The New Jersey Orthopedic Institute provides world-class athletes with cutting-edge research and exceptional care

At the New Jersey Orthopedic Institute (McInerney Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute), professional, Olympic and world-class athletes have access to cutting-edge research and superior surgical and non-surgical care.

Since 1982, countless professional, Olympic and world-class athletes have been treated at the New Jersey Orthopedic Institute (McInerney Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute), where they have access to cutting-edge research and superior surgical and non-surgical care.

dr Vincent K McInerney

dr Vincent K McInerney graduated summa cum laude from Saint Peter’s University, Jersey City and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School with honors. After completing his residency in orthopedic surgery at Seton Hall University/St. Joseph’s Health Training Program, he became one of the first Sports Medicine Fellows at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, trained by Bertram Zarins and Carter Rowe. During his time in Boston, Dr. McInerney with the Boston Bruins and the New England Patriots, in Dr. Henry Mankin and MIT on the development of neuromuscular training methods.

In 1982, Dr. McInerney returned to New Jersey as one of the first orthopedic fellowship surgeons specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopy. He was Associate Dean, Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Director of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training at Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences. For the past 40 years he has served as Program Director of the Orthopedic Surgery Education Program at St. Joseph’s Health. He is Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, Nutley. dr McInerney and his partners are team doctors for 24 high schools and for the past 25 years for the NJ Jackals baseball team at Yogi Berra Stadium. For the past 35 years he has been a team doctor at Seton Hall University and Montclair State University. He has been appointed US Olympic Research Associate, team doctor, member of the Elite Athlete Project and team doctor at several national Olympic sports festivals. As Medical Director of the US Olympic and national handball teams, he was team doctor at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles (1984), Barcelona (1992) and Atlanta (1996); the Goodwill Games in Moscow, USSR (1986), Seattle (1990) and St. Petersburg, Russia (1994); and Pan Am Games (1987). He has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals and has lectured at numerous institutions and conferences and has been a visiting professor.

dr McInerney is President and charter member of the NJ Orthopedic Institute and has an active sports medicine practice. The driving force of his career is injury prevention and performance enhancement through proprioception, telemotion and neuromuscular dynamics in collaboration with Robert Narcessian, his Director of Dynamic Systems, and Mike Decker, Ph.D., Rocky Mountain Consortium for Sports Research.

• To Dr. McInerney’s other leadership honors and awards include: American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), induction into the Hall of Fame (July 2021, Nashville, Tennessee), the only one in New Jersey to receive this honor.

• Board of Directors of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) (1995 – 1997).

• Chair of the AOSSM Fellowship Match Committee (2015 – 2018).

• Member, AOSSM Research, Education, Young Educators and Council of Delegates Committees.

• Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association David G. Moyer Award for Physician of the Year (May 1994, Philadelphia, Pa.).

• Timothy M. Hosea, MD ATSNJ (Athletic Trainer Society of NJ) Physician of the Year (2017).

• Instructor of the Year, Seton Hall University (1998) and NJ Excellence in Medicine Award (2006) for New Jersey Physician Instructor of the Year.

• Ranawat Award, Eastern Orthopedic Association (2018) Top Research Award, Palm Beach, Florida.

• AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons), Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Bylaws Committee (1999-2002).

• President of the NJ Orthopedic Society (1993) and the NJ Academy of Medicine (1997).

dr Robert M Palacios

Robert M. Palacios, MD, is state-certified, trained in sports medicine and has specialized in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine for over three decades. Originally from New York City, Dr. Palacios received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and subsequently completed a residency in family medicine. He then pursued a fellowship in nonsurgical orthopedics and sports medicine through the Seton Hall University graduate school program at St. Joseph Medical Center in Paterson.

dr Palacios has been a team physician at Montclair State University and Seton Hall University for the past 30 years. He is the team doctor for many North Jersey high schools including Clifton, Butler, Pompton Lakes, West Milford, Kinnelon, DePaul, Verona, Seton Hall Prep, Irvington, Montville, Glen Ridge, Mountain Lakes, Shabazz, Kennedy and Eastside. He is the team doctor for the New Jersey Jackals professional baseball team at Yogi Berra Stadium (Can-Am League Champions 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2019). Team Physician of the 2011 NCAA Eastern Regional Championship Playoffs Men’s Basketball. Team Physician of the 1995-2000 Master’s Professional Tennis League Tournament. He was a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) Committee on Medical. aspects of sport for over 20 years. Among the achievements of Dr. Palacios includes receiving the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Medical Teacher of the Year award; American Academy of Family Physicians; National Teaching Awardee 1998, 2002, 2006. Physician of the Year for the Boy Scouts of America Northern NJ Chapter; team physician of the NJ Juggernauts Professional Softball Team (League Champions 2004); NJ Outlaws Professional Hockey Team (2012 Federation Hockey League Champions); and team doctor for the NY/NJ Metro Stars’ NJ Imperials Professional Developmental Soccer Team.

He has appeared on numerous major television networks and has lectured extensively on the prevention and treatment of sports medicine injuries.

dr Palacios specializes in the non-surgical treatment of the ankle, knee, hip, elbow, shoulder, neck and back. He is experienced in injecting large joints.

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American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (former Board of Trustees)

Arthroscopy Association of North America

NJ Orthopedic Society (past President)

Member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society


UMDNJ-NJ Medical School

Harvard Medical School (Sports Medicine Scholarship)

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