As the founder of Total Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Charles Ruotolo MD was a top graduate at the New York Medical College School of Medicine in 1995. He completed an orthopedic residency program at the SUNY at Stony Brook in 2000. After his residency he underwent fellowship training in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the prestigious Sports Clinic of Laguna Hills, California under the tutelage of Wesley Nottage, MD. It is here where he perfected his advanced arthroscopic surgical skills. Dr. Ruotolo is board certified in orthopedic surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. As an Associate Master Instructor of Arthroscopy for the Arthroscopy Association of North America, Dr.Ruotolo actively teaches other orthopedic surgeons advanced arthroscopic skills in shoulder surgery.As an avid researcher he has published multiple articles on shoulder injuries and shoulder surgery in the peer review journals of Arthroscopic Surgery and of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery as well as several book chapters on the same. It is his dictum to constantly be critical and to constantly review treatment options and surgical results. This persistent pursuit of quality affords his patients the highest level of care in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine.Dr. Ruotolo has excelled throughout his career in medicine. From being named the top surgical student in his graduating medical student class of 210 students, to being named the attending of the year in 2003 for the orthopedic training program at the SUNY at Stony Brook Dr. Ruotolo has always excelled in every role from student to surgeon to teacher. Currently as the Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at Nassau University Medical Center he is helping guide the hospital in its revival as a leading center for orthopedic surgery. As with himself he has developed a core group of highly skilled orthopedic surgeons at NUMC providing some of the best care in orthopaedic spine surgery, orthopaedic trauma surgery, minimally invasive joint replacement surgery, arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. As the President of Total Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine he is proud to lead not just a team of highly trained and skilled physicians, but an organization of compassionate and caring people.