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Alberto Carli, MD


Orthopedic Surgery, Hip and Knee Replacement
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Alberto Carli, MD


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Dr. Alberto Carli specializes in joint replacement and revision surgery involving the hip and the knee. Dr. Carli treats patients suffering from hip and knee conditions including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, avascular necrosis (or osteonecrosis), juvenile arthritis, hip dysplasia, hip dislocation, fracture, knock knee deformity, patella clunk syndrome, patellar instability and arthritis due to metabolic or genetic disorders. He also treats patients that have had complications from previous joint replacement surgery and prosthetic joint infection of the hip & knee.

Dr. Carli performs minimally invasive joint replacement surgery and is experienced in performing outpatient (same-day discharge) surgery in eligible patients. Dr. Carli customizes treatments for each patient and always covers non-surgical option. His priority is to ensure that patients understand their diagnosis, feel empowered in making the decision to proceed with surgery, and feel satisfied with their recovery and ability to return to being active.

Dr. Carli completed medical school and orthopedic residency training at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. During his training, he also completed a Master’s of Science in the field of experimental surgery and received both national and international awards for research on how the bone attaches to orthopedic implants. Dr. Carli then went on to complete two prestigious fellowships in joint replacement surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery. After which he was awarded the Maurice Muller Fellowship, travelling to Europe for six months to work with and learn from leaders in joint replacement surgery and recovery.

Upon returning to North America, Dr. Carli was recruited as an Assistant Professor at the Ottawa Hospital in Canada, led a complex joint replacement surgery service and was recognized by his patients three times for outstanding, empathic care. Dr. Carli has recently joined the staff at the Hospital for Special Surgery to continue to provide outstanding clinical care and high quality research.

Dr. Carli is a surgeon-scientist, dedicating his non-clinical time to performing scientific research based on joint replacement design and preventing infections. He has published over thirty papers and is a reviewer for seven medical journals. Dr. Carli lectures to medical students and orthopedic residents, and has been recognized for his teaching skills throughout his career.

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Appointments

Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Specialty

Special Expertise

Operative and non-operative management of joint diseases affecting the hip and knee
Treating complications from previous joint replacement surgery
Complex Hip & Knee Replacement

Procedures

Hip:
Minimally Invasive Posterior Total Hip Replacement
Reconstructive Hip Surgery
Complex Total Hip Replacement & Revision

Knee:
Total Knee Replacement
Unicompartmental (Partial) Knee Replacement
Patellofemoral Knee Replacement
Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement
Reconstructive Knee Surgery
Complex Total Knee Replacement & Revision

Awards

Orthopedic Research Society / Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation Travel Grant in Orthopaedic Research Translation for Original Research - 2017
Research Excellence Award. Hospital for Special Surgery Award for the Adult Reconstruction & Joint Replacement Service. Hospital for Special Surgery - 2015
Montreal General Hospital Foundation Award. McGill University Research Institute, McGill University - 2014
Resident Teacher of the Year Award. Division of Orthopaedic Surgery. McGill University - 2013, 2014
1st place, Resident Research Prize. Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation / Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) - 2013
Montreal General Hospital Foundation Award. McGill University Research Institute McGill University - 2013
Sponsored by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) to attend the 2013 AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Career Development Program - 2013
Albert A Butler Award in Orthopaedics. Division of Orthopaedic Surgery. McGill University - 2013
MedStar Award for Outstanding Research in the Faculty of Medicine. McGill University - 2013
Current Concepts Foundation in Joint Replacement Scholarship - 2013
Outstanding Resident Nominee selected to attend the American Orthopaedic Association Resident Leadership Forum, Denver CO - 2013
Dr. Gordon Petrie Memorial Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery. The RVH Foundation, Research Institute of McGill University Health Center - 2013
2nd Prize. Alexandra Kirkley Award. Canadian Orthopaedic Residents' Association Annual Meeting. Project: Alpha-2-Macroglobulin as a biomarker for glucocorticoid-induced osteonecrosis of the femoral head - 2012
1st Prize. J.A. Nutter Award. Canadian Orthopaedic Residents' Association Annual Meeting. Project: FGF18 Augments Bone Healing & Osseointegration of Intra-Medullary Femoral Implants in Osteopenic Bone - 2011
1st Prize Overall. Quebec Orthopaedic Association Annual Research Competition. Project: Utilisation de l'Alpha-2-Macroglobuline comme biomarqueur potentiel de l'ostéonécrose de la tête fémorale induite par les glucocorticoïdes - 2011
1st Prize Overall. Eugene Rogala Orthopaedic Research Day. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, McGill University. Project: Alpha-2-Macroglobulin as a biomarker for glucocorticoid-induced osteonecrosis of the femoral head. McGill University - 2011
Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel) Award. Graduate Program of Experimental Surgery, Department of Surgery, McGill University - 2010
1st Prize in Fundamental Orthopaedic Research. Eugene Rogala Orthopaedic Research Day. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, McGill University. Project: FGF 18 Improves Bone Regeneration and Osseointegration of Femoral Implants in Wild Type and FGFR3 Knockouts - 2010
1st Prize. 15th Annual Rocke Robertson Academic Research Day. Department of Surgery, McGill University. Project: FGF 18 Augments Bone Regeneration and Osseointegration in an Animal model of Osteopenic Bone Disease. McGill University - 2010
Dr. Jacqueline Perry Resident Research Award, Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, Rosemont IL. Project: FGF18 promotes bone healing and osseointegration of intra-medullary femoral implants in FGFR3-/- osteopenic mice - 2010
Dr. Joseph Shugar Jewish General Hospital Prize in Orthopaedic Surgery. McGill University - 2008
Dr. Irene K Assimes Award of Excellence for a Medical Student. McGill University - 2005

