John Houten, MD

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Dr. John Houten is a  board-certified neurosurgeon with fellowship training in spinal surgery. His professional interests include advancing image-guided and minimally invasive techniques to more safely and accurately treat patients with conditions needing spinal surgery. After completing medical school, a neurosurgical residency, and a spinal surgery fellowship at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Houten spent more than a decade as the Chief of the Division of Spinal Neurosurgery at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he oversaw a tremendous expansion of the volume and sophistication of spinal neurosurgery procedures. Some of his notable accomplishments in New York included performing the first artificial disc replacement and the first minimally invasive fusion procedure in the Bronx; and for performing several difficult spinal operations that drew regional and national media coverage. In 2003, Dr. Houten devised and organized an annual CME course on diagnosis and management of degenerative spine disease with the goal of educating primary care and rehabilitation medicine physicians about the latest developments and technology available in spine care. The meeting proved enduringly popular and typically attracts 200 participants, making it the largest meeting of its kind in the tri-state area. After spending a year to create a spinal neurosurgery program at the Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, he returned to New York to lead the Spinal Neurosurgery service at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. In addition to seeing patients in the office and performing surgery, Dr. Houten is actively involved in a number of clinical research projects addressing a number of facets of spinal degenerative disease. He also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for a number of scientific journals including Neurosurgery and Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery. Dr. Houten currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife, Dr. Gila Weinstein, a plastic surgeon in private practice.

Dr. John Houten is currently accepting appointments at the Maimonides Spine Center located at 6010 Bay Parkway, 8th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11204.

Please call 718-283-2225 (BACK) or 718-283-7219 for an appointment.

Conditions Commonly Treated

  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Cervical Spondylosis with Myelopathy
  • Cervical Stenosis
  • Cervical Disc Herniation Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament (OPLL)
  • Lumbar Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Failed Back Syndrome
  • Thoracic Disc Herniation
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Atlantoaxial Instability
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Spinal Trauma
  • Kyphosis

Procedures

  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
  • Total Disc Arthroplasty
  •  Microdiscetomy
  • Cervical Laminectomy and Fusion

Education and Training

Residency: NYU Medical Center

Neurosurgery Fellowship: NYU Medical Center

Boards: American Board Of Neurological Surgery

 

Please send us your John Houten, MD questions or any questions to our friendly staff via our online Contact Form. You may also contact us at 718-283-7400 or visit our office at 6010 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11204.

Dr. Henock Wolde-Semait – Orthopedic Oncologist and Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon joins Maimonides Bone & Joint Center

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Dr. Henock Wolde-Semait (Dr. Wolde), is a double fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon that specializes in benign and malignant tumors of the bone and soft tissues in both adults and children. He also practices general pediatric orthopedic surgery. He completed his medical school and orthopedic surgery residency at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine & Medical Center. He later completed a year of Orthopedic Oncology Fellowship at MGH (Harvard) in Boston,MA. He was in practice for a few years before he decided to complete a second fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor (TCH & Shriner’s) in Houston, TX.

Dr. Wolde-Semait is currently accepting appointments at the Maimonides Bone & Joint Center located at 6010 bay Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11204. Please call 718-283-7400 for an appointment.

Oncologic Conditions Commonly Treated

  • Bone Cancer (Osteosarcoma, Ewing’s Sarcoma, Metastatic Disease)
  • Unknown Bone Lesions
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Hemangioma
  • Soft Tissue masses
  • Hip Replacement
  • Knee Replacement
  • Lipoma
  • Osteochondroma
  • Sarcoma
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Pediatric Orthopedic Interests

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Clubfoot
  • Developmental Dysplasia Of The Hip
  • Deformities of the Hip
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Hip Dislocation
  • Kyphosis
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Leg-length discrepancy
  • Pes Cavus
  • Rickets And Osteomalacia
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Fusion
  • osteomyelitis

Procedures

  • Sarcoma excisions & reconstruction
  • Pediatric nonunions and malunions
  • Pediatric Spinal Fusion
  • Complex joint replacements and Reconstructive surgery

