On the first anniversary of the second hip replacement, I wanted to write to formally thank you. I feel great. Play golf regularly. Exercise everyday when I don’t golf. Am strong, and have achieved much greater range of motion that I ever thought I would. In short, happy all around. (Letter from J.O.)
Dr. Berliner earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, graduating with Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) honors . He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), followed by a fellowship in hip and knee replacement at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
Dr. Berliner is a recipient of the John Charnley Award, a national award presented annually by the Hip Society for best innovative clinical research related to hip replacement. He has also traveled to Haiti and Nicaragua as a visiting surgeon and provides other volunteer medical services abroad.
Dr. Berliner’s primary focus is to develop an individualized treatment plan to help patients return to their desired activity levels and regain a fulfilling quality of life.
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Dr. Jonathan Berliner did anterior double hip replacement on my husband and we are both so impressed! His compassion and professionalism is amazing! We are both so grateful for his work and expertise! Thank you Dr Berliner! (5 Star Review on Facebook from Dana S-B)
Dr. Berliner is absolutely the best! I did much research before having my total anterior hip replacement and because he is young and starting his practice, I could not find much information on him. I took a chance because I had a good feeling and he did an outstanding job with my surgery. He was very present and available and didn’t have the doctor ego where he wouldn’t answer questions etc. etc. He was nothing short of incredible. I’m so thankful to him and all the team at ONS. (5 Star Review on Healthgrades by Matt F. of Danbury, CT)
I was having severe left hip pain and went to Dr. Berliner for a second opinion. I ended up having him do my anterior hip replacement this past January, and I am so pleased. He is professional and compassionate, and an excellent surgeon. I was a nervous wreck since I never had surgery before, nor had I ever even been in a hospital in my 67 years of living! He is wonderful, bottom line. I need a knee replaced too, and he will be doing that when the time comes! (5 Star review on Healthgrades from Pam P. in Norwalk)
Dr. Berliner is a very nice man who answered all of my many questions prior to and after my surgery. It has been 4 weeks since my anterior full hip replacement and I am doing very well. I was pleased with his bedside manor, he had no arrogance and I never felt rushed at an appointment. Most of all, with Dr. Berliner’s muscle sparing anterior technique, I was able to do a full squat with no pain only 8 days after my surgery and I was twirling my cane like Charlie Chaplin on my daily walk! (5 Star Review on Healthgrades from Lisa in New Canaan, CT)
I came across Dr. Berliner, who has a special training to perform anterior hip replacement surgery. This surgery shortens recovery time and it is also less painful. When I met Dr. Berliner, I knew I was in great hands. He explained everything to me in great detail and was very patient with me. I felt so comfortable that I scheduled my surgery before leaving the office. My surgery went smoothly. I was home next day. I highly recommend him! He is an exceptional orthopedic surgeon! Thank you very much. (5 Star Review on Healthgrades from Yelena)
Dr. Berliner at ONS is a superb physician and I can not recommend him highly enough. Knowledgeable and compassionate with a sense of humor. I had two anterior hip replacements in 10 months and couldn’t be happier. Run, if you can to Dr. Berliner. (Patient comments on ONS Facebook)
At 34, I was young to need a hip replacement, but needed one regardless. I am very grateful to have found Dr. Berliner. He handled a complex case swiftly and adeptly, with a calm confidence unparalleled in other surgeons.
The post-operative pain was negligible compared to the amount of pain I was in pre-op. Within a week, I was walking with a cane, something I hadn’t been able to do during the 5 months prior. Evident of his people skills, he even handled my post-operative anxiety about complications occurring like a pro, alleviating any concerns.
I sent the post-op images to a relative overseas who is also an orthopedic surgeon. He said Dr. Berliner did “brilliant work.” – I can only agree. Thank you. (Laura D.)
With two hip replacements in 10 months I cannot say enough about Dr. Berliner and ONS. Professional, caring and superb quality of care. Would recommend Dr. Berliner and ONS to anyone with orthopedic concerns. (5 Star Review on Google from Lauri G.)
When I first came into your office, I was nine months post-operative from a total knee replacement from a doctor in Florida. He did a horrible job. I was +70/65 bend. Just horrible. I met Dr. Berliner after he came highly recommended. He changed my life on 12/15/17. He did a total revision on my right knee. I am now 8 days post operative and bending 80 already and -5. I am so blessed for him. It was a very tough surgery and he did an amazing job. (JB, 5 Star Reveiw on ONS Facebook page)
Dr. Berliner discusses Anterior Hip Replacement
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
California Orthopaedic Association
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
The John Charnley Award, The Hip Society 2015, for best innovative research encompassing important advances in the management of hip disorders.
