Physician Leadership

Thomas Joseph, M.D., President

Dr. Joseph is active in the community practicing medicine as an orthopaedic specialist at Youngstown Orthopaedic Associates where he currently serves at its President.

Dr. Thomas Joseph, is an orthopaedic surgeon and currently serves as President of The Orthopaedic Surgery Center. Dr Joseph graduated Cum Laude from John Carroll University and received his Doctor of Medicine from The Ohio State University. He completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic and a sports medicine fellowship from world‐renown Steadman‐Hawkins Clinic. Dr Joseph is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

He has been at the forefront of clinical innovation providing the highest quality orthopaedic care to the patients of Northeast Ohio.


James Kerrigan, M.D., Vice President

Dr. James Kerrigan is an orthopaedic surgeon and currently serves as the Vice President of Youngstown Orthopaedic Associates. Dr. Kerrigan graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Toledo College of Medicine. Dr. Kerrigan is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. James Kerrigan was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. A proud Irishman, he graduated from Ursuline High School and went on to graduate from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Kerrigan is board certified as a general orthopaedic surgeon, treating the full-spectrum of orthopaedic conditions. He also specializes in total knee replacement, embracing outpatient total joint replacement surgery and utilizing the latest Total Joint Replacement Robotic Technology.


Joseph Stefko, M.D., Officer

Dr. Joseph Stefko is an orthopaedic surgeon and currently serves as an Officer of Youngstown Orthopaedic Associates. Dr. Stefko graduated from Ohio University and received his Doctor of Medicine from Wright State University School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship from world renowned Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles California. Dr. Stefko is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a Sports Medicine fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder rotator cuff surgery and shoulder replacement surgery. Using the latest surgical technology, Dr. Stefko has extensive experience with arthroscopic repair of ligament and tendon injuries, as well as computer-assisted planning and sizing for your shoulder replacement. His outpatient surgical practice incorporates minimally invasive surgical techniques along with pain block management. For over 25 years, Dr. Stefko has been involved in educating young orthopaedic surgeons and caring for athletes of all kinds in the Valley.


James Jamison, M.D., Officer

Dr. Jamison is an orthopedic specialist with a focus on hip and knee joint replacement and reconstruction surgery. He has been with Youngstown Orthopaedic Associates since 1997.

Dr. Jamison is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons, the Mid-America Orthopaedic Society, the Ohio Orthopaedic Society, the Ohio Orthopaedic Society, and the Ohio State Medical Association.

Dr. Jamison is on full-time staff at the Surgical Hospital at Southwoods and St. Elizabeth – Mercy Medical Center in Boardman. Courtesy privileges are held at St. Elizabeth – Mercy Medical Center in Youngstown, and the Orthopaedic Surgery Center in Boardman. He is currently accepting new patients at YOA’s Building B, 1499 Boardman-Canfield Road. Referrals from your primary care physician can be made by calling (330) 758-0577, Ext. 1102.


Administrative Leadership

Taylor Cera, MBA, COO

Mr. Taylor Cera is the COO at “Youngstown Orthopaedic Associates”. Mr. Cera has nearly 9 years of healthcare leadership experience and is responsible for the direction, planning, implementing, and leading of all operational and financial activities at the Center. Mr. Cera’s expertise is in strategic planning and business development. Mr. Cera along with his team has developed and implemented many key growth initiatives such as pricing tools, direct surgical service contracting, and an outpatient joint replacement center service line. Mr. Cera has served in operational roles at St. John Medical Center‐University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Cera is active in the community serving as a Member and past Vice President of The Pennsylvania State University Shenango Campus Advisory Board. In 2016, he received The Mahoning Valley Young Professional Top 25 Under 35 Award. Becker’s Healthcare named him among 23 ASC Leaders under 40 that have made a significant impact as part of the ASC industry. Mr. Cera received his bachelor degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in business administration concentrating in accounting from Cleveland State University. He was a member of the Penn State men’s hockey team.

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