Dr. Charles Ruotolo, M.D.

President Total Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Chairman: Department of Orthopedics – Nassau University Medical Center

Program Director: Orthopedic Residency – Nassau University Medical Center

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115 Eileen Way, Syosset,NY11791

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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 of 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 providing the most up to date surgical procedures maximizing outcomes while minimizing pain.

Dr. Ruotolo has excelled throughout his career in medicine. He was named the top surgical student in his graduating medical student class of 210 students and has been named the attending of the year several times for the orthopedic training programs for which he has been a faculty member. From here he started a residency program where he takes a lead role as the Program Director for the institution.  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.

2017 – Present
Program Director
Nassau University Medical Center Orthopedic Residency Program

2015 – 2017
Interim Program Director
Nassau University Medical Center Osteopathic Orthopedic Residency Program

2013 – Present
Clinical Assistant Professor Surgery
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

2005 – Present
Department of Orthopaedics
Nassau University Medical Center, NY

2004 – 2005
Acting Chairman
Department of Orthopaedics
Nassau University Medical Center, NY

2004 – Present
President, Orthopaedic Surgeon
Total Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, NY

2001 – 2004
Attending, Director of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery
Nassau University Medical Center, NY

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

Committed to the Practice of Orthopedics

Reconstruction for Pectoralis Major Tendon Myotendinous Tears presented at 4th Annual Section Eight Athletic Trainers Sports Medicine Symposium March 3, 2018 Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY

AC Joint Separations, What Works and When”, presented at 3rd Annual Section Eight Athletic Trainers Sports Medicine Symposium March 4, 2017 Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY

“Novel Spiked-Washer Repair Is Biomechanically Superior to Suture and Bone Tunnels for Arcuate Fracture Repair.”  J Orthop Trauma. 2017 Mar;31(3):e81-e85.  Vojdani S, Fernandez L, Jiao J, Enders T, Ortiz S, Lin L, Qin YX, Komatsu, DE, Penna J, Ruotolo CJ

Controversies in ACL Graft Options: All-Inside Hamstring Reconstruction” presented at 2rd Annual Section Eight Athletic Trainers Sports Medicine Symposium March 5, 2016 Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY

Shoulder Instability: Current Concepts in 2015”, presented at the Section Eight Athletic Trainers Lacrosse Sports Medicine Symposium March 7, 2015 Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY

Chronic Elbow Dislocation Treated With Open Reduction and Reconstruction of Both Medial and Lateral Collateral Ligaments:  A Case Report & Literature Review” J Chiang DO, N Sveilich DO, C Ruotolo MD, second place winner of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics in the category of Hand. during the Residents/Fellows Session at the 2012 Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 25 Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Upper Extremity”, Book Chapter, Oxford American Handbook of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2010 by Oxford University Press, Inc.

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.

Arthroscopy Association of North America, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American College of Sports Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, American Medical Association

Post-Operative Instructions
Dr. Charles Ruotolo, MD • Dr. R. Champ Dengenis DO • Dr. Jarret Boroniec, DO • Dr. Nicholas Montemurro, MD​