Dr. Christian J. Zaino

Christian Joseph Zaino, MD

Orthopedic Physician

Dr. Christian J. Zaino is a board-eligible orthopedic surgeon with sub-specialized training in hand, upper extremity, and microscopic surgery. He treats both children and adults with any orthopedic injury or ailment of the arm.

Dr. Zaino completed a formal fellowship in hand, upper extremity, and microscopic surgery at the University of Chicago. He also received training in congenital hand surgery at the National Children’s Hospital of Lima, Peru, and microscopic surgery at the Mayo Clinic of Rochester, Minnesota. Most recently, he completed a traveling fellowship in complex wrist arthroscopy and reconstruction at the Hand Institute of Auckland, New Zealand. Dr. Zaino has expertise in:

  • Arthritis (rheumatoid and osteoarthritis)
  • Arthroscopy of the wrist, elbow, and shoulder
  • Bursitis, synovitis and tendonitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome and endoscopic carpal tunnel release
  • Casts and splints for fractures, breaks, and dislocations
  • Congenital hand issues
  • Cost-effective options
  • Ganglion cysts, mucous cysts, and other masses
  • DeQuervain tenosynovitis / mommy thumb
  • Distal radioulnar joint (DRUJ) and triangular fibrocartilage (TFCC) injuries
  • Dupuytren’s contracture and injections
  • Lacerations and crush injuries of the hand and fingertip
  • Infections of bone (osteomyelitis) or soft tissue
  • Joint replacement – fingers, wrist, elbow, and shoulder
  • Loose bodies and cartilage damage
  • Malunion (bone deformity) correction
  • MicroTip tendonitis treatment
  • Minimally invasive surgery for fractures and dislocations
  • Muscle, ligament, and tendon laceration/tears/sprains and repair
  • Nerve injuries and microsurgical repair
  • Occupational injuries
  • Pain management
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Revision joint replacement
  • Sports injuries / tennis elbow
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgical options without sedation, tourniquets, or intubation
  • Trigger finger/thumb
  • Unsolved injuries
  • Wounds, scarring, and joint contracture
  • Wrist fractures, injuries, and reconstruction

He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the State University of New York Health Science Center, SUNY Downstate Medical Center. While doing his residency, Dr. Zaino served as team physician for two Brooklyn high school football teams, as well as making numerous national and international presentations and publishing peer-reviewed articles; he took first prize at the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand Resident and Fellows Conference. He completed his internship in general surgery at the New York University School of Medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center.

He received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, where he was elected class president and gave the valedictory address, as well as receiving the Alumni Association Award and the Faculty Council Student Leader Award. He had obtained his undergraduate degree from NYU as well, graduating with departmental honors and magna cum laude in urban design and architecture studies.

In his free time, Dr. Zaino’s interests include architecture, traveling, photography, cycling, snorkeling, off-roading, and building sand sculptures on Long Beach Island.

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