Dr. Ryan Simovitch, MD, is an orthopaedic specialist and surgeon with particular emphasis in the shoulder. The doctor specializes in the treatment of complex shoulder and sports medicine ailments and injuries, with particular expertise in arthroscopic and advanced open primary and revision reconstruction of the shoulder, as well as reverse shoulder replacement. His primary practice is Palm Beach Shoulder Institute, part of the greater group of physicians, Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, in Palm Beach, FL and surrounding communities. Palm Beach Shoulder Institute has locations in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, and Wellington, FL. He believes in treating each patient as an individual and applying new and evidence based principles to treat common and complicated problems. He is dedicated to the treatment of his patients and prides himself on his availability to those he treats.
Dr. Simovitch was inspired to persue his orthopaedic specialty in the shoulder during his Residency at Duke University and while earning his Fellowship. As Resident Team Physician for the Duke Men's Basketball and Football teams, he saw first hand the importance and intricacy of the shoulder joint and its relation to overall physicality and health. Dr. Simovitch has a deep appreciation for the challenge the shoulder joint presents to him as a doctor and a specialist, and he takes great pride in how is treatments can have the most impact on a patients' life. The doctor is a lifelong Duke basketball fan. He is currently a team physician for two St. Louis Cardinal Minor League baseball teams as well as the St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball team at their Florida complex in Jupiter, FL. He also has an appointment to the University of Miami Medical School.
Curriculum Vitae: Ryan Simovitch, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon and Physician
- Complex Shoulder Injuries, Arthroscopic Surgery,
- Shoulder Replacement, Clavicle and Humerus Fractures
- Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Education & Training
- B.S., Biology, Duke University MD
- FUHS/The Chicago Medical School Residency
- Duke University Medical Center
- Shoulder Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Shoulder Service
- Shoulder Fellowship, Balgrist Hospital (Zurich, Switzerland)
- Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
- Good Samaritan Medical Center, West Palm Beach, FL
- Jupiter Medical Center, Jupiter, FL
- Jupiter Outpatient Surgery Center, Jupiter, FL
- Duke University Resident Team Physician, 2002-2004
- Duke Men’s Basketball Team
- Duke Football Team
- Instructor, Duke University Anatomy of the Lower Extremity Course, 2003-2004
- Resident Consultant, Duke Varsity Athletic Training Room, 2002-2004
- North Carolina Central University
- Track & Field
- St. Louis Cardinals Team Physician, present
- St. Louis Cardinals minor league teams, Jupiter, FL
- St. Louis Cardinals major league team, Jupiter, FL
- University of Miami Medical School appointment
Dr. Ryan Simovitch joined PBOI as a practicing Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in the entire spectrum of shoulder and sports medicine ailments, with particular expertise in arthroscopic and advanced open primary and revision reconstruction of the shoulder and elbow. He uses the most advanced arthroscopic and open surgical techniques to repair and reconstruct damaged bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and cartilage.
Dr. Simovitch received his undergraduate training at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina where he graduated with distinction. He then earned a medical degree from The Chicago Medical School in Illinois, where he was presented with the Dean’s award for academic accomplishment.
He performed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. While at Duke, he was an Assistant Team Physician for all Duke University Athletic Teams including the 2001 NCAA National Champions in Men’s Basketball.
After residency, Dr. Simovitch acquired advanced training and expertise in shoulder surgery when he was selected to be the prestigious 2005 Intercontinental Shoulder Fellow. As a fellow, he spent 6 months on the Harvard Shoulder Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital under the direction of Dr. Jon JP Warner and 6 months at Uniklinik Balgrist, the University of Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland under the direction of Dr. Christian Gerber.
Dr. Simovitch joined PBOI after leaving Boston where he was an Assistant Clinical Instructor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital. While at Massachusetts General Hospital and in the years prior, Dr. Simovitch authored 3 book chapters dealing with the surgical treatment of the stiff shoulder, advanced reconstructive techniques for shoulder instability and injury prevention and rehabilitation for active older athletes. In addition, he has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications examining the technical aspects of achieving a successful outcome after reverse shoulder arthroplasty. Dr. Simovitch has lectured and served as a shoulder course instructor internationally. He has been involved in the development and initial implantation of various shoulder replacement devices.
