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.
- 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
- Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship
Aug. ’22 – July ‘23
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mark E. Baratz, MD Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery Director
- 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,
- 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,
- Scaphoid Excision and Four Corner Fusion Utilizing a Parallel K-wire Construct. HAND:
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-
Parry PV, Morales A, Jankowitz B. Solitaire Salvage: A Stentreiver Assisted Catheter Reduction
Technical Report. Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery. 2015 Nov; 00:1-5.
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
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.
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;
Morales, Alejandro. Effects of Neonatal Alcohol Exposure on Hippocampal Neuronal Activation in
Response to Physical Exercise. University of Delaware Senior Thesis Defense May 2012;
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
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
- Anonymously nominated for outstanding service provided to veteran patients.
NYU – J. Serge and May Parisien Medical Student Scholarship
- 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
Sep. ’08 – May ‘12
Latino Students of Distinction
Sep. ’08 – May ‘12