997-2011

Academic Attending in Pain Management-Family Practice Residency

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor-Department of Surgery

The New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY

• 1994-2002

Attending Anesthesiologist and Director of Anesthesia Pain Management

Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology-SUNY Stony Brook University Hospital

Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY

• 1993-1994

Fellowship in Pain Management

University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA

• 1991-1993

Residency in Anesthesiology

University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA

• 1989-1990

Internship in General Surgery

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Boston, MA

• 1985-1989

Doctor of Medicine

Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC

• 1984-1985

Masters in Physiology and Biophysics

Georgetown University, Washington, DC

• 1983-1984

Masters in Civil Engineering with a focus in Public Health

Tufts University, Medford, MA

• 1979-1983

Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Research & Presentations

Pain is the PITS: A Pain Management Program to Answer America’s Opioid Crisis, book manuscript prepared for editing and publishing for anticipated release in 2020 (see Note* below for the PITS acronym explanation).

P-I-T-S Meetings, monthly PITS Program PowerPoint pain management presentations and public Q & A, hosted by Dr. Peter Kechejian, Suffolk County, NY-2018.

The Pain is the PITS Program, America’s daily pain management multimedia education series, hosted by Dr. Peter Kechejian, Chief Medical Officer on HealthStyles Network.com, in partnership with Real Content Media Group, Bethpage, NY-2015-2017.

“Chronic Pain Management Options”, The Bridge to Health, Madhouse TV guest interview, Deer Park, NY-2015.

“Chronic Pain Management”, The Leviton Manufacturing Company-Lunch & Learn, community educational lecture, Melville, NY-2011.

“The Pain Management Program at Syosset Hospital”, Hofstra Health Fair presentation, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY-2010.

“The Pain is the PITS Program”, Health Expo chronic pain management presentation, Saint Sarkis Armenian Church, Douglaston, NY-2010.

PAIN IS THE PITS® PROGRAM, a United States registered trademarked program for the medical treatment of chronic pain, created by Dr. Peter Kechejian, President of PITS Program, LLC, Dallas, TX-2009.

“The Pain is the PITS Program”, Syosset Chamber of Commerce and Syosset-Woodbury Rotary Meeting pain management presentations-2009.

“Pain is for the PITS”, motivational speaker, Community & Women’s Wellness Programs, Northwell Health System, Plainview and Syosset Campuses-2008

“>*Note:  PITS acronym.  Dr. Kechejian has developed a pain management assessment and treatment program to address America’s opioid crisis and pain epidemic and to help pain sufferers realize improved comfort and a better quality of life.  For assessment of pain and quality of life, PITS stands for “P-physical function, I-intensity of pain, T-thoughts and behaviors, and S-social interactions”. These four areas of questioning cover a patient’s pain itself and how that pain is hurting their other aspects of life.  Now for the treatment of pain, PITS stands for “P-pills or medication choices, I-injection options, T-therapy choices, and S-surgery options, when needed”. These four areas of clinical care cover the basics of pain treatment options, starting with medications and injections to help break the pain cycle, then utilizing therapy techniques to help keep the pain from returning, and leaving surgery as a last resort if patients still remain in intractable pain, despite aggressive medical and interventional attempts at obtaining lasting comfort.

“Living Your Life Pain Free”, Wellness Program-Professional and Public Health Education presentation, Syosset Campus-2006.

“Chronic Pain in Your Daily Life…You Don’t Have to Live With It”, Wellness Program-Professional and Health Education presentation, Northwell Health System, Syosset Campus-2005.

Society Memberships

American Society of Pain Educators

American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

The Society of Integrative Pain Management

American Pain Society

American Society of Anesthesiologists

The New York State Society of Anesthesiologists, District VIII Secretary 1998-2006

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. 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.