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Alberto Carli, MD

Hip and Knee Replacement

About Dr. Carli

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Dr. Alberto Carli specializes in minimally invasive joint replacement involving the hip and the knee. He treats patients suffering from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, avascular necrosis, hip dysplasia, hip fracture, and bowlegged or knock-knee deformity. Dr. Carli also assesses previous joint replacement surgeries that have been complicated by fractures, dislocations or infections.

Dr. Carli employs rapid-recovery protocols to help patients mobilize on the same day as surgery. He is experienced in performing outpatient (same-day discharge) surgery on eligible patients, customizing treatments for each patient. 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.

Dr. Carli completed medical school and orthopedic residency training at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. During his training, he also completed a Master of Science in the field of experimental surgery and received both national and international awards for research on how bone attaches to orthopedic implants. Dr. Carli went on to complete two clinical fellowships in joint replacement surgery at HSS. He was then selected for the prestigious Maurice Muller Fellowship, offered by the Hip Society each year to only one surgeon from North America. This permitted him to travel to Europe for six months to work with and learn from leading surgeons in the field of joint replacement surgery.

Upon returning to North America, Dr. Carli led a complex joint replacement surgery service at the Ottawa Hospital in Canada and was recognized by his patients three times for outstanding, empathic care. Dr. Carli was recruited as an attending surgeon at HSS to continue providing outstanding clinical care and perform high quality research.

Dr. Carli is a surgeon-scientist, dedicating his non-clinical time to performing scientific research based on improving joint replacement design and preventing infections. He has published over fifty papers, has been recognized as an outstanding young investigator by the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, 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.

Dr. Carli holds regular office hours in both Manhattan and Paramus, NJ.

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Departments

Specialized Centers

Complex Joint Reconstruction Center

Special Expertise

Operative and non-operative management of joint diseases affecting the hip and knee
Complex Hip & Knee Replacement

Procedures

Hip:
Minimally invasive posterior total hip replacement
Reconstructive hip surgery
Robotic-assisted total hip replacement

Knee:
Computer-assisted total knee replacement
Minimally invasive total knee replacement
Patellofemoral knee replacement
Reconstructive knee surgery
Total knee replacement
Unicompartmental (Partial) knee replacement

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Insurance

Please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out of network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.

Credentials

Appointments

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

Affiliations

American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons
Musculoskeletal Infection Society
Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS)

Certification

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

Awards

Best Podium Award – American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons - 2020
James A. Rand Young Investigator’s Award – American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons 2020
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

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

State Licensure

Languages

English, Italian, French (Russian and Spanish available)

For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Carli

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 Journal Articles

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

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.

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Carli as of December 22, 2020.

  • Acelity - Honoraria
  • BoneSupport - Honoraria
  • Heraeus Medical - Honoraria
  • Waldemar Link GmbH & Co. KG - Honoraria

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.

Patients should feel free to ask their HSS physicians questions about these relationships.