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Kenneth R. Zaslav, MD


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Internationally known for his expertise in sports medicine and cartilage restoration, Dr. Zaslav also specializes in knee and shoulder conditions. In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Zaslav is the past president of the International Cartilage Repair Society. He also serves as a clinical professor in the department of orthopedic surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Zaslav has been a visiting professor in medical schools in China, Chile, Mexico, and Venezuela. He is currently the team physician for the Richmond Ballet and Richmond Rhythm.

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After earning a bachelor’s degree in biology, Dr. Zaslav attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He completed his residency at S.U.N.Y. Stonybrook, and also did an internship in general surgery before completing two intensive fellowship programs in sports medicine and shoulder specialties.

In his ongoing practice, Dr. Zaslav developed research and expertise in cartilage repair and joint preservation. He is deeply involved with the International Cartilage Repair and Joint Preservation Society (ICRS), a worldwide organization of scientists and surgeons committed to improving the lives of osteoarthritis patients through advanced treatments and innovative care. He is a past president for the ICRS.

A frequent international lecturer on orthopedic topics, Dr. Zaslav serves as a clinical professor in the department of orthopedic surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Currently, he serves as the Secretary General for The Biologics Association.

Why orthopedics?

As a young athlete and actor, Dr. Zaslav took notice of how physical function impacted performance. During a career apprenticeship in high school, he spent a week shadowing an orthopedic surgeon, and quickly made the connection between the specialty and his own observations about movement. 

In medical school, Dr. Zaslav gravitated toward orthopedics as a field that not only improved functional performance, but also allowed him to use his intellectual curiosity and think creatively about problems.

Throughout his career, Dr. Zaslav has prioritized clinical research, and teaching other orthopedic surgeons around the world about the latest technologies, treatments, and therapies.

Personal interests

Dr. Zaslav enjoys music, film, and cycling. He performs regularly as a guitar player, and serves on the Board of the Richmond Ballet and Richmond Metropolitan Sports Backers. 

Along with his wife, psychologist Erica Mindes, Dr. Zaslav has two grown children and a golden retriever. After moving to Richmond in 1990, Dr. Zaslav and Dr. Mindes raised their family in Richmond, and are proud to claim the area as their home