Dr. Polakoff has maintained an orthopaedic practice emphasizing excellence in patient care and surgical outcomes, teaching, clinical innovation and research. Dr. Polakoff has performed thousands of hip and knee replacements with superlative outcomes and patient satisfaction, enduring over many years of clinical follow-up. He has played a significant role in the development of numerous innovative techniques for treatment of the arthritic hip and knee. He is a designing surgeon for a minimally-invasive partial knee replacement, and served as a specially trained "limited release" surgeon during the development of cementless total hips, hip resurfacing, and patient-specific knee and hip replacements. He has been a Principal Investigator for important clinical studies, including an FDA multi-center study evaluating cementless total hips, an FDA multi-center study evaluating the efficacy of joint lubrication injections for the non-operative treatment of osteoarthritis, and a multi-centered study evaluating the long-term outcomes of a total knee utilizing advanced materials, designed for increased longevity. Dr. Polakoff holds an appointment as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is a core member of the academic faculty, has trained over one hundred Orthopaedic Surgery residents in the art and science of joint replacement surgery, and has been awarded Faculty of the Year. He is an Attending Surgeon at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and St. Peters University Hospital, New Brunswick NJ, and the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro NJ. Dr. Polakoff serves as an Examiner for the board certification examinations of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is also a Consulting Reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and the Journal of Arthroplasty. His professional associations include the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, and the Society for Arthritic Joint Surgery. Dr. Polakoff graduated from Cornell University with Distinction in All Subjects, and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He received his M.D. degree at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York. His Orthopaedic Surgery residency was completed at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center - Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, Texas. Dr. Polakoff was selected for a post-residency fellowship in joint replacement and arthritis surgery at Harvard Medical School-Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
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Dr. Polakoff's Care Philosophy
I endeavor to meet my patients needs through precise evaluation and treatment designed to restore an active, pain-free lifestyle. We will consider both surgical and non-surgical alternatives. When surgery provides the best solution, my expertise includes hip and knee replacement, partial knee replacement, minimally invasive surgery, and knee arthroscopy. Successful treatment outcomes are the most rewarding aspect of my practice, and my highest priority.
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Likelihood of recommending Dr. Polakoff to family and friends is 4.6 out of 5