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Ryan W. Simovitch, MD


Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Shoulder Surgery
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Ryan W. Simovitch, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Shoulder Surgery
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Dr. Ryan W. Simovitch is the Director of the Shoulder Division at HSS Florida. He specializes in complex arthroscopic and open surgery of the shoulder including shoulder replacement and revision shoulder replacement.

Dr. Simovitch has been a shoulder surgeon for 13 years. He has researched and published extensively on the topic of shoulder arthroplasty helping to pioneer new techniques, develop cutting edge implants and determine how best to provide successful outcomes to patients undergoing shoulder replacement. He has lectured and presented at national and international meetings and is very involved in teaching younger surgeons the principles and techniques of shoulder replacement and arthroscopic rotator cuff and labral repair techniques. He is also a reviewer for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

Dr. Simovitch attended Duke University for his undergraduate education. He returned back to Duke University Medical Center where he completed his Orthopedic residency. During this residency, he developed a passion for sports related shoulder injuries and treatments when he was chosen as the resident to provide team coverage to the Duke men's basketball and football teams.

Following his residency at Duke, Dr. Simovitch was awarded the prestigious Harvard Intercontinental Shoulder Fellowship. During this fellowship he trained at the Massachusetts General Hospital on the Harvard Shoulder Service and at Uniklinik Balgrist in Zurich, Switzerland. His European training allowed him to begin perfecting the technique of reverse shoulder replacement before it was available widespread in the United States.

Dr. Simovitch prides himself on being able to take care of patients with all shoulder conditions, whether they are related to a sports injury, degenerative changes or trauma. With his experience and training, Dr. Simovitch is able to use the latest techniques and principles to arthroscopically repair large and massive rotator cuff tears, arthroscopically repair labral tears, perform open instability surgery, perform tendon transfers, perform shoulder replacements including both anatomic and reverse, perform revision shoulder replacements and stabilize fractures of the clavicle and humerus when needed.

Dr. Simovitch is currently a Team Physician for two of the St. Louis Cardinals MiLB team - Palm Beach Cardinals and Gulf Coast League Cardinals. He also assists in the care of MiLB and MLB St. Louis Cardinal players at the Jupiter training and rehab facility.

Patient Stories

Appointments

Associate Medical Director - Ambulatory Services, HSS Florida
Director of Shoulder Division, HSS Florida
Orthopedic Surgeon, HSS Florida

Departments

Special Expertise

Arthroscopic and Open Shoulder Surgery 
Shoulder Replacement

Procedures

Shoulder Arthroscopy
Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
Arthroscopic Labral Repair
Arthroscopic Instability Surgery
Open Instability Surgery (Latarjet)
Total Shoulder Replacement
Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
Revision Shoulder Replacement
Shoulder Replacement with Computer Navigation
Tendon Transfers for Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tears
Repair of Clavicle Fractures
Repair of Humerus Fractures
Repair of Glenoid and Scapula Fractures
Repair of Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Dislocations

Affiliations

American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS)
Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)

Languages

English

Insurance Information


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

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.

As of , Dr. reported no relationships with healthcare industry.

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.

Dr. Simovitch in the News

Education

Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL, 2000

Internship

Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 2001

Residency

Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 2005

Fellowship

The Harvard Intercontinental Shoulder Fellowship 2006
- Harvard Shoulder Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital
- Uniklinik Balgrist (Zurich, Switzerland)

Certification

Board certified - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

State Licensure

Florida

Selected Books by Dr. Simovitch

Simovitch RW, Higgins LD, Warner Jon JP. Glenoid Bone Graft for Instability with Bone Loss. Operative Techniques In Orthopaedic Surgery. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. July 2010.

Simovitch RW, Higgins LD, Warner Jon JP. Shoulder Arthroscopic Releases for Loss of Motion. . Operative Techniques In Orthopaedic Surgery. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. July 2010.

Simovitch RW, Easley M. Foot and Ankle Injuries in Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation for Active Older Athletes. (Ed) Speer K. Human Kinetics, Chapter 9. January 2005.

