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Craig Israelite, MD

Craig Israelite, MD Physician

Co-Director of Knee Service Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Israelite is employed by Penn Medicine.

In New Jersey, providers are affiliated with Penn Medicine through Clinical Health Care Associates of New Jersey.

About Dr. Craig Israelite

Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2015 – 2017

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issues in 2002, and 2010 - 2018

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Overall Ratings

Clinical Specialties


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, 1994

Clinical Expertise:

  • Acetabulum Fracture
  • Arthritis
  • Arthrodesis (Fusions)
  • Arthroscopic and Joint Preserving Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Knee Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Artificial Hip
  • Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis)
  • Bone Biopsy
  • Bone Fractures
  • Bone Grafting
  • Bone Lesions
  • Bursitis
  • Cartilage Injuries
  • Cementless Total Hip Replacement
  • Ceramic Hip Replacement
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Complex Hip Revision Surgery
  • Complex Knee Revision Surgery
  • Congenital Hip Dislocation (CHD)
  • Crystal Arthritis
  • Crystal-Induced Arthropathies
  • Female Knee
  • Femur Fracture
  • Heterotopic Ossification (HO)
  • Hip and Knee Preservation Surgery
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Arthroplasty
  • Hip Deformities
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Infection
  • Hip Osteotomy
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Reconstructive Surgery
  • Hip Surgery
  • Hip Trauma
  • Joint Aspiration (Arthrocentesis)
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Preservation Surgery
  • Joint Reconstruction Surgery
  • Joint Replacement
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Avascular Necrosis
  • Knee Cap Instability
  • Knee Cartilage Tear
  • Knee Deformities
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fractures Repair
  • Knee Infection
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Injury
  • Knee Loose Bodies
  • Knee Malalignment Syndrome
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Problems
  • Knee Prosthesis
  • Knee Reconstructive Surgery
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Revision Surgery
  • Knee Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee Tendonitis
  • Knee Trauma
  • Meniscus Tear Surgery
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement
  • Non-Operative Hip Injury
  • Non-Operative Knee Injury
  • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Paget's Disease
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Partial Knee Resurfacing
  • Patella (Kneecap) Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Revision Hip Replacement Surgery
  • Revision Joint Replacement
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Second Opinion
  • Sport Related Hip Injury
  • Sport Related Knee Injury
  • Surgical Wound Infection
  • Tendon Injuries & Tendonitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tibial Plateau Fracture
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Unicompartmental Knee Replacement

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Amerihealth
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Medicare
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Care
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Drexel University Center City Hahnemann Campus
Residency: Hahnemann University Hospital


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, National American Society of Hip and Knee Surgeons, National Arthritis Foundation, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter, Local Medical Advisory and Professional Education Committee Arthritis Foundation Easter Chapter, Local National Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association, National National Osteonecrosis Foundation, National Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, Local Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Israelite is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Berman, A.T., Bosacco, S.J., Parks, B.G., Israelite, C.L., Austin, D.K., Farrell, E.D., Quartararo, L.G.: Compression arthrodesis of the ankle by triangular external fixation: Biomechanical and clinical evaluation. Orthopaedics 22 (12): 1129-1134,1999.

Berman, A.T., Parmet, J.L., Israelite, C.L., Harding, S.P., Chandrasekaran, K., Horrow, J.C., Singer, R., Rosenberg, H.: Emboli observed with use of transesophageal echocardiography immediately after tourniquet release during total knee arthroplasty with cement. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 80 (3): 389-396,1998.

Berman, A.T., Quartararo, L.G., Farrell, E.D., Israelite, C.L., Blyakher, A.A.: Treatment of high-energy gunshot wounds to the extremity with the Ilizarov small wire external fixator. Genji Ortopedii (Russian) 3 : 39-45,1998.

Quartararo, L.G., Israelite, C.L., Blyakher, A.A, Berman, A.T., Mazur, D., Szabo, J.: The use of the Ilizarov external fixator for traumatic injuries to the foot and ankle; An explanation of the technique and clinical review. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons : 1998.

Quartararo, L.G., Israelite, C.L., Berman, A.T., Blyakher, A.A., Gordon, J.: The treatment of intra-articular tibia fractures with small wire fixation: An explanation of technique and clinical review. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons : 1998.

Israelite, C.L., Quartararo, L.G., Blyakher, A.A., Berman, A.T., Scopp, J.: Biomechanical analysis of tibial intramedullary rods: To cast or not to cast. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons : 1998.

Israelite, C.L., Quartararo, L.G., Blyakher, A.A., Berman, A.T.: Talar fracture/dislocations: A new treatment using the Ilizarov technique. American Society for the Advancement of the Methods of Ilizarov (ASAMI) International Meeting : 1998.

Quartararo, L.G., Israelite, C.L., Berman, A.T., Blyakher, A.A.: Calcaneal fractures: Treatment using the Ilizarov technique. American Society for the Advancement of the Methods of Ilizarov (ASAMI) International Meeting : 1998.

Cordover, A., Israelite, C.L.: Pseudoaneurysm following femur fracture: A case report. Orthopaedics 20 (11): 1086-1087,1997.

Quartararo, L.G., Berman, A.T., Israelite, C.L., Blyakher, A.A., Scopp, J.M.: The Ilizarov external factor for treatment of tibial nonunion. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons : 1997.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Pennsylvania Health System
3400 Spruce Street, 2 Silverstein

Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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