Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD

  • Specialties: Hip & Knee Reconstruction, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-598-6674

About Me

Growing up on Long Island, I aspired to be a doctor from the time I was nine years old. In high school, I was interested in anatomy, especially bones, muscles, and tendons. Then, when I was injured in a basketball game and watched with fascination as our team’s doctor put a cast on my leg, I knew I was made for orthopaedics.

My clinical fellowship was in reconstructive surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and then I joined the NYU Langone family in 1984, specializing in orthopaedic surgery. I now perform up to 350 shoulder, hip, and knee replacements each year. My research focuses on the outcomes of shoulder replacement surgery, treatments for shoulder fractures in older adults, and methods to improve orthopaedic resident education.

One of the most important and meaningful things about working at NYU Langone is that it allows me to be a part of a vibrant community of professionals who provide the best, most personalized care to our patients. I sometimes wonder how the weeks go by so fast—it’s fun to come to work every day, and it has been this way for many years.

Conditions and Treatments

total knee replacement (TKR), shoulder fracture, hip replacement, shoulder replacement
Learn more about conditions we treat at NYU Langone:
Shoulder & Elbow Fractures



  • Walter A.L. Thompson Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopaedic Surgery

Education and Training

  • 1984
  • Fellowship, Brigham And Women'S Hospital, Reconstructive Surgery
  • 1983
  • Residency, University of Washington Medical Center, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 1978
  • MD from Medical College Of Wisconsin


Locations and Appointments

38 Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Indemnity
  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO/EPO
  • Affinity
  • Affinity Exchange- Essential
  • Cigna EPO/POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthy NY
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Indemnity
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield MediBlue
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways, Enhanced
  • HealthSmart (WTC)
  • Humana Medicare
  • Medicare
  • MultiPlan/PHCS PPO
  • NY Medicaid
  • Oxford Exchange
  • Oxford Freedom
  • Oxford Liberty
  • Oxford Medicare
  • UPN Elite
  • US Department of Labor
  • United Exchange- Compass
  • UnitedHealthcare Community & State Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare EPO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare
  • UnitedHealthcare POS
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare Top Tier
  • Workers Comp
*Insurance listed above may not be accepted at all office locations. Please confirm prior to each visit. The information presented here may not be complete or may have been changed.

NYU Center For Musculoskeletal Care
333 East 38th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10016

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“I study outcomes of shoulder joint replacement surgery to improve how we treat people with arthritis.”

Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD , Orthopaedic Surgeon

My Research

Dr. Zuckerman's research interests include: Outcomes of Shoulder Surgery, Arthritis and Shoulder Replacement, Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, Geriatric Hip Fractures, and Improving Methods of Orthopaedic Residency Education


  • Effect of reverse shoulder design philosophy on muscle moment arms

    Hamilton, Matthew A; Diep, Phong; Roche, Chris; Flurin, Pierre Henri; Wright, Thomas W; Zuckerman, Joseph D; Routman, Howard 2015 Apr; 605-613, Journal of orthopaedic research — id: 1539422, year: 2015, page: 605, stat: Journal Article
  • Delay in hip fracture surgery: an analysis of patient- and hospital-specific risk factors

    Ryan, Devon J; Yoshihara, Hiroyuki; Yoneoka, Daisuke; Egol, Kenneth A; Zuckerman, Joseph D 2015 Feb; ?-?, Journal of orthopaedic trauma — id: 1473882, year: 2015, page: ?, stat: JOURNAL ARTICLE
  • Blood transfusion in primary total shoulder arthroplasty: Incidence, trends, and risk factors in the United States from 2000 to 2009

    Ryan, DJ; Yoshihara, H; Yoneoka, D; Zuckerman, JD 2015; -, Journal of shoulder & elbow surgery — id: 1515572, year: 2015
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