Richard L. Parker, MD | Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon


Orthopedic surgeons diagnose and treat ailments affecting muscles, bones and joints, treating sports injuries, degenerative diseases, tumors, infections, and birth defects. They regularly perform joint repair and replacement operations.

Is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, affiliated with LIJ Hospital/NSU Hospital, who treats all orthopedic problems, with special interest in arthroscopy, sports medicine, and disorders of the spine. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and was trained at Montefiore Hospital/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Parker was one of the first orthopedic surgeons to perform outpatient arthroscopic surgery on Long Island, starting in 1980, and is a fellow of both the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the North American Arthroscopy Association. He is also a recipient of the prestigious America’s Top Doctors Award.

KENNETH MCCULLOCH, MD | Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon


Direct Anterior Hip Replacementscustom fit knee replacements, and virtual robotic total knee replacement


Dr. Kenneth McCulloch, M.D., is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon who received his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Columbia University. He further continued his training by completing his fellowship at Stanford University for Adult Orthopaedic Reconstruction.

Dr. McCulloch was the first surgeon in New York City to perform Direct Anterior Hip Replacements, custom fit knee replacements, and virtual robotic total knee replacement. 

In the field of sports medicine and joint preservation, Dr. McCulloch has been amongst the first physicians in New York City to provide advanced treatment alternatives such as Platelet Rich Plasma, Fetal Cartilage Cell Grafting Techniques, and Partial Knee Replacement amongst others. 


  • Undergraduate Education: Princeton University 

  • Medical Education: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School 



Internships & Residency: Columbia University, Saint Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center Fellowship: Stanford University 

Vladimir Dadashev, M.D. | Neurological Surgery, P.C.


Neurosurgery / General Neurosurgery, Neurosurgical Spine Surgery

Vladimir Y. Dadashev, M.D., is a Long Island neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of diseases of the spine. He utilizes both advanced minimally invasive and traditional open approaches for the treatment of spinal stenosis, sciatica, disc herniation, fractures, spinal instability, back pain, and spinal infections. He also
has a strong interest in the treatment of tumors of the spine, benign or metastatic.

In addition to open surgeries like laminectomies and spinal fusions, Dr. Dadashev performs minimally invasive microdiscectomies. He also employs innovative techniques such as 3-D navigation and neuro-endoscopy. 3-D navigation uses intraoperative scans, and a technology similar to GPS, to allow neurosurgeons like
Dr. Dadashev to visualize the complex anatomy of the patient’s spine in 3D and visualize the placement of surgical instrumentation throughout the procedure. Neuro-endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure in which deep seated tumors can be removed through small, dime-size incisions.


Dr. Dadashev received his B.A. in Chemistry from Hunter College, New York, NY, summa cum laude, salutatorian, where he belonged to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He obtained his medical degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, with High Distinction, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Medical Society (AOA), junior selection, and was a “Surgery Student of the Year” award nominee. At the Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, Dr. Dadashev completed his internship and residency in the Department of Neurosurgery. He served as Chief Resident in his final year.


Dr. Dadashev has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and presented extensively at conferences. He authored the most recent chapter on “Treatment of Disk and Ligamentous Diseases of the Cervical Spine” in Youmans Neurological Surgery (6 th Edition). While at Emory, the Georgia Neurosurgical Society honored him with the “Best Paper Presentation” Award for the use of novel 3-dimensional endoscopy in transspehnoidal pituitary surgery.

Dr. Dadashev is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgery (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS). In 2018-2019, he was recognized by his peers as a Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. Top Doctor: New York Metro Area.

Neil B. Kirschen, MD | Board Certified in Anesthesiology


Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Acupuncture, and Massage Therapy

Board certified in anesthesiology, pain medicine, acupuncture, and massage therapy, Dr. Kirschen has done extensive postgraduate training in osteopathic and manual medicine. He uses acupuncture, spinal manipulation, medical massage, craniosacral therapy, ligament reconstructive therapy, natural medicines, and interventional anesthetic nerve blocks in his practice.

