Dr. Keith Berend

Total Joint Replacement



Dr. Keith Berend

Joined JIS in 2013

Dr. Berend is a native of Columbus, Ohio. He is a member of the Knee Society and the Hip Society, the highest honor bestowed upon a surgeon with those respective specialties. Along with Dr. Lombardi, he is the only other surgeon in both societies in all of Ohio.

Dr. Berend is the author of over 250 scholarly articles and has presented his work and taught surgery around the globe.

He also serves as Chief Medical Development Officer for OrthoAlliance.


  • B.S., Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL
  • M.D., Duke University, Durham, NC


  • Orthopedic Residency, Duke University, Durham, NC


  • Adult Reconstruction of the Knee & Hip, Joint Implant Surgeons Inc., New Albany, OH


  • Florida Southern College Distinguished Alumni Award 2012
  • Leaders in Total Joint Replacement: Generation Next 2013
  • Top 22 Knee Surgeons in North America 2014 and 2015
  • Arthritis Foundation Pioneer in Medicine 2015
  • Champions of Health Care Award 2016
  • Jeanne and John G. McCoy Community Service Award 2016
  • Medical Mutual and Smart Business Pillar Community Service Award 2019
  • Columbus Monthly Top Doctors 2004-2023

KEITH BEREND, M.D., a native of Columbus, Ohio, received his undergraduate degree from Florida Southern College.

He completed his medical doctorate and orthopedic training at Duke University.

Dr. Berend completed a fellowship in Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery at JIS Orthopedics., with Dr. Thomas H. Mallory, MD, and Adolph V. Lombardi, Jr., MD.

Second only to excellence in patient care, philanthropy is Dr Berend’s highest passion.

Dr. Berend and his brother, Mike Berend, MD, sponsor and host the Emily Berend Adult Reconstruction Symposium at Duke University.

He is a director and volunteer surgeon for Team Hope in Motion, a Christian charitable organization which provides free surgeries for patients in Guatemala.

When not enjoying time with his wife and adult daughters, Dr. Berend is an avid endurance athlete and cyclist.

He has competed in Race Across the West, a 900-mile cycling race, twice in Race Across America, a 3,000-mile cycling race, he completed a 60-mile relay swimming event and is an Ironman Triathlete; all of which to raise money for Team Hope in Motion.

  • Has performed more anterior (minimally invasive muscle sparing) hip replacements than any other surgeon in the Midwest.
  • Has performed more Oxford partial knee replacements than any other surgeon in the world.
  • Member of the Hip Society and Knee Society, the two most prestigious orthopedic societies.
  • Has educated thousands of surgeons throughout central Ohio, the United States and the world on minimally invasive hip and knee replacement.

Dr. Berend and his brother, Mike Berend, MD together sponsor and host the Emily Berend Adult Reconstruction Symposium at Duke University.

He is also a volunteer surgeon for Operation Walk Midwest, a charitable organization which provides free surgical treatment for patients in developing countries.

He and Dr. Lombardi founded Operation Joint Implant, which then became Operation Walk USA, a nationwide charitable program that provides qualified patients with free hip and knee replacement surgery.

In 2013 he received the award for Leaders in Total Joint Replacement: Generation Next.

He has been named to the list of the Top 22 Knee Surgeons in North America.

Dr. Berend is a fisherman and an active cyclist. He has competed in the Race Across the West, a 900 mile endurance cycling race with three other teammates and Race Across America, a 3000 mile race, with 7 teammates.

He and his wife, Cindy, have two daughters, Taylor and Molly. Taylor attends the University of Cincinnati and Molly attends Florida Southern College.

  • Fuller BC, Lonner JH, Berend KR, Berger RA, Gerlinger TL. Partial knee arthroplasty: the state of the art. Instr Course Lect. 2021;70:235-246. PMID: 33438913

    Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty and patellofemoral arthroplasty were pioneered in the 1970s but abandoned by most in favor of total knee arthroplasty because of inconsistent early outcomes. Advancements in implant design, instrumentation, indications, and surgical techniques have enhanced results and led to a resurgence in both unicompartmental knee arthroplasty and patellofemoral arthroplasty for appropriate candidates. In appropriately selected patients, current implants and techniques provide surgeons the resources to carry out a surgical procedure that is simpler to perform and easier to recover from. Furthermore, unicompartmental knee arthroplasty is associated with fewer postoperative complications and lower mortality and is equal to or better than total knee arthroplasty.

    Crawford DA, Berend KR, Thienpont E. Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty: US and global perspectives. Orthop Clin North Am. 2020 Apr;51(2):147-159. doi: 10.1016/j.ocl.2019.11.010. Review. PMID: 32138853

    Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) is a treatment option for anteromedial osteoarthritis. Compared with total knee arthroplasty (TKA), UKA offers improved knee range of motion, functional recovery and decreased medical complications. Revision rates continue to be higher with UKA compared with TKA. With current UKA implants, there is no significant difference in mobile bearing or fixed bearing, or between cemented and cementless implants. Enabling technology, such as robotic-assisted surgery, has demonstrated improvements in component positioning, but no long-term difference in survival compared with traditional manual instruments.

    Crawford DA, Adams JB, Berend KR, Lombardi AV Jr. Low complication rates in outpatient total knee arthroplasty. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2020 May;28(5):1458-1464. doi: 10.1007/s00167-019-05538-8. PMID: 31104079

    Purpose: The primary purpose of this study is to report the incidence of complications associated with outpatient total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Secondarily, 2-year minimum outcomes are reported.

    Methods: Between 2013 and 2016, 928 patients underwent 1143 outpatient TKAs with the Vanguard Complete Knee System (Zimmer Biomet, Warsaw, IN). Patients were selected for outpatient surgery if they were medically optimized without a failing organ system and had sufficient support at home. Overnight stays, medical complications and early perioperative complications were assessed in this entire cohort. Two-year minimum follow-up was available on 793 patients (978 knees). Patient records were analyzed for outcome measures and revisions.

    Results: In 124 procedures, the patient stayed overnight for 23-h observation. Thirty-seven (3.2%) were for convenience reasons and 87 (7.6%) for medical observation. Heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were associated with increased risk of overnight stay. Excluding manipulations, reoperation within 90 days occurred in eight (0.7%) knees. Patients with 2-year minimum follow-up had significant improvements in ROM, Knee Society Clinical, Functional and Pain scores (p < 0.005). Nine (0.8%) patients required revision. Manipulations were performed on 118 (10.3%) patients. The overall deep infection rate was 0.17% (2/1143).

    Conclusions: Outpatient TKA is safe for a large proportion of patients. Certain medical co-morbidities increase the risk of overnight stay. Patients had significant improvement in ROM and outcome scores with low revision rate.

    Crawford DA, Berend KR. Reduction of periprosthetic proximal femur fracture in direct anterior total hip according to stem design. Orthop Clin North Am. 2021 Oct;52(4):297-304. doi: 10.1016/j.ocl.2021.05.002. PMID: 34538342

Patient Testimonials

Request a Callback