Joseph M. Bellapianta, MD, FAAOS
Dr. Bellapianta is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in arthroscopic and open treatment of the hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow, and wrist injuries, as well as joint replacement surgery, fracture care, and general orthopaedics. He is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Bellapianta has published many scientific articles in peer review journals and has presented this research at both national and international meetings.
Dr. Bellapianta completed a sports medicine fellowship at The Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida. As a fellow, Dr. Bellapianta worked side-by-side with world-renowned orthopaedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. This voluntary year of additional training provided him with intensive exposure to all aspects of non-operative and operative musculoskeletal patient care. His team physician experience included coverage of Auburn University football and athletics, West Florida College athletics, and Flomaton, AL High School athletics. He worked closely with high-level college and professional athletes during this time developing the surgical and non-surgical skills needed to treat this population. During his fellowship Dr. Bellapianta supported Dr. Andrews in the treatment of professional athletes from organizations such as the New York Yankees, Mets, Giants, Rangers and many other organizations across the country.
Dr. Bellapianta performed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Albany Medical Center mastering skills in trauma and joint reconstruction. At this high volume regional medical center, he treated both routine and rare orthopaedic injuries, only present in this type of setting. He received his medical degree at a Albany Medical College where he graduated Cum Laude and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He was the recipient of the Victor & Ethel Cermak Tompkins Alumni Scholarship at Albany Medical College for academic excellence. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Franklin & Marshall College and his Masters of Science degree in biology at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
In his free time, Dr. Bellapianta enjoys spending time with his family, skiing, golfing, cycling, gardening, hiking, and fishing.