Dr. Jonathan T. Deland, MD, came to Hospital for Special Surgery on July 1, 1991, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is the recipient of an NIH Grant on Posterior Tibial Tendon Insufficiency. Dr. Deland initiated the creation of the Foot and Ankle Service at HSS.
Foot and Ankle Sport Injuries
Adolescent Posterior Tibial Tendon Insufficiency (Flatfoot Disorder)
Posterior Tibial Tendon Insufficiency (Flatfoot Disorder)
Acute and Chronic Achilles Ruptures/Tears - Minimal Incision Technique, Developer of PARS Device
Ankle Arthritis, Total Ankle Replacements, Co-developer of Zimmer Total Ankle Replacement
First MP Arthritis
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Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
MD, Columbia University College of Physicians And Surgeons, New York
Massachusetts General Hospital, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Harvard Orthopedic Program, Massachusetts
Beth Israel Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
St. Luke’s - Roosevelt Hospital Center with William Hamilton, MD, and Francesca Thompson, MD, Foot and Ankle, US
Massachusetts General Hospital with Arthur Boland, MD, Sports Medicine
A-O Fellowship, Trauma, US
Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2002-2019
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2003-2019, 2021
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2002-2015, 2021
Winner, Best Scientific Paper on Posterior Tibial Tendon Insufficiency, 2014
AOFAS Award/Grant, Spring Ligament Reconstruction, 2013
Healthnetwork Foundation Excellence Award, 2009
Men's Health, 2007
Winner NIH Grant on Posterior Tibial Tendon Insufficiency, 1997
Dow Corning Award for Research, Foot and Ankle Society, 1990
Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation Research Grant, 1992
"Dr. Deland changed my life. After receiving my first ankle replacement in 1977 at age 29, I had continual pain for years. At age 67, I was barely able to walk. I chose Dr. Deland to perform my second replacement at Hospital for Special Surgery. It was the best decision I ever made. I experienced little to no pain and am now able to enjoy my daily activities. I decided not to retire as I am now able to work every day at my construction company. I have the deepest respect and praise for Dr. Deland." - FC
"On July 3rd, 2014, I had a bunionectomy done by Dr. Deland after delaying my surgery for many years because I was looking for the right time and the right surgeon. I was referred to Dr. Deland by one of my staff. My surgery was successful and I am very pleased."
"After being diagnosed with PTT, I had been told by three orthopedic (and one podiatric) foot and ankle surgeons that they could not help me and that I would be unable to walk within two years. When I found Dr. Deland, I was tremendously relieved to see that PTT is a principal research interest for him and that he has developed surgical procedures through many years to achieve successful results.
I traveled across the country for my initial appointment. He explained in detail what he could do surgically to renew my ability to walk. I am deeply indebted to him for his depth of knowledge, diagnostic skills, surgical innovations and expertise which have provided me with the gift of being able to walk well. I also appreciate his clear and thorough explanation in response to all of my questions as well as his dedication and concern for his patients. I am grateful for the profound difference Dr. Deland’s surgery and care have made in my life."
"I feel 10 years younger! Dr. Deland is a compassionate, extraordinary surgeon. Within 7 months , I've met Dr. Deland, had a successful total ankle replacement and skied on seven occasions. I ski, walk, bike, swim, and sleep pain free. Just awesome. I believe I had a successful T.A.R. because of Dr. Deland’s remarkable, awesome, practical talent. I will recommend him to everyone. Thank you Dr. Deland."
"I recently had total ankle replacement surgery by Dr. Jonathan Deland. During the planning time for the operation, Dr. Deland called me twice on a Sunday to talk about my concerns regarding the operation. Although the immediate recovery in the hospital was a bit difficult, once I got home my recovery went smoothly. After three weeks there was no need for pain medication and I am now starting physical therapy 4 weeks out of surgery, and I am not in pain. I can't say enough about Dr. Deland's staff. They are professional but also thoughtful and concerned with my recovery. I would suggest Dr. Deland to any of my friends."
Saltzman CL, Mann RA, Ahrens JE, Amendola A, Anderson RB, Berlet GC, Brodsky JW, Chou LB, Clanton TO, Deland JT, Deorio JK, Horton GA, Lee TH, Mann JA, Nunley JA, Thordarson DB, Walling AK, Wapner KL, Coughlin MJ. Prospective controlled trial of STAR total ankle replacement versus ankle fusion: initial results. Foot Ankle Int. 2009 Jul;30(7):579-96.
Deland JT. Total Ankle Replacement: An Overview. In: Total Ankle Arthroplasty. American Acadmy of Orthopedic Surgeons, December 2014.
Deland JT, Page A, Sung IH, O'Malley MJ, Inda D, Choung S. Posterior tibial tendon insufficiency results at different stages. HSS J. 2006 Sep;2(2):157-60.
Conti MS, Chan JY, Do HT, Ellis SJ, Deland JT. Correlation of postoperative midfoot position with outcome following reconstruction of the stage II adult acquired flatfoot deformity. Foot Ankle Int. 2015 Mar;36(3):239-47.
Williams BR, Ellis SJ, Deyer TW, Pavlov H, Deland JT. Reconstruction of the spring ligament using a peroneus longus autograft tendon transfer. Foot Ankle Int. 2010 Jul;31(7):567-77.
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
Dr. Deland has several areas of investigation. Of these, Tibial Posterior Tendon dysfunction, known as the common cause of adult deformity flatfoot, is among the most important. Dysfunction of the Posterior Tibial Tendon (PTT) has become a common clinical problem; the potential complexity of the deformity and disability it can cause patients afflicted with it has been well noted. This topic became a major field of Dr. Deland's research studies. Also important is ankle replacements. His research in total ankle replacements has encompassed both clinical research and laboratory research.
Additionally, Dr. Deland's interests are concentrated on osteochondral and arthritic lesions of the ankle, hindfoot and Achilles tendon problems, and forefoot problems such as bunions, neuromas, and lesser toe deformities.
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