Joseph D. Zuckerman, M.D.



Dr. Zuckerman is Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at NYU Medical Center and the Hospital for Joint Diseases and is the Walter A. L. Thompson Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at NYU School of Medicine.  A graduate of Cornell University, he received his medical degree from the medical college of Wisconsin where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.  He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals in Seattle.  He then completed a fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Surgery/Arthritis Research at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and was a Visiting Clinician in shoulder surgery at the Mayo Clinic.  Dr. Zuckerman joined the faculty of the Hospital for Joint Diseases in 1984 and was selected as an American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellow by the American Orthopaedic Association in 1991.  In 1994, he was appointed Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief.  In 1997, he became Professor and Chairman of the NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

He currently serves as an editorial board member of several prominent orthopaedic and medical journals  and is the author and editor of 11 orthopaedic textbooks and over 240 scientific articles.  In addition, he maintains an active role in several national organizations.  He is the past President of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.  He has also served as Chair of the Council on Education for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and recently completed a six year term as a member of the Board of Directors on the AAOS.

Over the past twenty years, Dr. Zuckerman’s research initiatives have focused primarily on the shoulder.  In 1991, he established the Shoulder Research Group which has focused on the study of fractures about the shoulder, rotator cuff problems and the treatment of shoulder arthritis.  He has been active in the design of a new prosthesis to treat glenohumeral arthritis, as well as shoulder fractures which has been in use since 2004. 

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