Excel Physical Therapy Voted Region’s Best

The Physical Therapy team here at Excel was recently voted as the Best Physical Therapy practice in the Region by the readers! We are so proud and want to thank all of you for voting for us! To see us listed and view the other winners please visit  




Dr. Peter Yeh Recently Spoke at the Arthrex Futures Forum

Dr. Peter Yeh recently spoke about shoulder problems, including the Superior Capsular Reconstruction, at the Arthrex Futures Forum in Naples, FL.  It is a procedure that addresses irreparable rotator cuff tears and can improve a patient’s pain and function.  For more information about this procedure, please see of this along with one of his patient’s testimonials.



Excel Staff Returns From Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic

April 21-28: Our own Dr. Benjamin Levine, Dr. Michal Kozanek, PT Lauren Doherty, PTA Bill Martin and OT Beth Keelan all recently returned from a week-long mission trip to the Dominican Republic, sponsored by Children of the Nations. They had a full case load and helped as many people as they could while they were there.

One case in particular stood out. A 17 year-old had a knee deformity from an accident that happened when he was 14. The accident caused damage to the outside part of the growth plates which caused them to stop growing while the inside growth plates continued on as normal. They corrected the deformity and had to improvise, as they do not have all of the materials that they would here in the U.S. They bring many of their own materials with them, usually resulting in 10+ suitcases of medical necessities. Here is a before and after of this case:


What’s most notable is the lack of access to basic healthcare or housing. Patients line up to be seen when they know surgeons and therapists are coming. The case above is a perfect example: people walk around for years with injuries that would be fixed immediately if they had the resources available for them to do so. It is a very humbling experience for all involved.

Lauren summed it up perfectly: “I went to help those in need but little did I know that they would help me too.”



Dr. Peter Vezeridis Recently Published a Chapter

Dr. Vezeridis recently published a chapter describing the open Bankart procedure for recurrent shoulder instability in the textbook Operative Techniques: Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, 2nd Edition.





Dr. Peter Yeh Attends Lynnfield ‘Spring Into Wellness’ Days

April 10-11: Dr. Yeh recently attended the ‘Spring into Wellness’ days at Lynnfield High School. “This event was a great opportunity for students to be exposed to the various career options in the medical field as well as ask any questions regarding their own personal wellness goals” – Robert Cleary, LHS Principal. Dr. Yeh is pictured here with Dr. Lisa Connolly, her assistant Brittany, and nurse practitioner James Ennis.


Dr. Helene Feiler Participates in a Panel on ‘How To Stay Fit and Fabulous Throughout Your Lifetime!’

April 11: Dr. Feiler joined Dr. Gloria Korta as the two panelists at this great event hosted by The Winton Club. This took place at the Winchester Country Club and was moderated by Dr. Richard Weiner, CEO and CMO at Winchester Hospital. Dr. Feiler was a hit with the crowd as she used humor to express her important point: build up muscle as early as you can in order to ‘have it in the bank’ as you age. Excel was proud to be a sponsor as all proceeds went to charity.



Excel Attends the Stoneham Health and Wellness Expo!

April 7: Dr. Benjamin Levine and Dr. Peter Yeh attended the Stoneham Health and Wellness Expo at the Stoneham Middle School. Many people stopped by and it was a great event!




Dr. Peter S. Vezeridis Presents at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Annual Meeting in New Orleans

March 6-10: Dr. Vezeridis recently presented at the 2018 AAOS Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Topics included ‘Tendon Transfers for Complex Shoulder Pathology’ and ‘Outpatient Total Shoulder Arthroplasty: What Are the Trends and Complication Rates Relative to the Inpatient Standard?’.



Welcome Dr. Ashley Bassett

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Dr. Ashley Bassett.  Ashley is a 5th year resident at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Program.  She will be working closely with Dr. Joseph Czarnecki while she completes a two month clinical rotation in Sports Medicine.  Ashley will then begin her Sports Medicine fellowship at Jefferson in Philadelphia in the summer.  Welcome Ashley!


