Wayne S. Berberian, MD is a nationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon, educator, and researcher specializing exclusively in injuries and disorders affecting the foot and ankle. In his state-of-the-art private practice in Maywood, NJ, Dr. Berberian evaluates and treats the entire spectrum of foot and ankle problems, using both non-surgical and surgical methods. He maintains privileges at Hackensack University Medical Center, Vanguard Surgical Center, and Holy Name Hospital.
Foot & Ankle Reconstructive Surgery
Due to extensive cutting-edge training, as well as more than twenty years of experience at a Level One Trauma Center and tertiary care referral hospital, he is uniquely prepared to handle the most challenging reconstructive cases. Dr. Berberian is well versed in treating bone infections (osteomyelitis), severe deformities, arthritis of all varieties, and tendon/ligament disorders. He was one of the first surgeons in the state of New Jersey to implant the total ankle replacement devices currently approved by the FDA.
In his capacity as former Vice Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at Rutgers University, Dr. Berberian operated on many college and professional athletes. He has a particular interest in complex foot and ankle cases that other physicians are reluctant to treat, such as revision surgeries, bone infections, and missed injuries. He has achieved excellent outcomes in a multitude of industrial crush injuries, motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents, and severe fractures.
About Dr. Berberian, Maywood Ankle & Foot Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. Berberian began his training in the highly competitive Six Year Combined BA-MD Program that was conducted jointly by Lehigh University and The Medical College of Pennsylvania. He was accepted into medical school directly from high school, and was able to fulfill all college requirements to enter medical training in only two years. Following his graduation from medical school, Dr. Berberian was accepted into a surgical internship administered by Columbia University at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan. He then progressed onward to a two year research fellowship in Bone Regeneration at The Hospital For Special Surgery- Cornell University Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Berberian began his orthopaedic residency in 1994 at New Jersey Medical School, in a program that was chaired by internationally renowned trauma surgeon Fred Behrens, MD. After four more years of training, he returned to Philadelphia to engage in another fellowship offering additional experience in Reconstructive Surgery of the Foot and Ankle. Dr. Berberian rounded his education off with an MBA in Healthcare Administration awarded by the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Berberian’s Contributions to Orthopedic Medicine
In 1999, Dr. Berberian returned to New Jersey Medical School as an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. As Co-Chief of the Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Service at the busiest academic institution in the state, he quickly gained experience treating complex injuries and disorders. Within two years, he was asked by the Chair to assume the mantle of Residency Program Director, a position that he held for the next 17 years. In this capacity, he was the primary individual responsible for the training of many orthopaedic surgeons currently practicing throughout the continental United States and Hawaii. In fact, during his tenure, Dr. Berberian signed over 100 diplomas.
In addition to his contributions toward clinical care of patients and education, Dr. Berberian is an award-winning researcher, authoring over 80 published articles, grants, book chapters, monographs, and abstracts. He is a prolific lecturer and has taught several courses for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, the Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors, and other entities. He attained the highest academic rank possible as a full Professor at the time he left academics for private practice.
Dr. Berberian is perennially recognized as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor. He has been invited by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery to assist in accreditation of other surgeons by serving as an Oral Board Examiner. He is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Association, having served for three years on the AOA Academic Leadership Committee. He also served for three years as a Member of the ruling body of the American Medical Association, the House of Delegates.
Dr. Berberian served as Chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee at New Jersey Medical School. He currently acts as an editorial reviewer for the journals Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research and Foot and Ankle International. He has been invited to sit on several scientific advisory boards for orthopaedic biotechnology corporations. He continues to lecture to physical therapy students at the Rutgers University School of Health Related Professions.
The Ankle & Foot Institute in Maywood, NJ
Throughout the 17 years that Dr. Berberian had spent at Rutgers, he always maintained a private practice at Hackensack University Medical Center. In October 2016, Dr. Berberian retired from his academic practice, and converted his private practice into The Ankle & Foot Institute in Maywood, NJ.