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Dr. Eric Putterman, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Professional statement

I have been practicing Orthopedic Surgery in the community for 26 years. My undergraduate years were spent at Duke University. I attended medical school at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and did my orthopedic and sports medicine fellowship training at NYU- Bellevue Medical Center. I am fellowship trained in Sports Medicine and arthroscopic techniques. Over the years I have strived to provide my patients with the best possible care. My philosophy has always been to treat people the way I or my family would want to be treated. The practice of Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine has become more complex over recent years. There are many new diagnostic tools and treatments available. I believe that some of these have been beneficial for patient care, while others have not. In my opinion, practicing good medicine requires listening carefully, examining people and interpreting diagnostic tests carefully. That means correlating the findings of tests with a person’s complaints. Unfortunately, I see people for second opinions where a treatment recommendation was made based solely on the results of a diagnostic test, which often results in an inappropriate treatment recommendation. I try to run my office efficiently. We offer the latest in technology. We have digital x-ray, ultrasound guidance for injection techniques, electronic medical records where you can enter important medical information about yourself on our website, and a soon to be installed diagnostic MRI. One of the biggest challenges of Orthopedic Surgery over my 26 year career has been dealing with “the schedule.” Unless you have been in on the working side of a doctor’s office environment it is difficult for people to understand. There is no perfect schedule or solution. We are faced with scheduling appointments for a large number of people, many of whom are in pain. We try to accommodate people as best as we can. Our availability is not always consistent with yours. People do not want to wait weeks to be seen. People also call daily with emergencies and they must be fit in. I try very hard to give my patients the time they need. There is no way beforehand to know how long your visit will take. My staff does not know either. Your problem may be very simple and straightforward or it may be very complex. I will not know that until we meet. You may think you have a simple problem or a complex problem and it may turn out the opposite is true. You may come to see me for a problem and casually mention something else that may turn out to be an urgent problem which needs to be addressed. There are also interruptions during the day because of urgent patient issues and calls from other physicians regarding patients. It is just like weather, some days are sunny and smooth sailing, while others are like a hurricane, and there is no way to tell ahead of time. I do not like running behind schedule any more than you like waiting. It also means I will be going home later. I am occasionally confronted with some disgruntled patient, telling me that their time is important and they are going to bill me for their time. Well guess what? It’s not my time. It is your time to tell me what’s wrong with you. It’s your health you’re coming to see me about. It’s not something that should be rushed through. If that’s not valuable to you, I am not the doctor for you. On a personal note, when I’m not working, I live locally with my wife and my black Labrador retriever, Maggie. She and I like to jog around the neighborhood. Our son, daughter-in-law and daughter are off doing their own things. I am one of the founding members of our Chabad Jewish Learning Center where I continue to search for answers to the riddles of the universe.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • American Republic Insurance Company
  • Caterpillar

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgeon

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Glen Cove Hospital
  • North Shore University Hospital
  • Syosset Hospital

Board certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Education and training

  • Medical School - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Doctor of Medicine
  • New York University Elaine A. and Kenneth G. Langone Medical Center (Residency)
  • New York University, Fellowship in Orthopedic and Sports Medicine

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association

Awards and publications

  • New York Magazine, The Best Doctors in New York, 2002
  • Orthopedic Manifestations and Management of Hemophilia
  • New York Newsday, Long Island's Top Doctors, 2008 - Present
  • Castle Connolloy - The Best Doctors, New York Metro Area 1993 - Present
  • The Unheralded Value of Arthroscopy using Local Anasthesia for Diagnostic Specificity and Intraoperative Corroboration of Therapeutic Achievements

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1326066598

Office locations

Premier Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

Melville

1800 Walt Whitman Rd, Suite 120

Melville, NY 11747

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Excellent physician and staff. Felt like he truly understood my issue and left feeling confident with treatment plan. Highly recommend.
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Worth the wait but really hated waiting
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Although the wait was a bit long, no longer than any other orthopedist I have gone to in the past, he did not make me feel rushed when I saw him. He was extremely knowledgeable and caring. I would definitely recommendDr. Putterman and I have seen several orthopedic doctors in the past.
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Very professional listens to you to get the whole picture. Walks you through his thought process and what he would like to do in the next appointment.
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I had to wait a while to see Dr Putterman, but once he came into the examination room he gave me his full attention. He fully explained the findings on my xrays and took his time in discussing a course ofaction. My time with him was not rushed. I have full confidence in Dr. Putterman and have already recommended him to friends.
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Wait time was rather long, but Dr. Putterman is well worth the wait. He is very thorough and personable, and I had all my questions answered in a satisfactory manner.
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I find Dr. Putterman's staff and the doctor himself to be so very helpful and concerned for my healing. I would totally recommend them all to anyone who was seeking orthopedic help.
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Have complete confidence in him as a doctor, makes you feel relaxed while discussing your condition
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very good dr., however my appointment was for 2PM and I didn't get seen untill 3:45.
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Dr. Putterman is friendly and kind. He is extremely knowledgeable in his field and took the time to discuss different options for me and my recovery from injury. He quickly referred me to an occupational therapist who can help me toget better and made sure to schedule a follow-up appointment so that he can keep track of my progress. I've seen Dr. Putterman before for other issues and have always been very happy with his personable nature and his treatment of my injuries.
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I was very happy with my visit with Dr. Putterman, the office flow was excellent from x-rays to seeing the doctor. He was very easy to talk to, and answered all my questions and developed a treatment plan for my issues.
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Everything was very professional.
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Dr, Putterman took all the time I needed to answer any questions I had. He is definately a find in the world of assembly medicine. His office staff could not have been any friendlier or more helpful. I actually received acall from his office 2 hours after I left with the insurance approval for the recommended MRI!
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Excellent staff, very nice doctor, wait time a little excessive but overall a great experience.
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