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
TEAM COVERAGE EXPERIENCE
University of California, San Francisco PlaySafe Marathon
San Francisco Marathon
San Francisco Rock’ n Roll Half Marathon
Hospital Lenin Fonseca, Nicaragua
CRUDEM Foundation, Haiti
New York City Free Clinic, New York
Wong SE, Zhang AL, Berliner JL, Ma CB, Feeley BT. Preoperative patient-reported scores can predict postoperative outcomes after shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2016 Jun;25(6):913-9. PMID
Berliner JL, Brodke DJ, Chan V, SooHoo NF, Bozic KJ. Can Preoperative Patient-reported Outcome Measures Be Used to Predict Meaningful Improvement in Function After TKA? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2016 Mar 8. PMID 26956248
Berliner JL, Brodke DJ, Chan V, SooHoo NF, Bozic KJ. John Charnley Award: Preoperative Patient- Reported Outcome Measures Predict Clinically Meaningful Improvement in Function after THA. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2016 Feb;474(2):321-9. doi: 10.1007/s11999-015-4350-6. PMID 26201420
Berliner JL, Regalado-Magdos A, Ma CB, Feeley BT. Biomechanics of Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 Jan;24(1):150-160. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2014.08.003. PMID 25441574
Elliott RE, Bollo RJ, Berliner JL, Silverberg A, Carlson C, Geller EB, Barr WB, Devinsky O, Doyle WK. Anterior temporal lobectomy with amygdalohippocampectomy for mesial temporal sclerosis: predictors of long-term seizure control. Neurosurg. 2013 Aug;119(2):261-72. doi: 10.3171/2013.4.JNS121829. PMID 23706057
Berliner JL, Verma K, Lonner BS, Penn PU, Bharucha NJ. Discriminative validity of the Scoliosis Research Society 22 questionnaire among five curve-severity subgroups of adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis. Spine J. 2013 Feb;13(2):127-33. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2012.10.025. PMID 23218828
Bollo RJ, Berliner JL, Fischer I, Miles DK, Thiele EA, Zagzag D, Weiner HL. Extraventricular subependymal giant cell tumor in a child with tuberous sclerosis complex. Neurosurg Pediatr. 2009 Jul;4(1):85-90. doi: 10.3171/2009.3.PEDS08225. PMID 19569916
Berliner JL, Brodke D, Chan V, Bozic KJ. Patient Reported Outcome Measures as a Tool for Surgical Appropriateness in Total Hip Replacement. Paper presentation presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting, Las Vegas NV, 3/2015
Berliner JL, Zhang AL, Lansdown DA, Ma CB, Feeley BT. Prevalence Of Rotator Cuff Atrophy And Fatty Infiltration In Patients With Glenohumeral Osteoarthritis. Abstract to be presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting, Las Vegas NV, 3/2015.
Berliner JL, Brodke D, Chan V, Bozic KJ. Patient Reported Outcome Measures as a Tool for Surgical Appropriateness in Total Knee Replacement. Abstract to be presented at the 2014 American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Annual Meeting, Houston TX, 11/2014
Verma K, Berliner JL, Lonner BS Does the SRS-22 Correlate with Curve Severity in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis? An Age and Gender Matched Comparison. Poster presented at the 17th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST), 7/2010
THA: Posterior Approach – AAOS Advanced Reconstruction Hip 2. Collaborating with Dr. Thomas Vail
Revision THA: Component Removal – AAOS Advanced Reconstruction Hip 2. Collaborating with Dr. Kevin Bozic.
Dr. Delos has a particular interest in minimally invasive methods of shoulder surgery and complex knee preservation surgery, including revision surgery for torn ligaments, meniscal and cartilage transplantation, and joint replacement (both partial and total). He also has a particular interest in biologic forms of treatment, such as platelet rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy, and has conducted seminal research on the topic.
As an athlete whose playing career was affected by a serious knee injury, Dr. Delos works with competitive athletes and weekend warriors to help them achieve their goal of returning to highest levels of activity possible. He has extensive experience caring for athletes of all competitive levels, including professional, college and high school athletes. He is a former assistant orthopaedic surgeon for the NY Giants Football team and is currently the team physician for the Purchase College Athletic Department and the Westchester Flames semi-professional soccer team. He also serves as a team physician for many local high schools, including Greenwich High School and Iona Prep.
Dr. Delos earned his medical degree from Weill Medical College of Cornell University and completed his orthopaedic residency at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS)/New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He completed a research fellowship at the HSS Laboratory for Soft Tissue Research as well as a surgical fellowship in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at HSS, where he was Chief Administrative Fellow.
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I’ve had my share of experiences with orthopedic surgeons. But I must say Dr. Delos is by far one of the best if not the best doctor I’ve ever been to. He strives to do the best for you and your recovery. Thank you for all of your help Doc because of you I can go back to my normal life. God bless you this and every day. (RM)
Dr. Delos has been an excellent physician throughout. I always felt like we were in this together. (Patient Survey)
Dr. Delos and the entire staff at ONS are and always have been so friendly and professional. I cannot say enough positive things about him and will gladly recommend him and ONS to any and every one! Thank you all so much! (DP)
Overall – very pleased. Great bedside manner and professional. Great surgeon and follow up post-surgery. Always available when needed as well as attention to detail. Listens to concerns and needs. Have recommended to friends and would go back. The staff at ONS was amazing also. (5 Star Review on Healthgrades from Sara A.)
Dr. Delos was very helpful in determining expectations on the recovery time and reassuring that the whole process would go without a hitch. (5 Star review on Healthgrades from Sasha B. in Old Greenwich, CT)
Dr. Delos is an outstanding man, doctor, and friend. He helped save my leg and got me back on the field way quicker than anyone expected. Would recommend him to anyone who is looking for an orthopedic surgeon in Fairfield County, CT. One of the best around. (5 Star review on Healthgrades from Patrick)
Dr. Delos is not only an exceptional doctor, but he is caring and compassionate. My daughter had a torn ACL and Meniscus and was scheduled to compete in Disney. Dr. Delos worked with her to assure she could take the mat and compete prior to her surgery. He was factual but understanding of the opportunity she had in going to Disney. I would recommend him to EVERYONE in need of his specialty. (comment from RateMD)
Dr. Delos diagnosed my torn ACL and suggested reconstructive surgery using a part of my hamstring. I was reluctant to commit to surgery because of friends who had horror stories (with doctors in different practices), however Dr. Delos talked me off the ledge several times, boosting my confidence. Everything went seamlessly and his bedside manner both before and after the surgery was extraordinary. I couldn’t recommend him and the ONS team enough! (5 sSar review on Healthgrades from Stacey O. in Stamford, CT)
In July of 2014, Dr. Delos performed ACL surgery on my daughter. Brooke is doing great! In fact, since surgery Brooke has returned to playing volleyball & basketball. She played Varsity Volleyball from Stamford HS where she was a setter. She also played Varsity Basketball where she was the starting point guard. Both teams had a great year, but the girls basketball team had a historical year. The Stamford Knights won the FCIAC Title (District title) and the CIAC Title (State Championship.) Thanks to Dr. Delos, Brooke was a huge part of the team’s success. (CK)
For 21 year old S.R. the first game of the Division III soccer season at SUNY Purchase was her last. She twisted her knee awkwardly while running down the field and tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her knee. She knew the ordeal she was in for, having torn the ACL in her other knee four years earlier while playing high school soccer. “I knew there would be surgery and six months of rehabilitation, but it was my senior year and I was determined to be back in shape to play lacrosse in the spring,” she said.
