Dr. S. Robert Rozbruch, after graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania, attended Weill Cornell Medical College from which he graduated with honors in research. Residency training in orthopedic surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery was followed by two fellowships, as well as specialized training in trauma as an AO fellow at the University of Bern in Switzerland. Additional training in adult and pediatric limb lengthening followed at the Maryland Center for Limb Lengthening & Reconstruction.
Dr. Rozbruch has been Chief of the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service since 2005 and is the Director of the Limb Salvage and Amputation Reconstruction Center (LSARC) at HSS. He is professor of clinical orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is a member of several national medical societies including fellowship in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orthopaedic Trauma Association, and the Limb Lengthening & Reconstruction Society (LLRS) of which he was President 2012-2013.
Dr. Rozbruch has lectured on his clinical and research works at both national and international meetings and has authored over 150 articles in medical journals and chapters in orthopedic textbooks. He is the editor of 2 major textbooks: Limb Lengthening & Reconstruction Surgery and Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Surgery Case Atlas.
Chief, Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
Director, Limb Salvage and Amputation Reconstruction Center (LSARC), Hospital for Special Surgery
Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
President Emeritus, Limb Lengthening & Reconstruction Society
Limb lengthening (adult & pediatric)
Ilizarov reconstruction surgery
Limb deformity correction
Nonunions, malunions, bone defects
Ankle distraction arthroplasty
Dean’s Honor List, University of Pennsylvania, 1982-1986
Magna Cum Laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1985
David P. Barr Summer Research Fellowship, Cornell University Medical College, 1986
NIH Summer Research Fellowship, Cornell University Medical College - A Synthetic Matrix for Cartilage Repair, 1987
Research Thesis Honors Award, Cornell University Medical College - A Synthetic Matrix for Cartilage Repair, 1988
"Best Doctors in New York," New York magazine, 2006-present
Castle Connolly "Best Doctors in New York", 2012-present
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1998, Diplomat
Orthopaedic Trauma Association, 1998, Active Member
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1999, Fellow
Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society (ASAMI), June 2002 - present, member and Vice President
Eastern Orthopaedic Association, 2006 - present, member
Weill Cornell Medical College Alumni Association, Member, 1990 to present
Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners, 1991
New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Member, 1995 to present
AO Alumni Association, Member, 1996 to present
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MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York
General Surgery, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY
Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell University, New York
Limb Lengthening and Deformity Correction, Maryland Center for Limb Lengthening & Reconstruction, Baltimore, MD (currently known as the International Center for Limb Lengthening, Robin Institute, Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, MD)
AO/ASIF Orthopaedic Trauma, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Rozbruch SR. Why are we special? Limb deformity is more than an overlapping subspecialty. J Limb Lengthen Reconstr 2017;3:1-3.
Rozbruch SR, Fragomen AT. Tibial/Femoral Osteotomy. In Green A, and Hayda R: Orthopaedic Postoperative Rehabilitation. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; 2017
Ankle Distraction Arthroplasty: Indications, Technique, and Outcomes. Mitchell Bernstein, Jay Reidler, Austin Fragomen, S. Robert Rozbruch. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2016;0:1-11. DOI: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-14-00077
Neglected Patellar Tendon Rupture with Massive Proximal Patellar Migration Treated with Patellar Transport and Staged Allograft Reconstruction. Osama Elattar, MD, Struan H. Coleman, MD, Russell F. Warren, MD,and S. Robert Rozbruch, MD. The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 4(11), 2325967116672175. DOI: 10.1177/2325967116672175
Validation of a modified Scoliosis Research Society instrument for patients with limb deformity: The limb deformity-Scoliosis Research Society (LD-SRS) score. Peter D. Fabricant, Eugene W. Borst, Stuart A. Green, Robert G. Marx, Austin T. Fragomen, and S. Robert Rozbruch. Journal of Limb Lengthening & Reconstruction. Jul-Dec 2016, Vol 2, Issue 2.
Gradual correction of knee flexion contracture using external fixation. Ettore Vulcano, Jonathan S. Markowitz, Austin T. Fragomen, S. Robert Rozbruch. Journal of Limb Lengthening & Reconstruction. Jul-Dec 2016, Vol 2, Issue 2.
