Dr. David Ratliff Shoulder Specialist


Morales-Restrepo MD

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Alejandro Morales-Restrepo is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with subspecialty training and certification in hand and upper extremity surgery.  He treats patients of all ages for problems of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder.

Practice Experience
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hand and Upper Extremity
    Modern Orthopaedics of New Jersey
    Wayne, NJ: 9/2023-present
  • Veterans Affair Pittsburgh Healthcare System
    Pittsburgh, PA: 2022
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    Pittsburgh, PA:  2021-2022
  • New Jersey – 2023
  • Pennsylvania – 2020
  • University of Delaware, Newark, DE
    Sept. ‘08 – May ‘12
    B.S. with Distinction, Neuroscience
  • Doctor of Medicine
    Aug. ’12 – May ‘16
    University of Pittsburgh – School of Medicine 
Medical Training
  • Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship
     Aug. ’22 – July ‘23
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mark E. Baratz, MD Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery Director
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
    University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh,PA: June ‘16 – Jun ‘21
    Clinician-Scientist Research Track Freddie H. Fu, MD University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Chairman Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Macalus V. Hogan, MD Director

Articles in Process:

Alejandro Morales-Restrepo, MD, Joshua Setliff, BA, Confidence Njoku-Austin, BA, John R. Fowler,

  1. Nerve Injury after Shoulder Surgery. Manuscript in Progress.


Matthew Gong, MD, Ian Engler, MD, Alejandro Morales-Restrepo, MD, Soheil Sabsevari, MD, Albert

Lin, MD. Surgical Techniques. Modified Eden-Lange Triple-Tendon Transfer for Chronic

Trapezius Palsy. Video Journal of Sports Medicine. Jan 2023.

Video Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/26350254221132573#media1

Dann Laudermilch, MD, Alejandro Morales-Restrepo, MD, Sumail Bhogal, MD, Robert A. Kaufmann,

  1. Scaphoid Excision and Four Corner Fusion Utilizing a Parallel K-wire Construct. HAND:

Dec 2021.

PMID: 34933586

Christopher Como, BS, Sean Dooley, BS, Eve Bowers, BS, Alejandro Morales-Restrepo, MD, John

Fowler, MD. Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Measured Cross-Sectional Area of the Median Nerve.

JHS GO: Sept 2021.

Alejandro Morales-Restrepo, MD, Sumail Bhogal, MD, John Fowler, MD. Rupture Site Location of

Surgically Treated Thumb Ulnar and Radial Collateral Ligaments. JHS GO: June, 2021.

Peter N. Mittwede, MD, PhD, Alejandro Morales-Restrepo, MD, Mitchell S. Fourman, MD, MPhil,

Freddie H. Fu, MD, Joon Y. Lee, MD, Jaimo Ahn, MD, PhD, Kenneth A. Egol, MD, and MaCalus

  1. Hogan, MD, MBA. Research-Track Residency Programs in Orthopaedic Surgery: A Survey of

Program Directors and Recent Graduates. J. of Bone and Joint Surgery. 2019 August.

PMID: 31393436

Cory Demino, BA, Alejandro Morales-Restrepo, MD, John Fowler, MD. Surgical Management of

Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Lesions: A Review of Outcomes. J. Hand Surgery G.O. 2019


Darren de SA, MD, Andrew J. Sheean, MD, Alejandro Morales-Restrepo, MD, Malcolm Dombrowski,

MD, Jeffrey Kay, MD, and Dharmesh Vyas, MD, PhD. Patient Positioning in Arthroscopic

Management of Posterior-Inferior Shoulder Instability: A Systematic Review Comparing Beach

Chair and Lateral Decubitus Approaches. Arthroscopy. 2019 Jan.

PMID: 30455085

Feiqi Lu, BA, David Osei-Hwedieh, PhD, Jonathan B Mandell, BS, Alejandro Morales-Restrepo, MD

Margaret L Hankins, MD, Jared A Crasto, MD, Ruichen Ma, BA, Vu Dinh, PhD, Rebecca J

Watters, PhD, Kurt R Weiss, MD. Comparison of cachectic and non-cachectic sarcoma patients

reveals an important role of Notch signaling in metastasis and myogenesis. Am J Cancer

Research. 2019 August.

PMID: 31497355

Adel Mahjoub BA, Alejandro Morales-Restrepo, MD, Mitchell S. Fourman, MD, M.Phil, Jonathan B.

Mandell, BA, Lu Feiqi, BA, Margaret L. Hankins, MD, Rebecca J. Watters, PhD, and Kurt R.

Weiss, MD. Tumor Resection Guided by Intraoperative Indocyanine Green Dye Fluorescence

Angiography Results in Negative Surgical Margins and Decreased Local Recurrence in an

Orthotopic Mouse Model of Osteosarcoma. Annals of Surgical Oncology. 2019 March.

PMID: 30588559

Jared A. Crasto, MD, Mitchell S. Fourman, MD, Alejandro Morales-Restrepo, MD, Adel Mahjoub, BA,

Jonathan B. Mandell BS, Kavita Ramnath, BA, Jessica C. Tebbets, BS, Rebecca J. Waters, PhD,

Kurt R. Weiss, MD. Disulfiram reduces metastatic osteosarcoma tumor burden in an

immunocompetent Balb/c or-thotopic mouse model. Oncotarget. 2018 July.

