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University of Miami Hospital

Orthopaedics

Orthopaedics

When we suffer an illness or injury to our musculoskeletal system—the structure that includes our skeleton, muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, and nerves—it can limit our mobility or range of motion, and greatly affect our quality of life.

Orthopaedics provides treatment for the full spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions—from sprains and strains on the athletic field to limb-sparing oncology procedures, joint replacement, complex spine reconstruction, and more.

University of Miami Hospital is home to one of top orthopaedics departments in the country, and provides multidisciplinary care by fellowship-trained physicians employing the latest research and most advanced technology.

University of Miami Hospital’s Orthopaedics team helps patients regain function, enhance mobility, diminish pain, and lead more active, fulfilling lives by treating a wide variety of conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system.

Orthopaedic services at University of Miami Hospital:

Foot and Ankle

The feet are composed of a complex network of bones, joints and muscles that support the weight of the body. When functioning properly, they handle all the demands placed upon them without discomfort. However, when pain occurs, rapid treatment usually results in complete healing and a return to full function.

Hand and Wrist

University of Miami Hospital’s orthopaedic surgeons perform microsurgical procedures of the upper extremity, free tissue transfers for lower-extremity trauma, nerve repairs, grafts for lower extremity neural injuries, and replantation. The Hospital also specializes in repetitive motion injuries and athletic-type injuries of the hand and wrist, including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Dupuytren’s Contracture, and other conditions affecting the hand, wrist and elbow.

Joint Replacement and Reconstructive Surgery

Every year, more than 800,000 total joint replacements are performed in the U.S. on patients seeking relief of pain and restoration of motion in joints damaged by arthritis or other causes. The fellowship-trained orthopaedic specialists at University of Miami Hospital have special expertise in joint replacement and reconstruction, including:

  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Bilateral Simultaneous Knee Replacements
  • Complex Revisions
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Shoulder Replacement

Neck and Back/Spine

University of Miami Hospital provides care for patients with degenerative spinal problems, traumatic injuries of the spine, tumors, infections, and spinal deformity. The service encompasses all areas of diagnosis and treatment for conditions of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.

Some of the neck, back and spine conditions treated at University of Miami Hospital include:

Herniated Disc

  • Cervical
  • Lumbar
  • Thoracic

Spine deformities

  • Kyphosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Sondylolisthesis

Stenosis

  • Cervical Stenosis
  • Lumbar Stenosis

Spine Trauma

Key treatments include:

  • Disc Replacements
    Minimally Invasive:
  • Herniated Disc
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • XLIF – Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion

Enhanced O-Arm Technology
Spine surgery is a rapidly evolving field as more traditional large open spine surgeries continue to give way to minimally invasive spine procedures. At University of Miami Hospital, the goal is to provide the latest technology to ensure our spine patients have the best outcomes.
University of Miami Hospital has recently acquired the O-Arm Stealth Station, a state-of-the-art surgical imaging system that provides surgeons with real-time 3D images while procedures are taking place.
During your spinal procedure a non-invasive scanner with an O-shaped arm encircles the operating table and provides 3D images so surgeons can make adjustments at the time of surgery, improving safety and accuracy.
The O-Arm Surgical Imaging System allows UHealth spine surgeons to

  • View your anatomy in the operative position
  • Monitor the status of the surgery
  • Verify surgical changes before you leave the operating room

Patient benefits include

  • Less time in surgery
  • Reduced risk of repeat surgery
  • Less radiation exposure from imaging
  • Smaller incisions
  • Safer, more accurate placement of instruments for improved surgical outcomes

Orthopaedic Tumors / Oncology

Orthopaedic oncologists at University of Miami Hospital offer a comprehensive program to diagnose and treat primary and metastatic bone and soft tissue cancer for pediatric and adult patients.

Our team of fellowship-trained orthopaedic oncologists works together with a multidisciplinary group of physicians and scientists to provide the highest quality of care to patients with benign and malignant musculoskeletal disease, bone and soft tissue sarcomas, metastatic disease, and benign neoplasm of bone and soft tissue.
The multidisciplinary team offers a wide array of treatment options for bone and soft tissue tumors including cryotherapy ablation, radiofrequency ablation, and bisphosphonate drug therapy with PMMA bone cement. These treatments are often coupled with chemotherapy before surgery to shrink a tumor, or after surgery to destroy any remaining cancer cells.

Some of the conditions treated by the Hospital’s orthopaedic oncologists include:

  • Soft tissue mass
  • Soft tissue sarcoma
  • Bone sarcoma
  • Benign bone lesion
  • Metastatic disease to bone
  • Complex limb reconstruction

University of Miami Tissue Bank
The University of Miami Tissue Bank was providing safe and effective bone and soft tissue grafts to patients long before allograft bone transplantation was widely accepted. It has always been focused on safety and the advancement of knowledge in allograft use. For more information about the UM Tissue Bank, please visit www.umiamitb.org.

Sports Medicine

UHealth Sports Medicine at University of Miami Hospital is one of the few sports medicine facilities in the country where X-Ray, MRI, Physical Therapy, Concussion Specialists, and an Ambulatory Surgery Center are readily available in one location. Physicians here are fellowship-trained in sports medicine, and all diagnostic images are read by a musculoskeletal radiologist in the clinic.

The UHealth Sports Performance and Wellness Institute, one of the nation’s finest sports medicine programs, conducts leading-edge studies including stem cell and cartilage research.

UHealth Sports Medicine is the official sports medicine provider of the University of Miami Hurricanes, the Miami Marlins, the U.S. Sailing team, and three-time Olympian Lauryn Williams.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists are health professionals with special expertise in physical conditioning and the movement sciences. They use this knowledge to reduce activity restrictions, and enable people of all ages to return to their work, community, and leisure activities.

Some of the common conditions treated by the Hospital’s physical therapists include:

  • Arthritic conditions
  • Cardiopulmonary and circulatory conditions
  • Integumentary conditions
  • Joint and soft tissue injuries
  • Neurologic conditions
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Physical deconditioning
  • Sports injuries
  • Workplace injuries

Based on your specific condition, your therapist will determine a diagnosis (primary activity restriction toward which therapy will be directed) and a prognosis (optimal outcomes expected from therapy, with timelines). The therapist then establishes a plan of care that includes specific interventions designed to produce changes in your condition in order to achieve the desired outcomes.

Motasem  Al Maaieh

Motasem Al Maaieh, M.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedis

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-3000

Deborah V. Appleyard

Deborah V. Appleyard, M.D.

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-4000

Michael G. Baraga

Michael G. Baraga, M.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty

Team Physician, University of Miami Athletics

Specialty: Sports Medicine-Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-3000

Mark D. Brown

Mark D. Brown, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty

Professor and Director of Miami CORE

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-3000

Jaime A. Carvajal Alba

Jaime A. Carvajal Alba, M.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Joint Reconstruction

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-3000

David  Chen

David Chen, M.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-3000

Sheila A. Conway

Sheila A. Conway, M.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty

Program Director, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-3000

Seth D. Dodds

Seth D. Dodds, M.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty

Associate Professor, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-3000

Frank J. Eismont

Frank J. Eismont, M.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty

Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chairman, Department of Orthopaedics

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-3000

Joseph P. Gjolaj

Joseph P. Gjolaj, M.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-3000

Michael A. Gleiber

Michael A. Gleiber, M.D.

Private Practice Physician

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-4000

Victor H. Hernandez

Victor H. Hernandez, M.D., MS
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-3000

James J. Hutson

James J. Hutson, Jr., M.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty

Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-3000

Steven P. Kalandiak

Steven P. Kalandiak, M.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-3000

Lee  Kaplan

Lee Kaplan, M.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty

Professor

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine-Orthopaedics

Appointments: 305-243-3000

Nathan H. Lebwohl

Nathan H. Lebwohl, M.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty

Chief, Spinal Deformity Surgery

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-3000

Mark A. Mighell

Mark A. Mighell, M.D.

Private Practice Physician

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-4000

Ismael  Montane

Ismael Montane, M.D.

Private Practice Physician

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-595-8600

Julianne  Munoz

Julianne Munoz, M.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics

Specialty: Sports Medicine-Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-3000

Patrick W. Owens

Patrick W. Owens, M.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty

Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics, Chief of the Division of Orthopaedic Hand Surgery

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-3000

Amruta D. Parekh

Amruta D. Parekh, M.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-284-3333

Juan Abelardo A. Pretell

Juan Abelardo A. Pretell, M.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty

Assistant Professor Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-3000

Stephen M. Quinnan

Stephen M. Quinnan, M.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-3000

Raymond P. Robinson

Raymond P. Robinson, M.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty

Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-3000

Michaela M. Schneiderbauer

Michaela M. Schneiderbauer, M.D. MBA
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty

Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-3000

Steven D. Steinlauf

Steven D. Steinlauf, M.D.

Private Practice Physician

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-4000

H. Thomas  Temple

H. Thomas Temple, M.D.

Director of the Tissue Bank

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-285-5025

Fernando E. Vilella-Hernandez

Fernando E. Vilella-Hernandez, M.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-3000

Gregory A. Zych

Gregory A. Zych, DO
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty

Christine E. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Trauma

Specialty: Trauma Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: 305-243-3000