Jerry Feinstein, a longtime cycling enthusiast suffering from a degenerative spine, traded in his wheelchair for a new bicycle thanks to the care he received from Emory orthopaedist John Heller.




On behalf of the Emory Orthopaedic Department I would like to welcome you to our website. As a premier academic department, Emory Orthopaedics strives to excel in patient centered evaluation and management of musculoskeletal problems for patients, in education, and in discovery through research.  Our physician faculty is compsed of doctors highly trained in management of musculoskeletal disorders from several specialties including Family Practice, Rehabilitation Medicine, Neurosurgery and all subspecialty areas of Orthopaedics Surgery. All outpatient services needed including imaging and physical therapy are available at the Emory Orthopaedic and Spine Center as well as multiple other convenient office locations. Whether you are a patient, referring physician or student I trust that browsing the website will provide you with the information you are looking for.

James R. Roberson, MD
Robert P. Kelly Professor and Chairman
Department of Orthopaedics
Emory University School of Medicine

Latest News

  • Congratulations to Dr. Keith Michael for being selected to the Woodruff Leadership Academy, Class of 2016!
  • Congratulations to Neeru Jayanthi, MD, on his appointment as Associate Professor on the Clinical Track in both the Department of Orthopaedics and his secondary appointment in Family and Preventive Medicine!
  • Message from Kelvin Holloway, MD, MBA, SVP, Chief Quality Officer, GHS – “I wish to thank Thomas Moore, Jr, MD and Oswaldo Henriquez Ajami, MD for having served in the Physician Communication Champion role through October 9, 2015.  Your commitment and service has been appreciated and has greatly benefitted the Health System and the medical staff.

New Faculty Members
Bennett Axelrod, MD, PhD
Dr. Axelrod completed his PhD in Immunology and Medical Microbiology at the University of Florida in 1979.  He stayed at UF and went on to complete his MD in 1983.  He is a proud graduate of the Emory Orthopaedic Surgery Residency and had a successful clinical practice in Lawrenceville, GA for many years.  Dr. Axelrod will join the Emory faculty as a non-surgical, general orthopaedist and will see patients at the Executive Park office and the Sugarloaf location.

Michael Gottschalk, MD
Dr. Gottschalk returns to the department after completing his Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship at New York University – Hospital of Joint Disease.  He is an alumni of the Emory Orthopaedic Surgery Residency and completed his MD at the University of Health Science Center San Antonio.  Dr. Gottschalk with see patients at Grady, the VA, and our Dunwoody location.  He will also serve as the Director of Clinical Outcomes Research.

Neeru Jayanthi, MD
Dr. Jayanthi comes to Emory University from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine where he was an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation.  During his 12 years at Loyola, Dr. Jayanthi built a successful clinical practice, research portfolio, and teaching record.  He is passionate about tennis medicine and intends to start a program here at Emory.  He completed his MD at Loyola University, residency at Rush-Illinois Masonic Family Practice, and his fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at Indiana University.  He will see patients at our John’s Creek location.

Steven Presciutti, MD
Dr. Presciutti received his MD from Jefferson Medical College.  He completed an Orthopaedic Residency at the University of Conneticut and followed that with a Spine Surgery Fellowship at Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH.  Dr. Presciutti will build his clinical practice at the VA in Atlanta and also have a heavy involvement in basic and translational research.

Mara Schenker, MD
Dr. Schenker joined our trauma team this September and will take care of patients out of Grady Memorial Hospital.  She received her MD from University of Chicago.  She completed two research fellowships (Steadman-Hawkins Research Foundation and McKay Laboratory at University of Pennsylvania).  Her Orthopaedic Surgery residency was done at the University of Pennsylvania and her Orthopaedic Traumatology fellowship was completed at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.

  • Alumni:  Do you have some research that you have been working on that you want to share with the Emory Orthopaedic Community?  Are you looking to beef up your CV with added presentations?  Submit your abstract today!  Alumni abstracts will be reviewed by the committee and added to the agenda as time allows.  Please email the title of your talk and your abstract to Shaina Lane at