Education and Training

Baylor College of Medicine (TCH & Shriner’s), TX 2014-2015
Fellow, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Massachussetts General Hospital, MA 2008-2009
Fellow, Orthopedic Oncology

Mount Sinai Medical Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, NY, 2003-2008
Resident, Orthopedic Surgery

Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY, 2003
Medical School, 1 year of Research

The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1997
Bachelor of Science

 

Please send us your Dr. Henock Wolde-Semait – Orthopedic Oncologist and Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon joins Maimonides Bone & Joint Center questions or any questions to our friendly staff via our online Contact Form. You may also contact us at 718-283-7400 or visit our office at 6010 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11204.

Dr. Joseph Feliccia, Orthopedic Surgeon, Joins Maimonides Bone & Joint Center

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Brooklyn, NY (February 6, 2016) – Dr. Jack Choueka, Chair of Orthopedic Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center, announced that Dr. Joseph Feliccia has joined the Maimonides Bone & Joint Center Team. Dr. Feliccia brings with him over 30 years of experience in providing Orthopedic Surgery services to Brooklyn Communities and beyond.

A graduate of the Hahnemann University School of Medicine in 1974, Dr. Feliccia is a  board-certified orthopedic surgeon who treats a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, fractures, joint replacements, pain and injuries. Dr. Feliccia is now accepting appointments at 6010 Bay Parkway, 7th Floor. Please call 718-283-7400 for an appointment.

Please send us your Dr. Joseph Feliccia, Orthopedic Surgeon, Joins Maimonides Bone & Joint Center questions or any questions to our friendly staff via our online Contact Form. You may also contact us at 718-283-7400 or visit our office at 6010 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11204.

Maimonides Bone and Joint Center Welcomes Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Ahmed Saleh MD

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Brooklyn, NY (October 24, 2016) – Dr. Jack Choueka, Chair of Orthopedic Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center, announced that Dr. Ahmed Saleh has joined the Orthopedic Spine Surgery team, bolstering the hospital’s comprehensive orthopedic services.

“We’re delighted to expand our Orthopedic and Trauma Services with the expertise that Dr. Saleh brings to his new role at Maimonides,” said Dr. Choueka. “Recruiting a top-level spine surgeon like Dr. Saleh is the latest example of our commitment to providing patients with the best orthopedic care, right here in Brooklyn.”

A graduate of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, Dr. Saleh is board-certified and fellowship trained at the University of Rochester Medical Center. It’s a homecoming of sorts for Dr. Saleh, since he served as Chief Resident in Orthopedic Surgery at Maimonides.

“I’m looking forward to working with the accomplished orthopedic team at Maimonides,” said Dr. Saleh. “It’s an especially exciting time to be coming on board, with the recent establishment of the Trauma Center at Maimonides.”

Dr. Saleh specializes in the treatment of neck and back disorders for both adolescents and adults, with a special interest in spinal deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis, spinal trauma, and degenerative diseases of the neck and back. He treats a broad range of neck and spinal disorders including cervical myelopathy, cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis, radiculopathy, herniated discs, neck and lower back pain, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, sciatica, and spine fractures.

A native New Yorker, Dr. Saleh is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, National Association of Spine Surgeons, America Orthopaedic Association, and Brooklyn Orthopaedic Society. He has published and contributed to numerous articles in leading journals, including Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice, Journal of Spine, Ultrasound Clinics, and Global Spine Journal.

Please send us your Maimonides Bone and Joint Center Welcomes Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Ahmed Saleh MD questions or any questions to our friendly staff via our online Contact Form. You may also contact us at 718-283-7400 or visit our office at 6010 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11204.

Dr. James Tucci – Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon – Joins Maimonides Bone & Joint Center

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James Tucci MD

The Maimonides Bone& Joint Center is pleased to announce that Dr. James Tucci, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, has joined our team.

Dr. Tucci has been a practicing pediatric orthopedic surgeon for over 20 years at his Downtown Brooklyn Location.