Affiliations

Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS)
Canadian Orthopedic Association (COA)
Canadian Arthroplasty Society (CAS)

Languages

English, Italian, French, Russian

Insurance Information

Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO HMO POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathway
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathway Enhanced
Cigna
Connecticare
Emblem Selectcare
HIP
Medicare
Oxford
Oxford Medicare
United Healthcare
United Healthcare Compass

Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. You may still have coverage subject to the availability of 'out-of-network' benefits.

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Dr. Carli accepts the following insurance plans. Please check to see if your insurance is on this list before proceeding.

Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO HMO POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathway
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathway Enhanced
Cigna
Connecticare
Emblem Selectcare
HIP
Medicare
Oxford
Oxford Medicare
United Healthcare
United Healthcare Compass

Please note, if your insurance is not on this list, you may still have coverage subject to the availability of out-of-network benefits.

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Education

McGill University, Montreal, Canada - 2008

Internship

McGill University, Montreal, Canada - 2008-2009

Residency

Orthopedic Surgery - McGill University, Montreal, Canada - 2014

Fellowship

Adult Reconstruction & Joint Replacement - Hospital for Special Surgery - 2014-2015
Irving and Sally Lipstock Fellowship in Orthopedic Surgery - Hospital for Special Surgery - 2015-2016
The Hip Society European Fellowship in Hip Reconstruction - Maurice Mueller Foundation - 2016

Certification

Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC)
Certified for Independent Practice in Orthopedic Surgery - Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

State Licensure

New York, New Jersey

Editorial Appointments

HSS Journal
American Journal of Orthopedics
SICOT e-Newsletter

Selected Books/Chapters

Carli AV, Padgett DE. Impaction Grafting. In: Chapter 34: Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update. Adult Reconstruction 5. AAOS.

Haas A., Carli AV, Macdessi SJ, Manitta MA. Chapter 115: Disposable Instruments in TKA. Minimally Invasive Surgery in Orthopedics. Editors: Gilles Scuderi, Alfred Tria. Springer International Publishing. 2016.

Haas S., Carli AV. Chapter 56: Mini-Midvastus Total Knee Arthroplasty. Minimally Invasive Surgery in Orthopedics. Editors: Gilles Scuderi, Alfred Tria. Springer International Publishing. 2016.

Selected Publications

Carli AV, Sethuraman AS, Bhimani SJ, Ross FP, Bostrom MPG. Selected Heat-Sensitive Antibiotics Are Not Inactivated During Polymethylmethacrylate Curing and Can Be Used in Cement Spacers for Periprosthetic Joint Infection. J Arthroplasty. 2018 Feb 1. pii: S0883-5403(18)30072-X. Epub ahead of print].

Kumaran D, Taha M, Yi Q, Ramirez-Arcos S, Diallo JS, Carli A, Abdelbary H. Does Treatment Order Matter? Investigating the Ability of Bacteriophage to Augment Antibiotic Activity against Staphylococcus aureus Biofilms. Front Microbiol. 2018 Feb 5;9:127.

Carli AV, Koch CN, Esposito CI, Wright TM, Padgett DE. Polyethylene Wear Significantly Increases in Liners Articulating with Scratched Oxidized Zirconium Femoral Heads. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2018 Feb;476(2):182-192.

Armstrong M, Carli AV, Abdelbary H, Poitras S, Lapner P, Beaulé, P. Tertiary Care Center Adherence to Unified Guidelines for Management of Periprosthetic Joint Infections: A Gap Analysis. Can J Surg. 2018 Feb;61(1):34-41.

Carli AV, Spiro S, Barlow BT, Haas SB. Using a Non-Invasive Secure Skin Closure following Total Knee Arthroplasty leads to Fewer Wound Complications and No Patient Home Care Visits compared to Surgical Staples. Knee. 2017 Oct;24(5):1221-1226

Carli AV, Bhimani S, Yang X, Shirley MB, de Mesy Bentley KL, Ross FP, Bostrom MP. Quantification of Peri-Implant Bacterial Load and in Vivo Biofilm Formation in an Innovative, Clinically Representative Mouse Model of Periprosthetic Joint Infection. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2017 Mar 15;99(6):e25.

