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April 18, 2021
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Orthopedic care and outcomes at St. Mary's Healthcare in Amsterdam are among the best in the nation according to a new report from Healthgrades, the country's leading provider of information to help consumers make more informed decisions about physicians and hospitals.

St. Mary's Healthcare has been honored with several five-star orthopedics ratings by Healthgrades:

  • One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic s Services™ in 2016
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ for 3 Years in a Row (2014-2016)
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2016
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services for 3 Years in a Row (2014-2016)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture in 2016
  • Five-Star Recipient for Spinal Fusion Surgery for 3 Years in a Row (2014-2016)

St. Mary's is extremely proud to have two leading orthopedic spine surgeons, Dr. Jian Shen and Dr. Joseph Popper, operating at St. Mary's.

Fellowship-trained in spine surgery, Dr. Shen and Dr. Popper perform procedures that are unique to our region - in the area's only 5-star rated orthopedic surgical program. They are well versed in both non-operative and operative treatment of all spine conditions of patients of all ages, including back pain, neck pain, sciatica, leg pain, shoulder and arm pain.
shenDr. Shen earned his PhD in basic science research in pharmacology and finished his medical school education at Cornell University Medical College in New York City. After a surgical internship at the Mayo Clinic, he completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Wake Forest University Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. Dr. Shen then went on to finish a spine surgery fellowship at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco before joining us.

popperDr. Joseph E. Popper is the newest surgeon to join Dr. Jian Shen and the Orthopedic Surgical Team operating at St. Mary’s Healthcare. Dr. Popper was fellowship trained in Spine Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. His experience with minimally invasive spine procedures expands the opportunity for intricate spine surgery in our region.

Together, St. Mary's Surgical Services and the orthopedic spine surgeons have helped patients get their lives back through their skill, sophisticated medical technology and compassion. Both surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery, when clinically indicated, using the Mazor Advanced Renaissance™ Robotic Guidance System, a system which St. Mary's introduced to our region. Patients report experiencing less pain and discomfort, fewer complications and a faster recovery following minimally invasive surgery.



Spine Diagnostics and Treatments
St. Mary's is extremely proud to have one of the nation's leading orthopedic spine surgeons, Dr. Jian Shen, along with an award with surgical staff operating at St. Mary's. 

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Total Joint Replacement
By treating joint conditions and performing reconstructive and restoritive surgery, the physicians and surgical staff at St. Mary's help patients regain their strength and mobility - returning them to what they love to do.   

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Youth and Sports Injuries
St. Mary's Healthcare provides orthopedic surgeons and staff to treat a wide range of conditions, including traumatic injuries, sport injuries, and congenital or developmental orthopedic disorders.   

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