Personal Statement

Elton Strauss, Mets Dream TeamElton Strauss, MD, FACS, FABOS, Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mount Sinai Hospital and School of Medicine

Been there, done that! That’s what I have told my patients on many occasions. After two successful shoulder repairs and three spine reconstructions. Fortunately, the operations were successful, and I feel better than ever! However, these experiences left me with a whole new prospective on the pain, anxiety and difficulties my patients face with their orthopaedic problems.

One of the most rewarding parts of my day is reading letters stating how I’ve changed people’s lives, by repairing their damaged limbs and joints, returning them to normalcy and enabling them to function independently and without pain. In a nutshell, that’s why I became an Orthopaedic Surgeon 28 years ago.

I am extremely comfortable talking with patients and in the operating room, even on difficult cases that others shy away from, where creativity and serious thought are required along with compassion. I am committed to open communication and the sharing of information, so patients can make informed decisions and feel at ease each step of the way. I treat the entire, whole patient, not just the orthopaedic problem, and often form a close personal bond that lasts beyond treatment. Every patient gets the best care possible.

My position at Mount Sinai Chief of Orthopedic Trauma and Adult Reconstruction, Emeritus allows me to work with young physicians who are bright and always challenging me. I lecture frequently, locally, nationally and internationally.

This probably comes naturally because I grew up watching my dad a Marcus Welby type family physician in Brooklyn; he was also a “handyman” who could fix anything around the house. My mom was the compassionate nurse / telephone receptionist who could solve every patient’s problem with kindness and compassion.

Of course born in New York City in 1948 I spent my first 17 years on the streets of Brooklyn as a Dodger fan. Fire trucks were my passion followed by any kind of sports. Lionel electric trains kept me tinkering with my hands after school and on weekends. After a few attacks of Bronchial Asthma I decided to become a physician.

At the age of 18 I met the love of my life, Karen and we have been together for fifty years. Our two children have established themselves independently. Eric as a producer with ABC News and Elisa as the proprietor of the internationally recognized Confetti Cakes.

When not practicing Orthopaedics I continue to be involved in many sports including tennis, boxing, and golf. Unfortunately I have gotten a bit too slow to continue with Sunday football and basketball. I assist my wife who is President of the Long Island Chapter of the American Harp Society and listen to Country and Western music. I also correspond regularly with Oscar, a young man from the Dominican Republic, who has become a virtual member of our family since we befriended him over twenty years ago.

An addition to our family is Joey a female Labradoodle (part Labrador part Poodle) who came to us from Australia. She has become an integral part of our lives. Joey is involved in agility training and we spend Sunday mornings running and jumping over obstacles.

I feel fortunate to be part of a world – class hospital, as Mount Sinai. I am the Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma and Adult Reconstruction, Emeritus. The bright young physicians I mentor challenge me and keep me fresh. Lecturing locally, nationally and internationally enables me to share the techniques and research I am always examining. The leadership roles I play in professional organizations keep me networking with the best and brightest of my peers, and help me in my constant search for the best technology and tools to serve my patients.

Thank you for stopping by my website. Hopefully, you will give me a chance to help solve your orthopaedic problem. Please feel free to call and chat. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.