Dr. Simovitch specializes in the treatment of complex shoulder and sports medicine ailments, with particular expertise in arthroscopic and advanced open primary and revision reconstruction of the shoulder and elbow, as well as reverse shoulder replacement. He utilizes the most advanced arthroscopic and open surgical techniques to repair and reconstruct damaged bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and cartilage. Dr. Simovitch believes in treating each patient as an individual and applying new and evidence-based principles to treat common and complicated problems. He is dedicated to the treatment of his patients and prides himself on his availability to those he treats.
- Simovitch RW, Pennington S, Lavery K, Warner JJP. Management of the Os Acromiale. Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. September 2006. Volume7(3) 147-154.
- Simovitch RW, Lavery KP, Chung ST, Warner JP. Pectoralis Major Transfer for Scapular Winging. Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. In Press.
- Simovitch RW, Zumstein M, Lohri E, Helmy N, Gerber C. Radiographic and Anatomic Predictors of Scapular Notching in the DELTA III Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. In Press
- Lins R, Simovitch R, Waters P. Pediatric Elbow Trauma. Orthopaedic Clinics of North America. January 1999. Volume 30(1):p 119-132.
- Simovitch R, Frank C, Able M. Pulley Anatomy for the Radial Side of the Wrist. Clinical Anatomy. 2001. Volume 14(4): p 246-247.
- Simovitch RW, Easley M. Foot and Ankle Injuries in Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation for Active Older Athletes. (Ed) Speer K. Human Kinetics, Chapter 9. January 2005.
- Simovitch RW, Bal GK, Basamania CJ. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in a Competitive Baseball Player Secondary to the Anomalous Insertion of an Atrophic Pectoralis Minor Muscle: A Case Report. Am J Sports Med. February 2006. P 1016-1019.
- Radkowski, CA, Simovitch RW, Zura RD. Manufacturing Imperfection of a Locking Plate Screw Hole: A Case Report. Journal of Long Term Effects of Medical Implants. Volume 16. Issue 2. 2006.
- Simovitch RW, Radkowski CA, Zura RD. Intramedullary Fixation of Fibula Fractures with Flexible Titanium Elastic Nails: Surgical technique and a case report. Journal of Long Term Effects of Medical Implants. Volume 16. Issue 2. 2006
- Dora C, Leunig M, Beck M, Simovitch RW, Ganz R. Acetabular Dome Retroversion: Radiological Appearance, Incidence and Relevance. Hip International. In Press.
- Simovitch RW, Helmy N, Gerber C. Impact of fatty atrophy of teres minor on the clinical outcome of reverse total shoulder arthroplasty.
- Simovitch RW, Ozbaydar M, Lavery K, Warner JP. Diagnosis and Management of Acromioclavicular Joint Injuries. Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
- Escamilla RF, Simovitch RW, Moorman CT III. Biomechanical analysis of the bench press with technique variations and injury implications. $5000 awarded from the Piedmont Grant, 2002, Duke University Medical Center, Orthopaedic Surgery, Durham, NC.
- Simovitch RW, Millet P, Higgins L, Warner JP. Intermediate outcomes of total shoulder arthroplasty with a third generation prosthesis. $5000 awarded from the Piedmont Grant, 2005. Duke University Medical Center. Orthopaedic Surgery, Durham, N.C.
Research Fellowships / Grants
- OrthoRes, 2005
- Zurich, Switzerland
- National Institutes of Health Research Fellowship, 1994
- Development of protocols for isolating endothelial cells from limited murine specimens
- National Institutes of Health Research Fellowship, 1995
- Development of a Recombinant Retroviral Vector for Gene Therapy of Fabry Disease
- Chicago Medical School Research Fellowship, 1999
- Description of a Flexor Radial Annular Pulley in Human Cadavers
- Piedmont Orthopaedic Foundation, 2002
- Biomechanical Analysis of the Bench Press with Technique Variations
- Piedmont Orthopaedic Foundation, 2005
- Intermediate outcomes of total shoulder arthroplasty with a third generation prosthesis
- Bassett Society Annual Symposium, 2002
- Results of Free Vascularized Fibular Grafts in Athletes
- Annual Leslie C. Meyer Visiting Lectureship, 2004
- Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children
- Late Deformity after Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
- Annual AAOS Meeting, 2005
- Impact of Comorbidities on Complications, Discharge Status, and Charges after Shoulder Arthroplasty A study based on 29,918 cases from 13 years of nationwide inpatient samples.
- AOA-Austrian-Swiss-German Exchange Traveling Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2006
- Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty salvage for failed hemiarthroplasty.