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Nelson Botwinick, MD
Dr. Nelson Botwinick is director of the Hospital's Hand Center. He is an expert in the treatment of disorders of the upper extremity, with a special interest in traumatic injury and fracture care. Dr. Botwinick serves as an advisor to multiple corporate entities with regard to ergonomics, proper work station design, and prevention of workplace injury.

Dr. Botwinick is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. In addition, he is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the Eastern Orthopaedic Association, the New York Orthopaedic Society, the New York County Medical Society and the New York State Medical Society.

Dr. Botwinick is a graduate of Brown University and New York University School of Medicine. He completed his internship in general surgery at Bellevue Hospital and New York University and his orthopaedic surgical residency in the same institutions. He later went on to complete a Fellowship in Hand Surgery and Microsurgery at New York University and Bellevue Hospital. Dr. Botwinick is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and Hand Surgery by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Since 1998, he has been listed multiple times as one of the “Best Doctors” for hand surgery by New York Magazine, and in Castle Connelly’s Guide to Top Doctors in the New York metro area.

Paul Brisson, MD
Dr. Paul Brisson is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. After receiving his M.D. at the University of Montreal, Dr. Brisson completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at McGill Teaching Hospitals in Montreal Canada. He subsequently completed a spinal surgery fellowship at the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York and an additional spinal surgery fellowship at the Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo, New York.

Dr. Brisson specializes in surgical treatment of degenerative diseases of the spine, including lumbar and cervical microdiscectomies for herniated discs and laminectomies for stenosis. He also performs more complex procedures, in conjunction with thoracic and vascular surgery, including anterior and posterior decompressions, and instrumentation and fusion of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.

Eli Bryk, MD
Chief, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital
Surgery of the Hip and Knee

Dr. Bryk is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Association. He is a member of many academic societies and boards, including the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the International Cartilage Repair Society. He was a founding member of the Academic Orthopaedic Society and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Research Committee. Dr. Bryk also served as chairman of the section on orthopaedic surgery of the New York Academy of Medicine and is the author of over 50 publications and abstracts in peer reviewed orthopaedic journals, including the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College and his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Bryk trained in both general surgery and orthopaedic surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He is a clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Bryk specializes in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the knee and hip in adults.

Franco Cerabona, MD
Dr. Cerabona is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Board of Spine Surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the North American Spine Society. He has published in State-of-the-Art Spine Surgery, in which he contributed to several chapters on spinal biomechanics. He has written chapters in other textbooks on spinal instrumentation and surgical techniques. Dr. Cerabona has also presented at the North American Spine Society, the American Spinal Injury Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery.

After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Cerabona completed a general surgery residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center and an orthopaedic surgery residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan. He subsequently completed a fellowship in spinal surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery. He is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Current Orthopedic Practice.

Dr. Cerabona specializes in adult reconstructive spinal surgery, including cervical and lumbar degenerative conditions, deformities, tumors and trauma. He has completed training programs in advanced surgical techniques for complex spinal deformity, minimally-invasive surgery, kyphoplasty, and disc-replacement surgery.

Joseph D'Angelo, MD
Dr. Joseph D’Angelo earned his medical degree from the University of Rome, in Rome, Italy. He completed a surgical internship at Beth Israel Hospital in New York and an orthopaedic surgery residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Dr. D’Angelo specializes in arthroscopic surgery and joint replacement.

Charles DeMarco, MD
Dr. Charles DeMarco is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. After earning his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Dr. DeMarco completed his orthopaedic residency at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn and Kings County Hospital. He subsequently pursued a fellowship in sports medicine at Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania.

Dr. DeMarco specializes in sports medicine.

John Denton, MD
Dr. John Denton is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. After earning his medical degree from the Medical College of Alabama, Dr. Denton completed a General Surgery Residency at the Roosevelt Hospital, New York. He then completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.

Darren Friedman, MD
Dr. Darren Friedman is an expert in the treatment of traumatic and degenerative disorders of the shoulder and elbow including arthroscopy and joint replacement. Dr. Friedman also specializes in sports medicine and musculoskeletal trauma.

Dr. Friedman is Board Certified and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In addition, he is a member of multiple local, national, and international orthopaedic societies. Dr. Friedman has numerous orthopaedic publications including clinical studies, review articles, and surgical techniques.

Dr. Friedman graduated with Honors from Cornell University and UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center - University Hospital of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he served as Chief Resident during his last year. Dr. Friedman furthered his training and completed the Harvard Shoulder Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and an AO Trauma Fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Paul Issack, MD
Dr. Paul Issack is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, the North American Spine Society, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and the Orthopaedic Research Society. He has authored over 45 publications and abstracts on the topics of joint replacement, spinal reconstruction and trauma surgery in peer reviewed orthopaedic journals and textbooks, and has lectured on the above topics at national and regional scientific meetings.

