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Craig Israelite, MD

Craig Israelite, MD Physician

Co-Director of Knee Service Program Director, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 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 – 2018

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issues in 2002, and 2010 - 2019

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Clinical Specialties


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, 1994

Clinical Expertise:

  • 2-Stage Revision of Hip Replacement
  • 2-Stage Revision of Knee Replacement
  • Acetabular Fracture
  • Acetabular Surgery
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury (ACL)
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair (ACL)
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair Revision
  • Anterior Hip Replacement
  • Arthritis of Knee
  • Arthrodesis of Knee
  • Arthrofibrosis of the Knee
  • Arthroscopy of Hip
  • Articular Cartilage Microfracture
  • Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation
  • Avascular Necrosis of Hip
  • Avascular Necrosis of the Knee
  • Baker's Cyst (Popliteal Cyst)
  • Bow Legged
  • Bucket Handle Meniscus Tears
  • Cartilage Damage of Hip
  • Cartilage Transplant
  • Chondromalacia
  • Computer-Assisted Hip Surgery
  • Computer-Assisted Knee Replacement
  • Damaged Patellar Cartilage Removal
  • Deconditioned Knee
  • Direct Anterior Total Hip Replacement
  • Discoid Meniscus
  • Dislocated Knee
  • Distal Femoral Osteotomy
  • Femoral Osteotomy
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Fibulectomy
  • Gluteal Injury
  • Gluteus Medius Tear
  • High Tibial Osteotomy
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Click
  • Hip Dislocation
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Injection
  • Hip Injuries
  • Hip Joint Debridement
  • Hip Joint Preservation Surgery
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Pain Over Age 60
  • Hip Pain Under Age 60
  • Hip Preservation Surgery
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Hip Revision Surgery
  • Hip Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Hip Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Hip Sprain
  • Hip Surgery
  • Hyaluronic Acid Injections
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
  • Instability After Total Knee Replacement
  • Joint Preservation Surgery
  • Knee Arthroplasty
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Repair
  • Knee Click
  • Knee Deformities
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Fusion
  • Knee Growth Plate Fracture
  • Knee Growth Plate Injury
  • Knee Injection
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Microfracture Surgery
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Pain for Patients Aged 60 and Older
  • Knee Posterolateral Corner Injury
  • Knee Preservation Surgery
  • Knee Realignment
  • Knee Revision Surgery
  • Knee Surgery
  • Kneecap Dislocation
  • Labral Tears
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament Repair (LCL)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament Tear (LCL)
  • Lesion of Popliteal Nerve
  • Lesion of Posterior Tibial Nerve
  • Locking Knee
  • Loose Body in the Hip
  • Loose Body in the Knee
  • Loosening of Total Hip Replacement
  • Loosening of Total Knee Replacement
  • Makoplasty
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Injury of the Knee
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Repair (MCL)
  • Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction
  • Meniscal Surgery
  • Meniscal Transplantation
  • Meniscectomy
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement Surgery
  • Multi-Ligament Knee Injury
  • Multiple Ligament Reconstruction
  • Osteoarthritis of the Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of the Knee
  • Osteochondral Allograft
  • Osteochondral Autograft
  • Osteochondral Lesion
  • Osteochondritis of the Knee
  • Osteolysis
  • Pain After Total Knee Replacement
  • Partial Hip Replacement
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Patella Injury
  • Patella Realignment
  • Patellar Clunk Syndrome
  • Patellar Instability
  • Patellar Stabilization
  • Patellar Tendon Repair
  • Patellar Tendon Rupture
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Patellofemoral Arthritis
  • Patellofemoral Injury
  • Patellofemoral Instability
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Patellofemoral Replacement (PFR)
  • Patient Specific Instrumentation
  • Periacetabular Osteotomy
  • Periprosthetic Femur Fracture
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament Repair (PCL)
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament Tear (PCL)
  • Posterior Hip Replacement
  • Prosthetic Joint Infection of the Hip
  • Prosthetic Joint Infection of the Knee
  • Pseudarthrosis of the Tibia
  • Pubic Symphysis Fracture
  • Pubic Symphysis Separation
  • Reconstruction of Hip
  • Reconstructive Knee Surgery
  • Recurrent Dislocation of Total Hip Replacement
  • Removal of Hip Prosthesis
  • Removal of Knee Prosthesis
  • Repair of Hip Labral Tear
  • Resurfacing of Acetabulum
  • Retrograde Drilling Avascular Necrosis
  • Robotic Hip Surgery
  • Robotic Knee Surgery
  • Robotic Unicompartmental Knee Replacement
  • Snapping Hip Syndrome
  • Stiffness After Total Knee Replacement
  • Surgery for Arthritis
  • Synovectomy of Knee
  • Tendon Repair
  • Tibial Spine Fracture
  • Tibial Tendonitis
  • Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy
  • Torn Meniscus
  • Torn Meniscus Repair
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Viscosupplementation
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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
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • 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
3737 Market Street
6th floor

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

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