With the help and guidance of sports medicine specialist, Dr. Demetris Delos, S.R. achieved her goal. Not only did S.R. contribute to her team’s 9 and 3 season, she was named MVP of the team, and Female Athlete of the Year by the university. She also qualified for the First Team All Conference and All Regional in lacrosse.
“Dr. Delos was so nice and friendly and straightforward in terms of expectations and recovery time. He turned a bad situation into a great experience.” (SR)
Dr. Delos is a very competent and caring surgeon, who is respectful of his patients as well as their time. He is knowledgeable and capable as well as kind. He operated on my broken ankle and I had an excellent results. (comment from Health Grades)
I had a bilateral knee replacement in May of this year and I could not be more pleased. While there was some concern about doing both knees at the same time, the procedure went extremely well and the recovery has been all I could have hoped for. I would highly recommend Dr. Delos for this procedure. If possible, he exceeded my expectations. (5 star review on Healthgrades from a patient in Stamford, CT)
My experience with ONS and Dr. Delos has been outstanding in every way. I had been suffering with osteoarthritis in my knees and was looking for a second opinion. During my first appointment with Dr. Delos and after his review of my x-rays and my medical history, he thoughtfully explained all of my options and we worked together to determine next steps. My condition was advanced and I had already tried medication and physical therapy which had not relieved my pain. I tried cortisone injections next, but this too proved to be of limited value and my ability to walk and degree of pain worsened. I ultimately decided to request bilateral knee replacement. Again, Dr. Delos went over everything with me in a patient and clear manner with all of the risks and benefits identified. I felt confident and prepared after our appointment and I knew that if I played my part both in prepping for and participating in the hard work after surgery, that I could return to a normal life. The entire ONS team was incredibly organized and helpful in every way. In no time, I was scheduled for surgery, booked for a pre-surgery class and all my questions were answered. Each person I interacted with was friendly, competent and caring. My surgery at Greenwich Hospital was a complete success. Dr. Delos and his team did an amazing job and the staff at the hospital was fantastic. I could not have asked for more. Today, 5 months after surgery, I am walking normally and without pain. I am continuing to exercise and follow the advice provided by my physical therapists and with each month that goes by I continue to be amazed at how different my life is than it was at this time last year. This surgery gave me my life back and I am forever grateful to Dr. Delos and his team of dedicated professionals for making that happen. (5 Star Review on Google from Ellen R.)
I came home from my vacation in the Dominican Republic with two broken shoulders. Dr. Delos was absolutely amazing. He has a kind and caring bedside manner and when he told me I needed surgery on my left shoulder, I never had a thought to go anywhere else. I highly recommend him. (JR)
Dr. Delos is a wonderfully gifted orthopedic surgeon who is also incredibly compassionate and personable. He instills a well-deserved sense of confidence in his patients, and even has a sense of humor! Dr. Delos surgically repaired my fractured collarbone by affixing a metal plate. The fractured bone and surgical wound healed completely without complication and post-surgery pain was well-controlled and never an issue. I highly recommend Dr. Delos and the highly efficient staff at ONS. (Five star review on Healthgrades from a patient in Port Chester, NY)
I broke my knee cap in 7 pieces. Dr. Delos repaired my knee with such expertise that I have healed quicker than expected. His professionalism is excellent and I would recommend him to my family and friends. (comment from RateMD)
I was very pleased with the surgery Dr. Delos performed on my knee. I did not feel much pain at all after the surgery. I was walking normally in less than a week after my surgery. Dr. Delos was also very accommodating in that he used my MRI report from another center and didn’t make me do a new one, which saved me a lot of time. The office staff was also very good with all the follow ups and setting up appointments. Highly recommend Dr. Delos for knee arthroscopy. (5 Star review on Healthgrades by Rakshiet J.)
