Dr. Shamash grew up in Connecticut and completed his undergraduate training at The State University of New York at Binghamton, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He subsequently attended The State University of New York at Buffalo where he received his Master of Science degree, while performing clinical research in oncology. He is a graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine where he graduated in the top 15% of his graduating class. Dr. Shamash completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007. He served as the chief orthopedic resident during his senior year and received the Henrietta and Jack Avart Memorial award; given to the Orthopedic Surgery resident who has exhibited exceptional competency in Orthopedic Surgery during their training program. Upon his graduation, Dr. Shamash, went on to complete additional fellowship training in hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgery at the prestigious New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.
Dr. Shamash is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (AOBOS) and has added subspecialty qualification in surgery of the hand. He holds academic titles as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and NYITCOM in Long Island.
Education and Training
- Columbia University Medical Center – NY Presbyterian Hospital – Fellowship in Hand, Upper Extremity, and Microvascular Surgery
- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
- Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine – DO
- University at Buffalo – State University of New York (SUNY) – MS with a focus on colorectal cancer
- Binghamton University – State University of New York (SUNY) – BS in Biology
Memberships and Awards
- American Society for Surgery of the Hand
- American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
- American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
- American Osteopathic Association
- New York Society for Surgery of the Hand
- Fellow Award – American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
- Henrietta and Jack Avart Memorial Award
Dr. Shamash joined Garden State Orthopaedic Associates in 2008 and has focused his orthopedic practice to the care of hand, wrist, elbow injuries. He specializes in the care of fractures of the hand, wrist and elbow, as well as the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of bone, muscle, tendon, ligament, and nerve injuries within the upper extremity. Dr. Shamash is also qualified and trained to administer Xiaflex®, a collagenase injection used for the nonsurgical treatment of Dupuytren’s disease, a genetic condition that causes flexion contractures of the fingers. Dr. Shamash has had tremendous success with this treatment with his patients.
Dr. Shamash has always had a passion for teaching and in addition to his busy clinical practice, in 2013 he was appointed as the program director of the new Orthopedic Surgery residency program at RWJ Barnabas Health/Jersey City Medical Center, where he continues to run the residency program and contribute to the education of our future orthopedic surgeons.
In October 2014, Dr. Shamash received the award of Fellow of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to the practice of orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Shamash takes a conservative approach to treating his patients and feels strongly that the most important factor in achieving excellent results is open communication as well as realistic patient expectations. He finds it extremely important for every patient to understand their diagnosis and to play a key role in the decision of which treatment option is best suited for that patient.
Dr. Shamash has privileges at The Valley Hospital, St Joseph’s Regional Medical Center as well as Jersey City Medical Center.
He lives in Bergen County with his three children and wife, Dr. Rachel Shamash, who is an orthodontist in Paramus, New Jersey, https://www.kreinerdental.com/meet-us/meet-dr-rachel-kreiner-shamash. He also enjoys skiing, tennis, hiking and traveling.