Christian J. Zaino, MD is a fellowship-trained 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.
While in Orthopedic Residency at SUNY Downstate / Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, he was chief resident and team physician for two Brooklyn high school football teams – one was his Alma Mater. He completed his surgical internship at New York University Medical Center / Bellevue Hospital in New York. Dr. Zaino also has numerous first-author publications and has given several national and international presentations.
In medical school at New York University, Dr. Zaino was elected class president four times and gave the commencement valediction as well. For college, Dr. Zaino also graduated from New York University with Magna Cum Laude and Departmental Honors in Architectural History and Urban Planning. He also studied abroad in London, England.
In his free time, Dr. Zaino enjoys art, off-road driving, snorkeling, traveling, and building sand sculptures with his wife, Joanna, on Long Beach Island, NJ.
- 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
- Residency in Orthopedic Surgery, State University of New York Health Science Center, SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Team physician for two Brooklyn high school football teams.
- Internship in General Surgery, New York University School of Medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center
- Medical Degree, New York University School of Medicine, where he was elected class president and gave the valedictory address. Recipient of the Alumni Association Award and the Faculty Council Student Leader Award.
- Undergraduate Degree, New York University NYU (Departmental Honors, Magna Cum Laude in Urban Design and Architecture Studies).
First let me say I don't usually write reviews but Dr. Zaino is worth taking the time to do it. I can't find enough good words in the dictionary to describe him! He treated my 60+ year old husband for a broken arm and it was a tricky break on the outer bone of his arm. Dr. Zaino performed the surgery and did an amazing job. My husband has recovered nicely. Dr. Zaino really impressed me - he's thorough, caring, extremely talented and just a genuine nice human being. I would put my trust in him any day of the week. He even left my husband a "thank you" card at his bedside while still in the recovery room. He said thank you for putting our trust in him and wished him a speedy recovery. How many doctors do you know that would care enough about their patients to do that? He's just amazing !
Jim & Lynda N.