Dr. Leon Popovitz, MD

Dr. Leon Popovitz, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
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Age 48
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Dr. Leon Popovitz, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in New York, NY and has been practicing for 18 years. He graduated from New York Medical College in 1994 and specializes in orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, and more.Read his story

130 E 67th St

New York, NY 10065

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Runner's Knee
more than 89% of peers
Knee Disorders
more than 86% of peers
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
more than 74% of peers

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Dr. Popovitz's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Popovitz "Leon E. Popovitz, MD is a Top Orthopedic Surgeon in New York City & New Jersey and co-founder of New York Bone & Joint Specialists. Dr. Popovitz is an internationally recognized Orthopedic Surgeon in the field of Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder and Arthroscopic Surgery of the Knee as well as Sports Medicine. He has had the honor of being an orthopedic surgeon for the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. Moreover, Dr. Popovitz is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. Leon E. Popovitz, MD was born in the Ukraine and immigrated to the United States with his family when he was a child. He grew up in Queens, NY amidst very modest means. At the age of 17, he was accepted to the renowned Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education is a combined B.S/M.D. program that recruits exceptional students immediately out of high school that are committed to pursuing a career in medicine. Dr. Popovitz went on to graduate from New York Medical College. He then completed an internship in General Surgery at the Level 1 Trauma Center of St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center of New York. Subsequently, he proceeded to complete his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. His training included Harvard Children's Hospital in Boston, MA and Cornell Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Afterwards, he completed a fellowship in Arthroscopic Surgery and Sports Medicine at the distinguished NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. Leon E. Popovitz MD's stature and unwavering quest to improve his patients' lives has allowed him the privilege of regularly treating American and International professional athletes and dancers, high level collegiate athletes, as well, celebrities. Leon E. Popovitz, MD is an Attending at Northwell/Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC, which holds national status in Orthopedic Surgery. He has been honored by The Global Jewish Assistance & Relief Network for his devoted efforts and philanthropic support. The Consumer Research Council of America ranks Dr. Popovitz among the Top Surgeons, Top Orthopedic Surgeons and Top Physicians since 2004. Dr. Popovitz has also been inducted into the Leading Physicians of the World by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals. He has been listed in The New York Times as a SuperDoctor. The distinguished Castle Connolly organization has ranked him as one of the America's Top Doctors. In addition, Leon E. Popovitz, MD has been selected as one of the Top Doctors and Top Orthopedic Surgeons by New York Magazine. Leon E. Popovitz, MD's focus of orthopedic SHOULDER expertise lies in Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder for the treatment of: Shoulder Labral (SLAP) Tears Shoulder/ Rotator Cuff Impingement Shoulder Dislocations – First Time and Recurrent Shoulder Ligament Injuries & Tears Rotator Cuff Tears Shoulder (AC Joint) Separation or Sprain AC Joint Osteolysis/ "Weight Lifters" Shoulder Sports Injuries of the Shoulder Leon E. Popovitz, MD's focus of orthopedic KNEE expertise lies in Arthroscopic Surgery of the Knee for the treatment of: Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tears Meniscal Tears Knee Ligament Tears Articular Cartilage Damage Osteochondral Injuries Recurrent Patellar (Knee Cap) Dislocations Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis Synovitis Chondromalacia Patella Loose Bodies in the Knee "


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Popovitz "We compassionately provide facts and details to our patients, and objectively present all treatment options that range from non-surgical conservative management to surgical intervention. At the patient's pace we answer all questions, and jointly, with the patient, we determine what the best treatment is for the individual person.

  • The goal of New York Bone & Joint Specialists is to improve our patients' lives utilizing consummate treatment, respect and consideration, and the best service by our staff.


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Orthopedic Surgery
  • Emergency Sports Medicine
  • Men's Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cartilage Tear
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dislocated Joint
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Female Sports Injuries
  • Foot Fracture
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Rupture
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Ligament Sprain
  • Ligament Tears
  • Limb Pain
  • Meniscus Injuries
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Orthopedic Disorders
  • Orthopedic Sports Injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteochondritis
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Labral Tear
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Separation
  • Shoulder Sprain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports Injuries of the Knee
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Synovitis
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures


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  • ACL Surgery
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Joint Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Joint Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Labrum Repair
  • Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair
  • Arthroscopic Microdiscectomy
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Bone and Joint Repair
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Repair
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee Tendon Repair
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Cartilage Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1992
  • New York Medical College
    Medical School | Graduated 1994
  • St. Vincent's Hospital-Manhattan
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1997
  • Nyu Hospital For Joint Diseases
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2000

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Popovitz has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Yiddish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Popovitz's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Popovitz to family and friends
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Likelihood to Recommend (41)

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Dr. Popovitz's Performance

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Office & Staff Performance

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Average wait time
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Patient Comments (15)

Dr. Popovitz I have know for 17 years, I couldn’t recommend a better Doctor, surgeon, and a human being. He performed an ACL and meniscus’s surgery on my daughter, and an arthroscopic surgery on my right elbow to repaired the ligament. I highly recommend Dr. Popovitz
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Dr Popovitz and his team exceeded every expectation and I am so grateful for the care that has me back to normal so quickly.
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Dr. Popovitz was very informative and caring pre and post surgery. Although not much time is spent speaking with him directly, when the opportunity did arise, questions were answered and minds put at ease. Most details were received from the PA. Also, the front desk in person also very attentive...more
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I highly recommend Dr. Popovitz. He is a fantastic surgeon and human being! I cannot say enough wonderful things about him. He discussed all of my options prior to our deciding that surgery would be the solution. No more limping or having my knee going side-to-side as it did before the surgery. I...more
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