Our specialists each practice in a specific field of orthopedics, offering you the most precise level of expertise.

Surgery of the hand, wrist and elbow

Dr. Allen Berkowitz attended the University of Rochester graduating magna cum laude in biology in 1980 and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was already admitted to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1978 under the Rochester Plan Early Selection Program for accomplished undergraduate students keenly interested in a career in medicine. He graduated from the medical school in 1984 and received his post-graduate training in general surgery and orthopedic surgery at New York University – Bellevue Medical Center. His passion for hand surgery was fed by his early mentors Drs. Charles Melone and Robert Beasley at NYU.

He commenced his hand surgery training with a one-year fellowship in Baltimore at the Raymond M. Curtis Hand Center which has expanded and is now the Curtis National Hand Center, one of the premier centers for the care of the upper extremity in the country and internationally. His close ties and experiences with the Center continue. He periodically volunteers in the Dominican Republic with surgeons and fellows from the Curtis National Hand Center treating the local population for their upper extremity care. He has also volunteered his expertise treating the people of the Navajo nation on multiple occasions at the public health center on the Navajo reservation in Chinle, Arizona.

Dr. Berkowitz joined the Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation Center of New Jersey in 1992 bringing his expertise in trauma including difficult fractures of the hand and wrist, complex soft tissue injuries, reconstruction of the injured hand and wrist and vascular disorders. He served as the medical director of the ambulatory surgical center for the Hand Surgery & Rehabilitation Center.

In 2017, he joined the Greater Hartford Orthopedic Group, now Advanced Orthopedics New England, bringing more than 25 years of experience treating the upper extremity focusing on the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow.

Dr. Berkowitz prides himself on listening to his patients and understanding who they are and what they do at work and with leisure time to help them decide what care will be beneficial for them. He strongly believes most problems patients present can be diagnosed simply by listening to the patient attentively.

He has published articles and abstracts. He has delivered annual meeting presentations for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS) and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and internationally.

Dr. Berkowitz is an active member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is a member of the New Millennium Hand Club with leading members and educators in the field of hand surgery nationally and internationally.

EDUCATION

Undergraduate: University of Rochester, B.A. Biology 1980, Rochester, New York, Magna Cum Laude 1980, Phi Beta Kappa 1980, Rochester Plan Early Selection Program 1978, 1976 – 1980

University of Rochester, M.D. 1984, Rochester, New York, 1980 – 1984

Internship/Residency: General Surgery, New York University, Bellevue Medical Center New York, New York, 1984 – 986

Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, New York University, Bellevue Medical Center, New York, New York, 1986 – June

Fellowship: Hand Surgery, Raymond M. Curtis Hand Center, Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, 1990 – 1991

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery 1993, 2003, 2013
  • Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand – ABOS 1994, 2003, 2013

Professional Societies

  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • New Millennium Hand Club

Licensure

Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey (inactive), California (inactive), Maryland (inactive), New York (inactive), Florida (inactive)

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Awards/Recognitions

  • “Top Doc” Philadelphia Magazine 2015

Presentations

  • Why Hand Surgery Fails. Presented at the 15th Annual Pennsylvania/New Jersey Conference International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals. Atlantic City, New Jersey. 2014.
  • Success in Private Practice. Instructional Course presented at American Association for Hand Surgery Annual Meeting. Maui, Hawaii 2009.
  • Comminuted Fractures of Distal Radius. Presented at Annual Congress of Hellenic Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery and Hellenic Society for Surgery of the Hand. Hersonissos, Crete 2003.
  • ORIF of Phalangeal Fractures. Presented at Annual Congress of Hellenic Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery and Hellenic Society for Surgery of the Hand. Hersonissos, Crete 2003.
  • Cases from Hell. Presented at Annual Congress of Hellenic Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery and Hellenic Society for Surgery of the Hand, Hersonissos, Crete. 2003.
  • Current Update on Treatment of Radial Nerve Injury Associated with Fractures of the Humerus. Presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 69th Annual Meeting – Speciality Day/ASSH. Dallas, Texas 2002.
  • Anatomic Study of the Superficial Radial Nerve. Presented at the American Society for Surgery of the Hand 47th Annual Meeting. Phoenix, Arizona 1992.

Publications

  • Jih, D.M., Elenitsas, R., Vittorio, C., Berkowitz, A.R., Seykora, J.T.: Aggressive Digital Papillary Adenocarcinoma. The American Journal of Dermatopathology 23:143, 2001
  • Marlowe, E.S., Bonner, F.J., Berkowitz, A.R.: Correlation Between Two-Point Discrimination and Median Nerve Sensory Response. Muscle and Nerve 22:1196-1200, 1999
  • Berkowitz, A.R., Melone, C.P., Belsky, M.R.: Pisiform – Hamate Coalition with Ulnar Neuropathy J. Hand Surg. 17A:657-662, 1992
  • Burger, R.M., Berkowitz, A.R., Peisach, J., Horwitz, S.B.: Origin of Malondialdehyde from DNA Degraded by Fe (II)-Bleomycin. J.Biological Chemistry 255(24):11832-11838, 1989
  • Jason, M., Devereux, R., Borer, J.S., Pickering, T., Fisher, J., Harshfield, G., Berkowitz, A., Laragh, J.: 24 Hour Arterial Pressure Measurement: Improved Prediction of Left Ventricular Dysfunction in Essential Hypertension. J. Am. College of Cardiology (Abstracts) 1(2) part 2:599, 1983
  • Burger, R.M., Berkowitz, A.R., Peisach, J., Horwitz, S.B.: Origins of Malondialdehyde in Bleomycin-Degraded DNA. Federation Proceedings (Abstracts) 39 (6):1881, 1980

Personal

  • Music – classic rock
  • Reading – suspense, thrillers, non-fiction stories about people overcoming incredible life-threatening adversity, classics
  • Interests – the outdoors – skiing, cycling, running, hiking and climbing ‘Favorites’ – Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Chugach Mountains of Alaska, New England

Physician Assistant: Michael Harris, PA-C

Michael Harris attended Springfield College graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in sports biology in 2009 and Suma Cum Laude with a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant studies in 2013. He has been practicing in orthopedic surgery since 2013 and is a Physician Assistant with Dr. Allen Berkowitz, specializing in surgery of the hand, wrist, and elbow.

He has also been a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants since 2013 and assists with precepting physician assistant students in their orthopedic elective rotations. He is passionate about all aspects of orthopedics; however, he has keen interests in hand and upper extremity surgery, joint replacement, trauma surgery, and orthopedic oncology. In his free time, he enjoys golfing during the summer and snowboarding during the winter. He also loves spending time with his wife and dog taking hikes and enjoying the beach.