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.