Born in Manhattan, N.Y., and raised in Glen Cove, Long Island, Dr. Koenig graduated with honors from Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., in 1977. He earned his Medical Degree with honors in Surgery from State University of New York at Buffalo. He completed an Orthopedic Surgery residency with Dr. Richard Laskin at Long Island Jewish Hospital in New Hyde Park, N.Y., where he also was Chief Orthopedic Resident. He was tapped for the Joint Implant Surgeons Fellowship in Advanced Joint Reconstructive Surgery of the Hip and Knee in 1986 with Dr. Thomas Mallory of Columbus, Ohio. He was Board Certified in 1989 and Recertified in 2000.
Dr. Koenig joined the practice of Dr. Jorge Cerruti, (a pioneer in joint replacement surgery), as well as the Orthopedic Surgery Staff at Mercy Medical Center in 1987; serving as Orthopedic Surgery Director since 1995. He also founded along with Dr Leo Varriale, Orthopedic Excellence of Long Island, a multispecialty musculoskeletal group whose mission is to always strive for Excellence in care with compassion for all utilizing our proven OELI TEAM approach. Dr. Koenig plays an active role in many hospital committees including the Executive and OR committees.
Dr. Koenig founded the “Joint Endeavor Program for a Rapid Recovery” at Mercy Medical Center in 1998, which provides a comprehensive holistic “TEAM” approach to education, exercise, surgery and rehabilitation for joint replacement candidates and their families and friends. Since 1999 the results of Hip and Knee replacement surgery at Mercy Medical Center has been consistently rated in the top 5% of the country according to HeathGrades.com an independent hospital quality rating company that surveys over 5000 hospitals in the United States annually. Mercy has now won the HeathGrades’ coveted annual “Orthopedic Excellence” award each year since first given in 2004 thru 2008, an unprecedented 4 years in a row.
Dr. Koenig has performed research in Medicine and Orthopedics for over 25 years with the bulk of his work concerned with increasing the longevity of successful joint implants including: work in “Tribology” the study of bearing surfaces in the body; Improvement of joint replacement surgical techniques; and Computer and Robotic assisted surgery. He first started studying computer assisted surgery in 1998 and in 2005, Mercy Medical Center and Dr. Koenig, became the first and only institution in New York performing robotically assisted total knee replacements an extremely accurate approach to knee replacement surgery.
Dr. Koenig has taught and lectured throughout the United States as well as in many parts of the world including Europe, Australia and Asia. Having performed more than 5000 joint replacements of the hip and knee, he has also performed charitable and educational joint replacement surgery in over five countries and 4 continents. Through Rotacare, he has performed charitable joint replacement surgery at Mercy Medical Center for both American and South American families. Since 2005, MMC and Dr. Koenig’s team have been designated an International Surgical Visitation site and has trained orthopedic surgical teams from around the globe. Dr Koenig’s work has been featured on both local and national television and radio as well as being featured in many newspaper and web articles.
Dr. Koenig has been a member of the Friends’ Board of Sponsors since 2000, always supporting their fund raising mission for Mercy Medical Center he also chaired their annual golf fund raising tournament held at Seawane and Rockaway Hunt Club in 2005. He hopes to one day put on a Comedy / Rock concert benefit for Mercy Medical Center with the Friends.
Dr. Koenig is blessed with 2 sons, Jeremy and Dylan and recently married his college sweetheart and soul mate, Kathryn Livornese. Together they will continue to support the mission of The Friends of Mercy as well as; Save the Music, a charitable organization whose mission is restoring music education to children in the public school system who otherwise would not get the exposure.
Dr. Koenig feels truly blessed to have worked with so many excellent doctors, nurses, physician assistants, therapists, secretaries, techs, aides, orderlies, transporters, social workers, discharge planners, dieticians, pharmacists, volunteers and clergy at Mercy Medical Center. His patients have been so fortunate to have been cared for and touched by so many good people through his work at Mercy.
In the future Dr. Koenig’s goals include; the starting an Institute for Robotic Surgery at Mercy Medical Center, the continuing of his Orthopedic “mission” work around the world, and to continue the research and development of the best joint replacements and techniques possible.
Dr. Koenig is a member of many national and local Medical and Orthopedic Societies including: the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the NYS Society of Orthopedic Surgeons, the NYS and American Medical Societies and was humbled this year when he was voted into the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.