Summit Medical Group is proud to announce that eight surgeons from our orthopedics department were selected for New Jersey Monthly’s 2020 Select Surgeons Bone & Joint Surgeon list. This award is reserved for the top surgeons in 13 procedure categories. This is the second year that the publication has honored people in the field. Four of our SMG surgeons are being honored for the second year in a row.
David A. Abrutyn, MD, FAAOS (2nd year)
Procedure category: Sports Medicine
“As long as I can remember, I wanted to be a doctor … My passion for athletics, fitness and medicine made orthopedic surgery a natural and gratifying career choice. In addition to helping establish realistic expectations, educating my patients about their conditions and treatment options allows them to partner with me to achieve the best possible outcomes.”
Robert Boretz, MD, FAAOS
Procedure category: Elbow
Before he joined Summit Medical Group, Dr. Boretz practiced privately with the Center for Orthopedic Care in Bridgewater, New Jersey. He was the Chief of Orthopedics at Robert Wood Johnson Somerset for 6 years. Dr. Boretz has been featured in Castle Connolly Top Doctors listings. “I believe it’s important to listen to and educate my patients. Education empowers people to make informed decisions about their treatment.”
Evan Fischer, MD
Procedure category: Hand (Minimally Invasive Surgery)
Procedure category: Wrist (Minimally Invasive Surgery)
Dr. Fischer joined Summit Medical Group in 2014. He has been the hand surgery consultant for the Athletic Departments at New Jersey Institute of Technology and Montclair State University for many years and was previously team physician for the New Jersey Pride professional lacrosse team and the New Jersey Devils Youth Hockey Club. Dr. Fischer says, “Hands are important for interacting with and changing the world. My goal is to restore function and relieve pain so that my patients can be productive and engage in the activities they enjoy.” He treats children, adolescents and adults.
Ross J. Fox, MD, FAAOS
Procedure category: Wrist (Open Repair & Reconstructive Surgery)
“People use their hands for different reasons and in different ways. For this reason, I believe it’s important to learn about each patient’s hand function before injury, understand what he or she would like to achieve from surgery and develop a customized treatment plan to achieve the goals. Hand surgery is gratifying because it allows me to offer creative solutions to address each of my patient’s unique needs.”
Matthew Garberina, MD, FAAOS (2nd year)
Procedure category: Shoulder (Open Reconstructive & Replacement Surgery, Arthroscopic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery)
Procedure category: Elbow
During his residency at Duke University, Dr. Garberina provided orthopedic coverage for the Duke and North Carolina Central University men’s and women’s varsity teams. He was a resident physician for the Duke University 2001/2002 men’s basketball national championship team. After residency, Dr. Garberina was a United States Air Force orthopedic surgeon, attaining the rank of Major before being honorably discharged in 2006.
James Kanellakos, MD, FAAOS (2nd year)
Procedure category: Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery
Procedure category: Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery
Procedure category: Open Reconstruction and Replacement Hip
Procedure category: Minimally Invasive Shoulder Surgery
“I am devoted to the well-being and interests of my patients. In addition to using the latest surgical techniques when caring for them, I explain the advantages and disadvantages of procedures so that patients can make informed decisions about their care. Helping my patients return to an active, pain-free lifestyle with joint replacement surgery is gratifying.”
Marco Ucciferri, DPM, FACFAS
Procedure category: Forefoot & MidFoot (Open Repair & Reconstructive Surgery)
Born in Italy and raised in the United States, Dr. Ucciferri says, “I became a doctor so that I can make patients feel better and help the community. I believe in preventive health care to preempt problems before they happen.” Dr. Ucciferri was selected as one of the Best of the Best Podiatrists in the 2018 Courier News 21st annual Reader’s Choice competition.
Matthew Zortnitzer, MD, FAAOS (2nd year)
Procedure category: Wrist (Arthroscopic Surgery)
Outside the office, he has served as team physician for many high school and college level football and basketball teams. He has been named as “Top Doctor” six years running in NJ Monthly Magazine (2013 – 2018). Having grown up in this community, he relishes the opportunity to treat former teachers, as well as his own friends and their parents for their injuries and ailments.
Summit Medical Group Orthopedics congratulates these dedicated and outstanding healthcare providers. Each orthopedics expert embodies the SMG values of trust, compassion, service and excellence in patient care. If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists, please click here.