Growing up on Long Island, Dr. Joseph Zuckerman aspired to be a doctor from the time he was nine years old. In high school, he was interested in anatomy, especially bones, muscles, and tendons. Then, when he was injured in a basketball game and watched with fascination as his team’s doctor put a cast on his leg, he knew he was made for orthopedics.
Dr. Zuckerman's clinical fellowship was in reconstructive surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and then he joined the NYU Langone family in 1984, specializing in orthopedic surgery. He now performs up to 350 shoulder, hip, and knee replacements each year. His research focuses on the outcomes of shoulder replacement surgery, treatments for shoulder fractures in older adults, and methods to improve orthopedic resident education.