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Dr. Joel Cohen is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon and is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

He completed his undergraduate studies in chemistry at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, and earned his medical degree from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL. He served his internship in General Surgery at Emory University’s Grady Memorial Hospital, and completed his residency in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL. He served as the department’s Chief Resident in 1982 and 1983.

Dr. Cohen completed a Preceptorship in Sports Medicine through the United States Military Academy at West Point, to which he attributes his continuing interest in sports medicine. “Working with the cadets and athletes eager to return to their fullest physical capacity was rewarding,” says Dr. Cohen. He continues to work with active sports participants, from teens to middle-aged and senior “weekend warriors.”

Observes Dr. Cohen, “Guiding patients back to the fullest function possible after an injury, whether to participate in competitive or recreational activities, is a great source of satisfaction for me, one that has a real impact on my patients’ lives.”

Dr. Cohen is affiliated with St. Mary’s Hospital, Jupiter Medical Center, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Northpoint Surgery & Laser Center, and Jupiter Outpatient Surgery Center.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., 1974
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fl., M.D., 1978 (9/1/74 to 6/1/78)
  • Internship: General Surgery, Grady Memorial Hospital, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., 1978- 1979 (6/1/78 to 6/1/79)
  • Residency: Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Fl., 1979-1982 6/1/79 to 6/1/83
  • Chief Resident: Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Fl., 1982-1983
  • Preceptorship in Sports Medicine, United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., 1982

Hospital Affiliations/ Outpatient Centers:

  • St. Mary’s Hospital, West Palm Beach, Fl., 1984 to present 5/9/84
  • Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, Palm Beach Gardens, Fl., 1989-2001 7/3/89
  • Jupiter Medical Center, Jupiter, Fl., 1989 to present 11/2/89
  • Good Samaritan Medical Center, West Palm Beach, Fl., 1983-2004 7/1/83
  • Northpoint Surgery & Laser Center, West Palm Beach, Fl., 1998 to present
  • Jupiter Outpatient Surgery Center, Jupiter, Fl., 2004 to present


  • Chief of Orthopaedics, St. Mary’s Hospital, West Palm Beach, FL 1992-1994
  • Chief of Surgery, St. Mary’s Hospital, West Palm Beach, FL 1994-1996
  • Chief of Staff Elect, St. Mary’s Hospital, West Palm Beach, FL 1994-1996
  • Chief of Surgery, Intracoastal Health Systems, West Palm Beach, FL 1996-1998
  • Board of Governors, Intracoastal Health Systems, West Palm Beach, FL 1996-1998


  • Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, Certificate Number 195126, 1979
  • State of Florida, Board of Medical Examiners, Medical License Number 035354, 1979
  • Basic and Advanced Microsurgical Techniques, University of Miami, at Jackson Memorial Hospital, 1980
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1986
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Recertification of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1996

