Meet Our Orthaepedic Surgeon
Howard Jay Rudnick, M.D.
Howard J. Rudnick, M.D. received his undergraduate education at Brandeis University where he majored in Molecular Genetics and received an A.B. degree in 1976. Over the next decade he trained at the University of Miami School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Affiliated Hospitals including the Veterans Administration Hospital and Miami Children’s Hospital. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1980, completed a General Surgery Internship in 1981, and completed his Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation in 1985; which culminated in serving as the Chief Administrative Resident. Dr. Rudnick is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Dr. Rudnick subsequently traveled to Birmingham where he received an appointment to the faculty of the University of Alabama School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. During that time he was assigned to teach medical students, Orthopaedic Surgery residents, P.A. students, and Physical / Occupational Therapy students; while simultaneously performing a Fellowship in the university’s prestigious “Hand, Foot, & Reconstructive Microsurgical Program”. In the course of his Fellowship, Dr. Rudnick trained under the president of “The American Association of Foot & Ankle Surgeons”. His Fellowship also presented him with the unique opportunity to train in Plastic Surgery and to research the use of lasers in performing innovative surgical techniques to facilitate the microsurgical reattachment of amputated body parts.
Upon his return to South Florida, Dr. Rudnick opened his first office practice on the campus of the “new” West Boca Medical Center (several months before the hospital actually opened its doors). He was the first Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hand Surgeon, and Microsurgeon to establish his practice at that hospital and he was instrumental in developing their Orthopaedic Surgery Department and their Microsurgical Program. Shortly thereafter Dr. Rudnick opened his second office on the campus of the Delray Medical Center where he remained active for about 25 years and treated approximately 25,000 patients. For over a decade, Dr. Rudnick was solely responsible for the Orthopaedic Surgical treatment for all of the “First Responders” employed by the city of Delray Beach including the Police Department, Fire Department, and Paramedics. After establishing his practice in Delray, and due to his training at Jackson Memorial Hospital (which was considered to be one of the busiest Trauma Centers in the nation), Dr. Rudnick’s experience was called upon to help design and foster the protocols for the nationally recognized Level 1 Trauma Center in South Palm Beach County at the Delray Medical Center.
While on the staff of the West Boca Medical Center and the Delray Medical Center, Dr. Rudnick received his surgical privileges in the field of Orthopaedic Surgery, Microsurgery, and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. He treated patients who suffered with pain and disability due to musculoskeletal and neurological disorders. He operated on the upper and lower extremities of children and adults, performing procedures such as the re-implantation of amputated body parts, repairing complex fractures, treating sports related injuries, and performing reconstructive surgery such as the total joint replacement of hips, knees, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, ankles and feet. He treated traumatic injuries due to work related accidents and motor vehicle accidents. He has extensive experience with the non-operative treatment of chronic pain, spine disorders, herniated discs, sprains, strains, arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, fractures, and muscle / tendon tears. He currently devotes his vast experience exclusively to the conservative management of patients with pain / disability due to musculoskeletal disorders, without invasive surgery; whenever possible. Dr. Rudnick believes in personally overseeing the physical therapy rehabilitation of all of his patients.
Dr. Rudnick is currently accepting a limited number of new patients for treatment, consultation, and/or second opinions; and invites interested patients to contact his office for an appointment.