WEST ORANGE, NJ —Jaclyn Jankowski, DO, an orthopedic surgeon with RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group who is on staff at Clara Mass Medical Center, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center and Jersey City Medical Center, received the Arthritis Foundation of New Jersey’s 2024 Orthopedist of the Year award at its Evening of Honors event held on May 2 at The Palace at Somerset Park.

“I love what I do, and it’s an honor to be recognized by my peers and the Arthritis Foundation of New Jersey for the care I provide my patients,” said Dr. Jankowski. “At every patient touchpoint, I strive to alleviate my patients’ pain from arthritis and other conditions and restore their long-term functionality and mobility. I can provide hope that there is a chance at regaining a level of function that had been lost.”


Female orthopedic surgeons like Dr. Jankowski, who specializes in joint replacements, are rare and underrepresented in the field. According to 2022 data from the Association of American Medical Colleges, they account for 5.9 percent of the surgery specialty.


“We are privileged to have Dr. Jankowski on our team at the Medical Group. Her dedication and innovation in orthopedic surgery provide valuable contributions to the field and we congratulate her on receiving such a prestigious recognition,” says Michael Prilutsky, Interim CEO & President, RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group.


“Dr. Jankowski’s holistic approach to patient care centers on managing patients’ conditions with functionality and mobility,” said Frank Liporace, MD, Chairman of Orthopedics at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center and Senior Vice President, Orthopedic Service Line, RWJBarnabas Health Northern Region. “I am so proud to see how she has advanced in her medical career, from starting as a resident and fellow at RWJBarnabas Health to now joining me as a colleague with RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group. She’s a shining star in our industry, and I can’t think of someone more well-deserving of this honor.”


Dr. Jankowski also specializes in orthopedic trauma surgery, fracture care, and primary and revision joint replacement arthroplasty of the hip, knee, shoulder, and elbow.


Dr. Jankowski earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a pre-medical concentration from the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts. She furthered her education at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Since 2016, she has been an integral part of the Rutgers RWJBarnabas Health system. Dr. Jankowski completed her fellowship in orthopedic trauma and adult reconstruction at Jersey City Medical Center and Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center under the tutelage of Dr. Liporace and Richard Yoon, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group. She completed her residency in 2022 at Jersey City Medical Center.

She currently serves as the Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement Officer at RWJBarnabas Health Orthopaedics and is on the teaching faculty for both her former residency and fellowship.


The Arthritis Foundation of New Jersey award event occurred during Arthritis Awareness Month, during which Dr. Jankowski joined two other honorees who received Lifetime Achievement and Corporate Leader awards.


RWJBarnabas Health offers comprehensive orthopedic services for adults and children to help manage conditions caused by arthritis, degenerative joint disease, injuries, congenital issues and general wear and tear. Orthopedic services offered at its acute care, ambulatory care and rehabilitation facilities throughout New Jersey include emergency care, diagnostic testing, surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation services. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick is ranked 34th in the nation for pediatric orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report.

For more information about orthopedic services offered at RWJBarnabas Health, visit www.rwjbh.org/ortho.

About RWJBarnabas Health

RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering eight counties with five million people. The system includes twelve acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton in Hamilton, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway in Rahway and Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, three acute care children’s hospitals, Children’s Specialized Hospital with a network of outpatient pediatric rehabilitation centers, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, two trauma centers, a satellite emergency department, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, affiliated medical groups, multi-site imaging centers and two accountable care organizations.


RWJBarnabas Health is among New Jersey’s largest private employers – with more than 38,000 employees and 9,000 physicians — and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety. RWJBarnabas Health launched an affiliation with Rutgers University to create New Jersey’s largest academic health care system. The collaboration aligns RWJBarnabas Health with Rutgers’ education, research and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey — the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center — and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.


About RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group 

RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group is a multispecialty group practice comprising of over 2,400 highly skilled and experienced world class primary and specialty care providers. Our providers offer compassionate and innovative cutting-edge care for people at every stage of life at easily accessible facilities conveniently located throughout New Jersey. RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group is ranked as the fourth largest medical group in the nation Becker’s ACS Review in 2023.  Backed by the vast continuum of resources throughout RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Health, our dedicated providers and expertly trained supporting staff continuously strive for clinical and academic excellence. For more information, visit rwjbh.org/medicalgroup.


About Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation is fighting for all people who live with arthritis. As Champions of Yes, the Arthritis Foundation’s mission is to turn the obstacles arthritis causes into opportunities. The Arthritis Foundation champions life-changing solutions and medical advancements, and it also provides ways for people to connect, break down barriers in health care and join the fight to conquer arthritis — uniting hearts, minds and resources to change the future of arthritis. To join the fight to conquer arthritis, visit arthritis.org.


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