Robert L. Cristofaro

Robert L. Cristofaro, MD


Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery

Medical School

SUNY Downstate Medical Center


Montefiore Medical Center


Rancho Los Amigos Hospital

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


More about Robert L. Cristofaro, MD


Board certified in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Robert Cristofaro specializes in caring for children with orthopedic conditions including spinal deformities, foot and ankle conditions, and other musculoskeletal disorders.


As a faculty member at New York Medical College, Dr. Cristofaro teaches medical students and residents how to provide outstanding orthopedic care. He also lectures and presents nationally, helping other orthopedic surgeons stay up-to-date on the latest treatments.


Dr. Cristofaro provides care designed for children and adolescents. He strives to help his patients overcome orthopedic abnormalities, as well as achieve normal movement and function. He believes that all children should have access to great care, no matter their ability to pay. Therefore, he offers his services for children in need.

Special Interests

  • Clubfoot
  • Developmental dysplasia of the hip
  • Trauma and growth plate injury
  • Sports medicine
  • Scoliosis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spina bifida
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Leg length discrepancy
  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Congenital hand, upper extremity, knee and foot deformities

Published Work

Haberman, Edward T. and Cristofaro, Robert L. Avascular Necrosis of Bone as a Complication of Renal Transplantation. Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism. 6:189-206. 1976


Cristofaro, Robert L., Hoek, Kenneth J., Bonnett, Charles. Spine Deformity in Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 139:40-48, 1979.


Cristofaro, R., and Brink, J. Hypercalcemia of Immobilization in Neurologically Injured Children: A Prospective Study. Orthopaedics. 2:485-491, 1979.


Melkonian, G., Cristofaro, R., Perry, J., and Hsu, J. Dynamic Gait Electromyography Study in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) Patients. Foot and Ankle. 1:78-83, 1980.


Goldstein, E., Ahonkhai, V., Cristofaro, R., Pringle, G., and Sierra, M. Source of Pseudomonas in Osteomyelitis of Heels. J. Clinical Microbiology. Nov. 1980: 711-713.


Cristofaro, R., and Heskiaoff, D. Bilateral Habitual Hip Dislocation in a Child with Down’s Syndrome. Clinical Orthopaedics. 155:41-42, 1981.


Cristofaro, RL. Dislocation of the Radial Head in Children. Mediguide to Orthopaedics. Vol. 4, Issue 5, 1985.


Cristofaro, RL., and Williams, CL. Motorskeletal Manifestations of Lyme Disease in Children. The New York Medical Quarterly. Vol, 1085.


Cristofaro, Robert L., Williams, Christine L; Appel, Marc H., and Gelb, Robert I. Musculoskeletal Manifestations of Lyme Disease in Children. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. Vol. 7, No. 5: 527-530, 1987.


Cristofaro, Robert L. The Congenital Clubfoot Controversies. Bulletin of The New York Academy of Medicine. Vol. 63, No. 9, pp. 839-843. November 1987.


Cristofaro, Robert L., and Maher, James O. Digital Lipoma of the Foot in a Child. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Jan 1988: 128-130.


Cristofaro, Robert L. Orthopaedic Abnormalities Associated with Myelodysplasia. The New York Medical Quarterly. Vol. 8, No. 4, 1988: 118-120.


Williams, CL., Strobino, R., Lee, Al, Curran, AS., Cristofaro, R.L. Lyme Disease in Childhood: Clinical and Epidemiologic Features of Ninety Cases. Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. 9:10-14, 1990.


Cristofaro, Robert L. Common Pediatric Orthopaedic Injuries of the Shoulder. Emergency Pediatrics. Vol. 4, No. 5, pp. 100-102. October, 1991.


  • American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
  • The Multiple Hereditary Exostosis Coalition
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Club of New York
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

Academic Appointment

Clinical Associate Professor, New York Medical College




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