DR. SALIL GUPTA | American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


Orthopedic Surgery, Hand & Wrist

  • Clinical Assistant Professor NYU School of Medicine

  • Chief, Division Hand Surgery North Shore-LIJ Forest Hills Hospital

Dr. Salil Gupta was born in New York City and grew up in Long Island, New York.  He graduated Brown University Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Political Science and was elected into Phi Beta Kappa.


Dr. Gupta attended the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, during which time he was awarded an Urban Health Care Fellowship and elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Upon completion of medical school, he obtained his residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery at NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases. During his residency, he completed specialized training in trauma surgery at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center. Dr. Gupta completed his Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Fellowship at St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital's C.V. Starr Hand Surgery Center. He also completed a specialized fellowship in Pediatric Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. Dr. Gupta serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the NYU School of Medicine as well as an active member of the Hand Service at the Hospital for Joint Diseases.


Dr. Gupta is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. His research has been presented at multiple international and national meetings and has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Hand Surgery, Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma.

Dr. Mark J Decker, MD | Diagnostic Radiology specialist

Dr. Mark J Decker, MD, is a Diagnostic Radiology specialist who graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine University of New York in 1993, having over 26 years of diverse experience, especially in Diagnostic Radiology.

Dr. Decker is a Board Certified Musculoskeletal and Spine Radiologist specializing in MRI and CAT scan of the musculoskeletal system and spine as well as musculoskeletal and spinal intervention. 

Dr. Decker has special interest in cartilage imaging, sports injuries, and subspecialty in foot and ankle imaging. Dr. Decker lectures nationally and is Director of Imaging for several foot and ankle residency programs.

Jarret Drucker, DPM 

Hardworking and passionate doctor who is trained extensively in sports medicine, reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, and wound care of the foot and ankle. My office is proud to offer quality and compassionate medical and surgical services for all of your foot and ankle care needs, from palliative care to sports medicine injuries to wound care and everything in between. I have trained with podiatric physicians for professional athletic teams and have worked at length in comprehensive wound care centers. I employ the most up to date technologies and techniques to foster quality results.


Each patient is thoroughly evaluated and all treatment options are explained completely and in terms that are easily understood. My practice is equipped with in-office X-ray, and extremity MRI.


I completed my undergraduate degree at Stanford University in Stanford, CA with a Bachelor of Science. I then earned a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, graduating in the top 5% of my class. My post-graduate training was completed at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, CA, thriving in a comprehensive surgical program in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.


I am an active member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, the American Podiatric Medical Association, the New York State Podiatric Medical Association, the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.


Qualifications and Experience

  • Stanford University (Bachelor of Science)

  • Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine)

  • Saint Mary’s Medical Center, Residency in Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery

Professional Memberships

  • American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM)

  • American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS)

  • American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS)

  • American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)

  • New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA)

Awards and Publications

The Prevalence and Prognostic Value of Hyperglycemia Among Sepsis Patients in the Emergency Department: Annals of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Andrew Feldman, MD

Dr. Andrew Feldman is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in sports medicine, and an academic appointment as a clinical assistant professor at the prestigious Hospital for Joint Disease/ NYU Langone Medical Center. For 14 years, he served as the head team physician and surgeon for the New York Rangers.

An internationally recognized sports medicine expert specializing in the treatment of knee, shoulder, elbow disorders, and joint preservation, Dr. Feldman has been an orthopedic consultant to many prominent artistic organizations and athletic programs. These include: Cirque du Soleil, The American Ballet Theater, Tyson American Cup Gymnastics, University of Pittsburgh NCAA athletic teams, and France's Paris Basketball Professional Team-Division 1. In addition, he has treated many professional athletes from the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL and a multitude of European leagues. He is currently the Medical Director for the NWHL (National Woman's Hockey League), and Medical Director of the NYU Hockey Center.