Dr. Issack completed a medical scientist training program earning Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the New York University Graduate School of Arts and Science as well as a Doctor of Medicine degree from the New York University School of Medicine. He then completed residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the New York University Medical Center-Hospital for Joint Diseases/Bellevue Hospital in NewYork City. He then completed clinical fellowship training in Metabolic Bone Diseases/Orthopaedic Oncology, Adult Joint Reconstructive Surgery, Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery and Spine/Scoliosis Surgery, all at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He has had an active role in resident and medical student education and holds the title of Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at both Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York Medical College.

Dr. Issack specializes in adult reconstructive joint surgery, adult and pediatric spinal surgery and trauma surgery.

Ronald Krinick, MD
Dr. Ronald Krinick is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Krinick earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at New York University followed by fellowship training in sports medicine-knee and shoulder surgery at New York University. He also received training at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Center, specializing in care of the professional athlete. He has been part of the medical team caring for the New York Yankees and New York Islanders.

Dr. Krinick specializes in arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder.

Robert Meyerson, MD
Dr. Robert Meyerson is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American College of Sports Medicine. He served as sports medicine program coordinator for the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center Orthopaedic Surgical Residency Training Program for the past twelve years. He is a past president of the Brooklyn Orthopaedic Society.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia College, Dr. Meyerson earned his medical degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn. He then completed a general surgery internship at Kings County Hospital Brooklyn, an orthopaedic surgery residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, and a sports medicine fellowship at the Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute/New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Meyerson specializes in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the knee and shoulder as well as orthopaedic trauma.

Robert Pae, MD
Dr. Robert Pae is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. A respected author and lecturer, Dr. Pae’s articles have been published in professional journals, including Principles of Orthopaedic Practice, and he has made presentations to peer groups throughout the country.

After earning both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Connecticut, Dr. Pae completed his orthopaedic surgery residency training at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook and a hand and upper extremity fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Pae specializes in surgery of the upper extremity including the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, with a special interest in congenital hand problems.

Geoffrey Phillips, MD
Dr. Geoffrey Phillips is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

After earning his medical degree from University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, Dr. Phillips completed his orthopaedic surgery residency training at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Hospital for Joint Diseases in Manhattan. Dr. Phillips later completed a fellowship in Advanced Clinical Training in Foot and Ankle Surgery at St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan.

Dr. Phillips specializes in foot and ankle surgery and orthopaedic trauma.

Andrew Sands, MD
Dr. Andrew Sands is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and serves on its board of surgical subspecialties. He serves on the board of directors of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, is a founding member of the Spinoza Society, and is a member of the AO-ASIF Foot and Ankle Expert Group, a prestigious international scientific think tank. He is a past president of the Brooklyn Orthopaedic Society.

Dr. Sands earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he became interested in structure, function and biomechanics. After earning his medical degree from New York Medical College, he completed a surgical internship at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Medical Center and an orthopaedic residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Sands subsequently served with the Marines in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield and Storm. After completing active duty, he received advanced clinical experience in lower extremity trauma and reconstruction in Seattle at the University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center.

Dr. Sands specializes in orthopaedic trauma, and reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle, including sports medicine, arthroscopy and total ankle replacement.

Steven Touliopoulos, MD
Dr. Steven Touliopoulos is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of several professional associations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Brooklyn Orthopaedic Society. He has had articles accepted for publication in Sports Medicine and the Journal of Hand Surgery.

Dr. Touliopoulos earned his medical degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) Health Science Center at Brooklyn. After completing a residency in orthopaedic surgery at that institution, he pursued a fellowship in orthopaedic sports medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, serving as sports fellow for the New York Jets, New York Rangers, Hofstra University and Hunter College.

Dr. Touliopoulos specializes in joint replacement surgery, orthopaedic trauma and sports medicine.

James Tucci, MD
Dr. James Tucci is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. He has published articles in the Journal of Sports Medicine, Orthopedics and the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedicsand has presented to peer groups throughout the country.

Dr. Tucci earned his medical degree from Downstate Medical Center of the State University of New York (SUNY), and completed residency-training programs in both surgery and orthopaedic surgery at St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan. He subsequently completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at the Alfred I. Dupont Institute in Wilmington, Delaware. He has been an attending pediatric orthopaedic surgeon affiliated with many area medical centers, including SUNY Downstate, Brookdale, Kings County, Kingsbrook and Beth Israel Medical Center.

Dr. Tucci specializes in pediatric orthopaedic surgery, with a special focus on scoliosis, clubfeet, children’s fracture care and correction of deformities.

All NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital physicians are on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College. Within the familiar setting of their community hospital, patients experience a level of care found in a leading academic medical center.

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Lower Manhattan Hospital
Orthopaedics
170 William Street
New York, NY 10038
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Tel.: (212) 312-5900

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