Dr. Lai began his practice in 2017 after completing a fellowship at The Orthopedic Group of Pittsburgh. He focuses his practice on minimally invasive procedures and diabetic limb reconstruction. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Lai engages in research and has authored multiple chapters on foot and ankle surgery.
SELECT SURGEONS BONE & JOINT
Announcing an elite grouping of the state’s top Orthopedic Surgeons, Neurosurgeons, Plastic Surgeons and Podiatrists across 13 procedure categories. This distinction is based on a number of criteria, including experience, qualifications, surgical volume, results and reputation. Only the top doctors in each category are named to the Select Surgeons Bone & Joint list. Many of the surgeons on this list perform other procedures in addition to those for which they have been recognized.
Ira M. Fox, DPM
Shore Orthopaedic University Associates
Reconstructive and Traumatic Foot and Ankle Surgery, Ankle Joint Replacement
Selection Methodology—Bone & Joint Surgeons
By New Jersey Monthly | August 8, 2019
Select Surgeons takes a 360-degree look at New Jersey’s bone and joint surgeons, reviewing 9 criteria across 13 procedure categories to arrive at the most comprehensive evaluation of leading bone and joint surgeons in the state. Leflein Associates (add link), a locally owned research firm in Ringwood, NJ, was commissioned to conduct the survey. Research was conducted between November 2019 and April 2020.
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Same-day Joint Replacement Steps Up
Stephen J. Zabinski, MD
Shore Orthopaedic University
New knees, new hips–to go
Bundled payment is pushing providers to look for ways to control the cost of joint replacements. Is joint replacement going to become outpatient surgery?
If you want a hip or knee replaced by Stephen Zabinski, MD, a surgeon at Shore Orthopedics Associates in Somers Point, N.J., you’re in for some homework.
If you’re a smoker, that’s got to stop; there will be no surgery if you’re aren’t nicotine-free for at least six weeks. Patients with diabetes must get their HbA1c level under control. Those with sleep apnea must document they are using the CPAP machine as per doctor’s orders. Patients with a body mass index of 45 or more must take off some weight; Zabinski’s threshold is 40 if a patient has certain comorbidities. You may need to do strength and mobility training—so-called prehab—before surgery.
Shore Orthopedics offers support for all the to-do items, but the surgeon is not going to let you off the hook. Patients must sign a contract agreeing to comply with the practice’s “total joint pathway,” and they must designate a “total joint companion” who will help them recover but also hold them accountable for following the rules. In return, Zabinski promises to get them home quickly and avoid detours to a rehab facility. He operates on Medicare patients at Shore Medical Center; some get a same-day discharge while others stay 24 to 48 hours. Most patients younger than 65 never set foot in an inpatient facility.
Getting To Know More About Your Doctor …
Dr. McCloskey entered the Navy in 1975 as Orthopaedic Surgeon, he was stationed at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital.
“Our mission was to care for injured military personnel with special interest given to Vietnam war veterans. There was significant need for redoing battlefield surgical procedures in an effort to improve results. My surgery included spine, extremity, arthroscopy (very early in arthrosopic history) and joint reconstruction. This experience was a pivotal point in my orthopaedic career.” John R. McCloskey, MD
- Orthopaedic Surgery (Board Certified)
- Medical School: Jefferson Medical College
- Internship: St. Vincent Hospital & Medical Center
- Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Dr. John R. McCloskey received his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University Medical School in 1970.
He completed his surgical internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City in 1971.
Dr. McCloskey completed his orthopedic residency at The University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia in 1975.
He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant Commander and orthopaedic surgeon from 1975-1977. In 1977,
Dr. McCloskey joined the medical staff of Shore Medical Center in Somers Point where he has built a flourishing private practice and where he continues his career as an orthopedic physician.