Drs. Joseph Czarnecki and Michael Kozanek Teach Arthroscopic Surgery to Residents

February 8-10, 2018.  Dr. Czarnecki and Dr. Kozanek are in Chicago teaching arthroscopic surgery to residents for the Arthroscopy Association of North America.


Dr. Joseph Czarnecki gives lecture at Harvard Alumni Day

On October 21, 2017, Dr. Czarnecki gave a lecture at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Alumni Day about the keys to developing a successful orthopaedic private practice. In attendance were practicing and retired orthopaedic surgeons from the program, as well as current fellows and residents.


 Excel Orthopaedics/ConforMIS Walk

October 21, 2017  Dr. Feiler and the folks from ConforMIS held a walk through Unicorn Park on a beautiful fall morning!  Patients and their families came to celebrate their new knees and enjoy a brisk walk around Unicorn Park!

 Dr. Peter S. Vezeridis publishes a shoulder surgery study entitled “Midshaft Fractures of the Clavicle: A Meta-analysis Comparing Surgical Fixation Using Anteroinferior Plating Versus Superior Plating” in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma

Dr. Vezeridis recently published an article on the surgical treatment of clavicle fractures. He completed this study while he was an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCLA. Dr. Vezeridis presented this research at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. You can read more about this study by clicking on the link below:


Latest COTN podcast: Life-altering stories from Dr. Ben Levine and Cyndi Rice-Levine

Read more about their latest mission by clicking on the link below:

Dr. Peter S. Vezeridis co-authors a shoulder surgery study entitled “All-Arthroscopic Revision Eden-Hybinette Procedure for Failed Instability Surgery: Technique and Preliminary Results” in Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery

Dr. Vezeridis recently published an article on a complex shoulder surgery called the arthroscopic Eden-Hybinette procedure. He performed these procedures and completed this study during his European traveling fellowship in advanced shoulder surgery. Dr. Vezeridis performed this work with Dr. Laurent Lafosse in Annecy, France This procedure is an option for patients who have recurrent shoulder instability despite a previous stabilization surgery: Latarjet, Bristow, labral repair, or Bankart repair. You can read more about this study by clicking on the link below:

Dr. Levine leads another successful COTN DR mission!

Dr. Benjamin Levine and his Children of the Nation (COTN) team of family, friends and Excel’s very own Beth Keelan and Bill Martin, completed another successful mission to Barahona, Dominican Republic in April 2017. For the past several years, Dr. Levine and his talented crew have visited the DR annually, donating their time, surgical, nursing, and therapist skills to anyone in need. Each year they make a significant difference in the lives of so many people who do not have access to the type of medical care we enjoy here in the States. Congratulations to all of the volunteers!!

Excel leads the way with custom knee replacements

Click on the link below to read the full article published in Boston Globe Magazine on Sunday, June 26, 2016.  Dr. Czarnecki is featured in the article as he explains the benefits of using custom knee technology provided by ConforMIS.

Award Winning Program

Excel Orthopaedic Specialists

excel ybtThe contest was held by Move2Perform.  They were looking for programs using Move2Perform software to help better their communities.  Our baseline concussion testing and movement screening program won runner up in the contest. 

“At Excel Orthopaedics, a large orthopedic practice in Woburn, MA, we have begun utilizing the Move2Perform software and testing program as a key component in assisting clinical decision making, preseason athlete screening and programing for performance training. We have been using M2P with our return to sport testing program for about a year and it has given us valuable objective data to help guide the return to sport decision making process with our athletes. We are now expanding our offerings to preseason athlete screenings and return to sport/injury prevention performance training and M2P will be a key component of both programs. Our preseason screenings are designed for youth sports teams and leagues and provide both injury risk screening using M2P and baseline concussion testing through ImPACT baseline testing. We will provide athletes with exercises to reduce the risk of injury or use their M2P results to help individualize the athletes’ training. The baseline concussion test will help guide management by the athlete’s doctor or certified concussion specialist if a concussion is suspected during the season. We hope to also use the data from the preseason screenings for research to help identify modifiable risk factors related to deficits in neuromuscular control and fundamental movement as they relate to concussions. Funding for this kind of program is a major hurdle for youth sports leagues.”

What Is A Physician Assistant?

