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Dr. Charles Ruotolo

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Ruotolo Named Top Orthopedist in Long Island

Dr. Ruotolo Named Top Doctor by Castle Connolly 2014-2017

Dr. Ruotolo's Biography
As the founder of Total Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Charles Ruotolo MD was a top graduate at the New York Medical College School of Medicine in 1995. He completed an orthopedic residency program at the SUNY at Stony Brook in 2000. After his residency he underwent fellowship training in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the prestigious Sports Clinic of Laguna Hills, California under the tutelage of Wesley Nottage, MD. It is here where he perfected his advanced arthroscopic surgical skills. Dr. Ruotolo is board certified in orthopedic surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. As an Associate Master Instructor of Arthroscopy for the Arthroscopy Association of North America, Dr.Ruotolo actively teaches other orthopedic surgeons advanced arthroscopic skills in shoulder surgery. He has continued his pursuit in teaching starting an Orthopedic surgery Residency program at Nassau university medical center for which he is the Program Director.

As an avid researcher he has published multiple articles on shoulder injuries and shoulder and knee surgery in the peer review journals of Arthroscopy, Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, and Journal of Orthopedic Trauma as well as several book chapters on the same. It is his dictum to constantly be critical and to constantly review treatment options and surgical results. This persistent pursuit of quality affords his patients the highest level of care in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine.

Dr. Ruotolo has excelled throughout his career in medicine. From being named the top surgical student in his graduating medical student class of 210 students, to being named the attending of the year several times for the orthopedic training programs he has been a part of Dr. Ruotolo has always excelled in every role from student to surgeon to teacher. Dr Ruotolo is listed as a Top Doctor by Newsday, a Castle Connolly Top Doctor, and has been voted multiple times as the Best Orthopedist on Long island, by Best of Long Island. Currently as the Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at Nassau University Medical Center he is helping guide the hospital in its revival as a leading center for orthopedic surgery. As with himself he has developed a core group of highly skilled orthopedic surgeons at NUMC providing some of the best care in orthopedic spine surgery, orthopedic trauma surgery, minimally invasive joint replacement surgery, arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. As the President of Total Orthopedics and Sports Medicine he is proud to lead not just a team of highly trained and skilled physicians, but an organization of compassionate and caring people.

Education & Appointments

Education and Appointments

  • 2005-Present

    Dept. of Orthopaedics
    Nassau University Medical Ctr.

  • 2004-2005

    Acting Chairman
    Dept. of Orthopaedics
    Nassau University Medical Ctr.

  • 2004-Present

    President, Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Total Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, LLP

  • 2001-2004

    Attending, Director of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery
    Nassau University Medical Ctr.

  • 2000-2001

    Fellow in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery
    The Sports Clinic, Laguna Hills, CA

