Gregory C. Mallo, MD and Philip L. Schrank, MD, co-chiefs of the Shoulder Service at St. Charles Orthopedics, will be utilizing a novel reverse shoulder replacement system, designed for patients with extreme bone loss or erosion of the glenoid vault/socket later this month.

This system is the first commercially available patient-matched glenoid implant. This custom implant will allow the two surgeons to successfully replace the shoulder in the setting of extensive erosive glenoid bone loss and deformity. The first successful implantation of this VRS (vault reconstruction system) took place on September 21, 2016 in Virginia.

The upcoming surgery will mark the third time, these two have performed this cutting edge procedure.

Note: Drs. Mallo and Schrank lead the shoulder service at both St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY and Saint Catherine of Siena in Smithtown, NY.

VRS system is made by Zimmer/Biomet

Gregory C. Mallo, MD, FAAOS is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in shoulder reconstruction and arthroscopy of the shoulder.

As a medical officer in the United States Navy, Dr. Mallo was deployed to a forward operating position in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan with the Marines of the Combat Logistics Battalion out of Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. His military practice involved complex shoulder and knee care for Marines and Sailors including members of the Elite Special Forces and Wounded Warrior Communities.

After his military career, Dr. Mallo completed a fellowship dedicated to Shoulder Reconstruction and Arthroscopy at Harvard University / The Boston Shoulder Institute.

This prestigious, comprehensive immersion into the open and arthroscopic treatment of complex shoulder conditions, including revision rotator cuff surgery and shoulder arthroplasty, is based at the renowned Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.

In addition, Dr. Mallo spent time as an International Visiting Shoulder Fellow in Annecy, France, at the Alps Surgical Institute under Laurent Lafosse and at Uniklink Balgrist in Zurich, Switzerland, under Drs. Christian Gerber and Domniik Meyer.

Dr. Schrank received his orthopedic residency training at the Hospital for Joint Diseases where he was named administrative chief resident. His post-graduate training included a fellowship in sports medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles serving as assistant team physician for the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Angels, and the USC Trojan football team.

He currently performs a comprehensive array of surgical options for rotator cuff injuries including all-arthroscopic patch augmentation grafting and reverse total shoulder replacement for massive rotator cuff tears. In performing over 2000 shoulder surgeries he routinely applies state of the art surgical and rehabilitative techniques returning patients back to work, sports, and life as quickly as possible.