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1255 Broad Street Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

1255 Broad Street
1st Floor, Building C
Clifton, NJ 07013
United States

Clinical Expertise

  • Amputations
  • Arthroplasty in fingers, hand, and wrist
  • Arthroscopy of the shoulder and elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • De Quervain's tendonitis
  • Dislocation
  • Dupuytren's disease
  • Elbow fracture
  • Endoscopic carpal tunnel release
  • Fasciectomy
  • Finger arthritis
  • Forearm fracture
  • Fractures in fingers, hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, and arm
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Golfer's elbow
  • Hand fractures/broken bones
  • Hand pain
  • Infections in hand, wrist, and elbow
  • Instability
  • Joint aspiration
  • Joint contractures
  • Joint replacement in fingers, hand, and wrist
  • Little leaguer elbow
  • Lumps and masses in arms
  • Nail deformities
  • Nerve compression of the upper extremity
  • Nerve repair
  • Nonoperative management of fractures
  • Numbness in hands
  • Orthopedic microsurgery
  • Orthopedic trauma
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Pediatric orthopedic
  • Peripheral nerve surgery – release, repair and transfer
  • Pinched nerve
  • Raynaud's disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis reconstruction
  • Skier's thumb
  • Splinting/casting
  • Steroid injections
  • Stiffness in fingers, hand, wrist, and elbow
  • Strains
  • Tendon repair
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Thumb arthritis
  • Trigger finger
  • Wide awake surgery
  • Wrist strains/sprains
  • Xiaflex injections for Dupuytren's disease

Accepted Insurances

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Training and Education

Medical School

  • MD, Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ


  • UMDNJ – Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Newark, NJ


  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


  • Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ


  • Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ


  • Florida Orthopaedic Institute, Temple Terrace, FL

Board Certification

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

About Me

Joseph Legato, MD is a member of Summit Health's Orthopedics and Sports Medicine team. Dr. Legato is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of hand, wrist, and elbow disorders. He has a special clinical interest in treating peripheral nerve injuries, and he is skilled in microsurgery.

Dr. Legato is experienced in performing Wide Awake Local Anesthesia No Tourniquet surgery, a technique for hand and wrist surgery also known as WALANT. He also performs a variety of minimally invasive treatment options such as endoscopic carpal tunnel releases, wrist arthroscopy, and collagenase injection for Dupuytren’s contracture.

Dr. Legato prioritizes getting to know each patient and how their disorder impacts their life. This understanding enables him to focus on the whole patient and deliver personalized treatment options. Given the hand and upper extremity’s crucial role in everyday function, Dr. Legato feels most rewarded when he can help improve a patient’s quality of life.

Before pursuing his medical career, Dr. Legato worked as an engineer, where he recognized an opportunity to translate his skills into becoming a physician and surgeon. The complexities of the hand, wrist, and elbow—including their related segments and interplay with the mechanisms of human anatomy—attracted him to his surgical focus. “In many ways a physician must be a scientist, engineer, and teacher all at once. I embrace these roles, and I enjoy the challenge of solving complex problems while also caring for the patient as a person,” he says.

In his free time, Dr. Legato enjoys spending time with his wife and children, reading, and following Pittsburgh sports teams.