Meet Our World-Class Doctors

Not only do our doctors have decades of experience between them, but they truly care about what is best for you, the patient.

When you visit our office, you are a part of our family, and we will treat you as such. You can rest assured knowing that no matter what injury you have or treatment you need, we specialize in all orthopaedic injuries.

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Mark E. Baratz, MD

Areas of expertise include high-level athletes; arthroscopy and arthroplasty of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand; care of arthritis; and conditions affecting nerves and blood vessels and care of pediatric upper-extremity conditions

Mark Baratz, MD, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He served as vice chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at Allegheny General Hospital and director of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery until 2012.

Dr. Baratz was the hand surgery consultant to the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1999 to 2012. He is president-elect of the American Association of hand Surgery.

Dr. Baratz has nearly 100 published articles, book chapters, and textbooks, and is an associate editor for the American and European Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and the Journal of Hand Surgery. Dr. Baratz has been recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s “Top Docs” since 2004. He has been elected to America’s Top Doctors, America’s Top Orthopedists, and he received Patients’ Choice Compassionate Doctor Recognition.

He specializes in the care of high-level athletes; arthroscopy and arthroplasty of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand; care of arthritis; and conditions affecting nerves and blood vessels. Dr. Baratz has extensive experience with the care of pediatric upper-extremity conditions.

Dr. Baratz practices at our Washington, South Side, South Hills, and Passavant (9104 Babcock Boulevard, 5th Floor) offices.

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Stephen F. Conti, MD

Areas of expertise include care of all non-operative and operative orthopaedic problems of the foot, ankle and leg

Stephen F. Conti, MD, is a graduate of New Jersey Medical School in Newark, N.J. He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Hospital for Joint Diseases at NYU in New York, N.Y., as well as a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery from the Center for Orthopedic Care in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Before joining Orthopaedic Specialists—UPMC, Dr. Conti was clinical professor for orthopaedic surgery at Temple University School of Medicine.

He is a two-time recipient of the Golden Mallet Award for excellence in orthopaedic education, and has been consistently voted by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America since 2002, and a Best Doctor in Pittsburgh. Dr. Conti is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, and has authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles on the foot.

Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, his areas of clinical expertise include all non-operative and operative orthopaedic problems of the foot, ankle and leg.

Dr. Conti practices at our North Hills, South Hills, and Monroeville.

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Mark A. Fye, MD

Areas of expertise include spinal surgery, neck and back care, disc herniations, stenosis, and osteoporotic spinal fractures

Mark A. Fye, MD, is a graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.

He completed a residency in general surgery and orthopaedic surgery at the Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. He completed a fellowship in spinal surgery at Case Western Reserver University School of Medicine, University Hospital of Cleveland, in Ohio.

Dr. Fye is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and his areas of clinical expertise include spinal surgery, neck and back care, disc herniations, stenosis, and osteoporotic spinal fractures.

Dr. Fye practices at our Monroeville, North Hills, White Oak, McKeesport, Greensburg, and Steubenville (Ohio) offices.

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Thomas B. Hughes Jr., MD

Areas of expertise include carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder and elbow conditions, rotator cuff treatment, shoulder-joint replacement, and all upper-extremity surgery

Thomas B. Hughes Jr., MD, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Allegheny General Hospital, as well as a fellowship in hand, upper-extremity, and microvascular surgery at Brown University in Providence, RI. Dr.

Hughes is a member of Orthopaedic Specialists—UPMC and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He holds various leadership posts with the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Association for Hand Surgery, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Hughes is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in Orthopedics and Hand Surgery, expertise in carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder and elbow conditions, rotator cuff treatment, shoulder-joint replacement, and all upper-extremity surgery.

Dr. Hughes practices at our Monroeville, North Hills, Cranberry, and Steubenville (Ohio) offices.

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Dean G. Sotereanos, MD

Areas of expertise include hand surgery, with proficiencies in carpal tunnel syndrome, elbow conditions, joint replacement, shoulder conditions, and upper-extremity surgery

Dean G. Sotereanos, MD, graduated from the Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at UPMC, and a fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.

Before joining Orthopaedic Specialists–UPMC, Dr. Sotereanos was professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Drexel University College of Medicine, West Penn Allegheny Health System campus.

Since 2009, he has repeatedly been named one of the Top Doctors in Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh Magazine, and is a member of the American Association for Hand Surgery, the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, and the American Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and Elbow.

Dr. Sotereanos is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, with a certificate of added qualification in hand surgery. He specializes in hand surgery, with expertise in carpal tunnel syndrome, elbow conditions, joint replacement, shoulder conditions, and upper-extremity surgery.

Dr. Sotereanos practices at our North Hills and Monroeville locations.

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Periklis A. Papapetropoulos, MD

Areas of expertise include ankle replacement, elbow surgery, fracture care, hand surgery, hip replacement, knee injection therapy, minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, partial/total knee replacement, shoulder surgery and wrist care

Periklis A. Papapetropoulos, MD earned his medical degree from the Iuliu Hatieganu School of Medicine in Romania and completed his residency at Hatzikosta General Hospital, Ioannina in Greece.

Dr. Papapetropoulos completed his hand research fellowship at Duke University Medical Center, his foot and ankle fellowship at UPMC, and his total joint fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital. In addition to English, he is fluent in Greek and Romanian.

Dr. Papapetropoulos is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery by the Greece-European Union and a member of Orthopaedic Specialists—UPMC.

Dr. Papapetropoulos practices at our McKeesport, Pleasant Hills, Greensburg and White Oak locations.

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Christopher C. Schmidt, MD

Areas of expertise include disorders of the shoulder, elbow, and hand and his clinical focus is on arthroscopy, joint replacement, tendon and ligament repair, and nerve and fracture care of the upper extremity

Christopher C. Schmidt, M.D., is a nationally distinguished Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon. He serves as the Director of the Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He specializes in rotator cuff repairs, shoulder and elbow replacements, instability repairs, nerve reconstructions, fracture care, and distal biceps re-attachments.

He has published over 150 book chapters and peer-reviewed scientific articles / abstracts on rotator cuff surgery, total shoulder replacements, reverse total shoulder replacements, total elbow replacements, arthroscopic arthritic elbow surgery, distal biceps re-attachments, ligament repairs, stem cells, growth factors, and soft tissue healing. His two most recent peer review book chapters are on rotator cuff pathology and shoulder replacement surgery. His work is published in respected peer review orthopedic journals: The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Arthroscopy, American Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Journal of Hand Surgery, Journal of Orthopaedic Research, and Orthopedics Clinics of N America.

Dr. Schmidt was nominated twice for the Charles S. Neer Award, given by the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. As acknowledgment for his research on growth factors, he was awarded the prestigious O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award, given by the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine. Further, his patients selected him as one of Pennsylvania’s Favorite Physicians and he was elected by his peers as one of Pittsburgh Magazine’s “Best Doctors”.

Dr. Schmidt participates in a number of educational and volunteer governance committees for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. He was elected by his peers to serve as the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon's representative on the AAOS Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee for Full Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears. The national guidelines are designed to improve patient care through evidence based medicine.

Dr. Schmidt’s offices are conveniently located in the North Hills and South Hills of Pittsburgh and Washington, Pennsylvania.

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