Dr Keith Berend Orthopedic Surgeon


Specializes in: Muscle-sparing anterior approach total hip arthroplasty, less-invasive total knee and partial knee arthroplasty, knee arthroscopy, rapid rehabilitation protocols for faster recovery after surgery and outcomes studies
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About Dr. Keith R. Berend

Joined Joint Implant Surgeons in 2003

  • Named one of the top 22 knee surgeons in North America two years in a row.
  • Recipient of the Florida Southern College distinguished alumni award in 2012.
  • Was named the 2015 Arthritis Foundation Pioneer in Medicine. 
  • Has performed more anterior (minimally invasive muscle sparing) hip replacements than any other surgeon in the Midwest.
  • Has performed more Oxford partial knee replacements than any other surgeon in the world.
  • Member of the Hip Society and Knee Society, the two most prestigious orthopedic societies.
  • Has educated thousands of surgeons throughout central Ohio, the United States and the world on minimally invasive hip and knee replacement.

Dr. Keith Berend, a native of Columbus, Ohio, graduated from Upper Arlington High School in 1988.  He received his undergraduate from Florida Southern College with honors.  He completed his medical doctorate and orthopaedic residency at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.  While in training, he received several major awards for his research work including the Clinical Orthopaedic Society Resident/Fellow Research Award, the Eastern Orthopaedic Association Resident Research Award, the American Orthopaedic Assoication – Zimmer Annual Travel Resident Research Award, Duke University’s Division of Orthopaedics Annual Award for Outstanding Research, and an International College of Surgeons Research Scholarship.  Dr. Berend completed a fellowship in Adult Reconstruction of the Hip and Knee at Joint Implant Surgeons, Inc., with Dr. Thomas H. Mallory, MD, and Adolph V. Lombardi, Jr., MD.  He joined that practice in 2003 and was a founding physician of New Albany Surgical Hospital.  Dr. Berend was a Hip Society-British Hip Society Traveling Fellow in 2004 and a John N. Insall Knee Society Traveling Fellow in 2005.  Dr. Berend and Joint Implant Surgeons annually host over 200 visiting national and international surgeons at their center, and are now a host site for the John N. Insall Knee Society and Rothman-Ranawat Hip Society Traveling Fellowships.

Dr. Berend is the author of over 130 articles published in peer-reviewed medical journals, and frequently presents his work at medical conferences both domestically and internationally.  He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at The Ohio State University.  Other memberships include The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, and the Piedmont Orthopaedic Societies.  He is also a member of the Knee Society and the Hip Society, the highest honors bestowed upon a surgeon with those respective specialties.  His special interests include muscle-sparing total hip arthroplasty, less invasive total knee and partial knee arthroplasty, resurfacing hip replacement, rapid rehabilitation protocols for faster recovery after surgery and outpatient hip and knee replacements.  Dr. Berend and his brother, Mike Berend, MD together sponsor and host the Emily Berend Adult Reconstruction Symposium at Duke University.  He is also a volunteer surgeon for Operation Walk, a charitable organization which provides medical education and free surgical treatment for patients in developing countries.  He and Dr. Lombardi founded Operation Joint Implant, which then became Operation Walk USA, a nationwide charitable program that provides qualified patients with free hip and knee replacement surgery to improve debilitating bone conditions affecting the hip and knee.  In 2013 he received the award for Leaders in Total Joint Replacement: Generation Next.  He has been named to the list of the Top 22 Knee Surgeons in North America wherein he is described as “a national leader in hip and knee replacement who has pioneered surgical techniques of anterior hip surgery and partial knee replacement.  He has developed outpatient arthroplasty protocols and produced increased value through higher patient satisfaction and outcomes.  He is a proven contributor in clinical research and teaching.”

Dr. Berend is a car enthusiast, fisherman and an active cyclist.  This past June he participated in the Race Across the West, a 900 mile endurance cycling race with three other teammates.  For the past five years he has participated in Pelotonia, where 100% of every dollar raised by Pelotonia riders, virtual riders, and volunteers goes directly to fund cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.  He and his wife, Cindy, have two teenage daughters, Taylor and Molly.  A four year varsity letterman captain, and state meet podium swimmer, Taylor, will graduate this June.  She will attend University of Cincinnati this fall where she has signed a national letter of intent to swim Division One.  Molly is finishing her sophomore year at New Albany High School.  She is a varsity lacrosse player having competed throughout the eastern USA.