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  • My ankle feels great! Dr. Randazzo, Thanks so much for looking at my left ankle on Monday and for the shot, my ankle felt so good I was able to clip off a 5k in under 7 minute miles!  Only kidding - ankle seems fine and hope I am on the path full recovery.
  • 6 Months After Total Knee Replacement               Dr. Ackerman’s patient back to full-duty roof work, 6 months after a total knee replacement.
  • Thanks over the years! Dr. Cohen, Thank you for you patience and excellent care over the years. I have retired and am moving to Ocala. I wish you only great things always! Weade N.
  • Extremely Knowledgeable Staff! Everyone was extremely knowledgeable and helpful.  Dr. Wanner was kind and took the time to explain why we were doing various stretches.  I appreciate the help and would recommend others coming here if they had the need.  Very skilled staff! Thank you! Sarah J.
  • Couldn't be happier! After six weeks in physical therapy at Palm Beach Sports Medicine, I progressed faster and further than I did with my previous knee rehab.  Great job, Eric! Robert L.
  • I can do more now than before my surgery! Eric, David, and Patti are beyond excellent at their job.  I will recommend Palm Beach Sports Medicine to all of my injured friends.  Thank you! Jenna C.
  • Excellence in Physical Therapy! Dr. Stiebel, I have always believed in giving credit where credit is due. Needless to say, that you for doing a great surgical job on both of my knees. This letter is mainly to compliment your physical therapy department. Eric Wanner, DPT and David Fielding, DPT are two physical therapists that…
  • "First Time in Kayak!!!" Dr. Gary Ackerman Palm Beach Sports Medicine Dr. Ackerman Lots of loons this summer and getting around the adirondacks 1000 times better than last year total trip is great. Took 1st trip in kayak Regards Cheryl M.
  • "I am able to walk normal again" Dr. Gary Ackerman Palm Beach Sports Medicine Dear Dr. Ackerman, I want to thank you for my total knee replacement. You were patient and listened to my concerns before and after my surgery. I explained I was not willing to do a blood transfusion and you respected my…
  • "This has been a life changing event for me." On July 11, 2014 I had a total knee replacement performed by Dr. Gary Ackerman at Jupiter Medical Center. I am so grateful for the expertise and care I received from all team members involved. I have had this bum knee since 1980 in my 20’s.…
  • "...thank God for your talents and the healing work you are doing." Dr. Gary Ackerman Palm Beach Sports Medicine Dear Dr. Ackerman, I want you to know how much I appreciate the arthroscopic surgery you performed on my shoulder on June 2, 2014. My former doctors were a well-known orthopedic group in Stuart, Florida. They…
  • "...thank Dr. Kirvin for his prompt and thoughtful care" I am including a note to thank Dr. Kirvin for his prompt and thoughtful care and insight into my situation. I was happily surprised at being seen so quickly after my initial visit, being diagnosed correctly, and encouraged to act promptly. Thank you, Dr. Kirvin. Sincerely,…
  • "Kelly is the best by far." Dear Dr. Ackerman, I’d like to take a minute to inform you that the best decision I made after surgery was to use your therapy department, which is 45 minutes from my house, instead of a local therapist around the corner. Kelly really knows what she is doing and…
  • "... a bright light in a dark arena of questions" May 22, 2014 Dear Dr. Stiebel, As a first-time patient of a total knee replacement surgery, needless to say, there is some apprehension and many questions to be answered as to how, what and when concerning the surgery. Your medical assistant, Kirsten Brown, has been…
  •  "I thank Dr. Ackerman and his staff for giving me my  life back." To: Dr Gary Ackerman - Palm Beach Sports Medicine I am 7 weeks post-op from a total knee replacement and I am living my life as I did 15 years ago. I procrastinated almost three years in having this procedure performed; and…
  • I cannot thank you enough... Dr. Stiebel, I have a few more questions. Just kidding! Your responses were always informative and sometimes very funny. Thank you so much for your honesty and concern during my first office visit. It’s been 2 weeks since my surgery and I’m extremely happy that I decided to have the…
  • I sincerely recommended to anyone... Currently I'm 41 years old, and three years ago I suffered a painful injury in my chest area and shoulder while I was doing some dips exercises. Initially, it was difficult to detect by the doctors my specific injury, but when they finally find out that I had Pectoralis Major…
  • I am so happy that Dr. Cohen has helped me live pain free... I am a 47 year old working, active mother. Like many mothers that are on the go pushing my limits and not realizing how much damage I had done to my shoulders. I went to Dr. Cohen to get my right shoulder…
  • I will definitely return for any orthopedic needs... Dr. Cohen- Thank you so much for the exceptional care that you and your staff have given me! I am 8 weeks post ACL reconstruction surgery and feeling great. As an athlete, the ability to return to my sport as soon as possible is very important to…
  • You guys are the best... Dear Dr. Ackerman and staff: It has been just over a year since I had bilateral knee replacement.  I have been so happy since I had the replacements.  I had no idea how much I was missing out on due to the pain and discomfort of my knees.  The knees…
  • You have a gift which only a patient can truly appreciate... Dear Dr. Ackerman, I’ve been off crutches for two weeks now.  All is going well.  I wanted to let you know because you’re the doctor who put me back together.  Plus I wanted to thank you.  Having a doctor who is a thoughtful man,…
  • No pain!... Dr. Ackerman, Just wanted you to know how much I appreciated the wonderful quality care you’ve given me.  You did an excellent job on my knee!  No pain!  Thank you for giving me a positive 1st surgery experience. - Sincerely, Laura P.    
  • Your fine work is really appreciated... Dear Dr. Ackerman, We want to thank you for the “pain free hip”!  It has made such a difference in event this short of time. It feels great when family & friends remark on the noticeable difference in my walk + attitude.  Your fine work is really appreciated.  Have…
  • I think he is fabulous... Dr. Ackerman did a total left knee replacement on me. Being a single digit golfer, I was naturally very nervous about the outcome. The first words out of my mouth in the recovery room were, “Did I really need this?” He said it was actually much worse than he had…
  • Un millón de gracias... Dr Cohen y equipo, Gracias a su profesionalismo y entrega durante todo el proceso desde la primera cita médica pasando a la cirugía de reconstrucción de ligamento cruzado Anterior y siguiendo con el programa de terapias me han hecho sentir no como un paciente más sino como parte de la familia…