Dr. Jeffrey Madume Kerina

Senior Surgeon at UNOVA Hip & Knee Center
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A forward-thinking innovator reimagining global health, Dr. Kerina uses a patient-centered, individualized, science-based approach empowering patients and practitioners to shift to an outcome-based system focused on the impact of services and the reduction of waste – both financially and procedurally. As a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon, who also partners in the design and development of new surgical techniques, instruments, and implants, Dr. Kerina is transforming lives, one by one, in his specialty and beyond. He believes that to build sustainable healthcare systems on a global scale, we need to focus on individualized care designed with local resources and population in mind.

Dr. Kerina is a senior surgeon at UNOVA Hip & Knee Center. He has been a private practice orthopedic surgeon in Lake County since 1993, developing a successful hip and knee practice over the years.

Dr. Kerina was born in New York City and spent his early years traveling between Brooklyn, NY, and Southern and Western Africa. His father was a key contributor to achieving Namibia’s independence from South Africa, which was achieved on March 21, 1990.

Dr. Kerina attended Achimota Secondary School in Accra, Ghana and graduated High School from Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, New York.

He graduated from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts receiving his bachelor’s degree, after double majoring in Biology and African American studies. He went on to receive his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where he also completed his Orthopedic residency and served as Chief Resident in his final year.

Dr. Kerina then went on to complete both the prestigious University of California, San Diego Joint Replacement Fellowship under Dr. Richard Coutts, the then president of the Orthopedic Research Society (ORS) and followed this with the Texas Back Institute Spine Surgery Fellowship under Dr. Stanley Gertzbein.

It was during his fellowship training in joint replacement that Dr. Kerina was introduced to clinical research in orthopedics. What Dr. Kerina took from that experience was that it was not only what you did to a patient but also where and how you did it that could have a significant impact on a patient’s clinical outcome. As Dr. Coutts often said, “the most pertinent information always comes from the patients themselves, not only in what they say but in how and why they respond to your interventions as they do.”

Dr. Kerina has pioneered minimally invasive outpatient joint replacement surgery since 2005, performing the first outpatient unicondylar knee replacement in Lake County in 2008 and the first outpatient Total Knee replacement on a Medicare patient in Florida in January of 2020. He is regarded as a national and international thought leader in outpatient joint replacement surgery having developed, in a partnership with Zimmer Inc., the first nationally recognized outpatient arthroplasty program.

In 2014, Dr. Kerina gave the first national keynote lecture on outpatient Joint replacement surgery at the renowned Harvard Arthroplasty Course, the oldest and most comprehensive joint replacement symposium for orthopedic surgeons in the country.

As a design surgeon, Dr. Kerina has a unique perspective on development. “You cannot develop any meaningful product in a vacuum. In biomedical development, you must first start with the patient and the condition. Identify which patients with the condition you are seeking to impact and why. Develop an objective means of identifying or selecting which patients will benefit from the intervention. Identify or develop the procedure or technique to address the condition. You can then develop the instruments to facilitate the technique and finally the implants to tie the complete process together.”

As a design surgeon in partnership with Medacta International, Dr. Kerina has developed many surgical techniques, instruments, and implants that have improved patient outcomes and will continue to do so for years to come. Dr. Kerina is honored to serve as a lecturer, proctor, and teacher to surgeons both nationally and internationally on both minimally invasive knee surgery and outpatient joint replacement surgery. After visiting Dr. Kerina in Lake County, surgeons from Paris and South African were instrumental in changing their national legislation to initiate the first outpatient orthopedic surgery programs in France in 2016–17 and South Africa in 2021.

In partnership with Medacta International, Dr. Kerina’s innovative concepts on knee arthritis classification and partial knee replacement technique, were instrumental in the development of the MOTO Medial partial knee replacement. The first medial anatomic partial knee replacement linked to the innovative Balanced Aligned Resection surgical technique. This implant received FDA approval in January of 2017 and has since been implanted in thousands of knees by surgeons all over the world. This was followed by the development of the MOTO Lateral partial knee replacement which received FDA approval in January of 2019, and finally the MOTO Patella-femoral resurfacing system, thereby completing the MOTO unicompartmental replacement platform.

After migrating to the minimally invasive Direct Anterior Total Hip replacement Drs. Kerina and McCoy developed the first opioid-free anesthesia and recovery program for total hips, which led to the first outpatient total hip replacements in Lake, Sumter, and Marion counties. Dr. Kerina feels that “Witnessing our patients go through the process has been extremely enlightening, not only for us as surgeons, but for our patients who did not think it was possible, as well. The joy that this has brought back to their lives alone, is enough to stimulate us to continue to strive constantly for ways to improve our patients’ experience and outcomes. These are the advances that truly move healthcare delivery forward.”

Dr. Kerina believes “We are entrusted to take care of a very special segment of the population here in Central Florida, our seniors over the age of sixty-five. It has been shown time and again that the safest environment for recovery is in the safety of our own homes. Especially in today’s uncertain times when dealing with the unique challenges we are all facing, it is imperative that we do all we can to ensure both, our patients’ safety and the delivery of the best outcomes possible. We must never lose our drive to innovate in order to continue to warrant this trust.”

Dr. Kerina has in the past served as Chief of Orthopedics as well as credential committee chair for a number of years at Leesburg Regional Medical Center where he continues to operate. He also operates out of TLC Outpatient Surgery and Laser Center in Lady Lake. Since moving with his family to Lake County in 1993, Dr. Kerina has served the communities of Lake Sumter and South Marion counties his whole professional life, while raising his 2 sons and daughter with his wife.

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  • To build sustainable healthcare systems on a global scale, we need to focus on individualized care designed with local resources and population in mind.

    3 January 2022
  • ...our seniors are over the age of 65 years old. It has been shown time and again that the safest environment for recovery is in the safety of our own homes. Especially in today’s uncertain times when dealing with the unique challenges we are all facing, it is imperative that we do all we can to ensure both, our patients’ safety and the delivery of the best outcomes possible. We must never lose our drive to innovate in order to continue to warrant this trust

    3 January 2022
  • You cannot develop any meaningful product in a vacuum. In biomedical development, you must first start with the patient and the condition. Identify which patients with the condition you are seeking to impact and why. Develop an objective means of identifying or selecting which patients will benefit from the intervention. Identify or develop the procedure or technique to address the condition. You can then develop the instruments to facilitate the technique and finally the implants to tie the complete process together.

    3 January 2022
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