He is board certified and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is also a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and has published articles in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics and the Journal of Sports Medicine, and has presented to peer groups throughout the country.

Dr. Tucci is now accepting appointments at 6010 Bay Parkway, 7th Floor. Please call 718-283-7400 for more information.

Please send us your Dr. James Tucci – Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon – Joins Maimonides Bone & Joint Center questions or any questions to our friendly staff via our online Contact Form. You may also contact us at 718-283-7400 or visit our office at 6010 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11204.

The Maimonides Bone & Joint Center Launches Patient Portal

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The Maimonides Bone & Joint Center is proud to bring you access to your orthopedic medical information through our online patient portal. Please click here to enter the Portal.

This portal can be used to:

  • Review and verify your contact information
  • Input past medical history/medications/allergies/social history/family history/preferred pharmacy
  • View finalized visit notes and patient handouts
  • Communicate with the staff.

Please follow these steps to Log In:

  1. From your Internet browser, click the following URL: http://mbj.ema.md
  2. Enter the username and password you received when you signed up at your visit**

** If you don’t know your password, you can click “forgot password”.

Or, you can click here to Request Access.

Please send us your The Maimonides Bone & Joint Center Launches Patient Portal questions or any questions to our friendly staff via our online Contact Form. You may also contact us at 718-283-7400 or visit our office at 6010 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11204.

Maimonides Becomes an Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center

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08.01.2016

Brooklyn’s ONLY Pediatric Trauma Center Is Now at Maimonides

Brooklyn, NY (August 1, 2016) – Maimonides Medical Center has been approved as a Pediatric and Adult Trauma Center by the New York State Department of Health (DOH). In fact, Maimonides is now Brooklyn’s only Pediatric Trauma Center. This certifies that Maimonides is equipped to treat life-threatening injuries that result from serious incidents like falls, car accidents and gunshot wounds, across all specialties.

“This is incredible news for our patients,” said Ken Gibbs, President and CEO. “The Trauma Center approval affirms our commitment to clinical excellence and providing the highest quality emergency care to the communities we serve.”

The DOH recognizes only a select few hospitals for dedication to meeting the standards of care established by the American College of Surgeons—Committee on Trauma. Maimonides has received that recognition, and has established continuous processes for monitoring and improving care.

“The American College of Surgeons set the bar high with the most rigorous standards,” noted Dr. Patrick Borgen, Chair of Surgery. “We were determined to bring the highest level of excellence to Trauma Care in Brooklyn—and with the support of our Board and Leadership, we’ve made it happen.”

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) transports critically injured patients to the nearest Trauma Center, and every second counts. Research proves that rapid transport can improve outcomes after serious injury. Reducing the amount of time between the traumatic event and the patient receiving the right care is critical.

“The Trauma Center at Maimonides now increases the options available to EMS,” explained Dr. Ronald Simon, Director of Trauma Surgery. “If we can provide care more rapidly to those with the most serious injuries, then we are making a potentially life-saving difference.”

This recognition from the DOH follows a period of rigorous planning, recruitment of specialized experts, and renovations to accommodate the needs of trauma patients. Significant facility upgrades were made in the ER to accommodate the new Trauma Program.

“Parents, especially, should be thrilled by this news,” said Dr. John Marshall, Chair of Emergency Medicine. “Children are NOT miniature adults, so it is vitally important that kids get seen by the specialized experts they need when they have suffered a trauma of any kind.”

Pediatric emergency care, now including trauma care, is provided in the fully-accredited Pediatric Emergency Room at Maimonides, a division of both Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics.

“It will come as no surprise to residents that Maimonides has established the first and only Pediatric Trauma Center in the borough,” said Dr. George Foltin, Interim Chair of Pediatrics. “We are, after all, the only accredited Children’s Hospital in Brooklyn, with all of the expertise that implies.”

The ER team at Maimonides cares for over 115,000 patients each year, treating a wide range of illnesses and injuries in a state-of-the-art setting. Since Brooklyn is home to children and adults from all over the world, Maimonides is prepared for emergency conditions that may be uncommon in other parts of the United States.