When my arthritis got so bad that I couldn’t walk, I knew I needed to have my right knee replaced. I went to ONS because my daughter had been treated by Dr. Camel and Dr. Sahler, and I was very impressed by how supportive and caring they were. As soon as I met Dr. Delos, I had every confidence that I was in good hands. He has a great bedside manner, he’s honest and straightforward. He took the time to answer every question my husband and I had about the procedure. Two months after my surgery, I was able to take a trip to Cancun and walk around the Mayan ruins and the only thing that bothered me was the heat. I’m going to Disney World next month, and I can’t thank Dr. Delos for making it all possible. I recommend ONS to everyone. (SS)
Young, innovative, and on the cutting edge of his specialty. Dr. Delos replaced both my knees and I had wonderful results with minor pain, minimized by his phenomenal anesthesia formula. Best of all, the lack of external stitching (using medical glue instead) eased the healing process and left no ugly scarring. I could not ask for better results. Highly recommended by HSS and deservedly so. Thanks Dr. Delos. (comment from RateMD)
Dr. Delos is an awesome surgeon. He performed a knee replacement for my husband. Could not have had a better surgeon. Dr. Delos also helped our daughter who was injured in Canada with a fractured hip. His approach to her was so positive, and he was extremely honest with her prognosis as long as she followed his direction. She is now doing full marathons and an Ironman. All of this was because of Dr. Delos. He is the best surgeon I have ever met. His people skills are beyond reproach as well as his office staff. (Comment from Rate MDs)
12 year old soccer player, Sam M., was on top of his sport when he developed knee pain and swelling after a fall during a game last June. He kept it to himself because he didn’t want to jeopardize his chance to compete internationally at the Madrid Cup in September. Although he did make it to the tournament, he spent most of his time on the sidelines with his knee too painful, swollen, and difficult to move.
Upon returning home, Sam’s mother, Paula, brought him to see Dr. Demetris Delos, a sports medicine physician who specializes in knee injuries. Dr. Delos ordered an MRI, which revealed a slight fracture in Sam’s knee and a one inch piece of loose cartilage that would require surgery to repair. The injury was close to the growth plate, which could have had long term consequences. However, the surgery went well and Sam is back on the soccer field with his sights on the Hackley School’s Academy Team.
“Dr. Delos was always positive and everything he said would happen transpired, “said Paula M., Sam’s mother. “I was very impressed with the high level of care and collaboration with the physical therapists because they all wanted Sam to achieve his goal. Everyone was unbelievably caring.” (SM)
Dr. Delos performed ACL repair surgery as well as a meniscus repair after a ski accident in March 2018. Dr. Delos is not only an excellent surgeon, but also a caring and concerned doctor. I highly recommend him to anyone considering any type of knee surgery. I am almost back to my full strength and am forever grateful to Dr. Delos and the Physical Therapy team at ONS. (5 Star review on Healthgrades from Michele R. in Riverside, CT)
After years of PT, 2 surgeries that did not help, & numerous steroid injections I finally found ONS & Dr Delos. I WISH I had found him earlier! He listened to my story, understood MY situation & MY needs, evaluated MY condition & found a solution. He presented options & explained them all thoroughly. We made the decision together to undergo a partial knee replacement & WOW what a difference. At 7 months I walked a half marathon with NO ill effect, & I am back bike riding and hiking. And did I mention that this was an opioid free surgery – I did not need ANY strong painkillers – even in the hospital, I felt very little pain at all, I was only taking Tylenol!!! And as for the scar on my knee – what scar – you can barely see it! Thank you ONS and Dr Delos. (5 Star Review on Google from Gail W.)
I broke my shoulder and arm and Dr. Delos was brought in to operate on me. He’s got a wonderful manner about him and he’s an excellent doctor who follows up with his patients. (comment from Health Grades)
In a little less than two years ago, I had a small accident and broke my right shoulder. I had been seeing another physician for almost five months and my shoulder still wasn’t healing. The physician had tried of number of different things but nothing seemed to help. Needless to say my frustration level was over the top. Being right handed, many things in my life were quite difficult especially since my job requires me to type a lot on a computer. I had just seen the physician for an appointment and he wanted to wait a few more weeks to see if what we had been trying for months might finally work to get my bone to heal. A member of my family convinced me to see a doctor in the ONS practice because they had helped him a few years earlier. I made an appointment for Friday, July 29 with Dr. Delos. I met with him and conveyed my overwhelming frustration and I needed something done quickly. After reviewing my case and seeing the other things that had been tried, he realized surgery was the only option left. I agreed but told him it needed to be done as soon as possible because in six weeks I was going away and needed to be well on the way to being healed by then. Well, he and the staff took my request very seriously and started jumping through hoops to get me in for surgery. The staff was very helpful in getting everything together. Everything about the surgery was explained so I understood the procedure and recovery very well. Well, five days later on Wednesday, August 3, I was in Greenwich Hospital getting my surgery. The surgery was a total success. All my follow ups went well and the staff took great care of me. I would easily recommend ONS for any orthopaedic needs, big and small. Thank you. I can’t explain how good it was to get back the use of my arm. (F.V.O, 5 star review on the ONS Facebook page)
Dr. Delos recently performed arthroscopic knee surgery for a torn meniscus. I was pleased by his conservative approach to addressing my injury with a plan I was comfortable with. I started with Physical Therapy first, and then ultimately surgery. He thoroughly explained what the surgery would entail, the recovery process and set a realistic expectation of when I could return back to exercising. (Five star review on Healthgrades from Margaret in CT)
If it wasn’t for Dr. Delos I would not be walking without pain. I am almost 7 months out from TKR and I feel great!!! I am back to my normal routine. Dr. Delos’s bed side manner is fabulous. He is caring and listens to what you have to say. I recommend him all the time when people ask who did my surgery. (comment from Health Grades)
In 2014, local student athlete Brooke was playing basketball with her team in the 7th of 8 games at the AAU Nationals when she became injured during a layup after another player collided with her causing immediate knee pain. “I fell down and the trainer helped me off the court. We could see instant swelling and knew I needed to see a doctor” said Brooke.
