About Dr. Hakan Pehlivan

Ridgewood Office
106 Prospect Street. 3rd Floor
Ridgewood, NJ 07450




Dr. Pehlivan was born and raised in Virginia, but is excited to now be living in and serving Bergen County and the surrounding communities. He attended W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, VA and then went to Washington College in Chestertown, MD where he played Division III soccer and studied biology. He transferred to the University of Virginia after two years to complete his undergraduate degree in Biology.


Dr. Pehlivan received his MD from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and subsequently completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Virginia Health System, where he trained with experts in sports medicine, trauma, spine, and upper extremity surgery.  During his time there he routinely took care of Division I athletes from the University of Virginia and James Madison University, and high school athletes from the surrounding area serving as the resident team physician for Woodberry Forest School.


After his residency, Dr. Pehlivan trained with the world-renowned pediatric orthopedic surgeons at Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego, where he developed and refined expertise in all pediatric orthopedic conditions. His interests include pediatric trauma, pediatric sports injuries, and idiopathic scoliosis.


Through his medical training, Dr. Pehlivan has authored papers and researched orthopedic issues in the fields of trauma, sports medicine, spinal surgery, joint replacement, and, most importantly, pediatrics. He has participated in numerous state and national conferences where his research was presented.


He currently lives in River Vale with his wife, his three children, and his dog. His greatest joy is practicing medicine and spending time with his family. He is also an avid skier and was a National Ski Patroller. His other interests include anything involving watersports, watching sports particularly the New York Mets; technology, space, and video games.



Making the Diagnosis: Pediatrics: Hip and Thigh; Knee and Leg; Foot and Ankle.
Pehlivan HC, Bachmann K. Published Wolters Kluwer, Feb. 2019  


Three-Dimensional in Brace Correction for Thoracic Idiopathic Scoliosis.

Pehlivan HC, Paez C, Bartley C, Munar C, Bastrom T, Newton PO, Yaszay B, Upasani V. POSNA 2020


Creation and Validation of a “Shorthand” Knee MRI Bone Age Assessment Tool as an Alternative for Skeletal Maturity Assessment.  

Politzer C, Bomar JD, Pehlivan HC, Gurusamy P, Edmonds E, Pennock A. POSNA 2020


Super Obesity Is an Independent Risk Factor for Complications After Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty.

Werner BC, Higgins MD, Pehlivan HC, Carothers JT, Browne JA. J Arthroplasty. 2017 Feb;32(2):402-406.


Morbid Obesity and Lumbar Fusion in Patients Older Than 65 Years: Complications, Readmissions, Costs, and Length of Stay.
Puvanesarajah V, Werner BC, Cancienne JM, Jain A, Pehlivan H, Shimer AL, Singla A, Shen F, Hassanzadeh H.  Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2017 Jan 15;42(2):122-127.


Increased incidence of postoperative stiffness after arthroscopic compared with open biceps tenodesis.
Werner BC, Pehlivan HC, Hart JM, Carson EW, Diduch DR, Miller MD, Brockmeier SF. Arthroscopy. 2014 Sep;30(9):1075-84.


Biceps tenodesis is a viable option for salvage of failed SLAP repair.
Werner BC, Pehlivan HC, Hart JM, Lyons ML, Gilmore CJ, Garrett CB, Carson EW, Diduch DR, Miller MD, Brockmeier SF. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2014 Aug;23(8):e179-84.


Higher Cost of Arthroplasty For Hip Fracture Patients Transferred From OSH Versus Primary ED Presentation.
Haug E, Macdonnell R, Pehlivan HC, Cui Q, Brown TE, Browne JA. JAAOS 2019


Post-operative rehabilitation and outcomes of primary anatomic shoulder arthroplasty.
Etier B, Pehlivan HC, Brockmeier S. Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 2016; 17 (1): 19-24.




Conference Presentations

Pehlivan HC, Kahler D. A retrospective radiographic and patient data
review of distal femur fractures and the rate of nonunion with lateral
locking plates, and the use of medial plating to salvage nonunion.

Virginia Orthopedic Society Meeting 2014


Pehlivan HC, Fox M, Kandil A, Romness M, Abel M, Bachmann K.
Comprehensive Analysis to Identify Reasons and Risk Factors of
Patient-Initiated Phone Calls After Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery.
Virginia Orthopedic Society Meeting 2017


Pehlivan HC, Roithmayr J, Yarboro S. Prehospital Antibiotics for
Prophylaxis in Open Fractures. Virginia Orthopedic Society Meeting

Board Certified

American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Medical Licensure

New Jersey




Valley Hospital
(Ridgewood, NJ)


Hackensack UMC
(Hackensack, NJ)


Vanguard Surgical Center
(Maywood, NJ)





Fellowship: Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, CA, August 2019-2020


Residency/Internship: University of Virginia Health System June 2014 –June 2019


Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine, M.D. May 2014


Undergraduate: University of Virginia, B.A. in Biology, May 2009