Originally from Long Island, Dr. Samuel Snyder earned his undergraduate degree from Long Island University-Post, graduating summa cum laude with a double major in chemistry and biology. He always planned to become a surgeon and was registered in the “pre-med” program during college. While attending LIU Post, Dr. Snyder was named President of the Chemical Society, founder and President of the Coalition of Science Societies, and Editor-in-Chief of the college literary magazine. Dr. Snyder also served as a senator in the student government. He spent his summers traversing North America offering bicycle and backpacking tours.
Dr. Snyder then attended Cornell University Medical College, where he earned his medical degree and accepted the Dean’s Research Prize for his efforts to increase understanding of blood supply activity within the knee’s meniscal cartilage. In his final year, Dr. Snyder was offered the chance to study at Oxford University through the Charles Horn Prize for Outstanding Leadership and Service to the Medical Community. Following his experience overseas, he completed his residency in general surgery at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York.
Education and Training
- University of Tokyo Hospital – Fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery
- New York Hospital – Fellowship in Fracture Management
- Hospital for Special Surgery – Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
- St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital – General Surgery Residency
- Cornell University Medical College
- Long Island University Post – BS in Chemistry and Biology
Desiring to further expand his skill set, Dr. Snyder attended an intensive four-year orthopaedic residency at Hospital for Special Surgery, which has been rated as a top orthopaedic facility by US News and World Report. After completing his residency, Dr. Snyder began a fellowship at New York Hospital in fracture management, followed by a second fellowship in hand and microsurgery, this time in Tokyo, Japan. He became proficient in both hand surgery and Japanese during his time there.
Memberships and Awards
- Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
- Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Charles Horn Prize for Outstanding Leadership and Service to the Medical Community
- Orthopaedic Surgery International Scholarship – Oxford University
- Dean’s Research Prize – Cornell University Medical College
In 1990, Dr. Snyder began his clinical work. After 12 years at Westwood Orthopaedic Group, he was recruited to join Garden State Orthopaedic Associates by Dr. Robert Schultz. As an extensively trained surgeon, Dr. Snyder is experienced in a comprehensive range of orthopaedic treatments. Dr. Snyder is particularly focused on addressing conditions of the upper extremity, including shoulder injuries such as rotator cuff tears. He also offers leading care for virtually all types of orthopaedic concerns.
Dr. Snyder is an active member of several distinguished medical groups. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. When performing operations, Dr. Snyder works out of The Valley Hospital, where he maintains surgical privileges.
Dr. Snyder holds the patents on three innovative medical devices, and he also has numerous interests and accomplishments outside of orthopaedics, as well. Dr. Snyder worked as a graphic artist in his father’s studio in high school and college, and helped to support himself in medical school by designing medical illustrations. Dr. Snyder is also an adept scrimshander, creating elaborate etchings and paintings in various materials (ivory, bone, shells, wood, and more) in a uniquely American art form called scrimshaw. He has sold numerous pieces to private collectors, and Dr. Snyder has even had a piece auctioned at Sotheby’s. In his spare time, Dr. Snyder and his wife provide Japanese to English medical translations.
Dr. Snyder and his wife reside in New Jersey and have one daughter, who currently attends Bryn Mawr College.