Simmons Athletics Team Physicians


Jeffrey Zilberfarb, MD

Specializes in Shoulder and Sports Medicine Injuries, 617-232-2663

Dr. Jeffrey Zilberfarb is a staff orthopedic surgeon at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center who specializes in shoulder and sports medicine injuries. He has special expertise in minimally invasive (arthroscopic) surgery of the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle. He treats all shoulder problems, including rotator cuff tears, instability, fractures, and arthritis, as well as nerve compression syndromes and all lower extremity problems. He also performs shoulder replacement surgery. He treats all upper and lower extremity problems. 

He sees patients at his private office in Brookline and at the BIDMC Lexington facility.

Education and Training

Dr. Zilberfarb received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Virginia. He received a Navy scholarship and completed his internship at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, California, in 1986. He then spent two years as a Battalion Surgeon with a Marine Corps infantry unit stationed in Camp Pendleton, California. During that time he was deployed to the southeastern Pacific for seven months aboard the USS Peleliu. 

Upon his return, he completed an orthopedic surgery residency at the Naval Hospital in San Diego in 1992, then completed his active duty service with two years at the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He was discharged as a Lieutenant Commander in 1994. 

He was then awarded the Rowe Shoulder fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and joined the Orthopedics Department at BIDMC in 1995. Dr. Zilberfarb completed a Certificate of Qualification in Sports Medicine in 2012. 

He currently teaches Harvard orthopedic surgery residents-in-training and is the director of the Meeks and Zilberfarb Orthopedics/Harvard medical student Sports Medicine elective. He was voted the BIDMC Orthopedic Surgery Department "Teacher of the Year" in 2007, and nominated as one of the outstanding Harvard Medical School teachers in 2011.

Professional Appointments and Affiliations

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • International Federation of Sports Medicine
  • Massachusetts Orthopedic Association
  • Society of Military Surgeons
  • American College of Sports Medicine

Research Focus

  • Shoulder instability
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Clavicle fractures
  • AC joint injuries
  • Shoulder and elbow trauma
  • Ciba-Geigy Community Service Award
  • Omicron Delta Kappa

Professional Accomplishments

Dr. Zilberfarb has multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks, and has given many lectures and presentations on Shoulder and Sports Medicine topics, both nationally and regionally. His peer-reviewed publications may be found on PubMed