“We take pride in providing the care you expect
and  the attention and personal concern you deserve."


Mohawk Valley Orthopedics, P.C.
& Mohawk Valley MRI


Dr. Russell CecilDr. Russell Cecil

Dr. Cecil obtained his B.A. from Yale and M.D. from Cornell where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha the honor medical society. He subsequently obtained a Ph.D. from Cornell in Bone Pathology. He served as an intern and resident in general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts before completing the Harvard Combined Residency in Orthopedic Surgery.

In 1982, he was voted Best Resident Teacher in Orthopedics at Harvard Medical School. After completing his training, he was appointed Instructor in Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

He subsequently moved to Amsterdam and founded Mohawk Valley Orthopedics.

He is Board Certified and a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons, the New York State Society of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the Medical Society of the State of New York, the Montgomery County Medical Society, and the NYS Medical Advisory Committee which advises the Governor on statewide health care policy.

He currently is Assistant Clinical Professor at Albany Medical College and has served as Chief of Surgery and Medical Staff President at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital and is Chief of Surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Dr Cecil’s practice focuses on most aspects of Orthopedic surgery including Joint Replacement, Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Trauma. In 2013, Dr Cecil was the first surgeon in the Capital District to offer his patients Custom Total Knee Implants as a joint replacement option. His custom knee patients receive implants that are specifically designed for each patient resulting in faster recovery times, less bone/blood loss and a more “natural feeling knee replacement option”. Primary focus areas for Dr.Cecil include:  
- Custom Knee Replacement: ConforMIS Customized Knee Replacement
- Carpal Tunnel Disease
- Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
- Hip Replacement
- Total Shoulder & Reverse Shoulder Replacement
- Orthopedic Trauma - Fractures

St Mary’s Hospital - Amsterdam, NY
Nathan Littauer Hospital - Gloversville, NY
Dr Russell Cecil - M.D., P.H.D

Custom Knee Replacement, Shoulder Arthoscopy, Hand/Wrist Surgery, Total/Reverse Shoulder, Hip Replacement

MEDICAL SCHOOL: Harvard Medical School
INTERNSHIP: Mass General – Boston
RESIDENCY: Harvard Combined Orthopedic Surgery
BOARD CERTIFIED: Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Gerald OrtizDr. Gerald Ortiz

Dr. Ortiz obtained his Bachelor of Science at Cornell University in Ithaca where he was named a Presidential Scholar. He subsequently obtained his Medical Degree at Cornell University Medical Center in New York City. He served his Internship and Residency at the The L.A. County USC Medical Center in Los Angeles where he was also chosen to perform a prestigious Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic under the guidance of Dr. Frank Jobe. After completing his fellowship, he moved to Amsterdam and joined Dr. Cecil at Mohawk Valley Orthopedics, P.C.. He is Board Certified and a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the New York State Society of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the Medical Society of the State of New York, the Montgomery County Medical Society and the Arthroscopy Association of North America, a select group of orthopedic surgeons specially trained in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery. He is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at Albany Medical College. His practice is focused on arthroscopic minimally invasive surgery of the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle as well as pediatric and foot/ankle disorders.

Dr. Joseph PopperDr. Joseph Popper

Dr. Popper is an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon specializing in the comprehensive treatment of the neck, back, and spine. He has completed a combined Neurosurgical and Orthopedic Spine Surgery Fellowship with world-renowned Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN). In addition to being one of the few ACGME-accredited Spine Fellowships, the comprehensive training included working directly with the Complex Spine Neurosurgeons and Musculoskeletal Oncology Spine Surgeons and is one of the exclusive fellowships sponsored by the AO spine organization. He offers the most modern and comprehensive approach to spinal care, with a focus on patient safety and individualized treatment.

He is a specialist in cervical spine surgery and minimally-invasive lumbar procedures.

Dr. Popper applies a “conservative first-approach” to his patients, and only offers surgical intervention with proven evidence-based techniques when necessary. This means providing the most minimally-invasive and safest procedures for each patient. Dr. Popper is proficient with the most modern advancements in total spine care, including minimally-invasive (“MIS”) techniques, robot-aided navigation, and motion-preserving operations. He has authored several publications in many peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Popper has presented his research at over 30 national and international meetings. His particular research interests include post-surgical spinal infections and osteopenia/osteoporosis, and he has used this knowledge to better treat his own patients with low bone density, and in avoiding infection after surgery.

Although Dr. Popper remains interested in academic pursuits of research and teaching, his primary focus is patient care. He understands the complexity of treating patients with problems related to their neck, back, and spine and is a strong believer in an interdisciplinary approach and utilizing non-surgical treatments as much as possible.