Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, Elected Academy Second Vice President

Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, Elected Academy Second Vice President

“As a child, I was fascinated with the anatomy of bones and muscles,” said Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, who today was elected second vice president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., he knew early on that he wanted to be a physician. A graduate of New York’s Cornell University and the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Zuckerman completed his internship and residency at the University of Washington. He also completed fellowships at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Mayo Clinic. Currently, Dr. Zuckerman is chairman of the department of orthopaedic surgery at NYU Hospital for Joint Disease and professor of orthopaedic surgery at NYU School of Medicine.

After working alongside former Academy President Clement B. Sledge, MD, during his fellowship, Dr. Zuckerman began his own involvement with AAOS. Starting out on the Subcommittee for Hip and Knee Evaluation in 1985, he was then elected a junior member-at-large in 1992. Since then, he has served as chair of the Surgical Skills Committee and most recently as chair of the Council on Education.

“I had the opportunity to see firsthand the great leaders of the Academy. I knew very early on in my medical career this was a remarkable organization that I wanted very much to be a part of.

I am honored to be the Academy’s Second Vice President,” said Dr. Zuckerman.

Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD

Active in numerous professional organizations, Dr. Zuckerman served as the residency program director at NYU Hospital for Joint Disease from 1990-2006 and as president of the medical board at Bellevue Hospital Center. A nationally renowned expert on replacing knees and hips and operating on shoulders, Dr. Zukerman is both scholar and practitioner: co-author or editor of at least a dozen orthopedic textbooks, collaborator on more than 200 scientific articles and a surgeon who performs about 300 operations a year.

He’s already set his main priorities for the Academy:

  • To maintain the highest standard of orthopaedic education for both practitioners and the public
  • To enhance all aspects of orthopaedic practice

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