Brooke suffered a painful injury which required surgery. ONS orthopedic surgeon Demetris Delos, MD performed surgery to repair a torn ACL and a partial meniscus tear. Brooke said, “I felt a little bit timid before the surgery but the surgery went well.” (more…)
Dr. Delos operated on my broken ankle 6 months ago and today I have graduated and am doing great! My experience was very good at ONS and I have a healthcare background so I am very picky when I choose a doctor. The ONS office is extremely well-run and the ambulatory care center is top notch. I’m not sure how they could do a better job and they called me the next day to see how I was doing after surgery. I’ve referred friends to ONS in the past months that have seen other specialists at ONS who have told me they have all had the same experience. I’ve even brought my daughter here for care. Dr. Delos is very knowledgeable, competent, and caring. (MS)
I had a full tissue tear of my rotator cuff. Dr. Delos examined me and pointed out the alternatives and how we could approach the injury. He explained his plan and operated to repair the damage at the ambulatory center. The experience was very good and they called me the next day to see how I was doing.
I needed physical therapy 3 days a week for the first few weeks, then twice a week and now I so much better six months later. (more…)
ONS is excellent! The staff is warm and very nice to children. I injured myself at work and came to see Dr. Delos. He explained that I needed surgery and it was scheduled at the Holly Hill Ambulatory Center. ONS and surgery center staff are lovely people. Dr. Delos was very human and made sure to explain all that I needed to have done to get back to normal. It was a perfect experience and I am pain free. (IK)
Dr. Delos, – “I was new customer at ONS. The staff showed me that they are really professional and made me feel comfortable, that they were reliable and it felt like home. Thanks everybody!” (Anonymous)
Everyone at ONS was very warm and friendly. Dr. Delos was extremely helpful and very direct with his thoughts and recommendations, which I liked! (Anonymous)
Dr. Delos was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. He diagnosed my son’s Lyme disease almost immediately and this was confirmed by testing. (Anonymous)
Dr. Delos discusses Meniscal Allograft Transplantation, below:
Dr. Delos discusses Outpatient Total Knee/Total Shoulder Replacement, below:
After completing undergraduate studies at Yale University and post-baccalaureate pre-medical studies at Harvard University, Dr. Ennis graduated from Duke University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Yale University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He completed Fellowship training in adult reconstructive surgery at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Kavanagh has authored and edited numerous articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial staff of the Journal of Arthroscopy and the publication, Clinical Orthopaedcis and Related Research. He is an examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a member of several specialty orthopedic societies.
Dr. Miller has performed over 1,500 total shoulder and reverse shoulder replacements, the most significant breakthrough in shoulder replacement surgery in the last 30 years.
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3 months ago Dr. Miller did surgery on my shoulder. Before the surgery I had terrible pain and couldn’t sleep well at night, certain movements were gone or limited. I am very pleased with Dr. Miler and how the shoulder operation went. He is efficient, organized, helpful and wonderful. I would highly recommend Dr. Miller and ONS for the quality of care, everyone is first rate. It has been three months since my surgery and I have no pain. For a few more months I will still go to physical therapy to completely improve certain movements. I’m back to yoga and the gym and can sleep at night without pain. (JP)
I am delighted to have the opportunity to express the positive experience I had with ONS. From the front desk to Dr. Miller there was only the most professional attitude on everyones’ part. The fact that there was no waiting in the examining room was certainly refreshing. Again I reiterate the experience was A-One. (CS)
Dr. Miller has been truly amazing! (Patient Survey)
My continued thank you to Dr. Miller for the excellent work he performed on me. I will be eternally grateful. (Patient Survey)
Dr Miller is an excellent surgeon with a wonderful bedside manner. He has a way of making you feel like you are his most important patient. He answers all of your questions fully without ever making you feel rushed. He is truly exceptional. I would recommend him to everyone I know! (5 star review on Healthgrades from Roberta in White Plains, NY
L.S. of Greenwich is an athletic 51-year-old mother of two, who has enjoyed sailing, skiing, golf and other sports over the course of her life. Two years ago she developed painful tendinitis in her left elbow. Her elbow became so painful that even picking up a glass of water was excruciating. The following June, Dr. Seth Miller gave her a cortisone injection into the joint which brought her initial relief. Unfortunately, the benefit wore off after about eight weeks. When she returned to Dr. Miller, he suggested she try a new treatment option called PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). Although not FDA approved, the treatment is increasingly being used by orthopedic surgeons and physiatrists to treat soft tissue problems such as tennis elbow, hamstring strains, MCL strains and patellar tendonitis. At ONS, PRP is administered by physiatrist Dr. Jeffery Heftler, who explained the procedure, “First, 10 milliliters of blood was drawn from Lynn’s arm and then spun in a centrifuge for five minutes. This separates out the platelets from the rest of the blood. Then two to four milliliters of the separated blood is drawn out and injected it back into the injury site.” The theory behind the treatment is the platelets release growth factors which stimulate a healing response. Unlike a steroid injection, it can take up to six weeks to notice the full benefit of the injection. However, PRP seems to be effective in cases where steroids have failed. L.S. was instructed not to use her arm for anything strenuous for two weeks but by the third week, she could tell it was feeling better. She started physical therapy to help get back the strength in her arm and by three months she was entirely pain free. L.S. says, “I am a big fan of PRP. I am now free of pain and back to doing all my normal activities.”
Dr. Miller: At 73, Wilton resident E.S. still missed his sport, skeet and trap shooting. He had been a serious competitor in skeet and trap shooting tournaments until twelve years earlier when he noticed his left shoulder “catching” as he followed his target. It didn’t sweep in the smooth arc that he was accustomed to. Before long, the problem became painful and also began affecting other activities including putting on shoes and even driving a car.
