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January 2024

Dr Owens took part in a medical mission to Honduras the week of January 29th to February 3rd. He worked with a group of 10 physicians sponsored by Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Tenafly. He and his group were able to provide general medical care to over 1200 people in underserved, indigent communities in the mountainous region of Intibuca, Honduras. He and his team worked closely with Father Alfredo at St Lucy’s Parish in Yamaranguila who helped identify locations that would benefit from their medical care. They spent 5 days at 4 different locations. Services included treatment of everything from pulmonary conditions, high blood pressure and diabetes to wound care and broken bones. They received warm hugs and embraces of appreciation from adults and children alike. In addition to medical care, their outreach was humanitarian, delivering love and hope to remote areas. Their goal was to not just help these communities survive but one day thrive!

Dr. Owens said “These trips are inspirational, adventuresome and extremely gratifying. It is an experience I will never forget.”
We encourage those with further interest to look at the blog on the OLMC website with descriptions and photos of our daily activities.


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January 2024

Dr. Bevilacqua recently published an article titled, "The At-Risk Diabetic Foot: When to Consider Surgery." Recent survey data reveals that patients with diabetic foot ulcers identify amputation and infection as their biggest fears. In this article, Dr. Bevilacqua not only delves into these concerns but also offers invaluable treatment strategies designed to prevent the formation of ulcers or, if an ulceration is already present, accelerate the healing process, thereby reducing the likelihood of amputation.

July 2023

Dr. Bevilacqua recently had the honor of delivering a lecture on the prestigious Vumedi platform.  The lecture, titled, “Diabetic Foot Surgery”, showcased Dr. Bevilacqua’s extensive knowledge and contributions to the field of diabetic foot surgery.  “Being invited to speak on the Vumedi platform is a true honor.  It is an excellent opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with colleagues from around the world,” said Dr. Bevilacqua.  

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April 2023

Dr. Bevilacqua had the honor of serving as faculty and performing a live demo at the ACFAS Arthroscopy Surgical Skills course in Chicago, IL. 


December 2022

Dr. Bevilacqua recently published an article on the management of infected bone following limb salvage surgery.  In the article, Dr. Bevilacqua presented cases which highlight a staged approach to clearing infection and obtaining a functional limb.


September 2022

Dr. Jonathan Archer has been recognized by Jersey’s Best magazine as Top Doctors.  The editors and publishers of Jersey’s Best partnered with Castle Connolly to create 2022’s Top Doctors list.  Castle Connelly sends out a surgery to thousands of physicians as well as leading health care executives asking them to nominate a physician. Once a doctor is nominated, Castle Connolly’s medical review board evaluate the candidates and select the Top Doctors.

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July 2022

Dr. Teja Karukonda is one of a few spine surgeons in New Jersey actively performing robot-assisted spine surgery.  Recently, he was asked about the benefits of robot-assisted surgery.

This new advanced technology offers  GPS-like precision to improve spine surgery. Englewood hospital now has the Excelsius™ Ecosystem (Globus Medical). It is a robotic imaging and navigation platform that will enhance patient safety, improve accuracy and efficiency, and enable minimally invasive surgery.

February 2022

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Drs.  Archer and Lee were recently featured in Bergen Magazine.  Congratulations to our Top Doctors!

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October 2021

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Dr. Bevilacqua spent the past weekend as an instructor at the ACFAS foot and ankle arthroscopy surgical skills course at the OLC (Orthopedic Learning Center) in Chicago, IL.   All of the doctors at NJOS are committed to teaching and advancing scientific and clinical research.

April 2021

Congratulations to our "Top Doctors"​!

Bergen County is home to some of the most prominent and sought-after-physicians in the Country.  To help find the best of the best, BERGEN magazine commissioned a  survey of thousands of practicing physicians across the county.  Doctors were asked to select peers whom they deem are the best within their practice areas and whom they would seek out for particular procedures.


We are very proud of Drs. Lee and Bevilacqua for being selected and included in this year's  “Bergen County’s Top Doctors” list.

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February 2021

NJOS is excited to offer our patients advanced technologies, such as robotic guidance, to provide patients with the best possible care.


 This recent press release highlights our very own, Dr. Karukonda, an orthopaedic spine surgeon, who is a leader in the field of robotic guidance.  This technology which is designed to improve the safety and accuracy of spine surgery within the operating room. 

For more information on ExcelsiusGPS, click the link below:

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September 2020


We are excited to announce the the newest member of our team at NJOS, Teja Karukonda, M.D.


Dr. Teja Karukonda treats a variety of spinal disorders involving the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. He is experienced in performing minimally invasive spinal procedures as well as robotic spine surgery. 


Dr. Karukonda was born and raised in Connecticut. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BS in Molecular and Cell Biology. He then went on to graduate from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Following medical school, he completed residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He subsequently completed a fellowship in spine surgery at the University of California San Diego. Throughout his career, he has written numerous book chapters and has published research in the scientific literature. He strives to provide the highest level of care to all his patients.


Dr. Karukonda enjoys traveling around the world with his wife. He is an avid skier and enjoys running and hiking as well. 

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November 2019

Please join us in welcoming the newest member of our team at NJOS, Rehan S. Shamim, M.D.


Dr. Shamim brings with him specialized training in the most advanced techniques in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine.