Selected Publications

Simovitch R, Flurin PH, Wright TW, Zuckerman JD, Roche C. Impact of Scapular Notching on Reverse Total Shoulder arthroplasty midterm outcomes – 5-year minimum follow-up. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2019 Jul; pii: S1058-2746(19)30292-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2019.04.042.

Simovitch RW, Roche CP, Jones RB, Routman HD, Marczuk Y, Wright TW, Zuckerman JD. Effect of Tuberosity Healing on Clinical Outcomes in Elderly Patients Treated With a Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty for 3- and 4- Part Proximal Humerus Fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2019 Feb;33(2):e39-e45.

Friedman RJ, Cheung EV, Flurin PH, Wright T, Simovitch RW, Bolch C, Roche CP, Zuckerman JD. Are Age and Patient Gender Associated With Different Rates and Magnitudes of Cinical Improvement After Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2018 Jun;476(6):1264-1273.

Simovitch R, Flurin PH, Wright T, Zuckerman JD, Roche CP. Quantifying Success After Total Shoulder Arthroplasty: the Substantial Clinical Benefit. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2018 May; 27(5): 903-911.

Simovitch R, Flurin PH, Wright T, Zuckerman JD, Roche CP. Quantifying Success After Total Shoulder Arthroplasty: the Minimal Clinically Important Difference. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2018 Feb; 27(2): 298-305.

Simovitch RW, Friedman RJ, Cheung EV, Flurin PH, Wright T, Zuckerman JD, Roche C. Rate of Improvement in Clinical Outcomes with Anatomic and Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2017 Nov 1;99(21): 1801-1811.

Simovitch RW, Nayak A, Scalise J, Bouanasse T, Roche C. Biomechanical characteristics of subscapularis-sparing approach for anatomic total shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2018 Jan; 27(1): 133-140.

Simovitch RW, Gerard BK, Brees JA, Fullick R, Kearse JC. Outcomes of reverse total shoulder arthroplasty in a senior athletic population. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. Volume 24(9). 2015.

Simovitch RW, Zumstein MA, Lohri E, Helmy N, Gerber C. Predictors of Scapular Notching in Patients Managed with the DELTA III Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement. J Bone Joint Surg. Volume 89(3). March 2007.

Simovitch RW, Helmy N, Gerber C. Impact of fatty atrophy of teres minor on the clinical outcome of reverse total shoulder arthroplasty. J Bone Joint Surg. Volume 89(5). May 2006.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Presentations

Impact Of Scapular Notching On Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty Outcomes.5 Year Minimum Follow-Up. Podium Presentation at the ASES 2018 meeting.

Characteristics Of Patients Who Rate Their Subjective Satisfaction As Unchanged Or Worse After Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. Podium Presentation at the ASES 2018 meeting.

Rate of Improvement in Clinical Outcomes with Anatomic and Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. Podium Presentation at EFORT 2017.

Rate of Improvement in Clinical Outcomes with Anatomic and Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. Podium Presentation at EFORT 2017.

Rate of Improvement in Clinical Outcomes with Anatomic and Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. Podium Presentation at ICSES 2016, Jeju Island, Korea

Effect of body mass index (BMI) on the outcome of reverse and anatomic total shoulder arthroplasty. Podium presentation at DVSE. 2015.

Outcomes of reverse shoulder arthroplasty in a senior athletic population. EOA Annual Meeting 2014.

Rotator Cuff Sparing TSA and Other Advances In TSA. Presented at British Elbow & Shoulder Society (BESS)– Nottingham, UK 2014.

Total Shoulder Arthroplasty, Revision on a Platform Stem, Prosthetic Options for Treatment of Proximal Humerus Fractures. Presented at Schulter Compacta – Hannover, Germany 2012.

Research Description

Dr. Simovitch is involved in contributing to an international database/registry for shoulder replacement. He currently has several research studies ongoing regarding optimal pain control after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair and shoulder arthroplasty. He is also currently investigating the benefits of computer navigation after 3D planning for shoulder arthroplasty.