Michael Ast, MD
Dr. Ast is fellowship trained in Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Surgery from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He grew up in Staten Island, New York, and attended Temple University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Biology and Phi Beta Kappa. He completed his Medical Degree at Temple University School of Medicine and returned to New York for his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
Dr. Ast specializes in primary, complex and revision total joint replacement. His specialty training includes minimally invasive hip and knee replacement, partial knee replacement, direct anterior total hip replacement, hip resurfacing, robotic surgery and computer assisted surgery. His specialty training also includes the treatment of painful, failed or infected joint replacements. Dr. Ast has extensive experience with and has published research on patient-specific instruments and implants. During his studies, he published numerous articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and internationally distributed textbooks, including several chapters on “Approaches for hip replacement surgery”. He has also presented clinical and basic science research both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Ast was a Division I gymnast at Temple University and captain of the conference champions and top ten nationally ranked team in 2003. He is married and enjoys his time playing tennis, golf, fishing, skiing and traveling.
[ Patient Letter from Dr. Ast ]
"We could not have been happier and more pleased with Dr. Ast, his assistant Michelle MacGregor and the entire practice. My mother Natalia had a knee replacement surgery on July 15, 2015. After interviewing many surgeons and shopping around we felt the most energy and trust with Dr. Ast. We both are intuative and feeling comfortable was important. My mother does not speak english and relied on my choice entirely. I established a friendly rapport with Michelle, she is not only a professional but attentive, kind and caring. One of the nights post surgery we almost ran out of my mom's pain medicine and Michelle took time on Saturday night to seek help from Dr. Ast who had to call in the pharmacy. It is only a small example of kind and caring side of Michelle and this practice. My mother and I are thankful and grateful for each person at this office (dont want to forget the wonderful xray technician who was raving about Dr. Ast's qualities!). I can write a book about each person. On a personal note, I am serving my clients and it was satisfying to be part of such refreshing, positive, professional group of people. Thank you sooooo much! We will always recommend Dr. Ast and your office to everyone who needs help! Xoxo, Edyta and Natalia."
"Dr. Ast's assistant, Michele was so very helpful, responsive to phone call requests. She went out-of-her-way to provide me with information EVEN BEFORE I set foot in the office for the 1st time. She is very patient & curteous. In addition, I am very impressed with Dr. Ast. He is the most thorough surgeon I have ever come in contact with (& unfortunately I have in contact with over 10, between myself & my elderly parents who I care for). I have already recommended him twice to friends & family."
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