Dr. Shamim graduated from Princeton University and earned his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University (formerly University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey).  He completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and then went on to complete a fellowship in Sports Medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

We are pleased to have Dr. Shamim join our team and look forward to you meeting him as well.

March 2018

Dr. Steve Kwak recently returned from an orthopedic medical mission to Ethiopia where he worked for 2 weeks with long term missionaries specifically to perform arthroscopic ACL reconstructions and to teach Ethiopian surgical residents knee arthroscopy.  In addition he helped treat traumatic injuries, fix fractures, and provide much needed relief for the staff there.

February 2018

Congratulations to our doctors for once again being selected as Bergen County's Top Doctors for 2018!  Our surgeons pride themselves in the exceptional and compassionate care they give to their patients.  

November 2017

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Dr. Bevilacqua was recently part of an esteemed faculty at the ACFAS Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy Surgical Skills course at the Orthopaedic Learning Center in Chicago, IL. He lectured and was a lab instructor at this two-day course, which gave participants the opportunity to learn and practice established and cutting edge techniques in surgery for the foot and ankle.

Dr. Bevilacqua was recently part of an esteemed faculty at the ACFAS Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy Surgical Skills course at the Orthopaedic Learning Center in Chicago, IL. He lectured and was a lab instructor at this two-day course, which gave participants the opportunity to learn and practice established and cutting edge techniques in surgery for the foot and ankle.

September 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Kwak for being selected as one of New Jersey's Top Doctors for 2017 by Healthy Living magazine!

For the complete list of selected doctors and specialities,

February 2017

Congratulations to Drs. Owens, Lee, Archer, and Kwak for being named Top Doctors for 2017 by Bergen Magazine!

For the complete list of selected doctors and specialities,

October 2016

NJOS Doctors in the News

Our doctors have recently been featured in Northern Valley Press.  Dr. Jen Lee discussed the benefits of endoscopic tarsal tunnel release.  Dr. John Owens wrote about the benefits of exercise and ways to maximize your training outdoors.  Dr. Nicholas Bevilacqua discussed ankle sprains and provided tips for prevention during exercise and sports.

May 2016

NJOS Conquers the Gran Fondo New York 2016

Congratulations to Drs. Archer, Bevilacqua, and Owens for completing the 100 mile cycling race through the hills of NY and NJ!  GFNY is a challenging 100-mile route starting on the George Washington bridge and heads north to the top of Bear mountain. After descending Bear mountain, the route includes many steep climbs on the way back to Fort Lee.


Congratulations on their outstanding accomplishment and avoiding injury! 

November 2015

Dr. Jen F. Lee Featured in Community Press


NJOS surgeon Dr. Jen Lee, M.D. was recently featured in the local community press about his care for Jehovah's Witness patients who cannot have blood transfusions.  Our doctors respect patients of all backgrounds and beliefs and will work with you to care for your injury while respecting your convictions.

October 2015

NJOS Gives Back to the Community


On October 10, Drs. Zarah, Bevilacqua and Kwak attended the Fort Lee health fair providing valuable information and service to the local community.


On September 26, Dr. Jen Lee and Dr. Steve Kwak made themselves available for free consultations to the indigent uninsured Asian population at the Holy Name Asian Health Fair.

May 2015

On May 17, 2015, Dr. John Owens and Dr. Nick Bevilacqua completed and competed at the arduous Gran Fondo New York with personal best times.  Congratulations to both on their outstanding accomplishments!

November 2014

Congratulations to Dr. John Owens and Dr. Steve Kwak for completing the NYC Marathon on November 2.  Dr. Owens and Kwak braved the elements to finish 26.2 miles of running without injury!

August 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Steve Kwak and his collegues at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute on publishing their research on osteochondral lesions of the talus in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.  

July 2014

Dr. Nicholas Bevilacqua co-authored a chapter on "Offloading Foot Wounds in People with Diabetes" in the text, Chronic Wound Care: The Essentials (published by HMP Communications, 2014). The chapter provides a comprehensive review of the etiology of neuropathic wounds and selection criteria for the various offloading modalities available.

June 2014

NJOS in the community.

NJOS was a proud sponsor for the Tenafly Educational Foundation's annual 5K run and dog walk. We had a booth at the family health and fitness fair and saw many familiar faces. Dr. John Owens made us proud with a strong performance in the 5K

May 2014

Congratulations on their Achievement

Drs. John Owens and Nicholas Bevilacqua completed the Gran Fondo NY. The Gran Fondo NY is a challenging 100-mile bicycle ride with over 8,000 ft of climbing, including a climb up Bear mountain. 

NJOS in the community.

Dr. Jonathan Archer recently volunteered at the 6th Annual "Run the Palisades" Health Expo in Fort Lee. Many people took advantage and gained a wealth of information. The doctors at NJOS are always eager to participate in these terrific local events.

April 1, 2014


Dr. Nicholas Bevilacqua co-authored a chapter on "Amputations of the Forefoot" in the surgical text, Atlas in Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy: Anatomy and Technique (published by Saunders and released in March 2014). The chapter, co-authored by Dr. Bevilacqua and internationally known vascular surgeon George Andros, MD, provides a comprehensive review of how to select the best foot-sparing amputation and avoid complications and what outcomes to expect. Also included are detailed surgical techniques, including a step-by-step guide for most functional forefoot amputations. 

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