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Dr. John Herzenberg

Director of Pediatric Orthopedics
Sinai Hospital/LifeBridge Health

dr-john-herzenberg-headshotDr. John E. Herzenberg is recognized as one of the world’s leading practitioners of the Ponseti casting method of managing clubfoot, a common birth defect affecting about one in every 500 children.

Herzenberg, the director of pediatric orthopedics at Sinai Hospital and founder and director of the International Center for Limb Lengthening at the hospital’s Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics, has made numerous contributions in the research and treatment of orthopedic deformities in people of all ages. He trains doctors all over the world and has assisted in developing a limb-lengthening system that has helped more than 10,000 people lead more comfortable lives.

Herzenberg is also among a group of surgeons who travels to developing countries as part of Operation Rainbow to help treat people living in the most difficult conditions. His first international mission was in 1998 to Nicaragua.

“When I go to Nicaragua or Ecuador or Haiti or another country to operate, I know that if I don’t go there, no one else would be operating on that child or that patient, so you really feel like you are doing something that is changing the world,” he said. “We typically do 30 to 40 operations a year.”

Herzenberg’s wife, Merrill Chaus Herzenberg, coordinates their international surgical missions. Merrill Chaus Herzenberg is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in international public health from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom.

“Over the past 35 years in practice, I have had the privilege of working with thousands of children and adults struggling with orthopedic problems, birth defects and injuries,” he said.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's Health Care Heroes awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.