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Joel R. Politi, M.D.

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Dr. Joel R. Politi is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and reconstruction. He received his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio. He completed his residency at the Akron General Medical Center in Akron, Ohio and a fellowship at the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, focusing on adult reconstruction.

Dr. Politi is actively involved in clinical research and has numerous publications in leading orthopedic journals. He regularly presents on a local, regional and national level. A practicing surgeon and educator, Dr. Politi teaches at the undergraduate, medical school and residency levels; and leads courses for orthopedic surgeons on the latest surgical techniques. Dr. Politi was one of the first surgeons in central Ohio to perform outpatient or same-day total joint replacement.

In 2015 Dr. Politi was honored by the Arthritis Foundation with the “Pioneer in Medicine” award, for his leadership in the prevention, control, and cure of arthritis and related diseases. He is ranked among the top orthopedic surgeons in the country, being voted to the prestigious Best Doctors® and America’s Top Doctors® lists by his peers consistently since 2015. Dr. Politi has also been honored many times by his patients, and is a three time recipient of a Guardian Angel Award, an award given by the Mount Carmel Foundation on behalf of patients.

In 2003, Dr. Politi founded COSI’s Surgical Suite: Total Knee Arthroplasty program, which allows students in high schools throughout the country to watch a live surgery through interactive media. Since its founding, the program has reached more than 100,000 students.

He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, Ohio Orthopaedic Society, Columbus Orthopaedic Association, and the American Medical Association.

Patient Testimonial Videos

Tammy Zimmerman, Bilateral Total Knee Replacement: Click here to hear her story

Eric Humphries, Outpatient Total Knee Replacement: Click here to hear his story

Is Outpatient Joint Replacement right for you? – Click here to listen to two patient success stories

John’s Journey – Click to see his story

Click here to watch Dr. Politi’s presentation on Rapid Recovery at Orthopedic ONE’s 2016 Arthritis CME.

Education

  • Medical School
    Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine, Rootstown, Ohio
  • Internship/Residency
    Akron City Hospital - Summa Health System, Akron, Ohio, and Akron General Medical Center, Akron, Ohio
  • Fellowship
    New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Meet My Care Team

Alyssa Howden, PA-C

"The most rewarding part of my job is assisting patients to live their daily life without pain. "

Education / Training
  • The Ohio State University, B.S. in Human Ecology & Nutrition
  • The University of Toledo, M.S.B.S. in Physician Assistant Studies
Bio

Alyssa is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. She assists Dr. Politi in various clinical research projects with orthopedic interest to improve patient outcomes.

In her free time she enjoys staying active and experiencing life with family and friends. She resides in Upper Arlington with her husband (Brett), daughter (Elliott) and Weimaraner (Lennox).

How Do You Typically Interact with Patients?

I assist Dr. Politi clinically seeing patients in the office and surgically in the operating room on a weekly basis.

I have a special interest in conservative management of knee/hip arthritis and performing injections.

Why do you work at Orthopedic ONE?
I thoroughly enjoy working as a team to help patients return to pain free maximum independent living.
Location(s)

Jenna Klopfenstein, PA-C

Education / Training
  • Wright State University - Bachelor of Exercise Science
  • Kettering College - Masters in Physician Assistant Studies
Awards
Testing Awards
Bio

Jenna has been working with Dr. Politi for just over 6 years. She resides in Bexley, Ohio with her husband, Isaac, and their two year old son, Jacob.

How Do You Typically Interact with Patients?

I assist Dr. Politi in the office and during surgery. In surgery, I am responsible for first assisting Dr. Politi and suturing. In the office, I care for patients both with Dr. Politi and independently during followup visits.

Why do you work at Orthopedic ONE?
I enjoy helping patients with joint pain so that they can live a more comfortable life.
Location(s)

Fellowship Training

Patient Reviews

Related Patient Stories

David

Dr. Politi has been my doctor since I moved to the Columbus area.

I just had a complete revision done on my right hip. I went through the...

Jennifer

While I was at physical therapy one day, a man asked me, “Is that a Politi knee?” I said it is and asked him how he knew. He said it...

Judith

If you need a total hip replacement and are looking for an amazing experience and outcome, I wholeheartedly recommend making an appointment to s...

Amy

Dr. Politi,
Five years ago today you performed a total knee replacement on my left knee. You and your team helped me through the whole hea...

John

I am documenting a review of my experience with Orthopedic ONE. I am hoping to help seniors like myself that otherwise may have to resort to op...

Tammy

Orthopedic ONE patient, Tammy Zimmerman talks about living with rheumatoid arthritis and the damage the disease took on her joints, and her life...

Jane

Without Dr. Politi, I wouldn’t have been able to keep walking or finish my teaching career. Now I am enjoying a successful retirement, and...

John

I had a knee scope performed by Dr. Politi on 10/09/17 at the Surgery Center at Easton. I want to share what a great experience this was for me....

Eric

I have been a patient at Orthopedic ONE on prior occasions, but my most recent experience revolved around my knee replacement. Dr. Politi and hi...

Lindee

I just wanted to say that they do not get any sweeter than Dr. Politi! On top of his excellent bedside manner, he is also a very skilled physici...

Michael

Very happy!!

I was recommended to Doctor Politi by Doctor Ed Seasons at the Veterans administration here at the Columbus facility near th...

Larry

I can’t believe how great I feel with no pain since I had my hip replaced. I should have done this years ago. Not only would I refer Dr. P...

Robyn

First of all my initial date is off. My surgery was 4/10/2015. I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am with my new knee. It is getting better ...

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