For Immediate Release
Contact: Susan Preston
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Dr. Joseph P. Leddy Named Chairman of Newly Established Department
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)
- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) has established a
new Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Dr. Joseph P. Leddy, of Princeton Township, professor of orthopaedic
surgery, has been appointed chair of the new department. He is
also is professor of surgery and director of hand surgery at UMDNJ-Robert
Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Leddy joined the Department of
Surgery in 1973 and has served as chief of the division of orthopaedic
surgery for the past six years.
"The newly established Department of Orthopaedic Surgery was
formerly a division of the medical school's Department of Surgery,"
said Dr. Harold L. Paz, MD, dean of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson
Medical School . "In the past three decades, however, the field
of orthopaedics has grown enormously and the division has expanded
to keep pace with the growth."
He said, "We are committed to providing the highest quality
care to patients in this growing area of need. This growth symbolizes
the medical school's excellence in education, research, patient
care and community health."
The transformation of orthopaedics was due in part to the technological
including the development of more durable, more biocompatible
materials, according to Dr. Leddy. "The demand for skilled orthopaedists
grew as microsurgery, minimally invasive surgery, and arthroplasty
became highly successful procedures that improved the quality
of life for tens of thousands of patients," he said.
Reflecting a nationwide trend, the number of orthopaedic sub-specialties
at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School has grown. "Sports
medicine, for example, has become an important sub-specialty.
It is the most popular choice for graduates of the excellent orthopaedic
surgery residency program," said Dr. Leddy. "Lengthened life spans,
with increased numbers of falls and fractures, also have driven
the growth of orthopaedics.".
Most of the orthopaedic faculty are participating in clinical
trials, offering their patients the state-of-the-art care available
at research and teaching institutions. In addition, Dr. Michael
G. Dunn, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, holds a grant
from the National Institutes of Health for his biomedical research
into polymeric scaffolds for reconstruction of ligaments.
The 12 fellowship-trained, full-time orthopaedic faculty have
expertise in nearly every sub-specialty in the field and are supplemented
by many volunteer faculty. In 2002, the physicians performed more
than 3,100 orthopaedic procedures. "They treated patients of all
ages, from babies to the elderly, and performed every type of
orthopaedic procedure, treating every joint, from the foot and
ankle, to the knee, hip, spine, wrist, and shoulder," Dr. Leddy
Dr. Leddy said he is especially proud of the department's top-quality
fellowship programs. "The residency program keeps the faculty's
skills honed and trains a constant stream of new orthopaedic specialists."
A graduate of Jefferson Medical School, Dr. Leddy completed
an internship and general surgery residency at New York Hospital/Cornell
Medical Center. He did his orthopaedic surgical residency at New
York Orthopaedic Hospital/Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.
Supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health,
he completed a fellowship in hand surgery with Joseph H. Boyes,
MD, at the University of Southern California Medical Center. Between
1971 and 1973, Dr. Leddy served as a major in the U.S. Air Force
at Travis Air Force Base, in California. During that time, he
also held a traveling fellowship from the American Academy of
Orthopaedic Surgeons and Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation.
Board-certified in orthopaedic surgery since 1972, Dr. Leddy
earned a certificate in surgery of the hand in 1995. He is widely
published in the literature of orthopaedic surgery and serves
as a reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the Journal
of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the
Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
He was been named one of the best doctors in the metropolitan
region by New York Magazine in June 2003. The
list is excerpted from the eighth edition of Castle Connolly's
Top Doctors: New York Metro Area.
Dr. Leddy serves on the board of directors of the New Brunswick
and is a trustee of St. Peter's University Hospital. He also
serves as chief of orthopaedic surgery at both Robert Wood Johnson
University Hospital and St. Peter's University Hospital.