PMID: 30046395

Malcolm E. Dombrowski, MD, Alejandro Morales-Restrepo, MD, Mitchell S. Fourman, MD, MPhil,

Nicholas Vaudreuil, MD, Joon Y. Lee, MD. Prophylactic perioperative dexamethasone decreases

the incidence of postoperative C5 palsies after a posterior cervical laminectomy and fusion. The

Spine Journal. 2018 Feb.

PMID: 29800704

Kano H, Morales A, Akpinar B, Iyer A, Weiner G, Mousavi S, Kirkwood J, Tarhini A, Flickinger J,

Lunsford DL. A comparison of prognostic indices (RPA, SIR, BSBM, DSGPA) in patients who

undergo melanoma brain metastasis radiosurgery. J Neurosurgery. 2018 Jan; 128:14–22.

PMID: 28106495

Morales A, Parry PV, Jadhav AP, Jovin TG. A Novel Route of Revascularization in Basilar Artery

Occlusion and Review of the Literature. Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery. 2015 June; 00:1-

PMID: 26063797

Parry PV, Morales A, Jankowitz B. Solitaire Salvage: A Stentreiver Assisted Catheter Reduction

Technical Report. Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery. 2015 Nov; 00:1-5.

PMID: 26538620

Foster KA, Jane EP, Premkumar DP, Morales A, Pollack IF. NVP-BKM 120 potentiates apoptosis in

tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand-resistant glioma cell lines via upregulation

of Noxa and death receptor 5. International Journal of Oncology. 2015 Aug; 47(2):506-16

PMID: 26044191

Jane E, Premkumar D, Morales A, Foster K, Pollack I. Inhibition of Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase/AKT

Signaling by NVP-BKM120 Promotes ABT-737–Induced Toxicity in a Caspase-Dependent

Manner through Mitochondrial Dysfunction and DNA Damage Response in Established and

Primary Cultured Glioblastoma Cells. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

2014 Jul; 350(1):22-35.

PMID: 24741074

Foster K, Jane E, Premkumar D, Morales A, Pollack I. Co-administration of ABT-737 and SAHA

induces apoptosis, mediated by Noxa upregulation, Bax activation and mitochondrial dysfunction

in PTEN-intact malignant human glioma cell lines. Journal of Neuro-Oncology. 2014 Dec;


PMID: 25139025

Morales, Alejandro. Effects of Neonatal Alcohol Exposure on Hippocampal Neuronal Activation in

Response to Physical Exercise. University of Delaware Senior Thesis Defense May 2012;



Teaching Experience

Education Chief – UPMC Ortho Residency

July ’21 – June ‘22
• Responsible for yearly curriculum reform, weekly didactic schedule, program preparation
for yearly Orthopaedic In-Training Exam, and other educational hands-on demonstrations.

UPSOM – Practical Medical Conversations in Spanish

April ’13 – May ‘13
• Teaching Assistant: Taught fellow medical students the basics to conducting the medical
interview in Spanish.

University of Delaware – Academic Enrichment Center – Tutor

Sept. ’10 – May ‘12
• Biology I & II, Human Physiology, Organic Chemistry I & II

Community Service

SALUD – Birmingham Clinic – Pittsburgh

Feb. ’12 – Jun ‘16

  • Spanish Translator: Perform medical work up for underserved Hispanic population,

facilitate treatment, and educate patients on diseases, prevention, and treatment.

Oncology Patients and Loving Students (OPALS)

Feb. ’12 – Feb. ‘14

  • Coordinator/Volunteer: Pitt Med organization designed to provide a clinical and social

support system of medical students to help children under treatment for cancer at the

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit – Volunteer March ’10 – May ‘12

  • DE EMT-B license: Provide emergency medical care to University of Delaware’s

Newark campus, and transportation to local hospitals.

Morris Minute Men First Aid Squad – Volunteer

June ’09 – May ‘14

  • NJ EMT-B license: Provide emergency medical care to the community of Morris

Plains and Morris Township, NJ and transportation to local hospitals.

  • ‘Murray’s Crew’ award for being among the top EMT’s for the month of July, 2009
Honors and Awards

STAR Award – Veterans Affair Pittsburgh Healthcare System

August ‘20

  • Anonymously nominated for outstanding service provided to veteran patients.

NYU – J. Serge and May Parisien Medical Student Scholarship

August ‘15

  • Awarded to an underrepresented minority medical student to supplement the costs of living in NYC while completing a one month orthopaedic surgery rotation at NYU.

UPSOM Dean’s Summer Research Fellowship

May ’13 – Aug. ‘13

  • For conducting hypothesis-driven research in summer between MS I-II

Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program

March ’11 – May ‘12

  • National program designed to help low-income, underrepresented students in the steps towards attaining a doctoral degree. Accompanied with a summer research stipend.

University of Delaware Research Fellowships

Dec. ’10 – Sept. ‘11

  • Awarded for both summer and winter session research

Deans’s List

Sep. ’08 – May ‘12

Latino Students of Distinction

Sep. ’08 – May ‘12