Photo: Edward M. Decter, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Edward M. Decter, M.D., F.A.C.S.


Knee, Shoulder, and Sports Medicine

Dr. Edward M. Decter specializes in the treatment of sports-related injuries and conditions as well as injuries and conditions of knee and shoulder at Tri-County Orthopedics. He also has special interest in performing reconstructive surgeries of the knee and shoulder. Dr. Decter joined Tri-County Orthopedics in February 2015.

Dr. Decter earned his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. He then completed his internship in general surgery at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after which he underwent residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute in New York, New York.

Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Decter is affiliated with a number of New Jersey healthcare centers, St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, and continues to serve as medical director at Short Hills Surgery Center in Millburn.

Among many other prestigious societies and affiliations, Dr. Decter is a member of the American Academy of Sports Medicine, the American College of Surgeons, American College of Sports Medicine, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. He was inspired to become an orthopedic surgeon by his own experience as a high school and college athlete.  He was formerly the head team physician for major league soccer teams the Metro Stars and Red Bulls as well as professional indoor soccer team the Iron Men.  Dr. Decter also served as the team physician for the Gladiators, the professional indoor football team and currently serves as the team doctor for the United States Men’s Under-20 National Soccer Team.

Now practicing over 34 years, Dr. Decter’s biggest satisfaction is getting the player back in the game or getting his patients to their pre-injury status.

Dr. Decter says that developing interpersonal relationships with his patients and improving their physical conditions is what he finds most rewarding about his chosen field.

“I was in quite a bit of knee pain when I saw Dr. Decter . He explained what I had after an MRI and gave me my options. He was honest and I felt confident with him. He is an experienced surgeon so I felt that having surgery was my best option seeing that I was in pain all the time and my quality of daily life was limited now. I recently had surgery and my pain is completely gone now and I am fully functional. I am so glad I went to Tri County Orthopedics. Great place and great staff. I have already recommended them to other friends. Thanks Dr. Decter!!!!”
– Angelina R.
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