A much sought-after speaker, Dr. Feldman has made dozens of appearances in the media as a sports medicine and lifestyle expert. His interviews have been featured on: CNN, Fox TV, Oprah Winfrey, the Today Show, The View, Good Morning America (GMA), ABC World News, Inside Edition and The Discovery Channel. He is a regular guest on the Sirius XM's "Doctor Radio". He also served as a Sports Medicine Editor of Men's Health Magazine. He authored a much-lauded self-help sports medicine book, published by St. Martin's Press, entitled "The Jock Doc's Body Repair Kit".

Dr. Feldman is a recognized expert in his field, with many published articles in peer review journals and recently wrote a chapter in the Insall & Scott Surgery of the Knee 6th Edition textbook. He has lectured extensively at both national and international orthopedic meetings, and has chaired several conferences relating to the treatment of athletic injuries. He earned his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, completed his internship in general surgery at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, and spent his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Illinois. He completed his fellowship in arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery at the University of Pittsburgh with the world-renowned sports medicine surgeon, Dr. Freddie Fu.

My Philosophy On Treating Patients:

I chose medicine because I wanted a career that allowed me to use science to care for people. I was quite familiar with athletic injuries having been a competitive athlete for much of my life, so I decided to specialize in sports medicine and orthopedic surgery.

To get athletes back on the playing field, I perform minimally invasive procedures for knee, elbow and shoulder injuries. I also perform reconstructive procedures for people who have torn ligaments, bone defects and structural issues with their joints. I’m conservative in my treatment approach and only perform surgery when necessary. If surgery is the option, the most ‘state of the art’ techniques are instituted.

I know how it feels to sit on the sidelines because of an injury and to be told you can’t play sports for months at a time. The only difference between my patients and me, is that I wear a white coat and have a more complete knowledge base of the injuries. However, I have been on the other side of the table, sitting where they are. Knowing what they are going through, having experienced it myself, helps me come up with the best treatment options for my patients and be empathetic to their expectations.

I believe patients should be involved in their treatment. I listen, discuss and share my knowledge with them so they can make informed decisions about their health.

Whether treating professional, college or recreational athletes, I combine a unique, conservative approach integrating both nonsurgical and minimally invasive surgical techniques. Combining this philosophy with advanced physical therapy protocols and the judicious use of biologic stem cells, helps create the healing environment to achieve optimal results.

Dr. Steven Sheskier, MD

Dr. Sheskier is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in surgery of the lower extremity: Knee, Foot and Ankle. Practicing in the Tri-state area for over 20 years. Fellowship trained, He has particular expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of complex foot and ankle problems including fracture care and revision surgery. He has been performing ankle replacements for over ten years. He is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America. He is an assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU School of Medicine where he has helped train hundreds of residents in diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems. He has participated in numerous overseas medical missions including Vietnam and Cuba. He also is a consultant to the New York Rangers hockey team. Dr. Sheskier also performs as a primary surgeon or assistant surgeon in complex surgeries of the shoulder, knee and hand

Dr. Paul Drucker

Dr. Paul Drucker attended podiatric medical school at the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco, California, earning his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. He has over 30 years of practice experience in podiatry. Dr. Drucker is Board Certified by the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Primary Care in Podiatric Medicine and Podiatric Surgery.


In his over 30 years of practice as a podiatrist and foot doctor, Dr. Drucker has established offices throughout the New York metropolitan area. Aside from providing foot pain treatment, heel pain treatment, and ankle pain treatment, Dr. Drucker also offers services for the treatment of bunions, hammertoes, fractures, flat feet and other various conditions.


Throughout his career, Drucker has had the privilege of seeing the field of podiatry evolve and advance, and he has made it a priority to stay on the cutting edge of new technologies. Advancements such as minimally invasive surgical instrumentation, leading-edge plates and screws, advanced biologicals (including platelet-rich plasma therapy), and bone stimulators have often proven helpful in ensuring his patients heal more quickly.


That said, Drucker also notes that “the latest and greatest isn’t always that great,” which is why he carefully discerns which new products and procedures are most appropriate fo rhis patients. Often, he says, it’s a “back to the basics” approach that proves most effective.


An on-site certified ambulatory surgical center is offered at the location in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.


“When a patient’s treatment is finished and you can get a smile on their face, that’s what makes this very rewarding.”

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