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Winthrop-University Hospital is pleased to announce the expansion of its Department of Orthopaedic Surgery to include two new board certified physicians – Jan A. Koenig, MD, Chief of Joint Replacement Surgery and Director of Computer Assisted and Robotic Orthopedic Surgery, and board certified orthopaedic surgeon, P. Leo Varriale, MD, a leading specialist in arthroscopic surgery.

“On behalf of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Winthrop, I am pleased to welcome Dr. Koenig and Dr. Varriale to our world-class team,” said James D. Capozzi, MD, Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Winthrop-University Hospital. “These two expert physicians share Winthrop’s dedication to providing state-of-the-art quality care and further strengthen our commitment as the leading center of orthopaedic excellence on Long Island.”

Jan Koenig, MD, is an internationally recognized expert in the field of joint replacement. He specializes in robotically assisted total knee replacement – a highly accurate approach to knee replacement surgery. In fact, Dr. Koenig pioneered this procedure in New York State having performed over 1,500 robotically assisted cases and recently performed the Hospital’s first computer-assisted total knee replacement utilizing a state-of-the-art robotic cutting guide. This advanced system works by accurately replicating a patient’s damaged knee joint, helping the surgeon to identify the proper size, position, alignment and orientation of the implant before any bone cuts are made. The technology enables the surgeon to perform safer, more precise and less invasive procedures, leading to faster recovery times and improved function for patients. Dr. Koenig is also a leading specialist in performing minimally-invasive, bone-sparing, and tissue-conserving total hip replacements and has recently introduced the ARC total hip replacement system in New York at Winthrop-University Hospital.

Dr. Koenig joins Winthrop from Mercy Medical Center, where he most recently served as the Director of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of Arthritis and Joint Replacement Surgery over the last 17 years. He also founded the Joint Endeavor Program for a Rapid Recovery – a multidisciplinary holistic team approach to the total care of the joint repl

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