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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine

Division of Orthopaedic Surgery

Adult Reconstruction/Total Joint Service

The adult reconstruction service is the premier total joint replacement service in Brooklyn. Specializing in the total joint replacement of the hip & knee, our services include both new implants and the removal or replacement of first generation joint prostheses. Our reconstruction service is the tertiary referral service for patients requiring complex reconstructions for advanced arthritic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, renal disease, sickle cell anemia and lupus as well as patients requiring revisions for loosening, fractures or infection, utilizing state of the art implants or allograft reconstructions. As the only academic reconstruction service in the borough we also provide services for patients with avascular necrosis, tumors and periprosthetic fractures.The Director of the Adult Reconstruction/Total Joint Service is Aditya V. Maheshwari, MD. The Adult Reconstruction service has also recently welcomed Colin Y.L. Woon, MD and Qais Naziri, MD.

Foot and Ankle Service

The Foot and Ankle Service is a unique multidisciplinary team of orthopaedic surgeons and non-surgical podiatrists specializing in biomechanical and nonsurgical treatment options. We provide complete evaluation and diagnosis, as well as both surgical and non-surgical treatment for individuals with a variety of foot and ankle problems, including athletic injuries, fractures, arthritis, and deformities. Our comprehensive team specializes in all foot and ankle problems including ankle replacement, diabetic foot treatment, foot and ankle reconstruction, post-traumatic ankle reconstruction, rheumatoid reconstruction, plantar fasciitis and vascular necrosis. The Director of the Foot & Ankle Service is Jaime A. Uribe, MD. The service also has two podiatrists, Suzanne Braun, DPM and Jaideep Chopra, DPM.

Hand and Upper Extremity Service

Our hand specialist offers care to patients with hand injuries or chronic conditions, including rheumatic diseases, Dupuytren's disease, carpal tunnel syndrome and tumors as well as tendon and nerve conditions. Special faculty interests include wrist arthroscopy, microscopic reconstructive and free-flap surgery. The Director of the Hand and Microsurgery Service is Steven M. Koehler, MD. The Hand and Microsurgery Service has also recently welcomed Charles M. Ekstein, MD. Orthopaedic pathologies of the Shoulder/Elbow are seen by William R. Aibinder, MD.

Orthopaedic Oncology

With fewer than 200 orthopaedic oncologists, SUNY Downstate is pleased to offer this specialty to its patients. As part of a multidisciplinary group of physicians, we provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for benign, malignant and metastatic musculoskeletal disease. Specializing in the treatment of pediatric and adult patients with bone and soft tissue sarcomas, metastatic disease, and benign tumors of bone and soft tissue; limb sparing surgery and innovative methods of endoprosthetic reconstruction; the use of cryosurgery in the treatment of bone tumors; and minimally invasive methods of biopsy and tumor ablation. The Director of the Orthopaedic Oncology Service is Aditya V. Maheshwari, MD.

Orthopaedic Trauma Service

The Orthopaedic Trauma Service provides acute trauma care as well as consultative and support services to patients with multiple injuries, including complicated fractures, poly trauma, malunion, non-union, pelvic fractures, and soft tissue injuries. The trauma service is staffed by Jason M. McKean, MD and Nishant Suneja, MD.

Pediatric Orthopaedic Service

We provide orthopaedic care for children from infancy to adolescence. This includes treatment of congenital and developmental disabilities such as hip dislocation, congenital anomalies and major neuromuscular problems, including cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Treatment is also provided for children with skeletal growth abnormalities as well as congenital foot abnormalities such as club foot and flat feet. Procedures such as limb reconstructions, limb lengthening, muscle or tendon transfers, acetabular reconstruction, clubfoot surgery and the management of spinal deformities are offered. The Director of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Service is Khalid Hesham, MD, and the service also includes Andrew R. Miller, MD and Christopher R. Chapman, MD.

Spine Service

Our spine service is uniquely qualified to handle the surgical treatment of spinal disorders using the latest microsurgical and minimally invasive techniques. The spine service provides treatment for infections, tumors, traumatic injuries (fractures/dislocations) and degenerative diseases (spinal stenosis, disc disease, herniated discs) of the adult spine. We treat disorders of the cervical and lumbar spine resulting in upper and/or lower extremity radiculopathy, neurogenic myopathies and myelopathic conditions. Our patient population encompasses children as well as adult patients, providing expertise in the treatment of congenital problems, spinal curvatures (scoliosis/kyphosis) and neuromuscular spine deformities. The Chief of the Spine Service is Carl B. Paulino, MD and he is joined with Hiroyuki Yoshihara, MD, PhD.

Sports Medicine Service

The sports medicine service provides medical and surgical care for sport- and exercise related injuries of athletes. The service focuses on improving athletic performance, while mitigating and preventing injuries, and is staffed by the department Chair, William P. Urban, MD and Steven M. Andelman, MD.