From the Orthopaedic Section Director,

James A. Shaer, MD


The orthopaedic section officers diagnostic, interventional or reconstructive treatment for the musculoskeletal system: to include arthroscopy of ankle, knee, shoulder, and elbow; treatment for spinal anomalies, fractures, dislocation, and congenital/acquired conditions; and joint replacement. Cervical arthroplasty is a newer technique for artificial disc replacement. The "Orthopaedic By Design Joint Initiative" is a collaboration between physician, patient, family, and St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital that focuses on educating the patient about what to expect before, during, and after joint replacement surgery and returning to an active, fulfilling life. "Orthopaedics By Design" is an innovative program that focuses on educating the patient about what to expect before, during and after joint replacement surgery while returning the patient to an active, fulfilling life. Seven of the "Orthopaedics by Design" rooms on 5 West Extension were converted from semi-private to private. Physical therapy services are provided directly on this unit.


The Orthopaedic Trauma Service is responsible for care and treatment of traumatic musculoskeletal injuries as well as post-traumatic conditions. Orthopaedic coverage and emergent surgical intervention are available 24 hours a day for treatment of orthopaedic injuries, including reducing a fracture or dislocation, managing an open fracture, or dealing with complex pelvic fractures.


St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital Orthopaedic Service has also been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement surgery by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. This program is part of an effort to collaborate with physicians and medical facilities to improve the overall quality and safety of specialty care in comprehensive knee and hip replacement services.



James Boniface, MD

Raymond Boniface, MD

Thomas Boniface, MD

James Jamison, MD

Thomas Joseph, MD

Douglas Musser, DO

Paul Pagano, MD

James Pantelakis, MD

Brendan Patterson, MD

James Shaer, MD, Director

James Solmen, MD

Heather Vallier, MD

David Weimer, MD

John Wilber, MD

Roger Wilber, MD




All surgeons may admit, evaluate, diagnose, consult, and provide preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative surgical care and correct or treat various condition, illnesses, and injuries of the surgical anatomy. The minimum number of procedures must be performed in a 2-year period to comply with appointment and reappointment criteria.