About Us

Robert Cercek, MD

Adult Hip & Knee Joint Replacement Specialist at The CORE Institute®

headshot cercek1Robert M. Cercek, MD is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in primary and revision joint arthroplasty of the hip and knee.

Dr. Cercek joins our practice after receiving his fellowship training at The CORE Institute with Dr. David Jacofsky. Previously, Dr. Cercek completed his residency program in orthopedic surgery that began in at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans and was completed at the University of Arkansas after Hurricane Katrina. Prior to that Dr. Cercek attended the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science and the Arts where he earned his bachelor's with distinction in cellular and molecular biology. Dr. Cercek followed up his undergraduate degree with a master's of public health degree in human nutrition from the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health and attended Wayne State University School of Medicine to obtain his doctor of medicine degree.

Dr. Cercek is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society and in 1999 was honored by being named to the National Dean's List and as the Human Nutrition program Outstanding Student.

In his free time, Dr. Cercek enjoys fitness training such as weightlifting, running and swimming and hopes to have a chance to enjoy Arizona's climate playing golf, tennis and mountain biking.

Research & Experience 

Areas of Specialty
Primary Joint Replacement of the Hip and Knee

Education and Training

Fellowship
Adult Reconstruction under David Jacofsky, MD
The CORE Institute
Phoenix, Arizona

Residency
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Orthopaedic Surgery
Little Rock, Arkansas

Tulane University School of Medicine
Orthopaedic Surgery
New Orleans, Louisiana

Doctor of Medicine
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Detroit, Michigan

Master of Public Health, Human Nutrition
University of Michigan School of Public Health
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Bachelor of Science with Distinction
Cellular and Molecular Biology
University of Michigan College of Literature, Science and the Arts
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Presentations/Publications

Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty: What the Practicing Orthopaedic Surgeon Needs to Know. Jacofsky DJ, Della Valle CJ, Meneghini RM, Sporer SM, Cercek RM. Instr Course Lect 2011; 60:269-81.

Isolated Lateral Patellofemoral Impingement as a Cause for Painful Total Knee Arthroplasty: Results of Operative Intervention. Jacofsky DJ, Cercek R, Kieffer K, Myerthall S, Larsen B, Jacofsky MC. 2010 Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society. New Orleans, LA.

Acute Correction of Tibia Vara in Children via the Focal Dome Osteotomy. Cercek, RM. 24th Annual Arkansas Orthopaedic Forum. Oct 2008.

Camp Camelot—Weight Loss Achieved Through Behavior Modification. Cercek RM. University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dec 1999.

Community Presentations

The CORE Institute Community Lecture Program. Joint Pain Treatment Options & Secure Tracks, Sante of Surprise, November 2011.

The CORE Institute Community Lecture Program. Joint Pain Treatment Options & Secure Tracks, Grandview Care Center, September 2011.

The CORE Institute Community Lecture Program. Joint Pain and Treatment Options, La Loma Village, August 2011.

The CORE Institute Community Lecture Program. Joint Pain and Treatment Options, Pebble Creek, April 2011.

The CORE Institute Community Lecture Program. Hips: To Shake or Not to Shake, Kiwanis Club of Sun City West, October 2010.

The CORE Institute Community Lecture Program. Hip & Knee Pain: You are Not Alone, Sun City Festival, October 2010.

The CORE Institute Community Lecture Program. Osetoporosis, Sun City Festival, June 2010.

The CORE Institute Community Lecture Program. Advances in Knee Replacement, Banner Del E. Webb Hospital, November 2009.

The CORE Institute Community Lecture Program. Joint Pain Treatment Options, Grandview Terrace, December 2009.

Volunteer Experience:

08/26/2005—09/15/2005 Multiple shelters/evacuation centers throughout Louisiana
Provided acute medical care to Hurricane Katrina evacuees

12/01/2000—06/23/2004 Cass Clinic, Detroit, MI
Assisted in the medical care of indigent patients

06/15/1999—08/10/1999 Camp Camelot, Harrisburg, PA
Guided overweight adolescents thru an intensive summer weight loss camp, focusing on behavior modification

Examinations:

Eligible for American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Part II Examination in 2012

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Part I Examination Passed 07/09/2009

USMLE Steps 1-3 Passed

Licensure:

Physician License #41492, expiration date 06/11/2012, Arizona Medical Board

Other Awards/Accomplishments:

Human Nutrition Outstanding Student Award 1999

The National Dean’s List 1999

Golden Key National Honors Society 1995

University of Michigan Class Honors 1993, 1994, 1995

Medical Honors/Awards:

Alpha Omega Alpha 2003

Class Honors 2000-2002