Physician assistants (PAs) are healthcare professionals nationally certified to practice medicine as part of a team with physicians. PAs perform a comprehensive range of medical duties, from basic primary care to assisting in major surgery. They can prescribe medication in all states, the District of Columbia and most U.S. territories. A physician assistant’s responsibilities depend on state laws, practice setting, their experience and the physician’s scope of practice.

New Help For Patients Debilitated By Shoulder Pain

Dr. David Alessandro and Dr. Joseph Czarnecki are among a select group of surgeons nationwide to perform a new type of shoulder surgery that could help patients who suffer from debilitating shoulder pain. The Reverse® Shoulder Prosthesis manufactured by Encore Medical – a metal-and-plastic implant for the shoulder – is designed specifically for patients with severe shoulder arthritis and damage to rotator cuffs, the tendons that attach the shoulder muscles to the arm. Until now, there were limited surgical options for patients with severe deterioration. Conventional shoulder implants could not necessarily address both arthritis and rotator cuff deficiency. As a result, patients often had no choice but to endure pain with restricted shoulder function. The Reverse Shoulder is unique in that it was designed to salvage a damaged shoulder joint. The implant actually reverses the ball-and socket anatomy of the shoulder, which helps stabilize the joint and preserve bone. For more comprehensive, up-to-date information, visit The Reverse® Shoulder Website at . You may also contact our office to set up an appointment with either Dr. Alessandro or Dr. Czarnecki.

Dr. Yeh Worked On A Study Of Meniscal Tears In Professional Basketball Players

Dr. Yeh worked on a study of meniscal tears in professional basketball players while at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. The study’s findings are set to be published in an upcoming issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine. For a sneak peak of their findings in layman’s terms, check out  from Sports Illustrated.

Dr. Joseph Czarnecki Subspecialty Certification In Sports Medicine From The American Board Of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Dr. Joseph Czarnecki has recently received Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine from The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. ABOS is an independent organization which functions to serve the best interests of the public and the medical profession. These interests are achieved through the ABOS by establishing standards for the education of orthopaedic surgeons. Congratulations Dr. Czarnecki!

Walk To Defeat ALS

I wanted to send a big thank you to all of the people who donated and walked with us in the Walk to Defeat ALS last weekend in Wakefield. We had turnout at the lake of over 40 walkers to represent Teddy’s Team and together with about 70 donations we raised $3,255! As a bonus to our great efforts the company that I work for, Eisai Research Institute, is going to match all the funds that I raised online ($2,455) to bring the Teddy’s Team total to $5,710! With the cash and checks that each of us turned in the day of the walk, our Teddy’s Team total is well over $6,000.00!

My family and I are very humbled and proud of the outpouring of support and love that we have received over the past 9 months from our family and friends. Please know that everything you have done and continue to do is a blessing that we are grateful for each day. This past weekend was certainly a testament to that.

My dad also wanted to me to say a big hello and thank you to all of you! Your visits, hugs and well wishes all keep a smile on his face each day! Thank you all again from the bottom of our hearts!

Here are some picture which include most of the walkers on Saturday. My dad couldn’t believe how many people showed up to support him!

Dr. Joseph J. Czarnecki Co-Authors A Recent Article “Internal Fixation Of Juvenile Ostoeochondritis Dissecans Lesions Of The Knee” As Published In The American Journal Of Sports Medicine

This case study was designed to evaluate the functional and radiographic outcome of internal fixation of juvenile osteochondritis dissecans lesions of the knee. Operative techniques for the management of juvenile osteochondritis dissecans lesions of the knee include drilling, internal fixation, fragment removal, and chondral resurfacing. Click on the link above to view the complete article and its findings.

Dr. Joseph J. Czarnecki Co-Authors A Recent Article “Surgical Experience Correlates With Performance On A Virtual Reality Simulator For Shoulder Arthroscopy” As Published In The American Journal Of Sports Medicine

The purpose of this controlled laboratory study was to see how performance on a virtual reality simulator correlates with actual surgical experience. Forty-three test subjects of various experience levels in shoulder arthroscopy were tested on an arthroscopy simulator according to a standardized protocol. Click on the link above to view the complete article and its findings.