After consulting an orthopaedic surgeon, he learned that years of wear and tear had resulted in a torn rotator cuff. A year later, after losing much of his arm’s mobility and living with increasing pain, he underwent surgery to repair the tear. The result was only modestly successful and over the next nine years, he underwent two more surgeries. His condition continued to deteriorate, eventually forcing him to retire from his work as a plumbing contractor.
After the failure of his third surgery, E.S. was referred to Dr. Seth Miller, who was successfully using a brand new procedure known as a reverse shoulder replacement. Approved by the FDA in 2004, reverse shoulder replacement has been performed in Europe for nearly 20 years. The surgery uses a metal and plastic implant that works the opposite of a normal shoulder by placing the ball onto the shoulder blade and the socket onto the top of the upper arm bone. The reversed position of the ball and socket alters the mechanics of the shoulder, changing the center of the shoulder’s rotation. The strength needed to move the arm is shifted away from the damaged rotator cuff muscles, allowing the deltoid muscle to take over.
A reverse shoulder replacement is a breakthrough for patients with a rotator cuff that has degenerated to the point it no longer functions and cannot be repaired. “Many of these patients are unable to raise their arm more than a few inches and a traditional shoulder replacement is not an option because the tendons aren’t healthy enough to hold the shoulder ball into the socket,” explains Dr. Miller. “Until the reverse shoulder replacement was invented, there was no solution for a patient with such a badly damaged shoulder.”
Dr. Miller performed the surgery and E.S. remained in the hospital for three days. Soon after, he began a home exercise program to strengthen and train the deltoid muscle for its new job. In only a few weeks, he began to regain the ability to lift his arm and within two months, he was able to raise his arm well over his head, something he hadn’t been able to do for years. (ES)
Dr. Miller has performed two reverse shoulder replacements for me over a two & a half year period. Both were extremely successful with no pain and a great range of motion. There is nothing I wish to physically do that I cannot. He is to be lauded for his competence, professionalism, warmth and superb patient skills. (comment from Health Grades)
Dr. Miller is phenomenal. He is knowledgeable and thorough. He properly set my expectations and was patient with me as I asked a multitude of questions. The staff does a phenomenal job of scheduling appointments. I was always taken into the exam room early or on time. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of my rotator cuff repair! The care I was received was first rate!!!! Thank you Dr. Miller for fixing my broken wing! – (DM)
When shoulder surgeon, Dr. Seth Miller, performed a rotator cuff repair on Penny W’s husband, Bob, little did she know that she would turn to Dr. Miller to repair her severe rotator cuff injury in just two months’ time. “I was very impressed with Dr. Miller’s bedside manner,” Penny said. “He was very generous with his time and answered all of our questions. He was not condescending and never made us feel rushed. His communication style was clear and his easy ability to interact with us was truly distinguishing. It was an amazingly great experience.”
I was in excruciating pain, waking up three times a night with a stabbing pain in my right shoulder that would not go away. I was fortunate to have Dr. Miller repair and make my shoulder better than new with a rotator cuff surgery . Best of all, I am totally pain free. My range of motion and strength are perfect. Dr. Miller is personable and is very empathetic. His surgical skills are of the highest caliber. ONS experience from pre op to full recovery was flawless. Thank You Dr. Miller. (comment from Health Grades)
A fully functioning shoulder joint rotates 360 degrees. When I arrived at ONS, my range of motion was only a fraction of that. With the skilled hands and intelligent mind of Dr. Seth Miller, my significant rotator cuff tear has been successfully repaired and I can fly again! (comment from RateMD)
Working with Dr. Miller on was a fantastic experience. He is knowledgeable, patient, very thorough in his explanations, and sticks with you through the process. The team at ONS are organized, great in their follow up, and very professional. I would highly recommend Dr. Miller, I am very satisfied with the outcome of my rotator cuff surgery. (5 Star review on Healhgrades from Gary R. in Fairfield, CT)
Dr. Miller – Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking such good care of A… You made (her) smile again and that means the world to us! (T&W)
Dr. Miller– Just to let you know that I am grateful for the excellent surgery you performed on my left shoulder. I feel like I have completely recovered after seven months. Thanks so much for giving me back the use of my shoulder. Looking forward to playing golf again in the spring. (GD)
Dr. Miller– Thank you Dr. Miller for fixing my broken wing! (DM)
Dear Dr. Miller – Today is the one year anniversary of the surgery you did on my right shoulder and I wanted to write you a note to express my gratitude for your wonderful work. I am swimming with the strength that I had before my injury and I don’t detect that I have any limitations. Thank you again and I wish you all the best! (MP)
If I had to rate Dr. Seth Miller on a scale of 1 – 10, I would give him an 11. He is a fine human being and a superb surgeon. He is unusual in the degree of his expertise, his manner and clarity in explaining a situation, and his empathy with patients. For an old timer like me, having all these qualities when you are putting your life in someone’s hands is of critical importance. (JH)
Dr. Miller – I just wanted to take a moment to thank you. In June of 2010, you gave me a full left shoulder joint replacement. Prior to surgery, my severely arthritic shoulder was painful 24 hours a day. I had a very hard time sleeping or doing anything with my left arm. After the replacement and a reasonable recovery period, the new shoulder was pain free and fully functional, quickly getting to the point where I could do anything I would normally contemplate without giving it a second thought. Today, five years after the fact, I realize that your work was life-altering for me. On a regular basis I think about what life over these past years would have been had I not found my way to your door. I’m sure you have 100s of patients that feel exactly the same way. If I were you, I’d feel pretty good about what I’d accomplished in life! Thanks again. (CH)
I slipped and fell on the ice two years ago and tore my subscapularis tendon. I saw four different surgeons who all said the damage was too massive to repair. Then a friend of mine recommended his surgeon, Dr. Miller. Dr. Miller thought he could do a series smaller repairs and during surgery, was in fact was able to salvage some of the subscapularis tendon as well. He was the only doctor who took the time to fully explain what he saw on my MRI and how he thought he could fix it. I was impressed with his analysis of my injury and what he thought was possible. There was one other doctor from a large New York City hospital who thought he could fix it, but I felt like I would just be a number at that place. I felt like I would get personalized attention from the people at ONS and I did. Everything is healing well and for the first time in a long time I feel optimistic. BH (Manhattan)
Dr. Miller – I went to see another surgeon who I was not comfortable with. Two other individuals with the same shoulder issues told me they had been to Dr. Miller and were happy with him. I met with Dr. Miller and was very comfortable, he is an amazing person. He spent 4-5 minutes was very thorough and complete about what I needed to know. He gave time for questions and has a great bedside manner and he makes things happen quickly.
