Doctor From Acclaimed Rothman Orthopaedic Institute Conducts Landmark Surgery at Emu Health, Glendale, Queens

Updated on March 5, 2023

EMU Health, a multi-specialty outpatient medical facility in the Glendale section of Queens, NY, has announced the completion of the first surgery conducted at EMU by a doctor from its new affiliate, the renowned Rothman Orthopaedic Institute. The surgery was conducted by Robert M. Zbeda, M.D., a leading hand & wrist surgeon, who now sees patients at the EMU Health facility in Glendale, Queens. 

“Along with my colleagues at Rothman Orthopaedics, I am excited to bring specialized surgical care to EMU Health,” said Dr. Zbeda. “I was born and raised in New York City, and it is an honor and privilege to take care of the wonderful, diverse, and hard-working people of Queens.” 

Dr. Zbeda specializes in hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder surgery. A fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon, he treats all conditions of the upper extremity including fractures, tendon/ligamentous injuries, sports-related injuries, peripheral nerve conditions, and arthritis. He explained that “the patient had a tumor growing in her hand for three years. When she came in for a consultation, I immediately sent her for an MRI and planned for surgical removal. Fortunately, the tumor was benign and I expect the patient to make a full recovery.” 

“Making eminent physicians such as Dr. Zbeda available to our patients in Queens reflects our vision of bringing world-class medicine right here to the local community, and is the latest benefit of our affiliation with Rothman Orthopaedics,” explained Daniel Lowy, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of EMU Health. “Making a positive difference in the community has been a key imperative in the founding and growth of EMU Health, and we’re proud to feel that our Glendale home is not only bringing an expanding set of world-class medical care to Queens families, but is emerging as a leading medical treatment destination across the entire NYC Metro area.” 

“Congratulations to Dr. Zbeda and the team at EMU Health for a successful procedure – we look forward to continuing to set the standard for affordable musculoskeletal care in Queens and the surrounding areas,” said Alexander R. Vaccaro, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, President of Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, Richard H. Rothman Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics, and Professor of Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals. 

Christopher T. Olivia, M.D., of Rothman Orthopaedics, noted that “EMU Health is an ideal partner due to their commitment to bringing high-quality orthopaedic services to their communities, the very principles Rothman Orthopaedics was built on.” 

EMU Health and Rothman Orthopaedics announced their partnership in fall 2022. For more information, please visit

About EMU Health: 

EMU Health is a six-year-old multi-specialty outpatient medical facility under article 28, consisting of an ambulatory surgery center (AAAHC accredited) and a specialty care center consisting of orthopedics, general surgery, women’s health, interventional radiology & cardiology. Since its inception, the facility has strived to make world-class medicine locally available to Queens residents, and continually recruits top physicians from around New York City to bring their talents to the Queens community. For more information, visit the company’s website at

About Rothman Orthopaedic Institute: 

Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is the largest musculoskeletal practice in the United States according to Becker’s Review. A world leader in the field of orthopaedics, Rothman Orthopaedics partners with health systems, hospitals and physicians to build enduring musculoskeletal systems of care in communities that are high-quality, compassionate, affordable and grounded in evidence-based medicine. Rothman Orthopaedic Institute orthopaedists treat patients in 43 locations and has surgical privileges at 71 facilities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Florida. With experts in nine orthopaedic sub-specialties including spine, hip & knee, foot & ankle, shoulder & elbow, hand & wrist, sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, orthopaedic oncology and trauma, Rothman Orthopaedics is recognized for excellence in clinical treatment methods, research, education and technology. Consistently recognized as national and regional “Top Docs,” Rothman Orthopaedics is proud to be the official team physicians for the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, the Orlando Magic, the iconic Radio City Rockettes, The Big EAST Conference, as well as over 60 college and high school teams. For more information about Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, please visit

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