Oxygen consumption testing and self‑reported outcomes following limb salvage with tibiocalcaneal or tibio-talo-calcaneal fusion. S. Robert Rozbruch, Joshua R. Buksbaum, Austin T. Fragomen, Eugene W. Borst, Polly DeMille. Journal of Limb Lengthening & Reconstruction. Jul-Dec 2016, Vol 2, Issue 2
Prophylactic Postoperative Antibiotics May Not Reduce Pin Site Infections After External Fixation. Austin T. Fragomen, Andy O. Miller, Barry D. Brause, Vladimir Goldman, and S. Robert Rozbruch. The Musculoskeletal Journal of Hospital for Special Surgery. Vol. 12 No. 3; October 2016. DOI 10.1007/s11420-016-9539-z
Muthusamy S, Rozbruch SR, Fragomen AT. The use of blocking screws with internal lengthening nail and reverse rule of thumb for blocking screws in limb lengthening and deformity correction surgery.& Strat Traum Limb Recon. 11 September 2016. DOI 10.1007/s11751-016-0265-3
Hamdy RC, Bernstein MA, Fragomen AT. Rozbruch SR. What's New in Limb Lengthening and Deformity Correction. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016 Aug 17; 98 (16): 1408 -1415 . DOI 10.2106/JBJS.16.00460
Open Wedge Distal Femoral Osteotomy: Accuracy of Correction and Patient Outcomes. Osama Elattar, Ishaan Swarup, Aaron Lam, Joseph Nguyen, Austin Fragomen and S. Robert Rozbruch. The Musculoskeletal Journal of Hospital for Special Surgery. 5 July 2016. DOI 10.1007/s11420-016-9516-6
Kazmers NH, Fragomen AT, Rozbruch SR. Prevention of pin site infection in external fixation: a review of the literature. Strat Traum Limb Recon. Accepted: 3 May 2016. DOI 10.1007/s11751-016-0256-4
External fixation reconstruction of the residual problems of benign bone tumours. Levent Eralp, F. Erkal Bilen, S. Robert Rozbruch, Mehmet Kocaoglu, Ahmed I. Hammoudi, Strategies in Trauma and Limb Reconstruction, 26 January 2016.
Lengthening of the Femur with a Remote-Controlled Magnetic Intramedullary Nail: Antegrade Technique. S. Robert Rozbruch, Austin T. Fragomen, JB&JS Essential Surgical Techniques, Volume 6, Issue 1, January 13, 2016.
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Surgery Case Atlas, Springer International Publishing, Editors: Rozbruch, S. Robert, Hamdy, Reggie (Eds.) Copyright: 2015
3 book set, 2500 pages. The atlas features six sections all pertaining to limb deformity correction: Pediatric Deformity, Trauma, Foot & Ankle (edited by Dr. Fragomen), Adult Deformity (edited by Dr. Rozbruch), Tumor, and Upper Extremity
Fragomen AT, Rozbruch SR: Supramalleolar Osteotomy with External Fixation: Perspective 1. In: Mark E. Easley (Editor), Sam W. Wiesel (Editor-in Chief): Operative Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery; Lippincott Williams Wilkins, Philadelphia 2010
Palatnik Y, Rozbruch SR: Femoral Reconstruction Using External Fixation. Advances in Orthopedics, vol. 2011, Article ID 967186, 10 pages, 2011. doi:10.4061/2011/967186.
Rozbruch SR: Limb Lengthening in Skeletally Mature Patients. In: Hamdy RC, McCarthy JJ: Management of Limb-Length Discrepancies; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Monograph Series 2011.
Rozbruch SR: Fixator assisted plating of limb deformities. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics. 2011, 21:174-179.
Hamdy R, Rozbruch SR, Sabharwal S: Advances in Distraction Osteogenesis. J Orthop Res virtual issue, July 2011
Rozbruch SR, Fragomen AT: Hybrid Lengthening Techniques: Lengthening and then Nailing (LATN), Lengthening and then Plating (LAP) In: Tsuchiya, Kocaoglu, Eralp (Eds.): Advanced Techniques in Limb Reconstruction Surgery, Springer (in press 2011)
Fragomen AT, Rozbruch SR: Distraction Arthroplasty for Ankle Osteoarthritis. In: Tsuchiya, Kocaoglu, Eralp (Eds.): Advanced Techniques in Limb Reconstruction Surgery, Springer (in press 2011)
Sabharwal S, Rozbruch SR: What New in Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Surgery? Invited review article in J Bone Joint Surg- Am 2011. 93-A(24): 2324-2332.
Best Foot and Ankle Poster, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Annual Meeting
Invited Poster to Orthopedic Research Society
Ankle Distraction Arthroplasty: How Much is Enough?
San Francisco, CA; February 2012
Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society Specialty Day
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting
San Francisco, CA; Feb. 11, 2012
The Top 5 Research Questions I want LLRS to Answer
For a full list of books, articles, presentations, and other publications, download Dr. Rozbruch's CV (pdf).
My research interests relate to limb lengthening, deformity correction, and the Ilizarov method. While my main focus has been on clinical research, I have participated in basic science research to answer relevant clinical questions. My clinical research began with retrospective level 4 studies reviewing my experience. This has evolved with the growth of our service and clinical experience. Research quality has substantially improved to retrospective comparison and prospective comparison studies. I plan to continue to ask clinical questions and implement new treatment modalities within a responsible and organized clinical research program. As the service chief, I plan to mentor, support, and help my colleagues, fellows, residents, and students to follow in this path. As upcoming president of the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society (LLRS), I plan to lead our national organization in the same direction. I plan to deliver an invited lecture at the upcoming LLRS specialty day of the AAOS entitled, “What are the 5 most important research questions that we should try to answer?” Through this, I hope to inspire and motivate others in the same direction. This may also be a springboard for organizing multi-center research projects.
Ongoing Research Projects: