Joel A. Torretti MD
Dr. Torretti joined University Orthopedics Center (UOC) in March of 2008 and sees patients in need of orthopedic spine care at both our State College and Altoona locations. He is a board certified and fellowship-trained spine surgeon, completing his first Spine Fellowship at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH in 2007. Dr. Torretti completed a second spine fellowship at University of Berne, Berne, Switzerland in February of 2008.
After receiving his medical degree from The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA in 2001, Dr. Torretti completed his surgical internship followed by his orthopedic residency, also at Penn State.
Dr. Torretti received his certification from The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2006. He is a Member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons as well as a Member of AO Spine and North American Spine Society.
Dr. Torretti lives with his wife Jennifer and their child in State College, PA. He enjoys rock and ice climbing, mountaineering and mountain biking.
Dr. Torretti sees patients in our State College and Altoona offices. If you would like to schedule an appointment please call 814-231-2101 or 814-949-4050.
- 1992-1996 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
- 1997-2001 Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA
- 2001-2002 Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Internship, Hershey, PA
- 2002-2006 Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Residency, Hershey, PA
- 2006-2007 Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Spine Fellowship, Lebanon, NH
- 2006-2007 Dartmouth College, Master's Coursework in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Evaluative Sciences and Financial Management of Healthcare Institutions, Hanover, NH
- 2006-2007 Darmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Department of Orthopedics,Spine Fellowship, Lebanon, NH
- 2007-2008 University of Berne, Spine Fellowship, Berne, Switzerland
Honors and Awards:
- 2001 Orthopedic Medical Student Honors
- Golden Key National Honor Society
- Dean’s List (Cornell – 6 Semesters)
- Red Key Honor Society (Cornell Scholar – Athlete Society)
- All-Ivy Academic Honors
- All-Ivy Wrestling Team 1993 & 1994
- Andy Nolan Award (Wrestling/Academic Award – Cornell 1993 & 1994)
- Cornell Top Ten Freshman Athletes 1993
- Dynamic Stabilization: Principles and Current Clinical Practice. Seminars in Spine Surgery. 2007. Courville, X., Torretti, J., Sengupta, DK.
- Cervical Spine Trauma: Review. Indian Journal of Orthopedics. 41:255-267. 2007. Torretti, J., Sengupta, DK.
- Microdecompression for Lumbar Synovial Cysts: An Independent Assessment of Long Term Outcomes. Journal of Orthopedic Surgery, 2007 Apr 3; 2:5. Torretti, J., Weiner, BK, Stauff, M.
- Sternoclavicular Joint Injuries. Curr Opin Orthop. 15:242-247. 2004. Torretti, J., Lynch, S.
- North American Spine Society Annual Meeting Podium Presentation “An Independent Assessment of Long Term Outcomes of Operative Management of Lumbar Synovial Cysts: A Retrospective Review.” October 2007
- International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine Podium Presentation “Bacterial Shedding During Simulated Discectomy Using Headlamp/Loupes or the Operative Microscope” PI: Bradley Weiner, M.D. A bacterial plating study assessing the relative operative field contamination using two different operative methods. June 2007
- International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine Poster Presentation “An Independent Assessment of Long Term Outcomes of Operative Management of Lumbar Synovial Cysts: A Retrospective Review.” June 2007
- Orthopedic Grand Rounds – Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center “Spine Trauma: An Update on Common Controversies.” January 2007
- Poster Presentation – Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences-Dartmouth College: “The Role of Pedicle Screw Instrumentation in Lumbar Fusion for Spinal Stenosis with Degenerative Spondylolisthesis.” October 2006
- Orthopedic Grand Rounds – Penn State College of Medicine: “Meniscal Allograft Transplant – A Review of the Literature.” Spring 2004
- SPORT Trial: “Fusion in Degenerative Spondylolisthesis: A prospective comparison of multiple fusion methods.” PI: James N. Weinstein, DO, MS. A prospective comparison of multiple fusion methods in the surgical treatment of degenerative spondylolisthesis. Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
- “Evaluation of a novel method for determining transverse plane pelvis obliquity.” PI: Lee Segal, MD. An intra- and interobserver comparison of a novel method for measuring pelvic obliquity in patients with neuromuscular scoliosis. Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.
- “Overexpression of constitutively activated c-src in human breast cancer cell line MCF-7 is sufficient to induce estrogen independent proliferation.” Sponsor: Dr. Michael Verderame, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, 1998
- “Development of assay for quantifying degree of oxidative injury to patient DNA following administration of chemotherapeutic protocols, specially measuring altered nucleoside 8-hydroxy-2-deoxyguanosine.” (Abstract submitted) Responsibilities included synthesis of Aziridinylbenzoquinones and performance of HPLC, University of Maryland Cancer Center Department of Development Therapeutics, 1994 and 1995
- American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
- AO Spine
- North American Spine Society
- Mount Nittany Medical Center
- Altoona Regional Health System