Dr. Flatow received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed a surgical residency at Roosevelt Hospital and an orthopaedic residency and fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Flatow spent 11 years on the faculty of Columbia before joining Mount Sinai in 1998.
At Mount Sinai, Dr. Flatow has established an internationally renowned shoulder service, with particular interest in minimally invasive fracture repair, arthroscopic repair, arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery, and shoulder replacement. He has pioneered in collaboration with the Department of Anesthesiology, the use of regional blocks so that that shoulder operations may be performed without general anesthesia. One of his most significant contributions has been the development of a comprehensive shoulder replacement system, which is widely used by shoulder surgeons around the world.
Dr. Flatow has received numerous honors and awards, including the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon's Neer Award, the organization's highest award for shoulder research, which he has won four times. He has helped to train many of the nation's leading shoulder surgeons, has chaired or served on the faculty of most of the major national shoulder courses, and has been a sought-after speaker in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. He has written five books and over 170 articles and book chapters.
Dr. Flatow and his work with rotator cuff injuries were recently profiled in The Daily News feature The Daily Check Up. View the PDF.
MD, Columbia Univ. Col. of Phy. & Surg.
St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Ctr.
Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Ctr.
Fellowship, Should & Elbow
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Ctr.
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Biophysics and Systems Pharmacology [BSP], Design Technology and Entrepreneurship [DTE]
Clinician Investigator Award
National Institute of Health/NIAMSD
New York Magazine
1992, 1994, 1996
The Neer Award for Excellence in Shoulder Research
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
Wang VM, Banack TM, Tsai CW, Flatow EL, Jepsen KJ. Variability in tendon and knee joint biomechanics among inbred mouse strains. J Orthop Res 2006 Jun; 24(6): 1200-1207.
Huang CY, Wang VM, Pawluk RJ, Bucchieri JS, Levine WN, Bigliani LU, Mow VC, Flatow EL. Inhomogeneous mechanical behavior of the human supraspinatus tendon under uniaxial loading. J Orthop Res 2005 Jul; 23(4): 924-930.
Wang VM, Flatow EL. Pathomechanics of acquired shoulder instability: a basic science perspective. J Shoulder Elbow Surg 2005 Jan-Feb; 14(1 Suppl S): 2S-11S.
Kelkar R, Wang VM, Flatow EL, Newton PM, Ateshian GA, Bigliani LU, Pawluk RJ, Mow VC. Glenohumeral Mechanics: A Study of Articular Geometry, Contact, and Kinematics. J. Shoulder Elbow Surg 2001; 10: 73-84.
Roh MS, Wang VM, April EW, Pollock RG, Bigliani LU, Flatow EL. Anterior and posterior musculotendinous anatomy of the supraspinatus. J Shoulder Elbow Surg 2000 Sep-Oct; 9(5): 436-40.
Park J, Levine WN, Marra G, Pollock RG, Flatow EL, Bigliani LU. Portal-extension approach for repair of small and medium rotator cuff tears. American Journal of Sports Medicine 2000; 28: 312-316.
Huang C, Pawluk RJ, Wang VM, Levine WN, Flatow EL. Measurement of Strain Gradients in the Supraspinatus Tendon Using a Multiple Strain Field Measurement System. Trans 2000; 25: 400.
Levine WN, Arroyo JS, Flatow EL, Bigliani LU. Open Revision Stabilization Surgery for Recurrent Anterior Glenohumeral Instability. Am J Sports Med 2000; 28: 156-160.
Vitale MG, Krant JJ, Gelijns AC, Heitjan DF, Arons RR, Bigliani LU, Flatow E. Geographic variations in the rates of operative procedures involving the shoulder, including total. J Bone Joint Surg Am 1999 Jun; 81(6): 763-772.
BACKGROUND: Although geographic variations in the rates of orthopaedic procedures have been well documented, considerable controversy remains regarding the factors that drive these variations, particularly the role of the availability of orthopaedic surgeons. Moreover, little attention has been specifically focused on variations in the rates of commonly performed shoulder procedures. METHODS: The current study documents state-to-state variations in the rates of total shoulder replacement, humeral head replacement, and rotator cuff repair and examines factors that might account for these variations. The regional incidences of these three procedures were analyzed with use of the Health Care Financing Administration Medicare database (MEDPAR, 1992). The rates were age-adjusted, and variations were measured with use of high:low ratios, variation coefficients, and systematic components of variation. Potential causes of variation were analyzed with use of Spearman and partial correlations as well as with Poisson regression. RESULTS: Rates for the three procedures that were studied varied from one state to another by as much as tenfold. Humeral head replacement had the lowest rate of variation according to all three measures. All three procedures were performed less often in states that were more densely populated. With the numbers available for study, no consistent, significant relationship was found between the density of orthopaedists and shoulder surgeons and the rates of any procedure. CONCLUSIONS: The striking variations that were noted for these commonly performed procedures showed that there is a clear need for well designed clinical research to further define the factors that account for the variations and to examine the effectiveness and appropriate indications for the procedures.
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