Maimonides also features a dedicated Psychiatric ER, staffed by a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and social workers, with full-time coverage by security personnel. Open 24-hours-a-day via the main ER, this specialized unit was designed to provide privacy and confidentiality to psychiatric patients.

Maimonides Medical Center is nationally recognized for clinical excellence across all major specialties. Our accomplished physicians are known for innovation and strengthening our teaching and research programs. With 711 beds, the Medical Center is dedicated to bringing patients the most advanced care available—anywhere. Maimonides continues to grow in response to evolving models of care that better serve patients and families, and is an affiliate of Northwell Health. To learn more, please visit www.maimonidesmed.org.

 

Please send us your Maimonides Becomes an Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center questions or any questions to our friendly staff via our online Contact Form. You may also contact us at 718-283-7400 or visit our office at 6010 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11204.

Proper Running Form

How to Achieve and Maintain Better Running Form

 

1) Head

The amount of head tilt and how far your chin sticks out are key to overall posture. Keep your eyes focused on the ground about 10 feet ahead of you, not at your feet. Your head should be relaxed, but not tilted too far back or forward. The more tired you get, the more your head will tilt. Correct this form, otherwise you may develop neck-related problems, and poor posture will ensue if you don’t align your neck and your back.

 

2) Shoulders

Your shoulders should be kept relaxed and aligned. Hunching your shoulders forward or upward while running tightens the chest and restricts breathing. This results in a less efficient use of oxygen. At the end of your run, you may begin to slump over a little. Ensure that your shoulders remain level and do not lower from side to side with each stride. Make sure to correct your posture since slouching will lead to neck, shoulder, and lower-back pain.

 

3) Torso

You should not be leaning forward or back at your waste. Keep your torso relaxed and straight. Your upper body should face forward, not rotating side to side. Your “bellybutton” should be pointed in the direction you are running, and you should be “running proud and tall” above the knees. Correcting improper form with each deep breath will help form good habits.

 

4) Arms

The elbows should be kept relaxed at a 90-degree angle. Your arms should swing back and forth from your shoulder joint, not from your elbows, and remain at your side. Swinging your arms across your torso is likely to cause slouching, which is an improper running form. Your arm swing should be timed with each stride to help increase forward momentum while running.

 

5) Hands

Don’t hold your hands clenched or in front of your torso/ chest. This will cause early fatigue since it increases tension as well as discomfort of the arms, shoulders and neck. Keep your hands leveled so they lightly brush your waist. Keep your wrists relaxed and your hands gently cupped as if “holding an egg shell,” in order to avoid unnecessary upper body tension.

 

6) Hips

With the torso and back comfortably aligned, upright and pointing straight ahead, the hips and pelvis will thus be in proper alignment. When you hunch forward, the pelvis tilts forward, and increases the forces on the lower back.

 

7) Knees

Allow your knee to swing forward to its natural extent with a slight knee lift and a short stride. Taking longer strides or using more knee lift can result in more rapid fatigue and thus injury. Your knees need to slightly bend with each foot strike on the ground to act as a shock absorber. When your foot lands, the torso should be directly above to maintain good posture.

 

8) Feet

When running, land between the heel and mid-foot and then roll your foot up to your toes quickly while keeping your ankles flexed. This will allow you to “spring off the ground” from your toes and decrease the forces on your body. You should feel your calf muscles controlling this motion with each stride. Landing on your toes can make your calves fatigued and will lead to shin pain. Landing on your heel will lead to fatigue and a higher chance of injury. The higher you lift your body off the ground, the more shock it absorbs with each step, the more of a chance for injury. Your knees, ankles and feet should work together as an efficient “spring,” and thus minimize “foot slap” as your foot hits the ground.

Please send us your Proper Running Form questions or any questions to our friendly staff via our online Contact Form. You may also contact us at 718-283-7400 or visit our office at 6010 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11204.

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