Dr. Donald Polakoff, MD

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Dr. Donald Polakoff, MD
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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Dr. Polakoff's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
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    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
princeton, nj |
When a patient has a real concern in regards to a doctor performing a medical procedure on the wrong body part, one can lose confidence in the doctor. I have no confidence with this doctor and left his practice.
Woodbridge, NJ |
I want to say a big THANK YOU to Dr. Polakoff and his great staff. You made my husbands hip replacement surgery less stressful then we ever thought. I want to personally thank Dr. Polakoff for giving my husbands quality of life back. You and your staff are a joy to work with.
in East Brunswick, NJ |
My experience with Dr. Polakoff was very positive. My initial meeting with him was for a second opinion concerning hip replacement surgery. He patiently explained what would be involved, and I decided to have him perform the surgery. Everything went extremely well and my recovery went faster than I had expected. Dr. Polakoff is a congenial and professional physician who spends time to answer questions and I highly recommend him.
in East Brunswick, NJ |
My experience with Dr. Polakoff was wonderful. My initial meeting with him was for a second opinion concerning hip replacement surgery. He patiently explained what would be involved, and I decided to have him perform the surgery. Everything went well and my recovery was faster than I had expected. Dr. Polakoff is friendly and spends time to answer your questions. I highly recommend him.
in East Brunswick, NJ |
Dr. Polakoff was straight forward and did not tell me things needed replacing when they did not. Would trust this doctor more than any other knee orthopaedic surgeon around.
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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.

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.

Dr. Polakoff's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Board Certifications

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee

Education

  • Medical School
    Joan Sanford I Weill Medical College Of Cornell University

    Graduated in 1979

  • Internship Hospital
    Parkland Health And Hospital System

    Completed in 1980

  • Residency Hospital
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

    Completed in 1984

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Brigham & Women's Hosp Harvard Med Sch

    Completed in 1985

  • Undergraduate School
    Cornell University

    Graduated in 1975

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships &
Professional Affiliations

  • International Congress for Joint Reconstruction, Member

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Hip Surgery
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement, Cementless
  • Hip Surgery
  • Image-Guided Knee Replacement
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Uni-Compartmental Knee Replacement
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate