“Orthopaedics has undergone an explosion of new technologies to keep joints and spines going, as more and more Americans try to stay fit and keep active longer, and Mount Sinai has been at the forefront of these developments.”
Evan Flatow, MD
Bernard J. Lasker Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Chief of Shoulder Surgery
Internationally known for his innovative shoulder surgical techniques, Evan Flatow, MD, has helped train many of the world's leading shoulder surgeons, chaired or served on faculty of numerous national and international shoulder courses, and been a sought-after speaker in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia.
Through his collaboration with Mount Sinai's Department of Anesthesiology, Dr. Flatow pioneered the use of regional blocks, which localizes loss of sensation, eliminating the need for general anesthesia during shoulder procedures. He is a renowned leader in minimally invasive shoulder fracture repair, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, and complex shoulder reconstruction. One of his most significant contributions has been the development of a comprehensive shoulder replacement system, a procedure now used by shoulder surgeons worldwide.
In another collaborative investigation funded by the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Flatow's basic science research focuses on the pathobiology of tendon failure and includes developing an innovative animal model of tendon fatigue damage.
Since his appointment to chair in 2006, Dr. Flatow has been an active part of the tremendous growth in the department. He has played a role in the recruitment and addition of new surgeons and investigators. The orthopaedic services have undergone explosive expansion, with its leading surgeons offering regional and innovative, minimally invasive procedures along with its traditional surgical options. Dr. Flatow has received a number of prestigious honors and awards. He has served as President of American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and is a four-time recipient of the organization's Neer Award—its highest honor for shoulder research. A prolific author, he has written more than 200 articles and book chapters, and he has authored five books.
After earning his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Flatow completed a surgical residency at Roosevelt Hospital and an orthopaedic residency and shoulder fellowship with Charles S. Neer II, the founder of modern shoulder surgery, at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Before joining Mount Sinai in 1998, Dr. Flatow spent 11 years on faculty at Columbia University, where he served as Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery.