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Joanne Dekis, MD

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery; Hip Preservation
Board Certifications:
Board Eligible Orthopaedic Surgery
Areas of Clinical Interest:
Fracture care, hip dysplasia, perthes, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, hip disorders, limb deformity, skeletal dysplasia, cerebral palsy, club foot

Fellowship: Hospital for Special Surgery Hip Preservation Fellowship (2022)
Fellowship: Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship (2021)
Residency: SUNY Downstate (2020)
Medical School: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical Schoo
Undergraduate: Princeton University (2008)

Clinic Locations: Ashburn, Fairfax

Keystone Publications:

Milewski MD, Coene RP, Flynn JM, Imrie MN, Annabell L, Shore BJ, Dekis JC, Sink EL. Better Patient Care Through Physician Extenders and Advanced Practice Providers. J Pediatr Orthop. 2022 May-Jun 01;42(Suppl 1):S18-S24. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000002125. PMID: 35405696. 

Morrissey PJ, Zhou JJ, Shah NV, Torre BB, Dekis JC, Newman JM, Connors KM, Urban WP. Epidemiology of female youth ice hockey injuries presenting to United States emergency departments from 2002 to 2019. Phys Sportsmed. 2022 Oct;50(5):388-393. doi: 10.1080/00913847.2021.1932635. Epub 2021 Jun 9. PMID: 34030578.

Coste M, Tretiakov M, Shah NV, Zuchelli DM, Dekis JC, Pascal SC, Davidson LN, Scott CB, Hesham K, Uribe JA. Does Percutaneous Achilles Tenotomy Yield Comparable Short-Term Outcomes to Combined Open Achilles Tenotomy with Posterior Capsulotomy in Pediatric Patients with Clubfoot? Foot Ankle Orthop. 2019 Oct 28;4(4):2473011419S00152. doi: 10.1177/2473011419S00152. PMCID: PMC8696736. 

Tretiakov M, Cautela FS, Walker SE, Dekis JC, Beyer GA, Newman JM, Shah NV, Borrelli J, Shah ST, Gonzales AS 3rd, Cushman JM, Reilly JP, Schwartz JM, Scott CB, Hesham K. Septic arthritis of the hip and knee treated surgically in pediatric patients: Analysis of the Kids' Inpatient Database. J Orthop. 2019 Jan 4;16(1):97-100. doi: 10.1016/j.jor.2018.12.017. PMID: 30655655; PMCID: PMC6329196.

Chevinsky JD, Shah NV, Tretiakov M, Aylyarov A, Penny GS, Dekis JC, Chorney JN, Ahmed N, Sodhi N, Wilhelm AB, Urban WP, Paulino CB, Newman JM. Demographics of Tennis-Related Injuries that Presented to Emergency Departments in the United States. Surg Technol Int. 2017 Dec 22;31:352-358. PMID: 29316593.

Patient Reviews:
"Dr. Dekis was kind and sweet to my daughter, and very transparent with me so I was able to get a better understanding of the injury that my daughter had. I really appreciate all her help."

"Dr. Dekis is great! She’s very caring and understanding with my child. Thank you!"

"Dr. Dekis was very responsive to our needs. She got us in that day to see our child and stayed late for the appointment, explaining everything clearly. We were very impressed by her."

Where did you grow up?
North New Jersey
Why did you become a doctor and why did you choose your specialty?
My mother had hip dysplasia as a child that was caught late, and she needed a hip replacement in her early 40’s because of early onset arthritis from her condition. Watching her go from not being able to walk due to pain, to walking again with ease after her hip replacement surgery, was incredible. Being able to make such a difference in a person’s quality of life made me interested in orthopeadic surgery. When I saw pediatric orthopaedics during my training, I fell in love with working with kids.

I am motivated by the ability to intervene in diseases early before they have a chance to cause problems later in life. Also, let’s be honest, working with kids is just the best! My added hip preservation training enables me to evaluate teens and young adults for hip problems before osteoarthritis sets in as well.
What do you most enjoy doing outside of your clinical practice, when you’re not working?
I love spending time with friends and family, eating, baking, listening to music, reading, watching shows, especially fantasy, and working out on my Peloton.
If you weren’t a doctor, what profession would you most likely be doing and why?
A food critic!