I had my shoulders replaced, the first in January 2013 and the second in January 2014. After surgery they had me doing exercises within one day and doing exercises at home within 1 week and physical therapy after this which worked out very well. Both surgeries went well and I notice a very tremendous difference. No pain sleeping and activities are now pain free. I go to the gym 2-3 times a week and I still do my shoulder exercises. Before the surgery, I had to take Advil after kayaking and couldn’t get the kayaks up on top of the car. Now, I can load the kayaks over my head onto the car and I don’t need Advil after. (DH)
Arthritis had taken its toll on my shoulders. I was in constant pain. Sleeping was difficult and the activities I love, like kayaking, were difficult. Two friends with similar shoulder issues referred me to Dr. Miller at ONS. When I met him, I immediately knew he was the doctor I wanted to care for me. He was thorough, thoughtful and patient. He has a great bedside manner and took the time to completely answer all my questions. (more…)
I recently underwent shoulder replacement surgery with Dr. Seth Miller. As a plastic surgeon, my whole career depended on successful results. Being in practice for many years, I had access to the credentials of many top surgeons. Based on my research, the referral of several other doctors, and three people I knew who had successful shoulder replacements by him, I was very confident in my choice of Dr. Miller. My surgery went smoothly. I was back to performing surgery in two months and playing golf in four months! Dr. Miller is an extremely competent and well regarded shoulder surgeon. His staff was most polite, helpful and professional. Greenwich Hospital is like a four star hotel. The ONS rehab facility was excellent, especially my therapist Tanya who was most knowledgeable, effective and friendly. I whole heartedly recommend Dr. Seth Miller for shoulder surgery, especially shoulder replacement. (RateMD)
Over years of playing tennis and abusing my shoulder in ways I wasn’t aware of, the cartilage in my shoulder joint wore away and I was living with a painful bone-on-bone condition. I eventually went to have it checked out two years ago, but I didn’t want to go through the ordeal of a shoulder replacement. I stopped playing tennis and more and more the pain interfered with my life. I finally decided to let Dr. Miller do the surgery and I am so glad I did. The whole experience was so much better than I could have ever possibly expected. Dr. Miller has a tremendous amount of humanity and compassion. I don’t know if it’s possible to give a person more credit. Dr. Miller said I could be playing tennis in a month, and even serving the ball the month after. Knowing what I know now, I should have had this done years ago. (patient S.D.)
I had advanced arthritis in my right shoulder at the age of 55. I had lost most movement and was in constant (albeit endurable) pain. Dr. Miller performed a shoulder replacement just over a year ago. I have no pain and complete mobility. I would recommend him to anyone with shoulder arthritis. (Five star review on Healthgrades from James G. in Clifton, NJ)
Dear Dr. Miller, Tomorrow, December 7th, will be exactly one year since my total shoulder replacement. I had been living with worsening arthritis pain in my right shoulder for 10 years before your gentle encouragement convinced me to go forward with the surgery. The outcome seems like a miracle. My new shoulder feels wonderful! When I wake, I must think which shoulder was replaced, as both shoulders feel exactly alike. I have no pain, my strength has returned, my shoulder movement feels normal, my range of motion is better than before surgery, and the scar is nearly invisible. An amazing outcome. Thank you, a thousand times over, for being my doctor and accepting me as a patient. Sincerely, Ken M. (patient letter)
Dear Dr. Miller. Tomorrow will be exactly one year since my total shoulder replacement. I had been living with worsening arthritis pain in my right shoulder for 10 years before your gentle encouragement convinced me to go forward with the surgery. The outcome seems like a miracle. My new shoulder feels wonderful! When I wake, I must think which shoulder was replaced, as both shoulders feel exactly alike. I have no pain, my strength has returned, my shoulder movement feels normal, my range of motion is better than before surgery, and the scar is nearly invisible. An amazing outcome. Thank you, a thousand times over, for being my doctor and accepting me as a patient. (Letter from K.M.)
I am very, very pleased with my experience at ONS. Everyone was terrific — Dr. Miller, the nurses and the entire staff. Everything was positive and went smoothly. I had surgery two weeks ago and I’ve already recommended Dr. Miller to someone. MR (Repair of rotator cuff and labral tears, bone spur removal).
