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Leon E. Popovitz, MD

  • Co-founder of New York Bone & Joint Specialists
  • Best-Rated NYC Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Top Shoulder & Knee Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Arthroscopic Surgery & Sports Medicine


Leon E. Popovitz, MD is the co-founder of New York Bone & Joint Specialists. A top-rated orthopedic surgeon in New York City, he is an internationally recognized expert in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. Honored to have been a team physician for the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, Dr. Popovitz treats patients from world-class athletes to weekend warriors, always with the same compassionate commitment to each patient’s needs.

Dr. Popovitz primarily specializes in the minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee. Considered an authority in orthopedic medicine, Dr. Popovitz is known for his kind demeanor and meticulous skill. Dr. Popovitz’s focused expertise is on the repair and reconstruction of the cartilage, ligaments and tendons of the shoulder and knee. 

Dr. Popovitz’s treatment philosophy is that preserving the vital structures with which we are born is the key to extending the life of our joints. He has indoctrinated his philosophy of “Preservation is the key to longevity” into our centers. Consistently at the forefront of orthopedic medicine, Dr. Popovitz’s clinical studies focus on advanced methods of healing and preventing the degeneration of joints. In addition, his inventions allow for advanced methods of healing vital structures in all joints.

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Dr. Popovitz grew up in Queens after he and his family immigrated from Ukraine during his childhood. When he was 17, he was admitted to the renowned Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education combined BS/MD program. He then went on to graduate from New York Medical College. After receiving his MD, he completed an Internship in General Surgery at the Level 1 Trauma Center of St. Vincent’s Medical Center, and his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. His training also included positions at Harvard Children’s Hospital in Boston and Cornell/Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. After serving in these roles, he completed a Fellowship in Arthroscopic Surgery and Sports Medicine at the distinguished NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases (NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital).

Dr. Popovitz is an Attending Surgeon at New York’s Northwell/Lenox Hill Hospital. A fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery as well as a member of the European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy, Dr. Popovitz is widely recognized as a leading specialist in his field. He’s received numerous honors from distinguished organizations across the world:

  • Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Listed in the Consumer Research Council of America’s Top Surgeons, Top Orthopedic Surgeons and Top Physicians since 2004
  • Featured in Castle Connolly’s rankings of America’s Top Doctors in 2016 and 2017
  • Named a SuperDoctor by the New York Times
  • Included in New York magazine’s list of New York City’s Top Doctors and Top Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Inducted into the Leading Physicians of the World by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals
  • Honored by The Global Jewish Assistance & Relief Network for his charitable endeavors
  • Served as an Orthopedic Surgeon for the US Open Tennis Championships


Leon E. Popovitz, MD is an expert in arthroscopic surgery and orthopedic treatment of the following shoulder conditions:



Leon E. Popovitz, MD is an expert in arthroscopic surgery and orthopedic treatment of the following knee conditions:


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Faculty & Facilities

  • Attending – Department of Orthopedic Surgery, North Shore LIJ Lenox Hill Hospital
  • SurgiCare of Manhattan (New York, NY)
  • Midtown Surgery Center (New York, NY)
  • Health East Medical Center (Englewood, NJ)

Certifications & Memberships

  • Board Certified – American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Fellow
  • Licensed in New York and New Jersey
  • ESSKA-European Society for Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy

Fellowship: Arthroscopic Surgery & Sports Medicine

  • NYU/ Hospital for Joint Diseases

Residency: Orthopedic Surgery

  • Lenox Hill Hospital New York, NY
  • Harvard Children’s Hospital Boston, MA
  • Cornell Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Internship: General Surgery

  • St Vincent’s Hospital & Medical Center – Level 1 Trauma New York, NY


  • New York Medical College
  • Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
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