Welcome to The Scottsdale Joint Center: Dr. Stuart Kozinn is a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the surgical treatment of hip, knee, and shoulder joint problems. Dr. Kozinn has been serving patients in Arizona for over twenty seven years, providing personalized and compassionate orthopedic care here at the Scottsdale Joint Center. He is the founder and Medical Director of the HonorHealth Scottsdale Total Joint Center located in the Osborn Hospital. Dr. Kozinn also serves as the Chief of Surgery at the HonorHealth Osborn Medical Center, where he works to improve the quality of surgical care for all hospital patients.
Dr. Kozinn is a specialist in total joint replacement and the surgical reconstruction of complex hip, knee, and shoulder problems. Dr. Kozinn’s procedures utilize muscle sparing techniques whenever possible to minimize pain and maximize early function. Dr. Kozinn’s educational experience includes Fellowship training in total joint reconstruction at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital. In addition, he completed his Orthopedic Residency at Cornell University’s top ranked “Hospital for Special Surgery” in New York City. Dr. Kozinn’s credentials include board certification by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS), and he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Kozinn has a faculty appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, where he teaches University of Arizona medical students basic principles of surgery.
When surgery does become necessary, Dr. Kozinn uses special muscle sparing approaches to minimize pain and maximize your recovery. Longer acting local anesthetics are utilized to decrease pain and allow earlier mobilization. All of our patients are encouraged to walk an hour or two after surgery. Most total hip patients will spend just one night in the hospital. Total knee replacement patients may spend one or two nights as desired. For our multiple visitors from other areas, we will do our best to accomodate your special needs. Our surgery scheduler (Gerry) will guide you through the process and assist you with any special needs, including travel plans or advice about local accommodations. If you live out of town, and you send your Xrays for review by Dr. Kozinn, he will call you to discuss future options concerning possible care here in Scottsdale.
In surgery, Dr. Kozinn favors the use of regional anesthesia techniques – including spinal anesthesia and nerve blocks – because we believe they are safer then general anesthesia for most joint replacement patients. Regional anesthesia also facilitates our advanced pain management protocols. Pain management is a very high priority, and Dr. Kozinn always seeks to minimize post-operative pain by using “multi-modality” techniques that include preoperative education and minimal narcotics (if any) after surgery. Many of our anterior total hip patients say they have minimal pain after surgery, and most do not require narcotic medications. Some will choose to go home the same day as surgery. While the great majority of surgical procedures are successful, it is important to remember that there can be no guarantee of success. It is also important to choose a surgeon who is well trained, and who has the necessary experience to treat any possible complications that may develop.
Dr. Stuart C. Kozinn has been practicing orthopedic surgery for over 27 years in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is the Medical Director of the highly ranked Scottsdale HonorHealth : Total Joint Center on the Osborn Campus. Dr. Kozinn also serves as the Chief of Surgery at his Hospital, where he works to improve surgical care for all patients. Dr. Kozinn received his training at top academic orthopedic total joint centers. These include a total joint fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School. Orthopedic residency training was at the highly ranked Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Medical School was attended at UCLA Medical Center where Dr. Kozinn graduated with an award for research in bone ingrowth physiology. He is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in Total Joint Replacement.
Dr. Kozinn has always had a special interest in partial knee replacement. Partial knee replacement is becoming more popular now because of a faster rehabilitation compared to total knee replacement. Patient’s don’t want the “down time” associated with full replacement. Dr. Kozinn’s research and publications on the subject of partial knee replacement have become important references for other orthopedic surgeons. His well regarded paper published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, is a classic reference to the surgical indications for partial knee replacement, which is also called “unicondylar arthroplasty”.
Shoulder surgery, including Total Shoulder Replacement and minimally invasive rotator cuff repair are also services that Dr. Kozinn offers and provides at HonorHealth:Osborn. Knee arthroscopy is also done on an outpatient basis with minimized pain utilizing a customized rapid recovery protocol. Advanced pain management techniques are always used, including the use of a new longer lasting local anesthetic. Patients can usually return to work in a few days. It is a priority for all of our surgical patients to be up walking as soon as possible after surgery. This has led to less problems related to “immobility”. Length of stay in hospital is always minimized, so you can get home to your loved ones ASAP.
Medical Records Policy: Our patient charts (paper records) and X-rays are stored on site for the majority of our patients. If you need your records we will copy them for you without charge, but please be patient, as it may take 7-21 days to complete a copy request. (We ask that you stop by the office to pick up your records if they are not faxed to your new provider for the safest transfer.) If it has been over 7 years since you have visited our office, charts may no longer be available as per Arizona records requirements. For patients wishing to transfer their care, we will assist you by forwarding your records with a signed written request. ( A medical records request form can be obtained at our front desk or downloaded from our website.)
Teaching: Dr. Stuart Kozinn MD serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix. He also serves as the Chief Of Surgery at HonorHealth-Osborn and he frequently has medical students learning with him. Teaching surgery is still a time-honored process of passing skills from mentor to apprentice. Dr. Kozinn knows that it is important for our future doctors to learn compassion, excellence, and to provide the best possible medical care for patients. If you have a concern about medical students being present, please let our staff know.
Download Dr. Kozinn’s CV here: Stuart C. Kozinn MD. 2015 CV x
Dr. Kozinn has authored many Scientific Publications on topics in orthopedic surgery and joint replacement. He has also written a highly regarded treatise on Adult Hip Disease and Total Hip Replacement, which is co-authored and illustrated by Dr. Frank Netter MD. Click here to see Dr. Kozinn’s illustrated work on Total Hip Replacement as listed on Amazon.com.