Dr. Miller is the BEST!!!! Totally professional, always on time, a direct and thoughtful communicator, and most importantly a very skilled surgeon. I was always made aware of what to expect, was given lots of support if I needed it, was given excellent PT instructions and his office staff were equally competent, professional, thorough and timely. I can’t say enough good things. Dr. Miller has my highest recommendation. (5 Star review on Healthgrades from Virginia C. in Southport, CT)
Dr. Miller– I wanted to take a minute to thank you for the excellent job you did repairing my torn bicep. The surgery and recovery went remarkably well, and I have probably recovered 95% of my strength at this time. Your entire staff, from your office to Greenwich Hospital, provided nothing but the best of care and service. Moreover, it was very much appreciated to be able to make a doctor’s appointment and actually be taken on time. I would not hesitate to recommend your practice to anyone. Thanks for everything. (AG)
After Greenwich resident and Brunswick Academy teacher T.S. seriously injured his shoulder, he sought relief from the disabling pain and loss of mobility from leading shoulder specialist Dr. Seth Miller. “I’d been taking lots of anti-inflammatory medication,” said T.S. who enjoys recreational softball and kayaking adventures with his students. “I kept trying to work through the problem but eventually realized I was losing strength in my arm.” Dr. Miller determined that his patient had torn a tendon of his rotator cuff, but an arthroscopic surgical procedure could repair the damage and end his pain. By using the latest arthroscopic technique, the tendons heal at about the same rate as in traditional surgery, but the less-invasive procedure has several big advantages. Arthroscopy is a same-day surgery and can be performed with local anesthesia. Patients experience substantially less pain after arthroscopy, which allows them to get back to their normal routine quicker. “Almost all rotator cuff tears can be repaired with arthroscopy and there are clear benefits,” says Dr. Miller. “T.S. had same day surgery and returned to his classroom the following day with his arm in a sling. Two months after surgery, he had regained complete range of motion and had full use of his shoulder. He was able to resume all his normal activities and even went on a rafting trip with his students.”
Dr. Miller– I had a shoulder replacement and the whole process was made as easy as possible for me from the doctor to the administrators and followup. The Physical Therapy Department is the absolute best. It is my belief that my progress is mostly due to an excellent surgeon and a brilliant, gentle physical therapist. (Anonymous)
Director of the ONS Women’s Sports Medicine Center, Katherine Vadasdi, MD is an orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in adolescent and adult sports medicine as well as shoulder and elbow surgery.
Dr. Vadasdi graduated Dartmouth College and earned her medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School. She performed a residency in orthopedics at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York and completed fellowship training in shoulder, elbow and sports medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, Department of Orthopedics. While at Columbia she was assistant team physician to Columbia University Athletics. Dr. Vadasdi has been honored as a Castle Connolly, America’s Top Doctor and Regional Top Doctor annually since 2014. In 2017, she was the recipient of the Fairfield County’s Doctor of Distinction Award and the Exceptional Woman in Medicine by Castle Connolly.
As member of the Board of Directors at the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education, Dr. Vadasdi is active in ongoing research, including the current groundbreaking study to curb opioid addiction among teens and athletes. She has been published in numerous prestigious industry journals such as the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. Additionally, Dr. Vadasdi serves as a mentor through the Foundation’s Research and Summer Internship Programs and during the Mini-Med School program, which provides 15 high school students the opportunity to participate in a one week workshop in orthopedics.
Dr. Vadasdi serves as the designated team doctor for Greenwich High School, Iona Preparatory School, Trinity Catholic High School and Convent of the Sacred Heart, and is a frequent guest speaker for local organizations, parent groups and at medical conferences. She participates on a number of committees and boards, including the Greenwich Hospital Women’s Health Initiative Board of Directors and the Hospital’s Peer Review Board.
Dr. Vadasdi’s area of medical specialty reflects her personal interests. She is an accomplished triathlete, having completed Ironman competitions in 2007 and 2009. Dr. Vadasdi is also an alpine climber and has ascended Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Rainier and the Grand Teton, among others.
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I have been coming here for at least 15 years and have seen a variety of amazing doctors … Dr. Greene being a favorite in our household for years and would trust him with everything. Recently I broke my elbow and was sent to Dr. Vadasdi. She was amazing! Great with surgery and aftercare. Very compassionate throughout the whole process! Thank you ONS for getting me through everything! (ED)
Dr. Vadasdi– I was given great information prior to and post surgery. The staff and Dr. Vadasdi were very responsive. I was very pleased with all aspects of the experience. (Anonymous)
Dr. Vadasdi: It’s been over a year now since my elbow surgery and I’m back in full swing. Literally! My golf swing- I had my best season to date (over 45 rounds) and achieved my lowest handicap score of 10.8. I can’t thank you enough for applying your surgical skills in repairing my elbow. With PT my recovery was smooth and quick. I was back up and running in just a few months. I feel better and stronger than ever. Your staff from start to finish was professional and compassionate. Thank you. (DT)
I find Dr. Vadasdi to be a genius and compassionate doctor. Her care of me as her patient was outstanding! (Patient Survey)
I have had shoulder surgery before and Dr. Vadasdi is the best and so is the ONS staff! (Patient Review)
Dr. Vadasdi was wonderful. She performed two surgeries, the first to find out what was wrong with a repair conducted by another surgeon, and a second to then fix the problem. She also thought to collect tissue samples during her first surgery, then finding that I had an infection that required 6 weeks of daily antibiotic infusion. I am now 100% healthy and back to normal routines, including yoga (at age 68!) (comment from RateMD)
Dear Dr. Vadasdi – I neglected to tell you today how much I appreciated the excellent rebuild of my shoulder. You are obviously very talented as my recovery demonstrates. I recommend you to everyone! Thanks again for your time, concern, and operating skills. Have a great New Year! (CS)
My experience was fantastic! Dr. Vadasdi was incredible. She did a great job on my shoulder. I strongly recommend that anyone who is facing shoulder surgery to use Dr. Vadasdi.