May 14, 2024 Dr. Jaclyn Jankowski Honored By Arthritis Foundation of New Jersey as 2024 Orthopedist of the Year

Jaclyn Jankowski, DO, an orthopedic surgeon with RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group who is on staff at Clara Mass Medical Center, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center and Jersey City Medical Center, received the Arthritis Foundation of New Jersey’s 2024 Orthopedist of the Year award at its Evening of Honors event held on May 2 at The Palace at Somerset Park.

“I love what I do, and it’s an honor to be recognized by my peers and the Arthritis Foundation of New Jersey for the care I provide my patients,” said Dr. Jankowski. “At every patient touchpoint, I strive to alleviate my patients’ pain from arthritis and other conditions and restore their long-term functionality and mobility. I can provide hope that there is a chance at regaining a level of function that had been lost.”

Female orthopedic surgeons like Dr. Jankowski, who specializes in joint replacements, are rare and underrepresented in the field. According to 2022 data from the Association of American Medical Colleges, they account for 5.9 percent of the surgery specialty.

“We are privileged to have Dr. Jankowski on our team at the Medical Group. Her dedication and innovation in orthopedic surgery provide valuable contributions to the field and we congratulate her on receiving such a prestigious recognition,” says Michael Prilutsky, Interim CEO & President, RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group.

“Dr. Jankowski’s holistic approach to patient care centers on managing patients’ conditions with functionality and mobility,” said Frank Liporace, MD, Chairman of Orthopedics at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center and Senior Vice President, Orthopedic Service Line, RWJBarnabas Health Northern Region. “I am so proud to see how she has advanced in her medical career, from starting as a resident and fellow at RWJBarnabas Health to now joining me as a colleague with RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group. She’s a shining star in our industry, and I can’t think of someone more well-deserving of this honor.”

Dr. Jankowski also specializes in orthopedic trauma surgery, fracture care, and primary and revision joint replacement arthroplasty of the hip, knee, shoulder, and elbow.

Dr. Jankowski earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a pre-medical concentration from the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts. She furthered her education at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Since 2016, she has been an integral part of the Rutgers RWJBarnabas Health system. Dr. Jankowski completed her fellowship in orthopedic trauma and adult reconstruction at Jersey City Medical Center and Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center under the tutelage of Dr. Liporace and Richard Yoon, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group. She completed her residency in 2022 at Jersey City Medical Center.

She currently serves as the Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement Officer at RWJBarnabas Health Orthopaedics and is on the teaching faculty for both her former residency and fellowship.

The Arthritis Foundation of New Jersey award event occurred during Arthritis Awareness Month, during which Dr. Jankowski joined two other honorees who received Lifetime Achievement and Corporate Leader awards.

RWJBarnabas Health offers comprehensive orthopedic services for adults and children to help manage conditions caused by arthritis, degenerative joint disease, injuries, congenital issues and general wear and tear. Orthopedic services offered at its acute care, ambulatory care and rehabilitation facilities throughout New Jersey include emergency care, diagnostic testing, surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation services. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick is ranked 34th in the nation for pediatric orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report.

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Dr. Jaclyn Jankowski presented with Orthopedist of Year Award