Carli AV, Warth LC, de Mesy Bentley KL, Nestor BJ. Short-to-Mid Term Follow-Up of Tritanium Primary Acetabular Components: Multiple Radiolucencies and Inferior Clinical Scores. J Arthroplasty. 2017 Feb;32(2):463-469.

Carli AV, Negus JJ, Haddad FS. Periprosthetic femoral fractures and trying to avoid them: what is the contribution of femoral component design to the increased risk of periprosthetic femoral fracture? Bone Joint J. 2017 Jan;99-B(1 Supple A):50-59.

Carli AV, Ross FP, Nodzo S, Bhimani S, Bostrom MPG. Developing a Clinically Representative Model of Periprosthetic Joint Infection. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016 Oct 5;98(19):1666-1676.

Carli AV, Harvey EJ, Azeddine B, Gao C, Li Y, Li A, Sayegh M, Wang H, Nahal A, Michel RP, Henderson JE, Séguin C. Substrain-specific differences in bone parameters, alpha-2-macroglobulin circulating levels and osteonecrosis incidence in a rat model. J Orthop Res. 2016 Feb 19. doi: 10.1002/jor.23199. [Epub ahead of print].

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Presentations

Carli AV, Bhimani S, Yang X, de Mesy Bentley K, Ross FP, Bostrom MPG. Vanomycin-Loaded Polymethylmethacrylate Spacers Fail to Eradicate Periprosthetic Joint Infection in an Innovative, Clinically-Representative Mouse Model of PJI Treatment. Podium Presentation. Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, USA

Bhimani S, Carli AV, Sethuraman A, Ross FP, Bostrom MPG. The Novel Antibiotic Dalbavancin Is Heat Stable, Elutes From Pmma Cement Spacers And Has Superior Antimicrobial Activity Than Vancomycin In An In-vitro Killing Assay Of Staphylococcus Aureus. Poster presentation. Orthopedic Research Society Annual Meeting, March 2017. San Diego, USA.

Wang Z, Carli AV, Bhimani S, Van der Meulen MCH, Yang X, Bostrom MPG. The Elution Characteristics of Vancomycin from Simplex Cement. Poster presentation. Orthopedic Research Society Annual Meeting, March 2017. San Diego, USA.

Ji G, Sama AJ, Nishida K, Wang Z, Sethurama A, Carli AV, Bhimani S, Van der Meulen MCH, Ross, FP, Yang X, Bostrom MPG. Elution and Bioactivity of Vancomycin Are Reduced with the Increase of the Interval between Spacer Production and Use. Poster presentation. Orthopedic Research Society Annual Meeting, March 2017. San Diego, USA.

Carli A. Preventing infection: successful strategies from a high volume orthopedic institution. British Infected THR Symposium. Royal Society of Medicine, London, United Kingdom.

Carli A. The basic science of periprosthetic joint infection: Is there a good model? British Infected THR Symposium. Royal Society of Medicine, London, United Kingdom.

Carli A, Warth L, Figgie M, Padgett DE. Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty: Exposure & Component Removal. Orthopaedic Video Theater. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, USA.

Carli A, Yang X, Craveiro V, Shirley MB, de Mesy Bentley K, Ross FP, Bostrom MPG. Quantification of Peri-Implant Bacterial Load and in Vivo Biofilm Formation in an Innovative, Clinically-Representative Mouse Model of Periprosthetic Joint Infection. Podium Presentation. Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, USA

Yang X, Craveiro V, Carli A, Shirley MB, Adebayo O, van der Meulen MCH, Ross FP, Bostrom MPG. Refining Intra-articular and Intramedullary Injection Techniques to Establish Joint, Bone and Periprosthetic Joint Infection in Mice. Poster Presentation. Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, USA

Carli A, Yang X, Bhimani S, Shirley M,de Mesy Bentley KL, Ross FP, Bostrom MP. Quantification of Peri-Implant Bacterial Load and Biofilm Formation in An Innovative, Clinically-Representative Mouse Model of Periprosthetic Joint Infection. Poster Presentation. Hospital for Special Surgery - Holiday Hip and Knee Course. New York City, USA.

Research Description

Dr. Carli's main research focus is on the basic science of periprosthetic joint infection. Through working and learning from Dr. Mathias Bostrom at Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. Carli helped develop the most clinically representative animal model of periprosthetic joint infection to date. Using this model, Dr. Carli will investigate the pathogenesis of how bacteria form biofilm on an orthopedic implant and novel therapeutics will be tested to determine how to eradicate offending organisms while preserving native bone and soft tissue.

Dr. Carli's secondary research interest is the function of new joint replacement systems that have recently become available for use in the United States. Dr. Carli has previously published findings showing that brand new implant systems promising significant improvements in patient function can end up performing at an inferior rate to implants that have long-term followup and have been well studied.