I am an orthopaedic surgeon with additional sub-specialty training in sports medicine, and experience caring for high school, collegiate and professional athletes alike. My practice includes all areas of sports medicine with particular interest in disorders of the shoulder, knee, hip and ankle.
My interest in shoulder conditions includes arthroscopic rotator cuff and instability repairs. For the knee, my focus is on cartilage repair, ACL and other knee ligament reconstructions. For the hip, I specialize in arthroscopic treatment of labral tears and femoro-acetabular impingement. For the ankle, my interests include the treatment of cartilage lesions, tendon injuries, instability and arthritis. My hobbies include striper and tuna fishing, and playing sports and coaching my three sons.
- Haverford College, Haverford, PA – BA 1991
- Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA – MD 1995
- General Surgery, Mass General Hospital, Boston, MA – 1996
- Staff Physician US Air Force, Dyess AFB, Abilene, TX – 2000
- Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency, Boston, MA – 2004
- Harvard / Mass General Sports Medicine Fellowship, Boston MA – 2005
- American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery – 2007
- ABOS Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine – 2010
- Arthroscopy Association of North America, Associate Instructor – 2016
In this video, Dr. Czarnecki demonstrates an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction using graft from the patient’s own quadriceps tendon. Using your own tissue (autograft) demonstrates a lower re-injury rate than using a cadaver graft (allograft.) This graft is a partial thickness graft so the architecture of the original quadriceps tendon remains intact. It also allows for a larger graft than hamstring tendons, and a thicker graft than the patellar tendon.
Dr. Czarnecki performs shoulder arthroscopic repair on an athlete with a significant injury after a shoulder dislocation that damaged the anterior and posterior labrum, also creating a cartilage injury on the glenoid socket as well as partial tear of the rotator cuff, and chronic bursitis.
Dr. Czarnecki performs knee arthroscopy on a 16-year-old female athlete for osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the medial femoral condyle (MFC) with internal fixation and bone grafting.
In this minimally invasive technique, Dr. Czarnecki repairs a chronic partial tear of the proximal hamstring tendon in a marathon runner. Rather than use an 8-10 inch open incision, three tiny portals are used to complete the repair. There is much less pain, and lower complications with this endoscopic repair technique that few surgeons perform.
Check out a clip of Dr. Czarnecki on WBZ News explaining the ConforMIS Total Knee Replacement Surgery!
“I have used Excel for a number of surgeries and physical therapy sessions. I have always had wonderful care. Dr. Czarnecki could not be any nicer and more thoughtful and compassionate. He goes above and beyond to make sure that everything works out well. I will continue to be a loyal Excel patient. Thanks so much for your awesome organization for providing such wonderful care to your patients."
"Dr. Czarnecki has performed five surgeries on me. Both my femurs spontaneously fractured, the right femur in 2015 and the left femur in 2016. He put Humpty Dumpty together again. I am an ultrasound technologist and stand to scan 8-9 hours a day. I am still working. Unbelievable how he aligned my fractures. He also has done multiple knee surgeries. He’s a miracle man. Very caring, great bedside manner, communicates well with me. I thank my lucky stars he is my orthopedic physician. I can’t tell you how appreciative I am."
"I have osteoarthritis in both shoulders which makes many activities difficult, especially when interacting with my grandchildren. Dr. Czarnecki has made my pain disappear for months at a time. He is patient, kind and even had a sense of humor! What could be better than that? He is on time with his appointments, yet never makes one feel rushed. He is the best! The front reception desk is helpful and expedient in dealing with checking in and making appointments. I wouldn't go anywhere else, and I'm picky!"