Steven Neufeld grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors of Science degree in engineering. Pursuing an interest in biomechanics, he went on to medical school at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. He then completed an Orthopaedic Surgery residency at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He completed a fellowship in Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgery under the guidance of Lew Schon, MD and Mark Myerson, MD in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Neufeld joined the prestigious Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic in Arlington, Virginia, and several years later he left to start The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center of Washington, DC. As President & Medical Director, he built the first comprehensive foot and ankle center in the Washington DC area, which employs foot and ankle physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers and non-operative podiatrists. More recently, Dr. Neufeld helped found The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics, the largest Orthopaedic Surgery group in North America, and now serves on the Board of Managers.
He has a love and affinity for teaching and continuing education. He founded and serves as the director of the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center 1-year Fellowship, which participates in the national American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) match. He was granted appointment as a Clinical Instructor at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. In addition, he has become involved in the education of Georgetown University and George Washington University Orthopaedic Surgery residents through heading up the Foot and Ankle Service at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia, and through formal lectures. He has been invited to give ground rounds presentations at multiple universities and hospitals, most recently at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama.
He is active in both clinical and biomechanical research, producing poster presentations, book chapters and Foot & Ankle journal publications. Recent research and publication topics include total ankle replacements, achilles tendinosis, and novel treatments for avascular necrosis of the talus and hallux valgus deformities. Current projects include IRB approved studies in ankle instability, extremity fracture care and multicenter studies in a bone graft substitute, and articular cartilage lesions in the ankle.
Dr. Neufeld became involved in the AOFAS early in his career and served as President of the Young Professional Society, the Education Committee, the Membership Committee and the Electronic Media Committee. He is currently the Chairman of the Health Policy Committee. Dr. Neufeld has been a moderator for AOFAS paper sessions, given multiple lectures at national and international conferences, served as faculty for various AOFAS symposiums and was recently the Chairman of the “Complete Foot Care” course in Fairfax, Virginia. Furthermore, he has been active in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), serving as a mentor to young physicians, physician assistants, and medical students, as well as working as a faculty member at multiple conferences including “Top 15 Foot & Ankle Problems.” He also serves as the liaison between the AAOS and the American Medical Association (AMA). In addition to teaching, Dr. Neufeld serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the British Medical Journal, Foot Education.com, the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery and Foot & Ankle Specialist.
In his free time, Dr. Neufeld enjoys spending time with his 3 children, his wife of 18 years, and his dog. He enjoys boating on the Chesapeake, playing basketball and piano, and keeping in good physical shape. His wife and he together enjoy traveling and discovering new places, eating good food, drinking wine, and living in Washington, DC.
On Ankle Replacement Surgery
On Treatments for Planter Faciitis