Joseph Zuckerman
Professor & Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, NYU’s Hospital for Joint Diseases

Dinner with Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth

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The top joint replacement surgeon would like to break bread with two of baseball’s greats.

Joseph Zuckerman

Dr. Zuckerman is chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases and the Walter A.L. Thompson professor of orthopaedic surgery at the NYU School of Medicine. He was also elected the 2009 President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  

A graduate of Cornell University in New York and the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Zuckerman completed his internship and residency at the University of Washington and a fellowship at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in addition to duties as a visiting clinician in shoulder surgery at the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Zuckerman is recognized internationally as an expert in shoulder surgery and hip and knee replacement. Dr. Zuckerman has served as President of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and has published over 250 scientific articles. The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) presented Dr. Zuckerman with its Clinical Research Award in 2002 and he has also received the “Teacher of the Year” Award on five separate occasions from the residents at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases.


Question: If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?

Joseph Zuckerman: Let's see now, who would it be? Boy, that's a tough one. That's a tough one. Who would it be? I think I would have dinner with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Just the three of us. I've read their biographies, multiple biographies on both. For some reason I find that era very interesting and I think it would be very interesting to be able to talk to two of the greatest legends in baseball. On the other hand, it may not be the most stimulating conversation.