  • 1996-2000

    Residency in Orthopedics
    SUNY, Stony Brook, NY

  • 1995-1996

    Internship in General Surgery
    SUNY, Stony Brook, NY

  • 1991-1995

    Doctor of Medicine
    New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY

  • 1985-1990

    B.S., Biochemistry
    SUNY, Stony Brook, NY

Research & Presentations

Committed to the Practice of Orthopedics


  • A biomechanical comparison of the modified Mason-Allen stitch and massive cuff stituch in vitro.”
    Sileo MJ, Ruotolo CR, Nelson CO, Serra‐Hsu F, Panchal AP. Arthroscopy. 2007 Mar;23(3):235‐40, 240.e1‐2.
  • Loss of Total Arc of Motion in Collegiate Overhand Throwing Athletes
    Ruotolo C, Price E, Panchal A, J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2006 Jan‐Feb;15(1):67‐71.
  • Yergason’s test is highly specific for detecting high‐grade labral tears and biceps pathology
    Panchal A, Sileo M, Ruotolo, C, presented at AAOS Mar 2006.
  • Current Concepts in Proximal Humerus Fractures
    Ruotolo C, presented at Treatment Options for Difficult Fractures: A New Technology Symposium. Mar 5 2005, Garden City, NY
  • All‐arthroscopic removal of a suture anchor using an arthroscopic bur sheath.
    Namkoong S, Ruotolo C, Nottage WM, Arthroscopy. 2004 Jul;20 Suppl 2:87‐9.
  • The supraspinatus footprint: an anatomic study of the supraspinatus insertion.
    Ruotolo C, Fow JE, Nottage WM, Arthroscopy. 2004 Mar;20(3):246‐9..
  • Loss of Total Arc of Motion in Collegiate Overhand Throwing Athletes
    Price E, Ruotolo C presented at AAOS/American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Specialty Day March 13, 2004 San Francisco, CA.
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair.
    Ruotolo C, presented at the Nassau Surgical Society Multispecialty Surgical Symposium Dec 3, 2003 Uniondale, NY.
  • Shoulder Pain in the Overhead Athlete
    Ruotolo CJ, Penna J, Namkoong S, Meinhard M, Am J Orthop. 2003 May, 32(5):248‐58.
  • The supraspinatus footprint: A rationale guide for the management of articular sided partial thickness supraspinatus tears.
    Wesley M. Nottage, Charles James Ruotolo, Marc Raymond Safran, Arthroscopy July‐August 2003, Supplement 1 19(6):105‐106.
  • A Comparison of All‐Arthroscopic Versus Mini‐Open Rotator Cuff Repair.
    Severud E, Nottage WM, Ruotolo C, Arthroscopy. 2003 Mar,19(3):234‐8.
  • Arthroscopic Treatment of Partial Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears
    Book Chapter Nottage WM, Ruotolo C. Shoulder Arthroscopy, Springer Verlag, NY 2003.
  • Surgical and nonsurgical management of rotator cuff tears
    Ruotolo C, Nottage WM, Arthroscopy. 2002 May‐Jun;18(5):527‐31.
  • Symposium: Controversial Topics in Shoulder Arthroscopy 2001
    Ruotolo C, Nottage WM, Flatow E, Gross M, Fanton G, Arthroscopy. 2002 Feb;18(2 Suppl 1):65‐75.
  • Arthroscopic Treatment of Partial Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears
    Ruotolo C, presented at Winthrop University Hospital Dept. of Orthopedics Grand Rounds March 1, 2002, Mineola, NY.
  • Shoulder Pain in the Overhead Athlete, A Review of Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment
    Ruotolo C, presented at SUNY at Stony Brook Dept. of Orthopedics, Sports Medicine Grand Rounds Nov. 28, 2001, Syosset, NY.
  • The Supraspinatus Footprint. A rational guide for the treatment of articular partial thickness rotator cuff tears.
    Presented at “Controversies in Shoulder Surgery 2001” Costa Mesa, CA October 2001
  • The Natural History of Rotator Cuff Tears
    Ruotolo C, Presented at “Controversies in Shoulder Surgery 2000”, Costa Mesa, CA, October, 2000.
  • Acetabular Fractures with Associated Vascular Injury, A Report of Two Cases
    Ruotolo CJ, Savarese E, Khan A, Ryan M, Kottmeier S, Meinhard B, J Trauma. 2001 Aug;51(2):382‐6.
  • The etiology of idiopathic clubfoot: Does retracting fibrosis play a role?
    Khan AM, Ryan MG, Ruotolo CJ, Gruber MA and Badalamente MA, presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 67th Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, March, 2000
  • Distal Femur Fractures: Surgical Approaches
    Kottmeier S, Ruotolo C, video presentation at “Practical Techniques in Improved Fracture Management”, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL, November, 1999.
  • In Vitro Prevention of Wear Debris Induced Cytokines with IL‐4 and IL‐10
    Ruotolo CJ, Keller K, presented at the Fifth Annual Orthopaedic Symposium, SUNY at Stony Brook, June, 1999.
  • Supracondylar and Lateral Condyle Fractures of the Humerus in Children
    Ruotolo CJ, Healy WA III, Medscape, May 17, 1999.
  • Interdigital Neuroma: Local Cutaneous Changes after Corticosteroid Injection
    Reddy PR, Zelicof SB, Ruotolo C, Holder J, Clin Orthop 317: 185‐187, 1995.


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