Dean L. Sorrento, D.P.M.

Physician

Specialist In:

  • Foot / Ankle
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Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Sorrento graduated from St. Joseph’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.  He received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, where he graduated with honors.

He completed an extensive four-year residency in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery and trauma at the University of Pennsylvania Health System/ Presbyterian Medical Center and Temple University Children’s Hospital both in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Sorrento is one of a select few in the Lehigh Valley certified on the Salto Talaris, Inbone Ankle systems, and most recently the STAR ankle replacement. His training encompasses all aspects of foot and ankle reconstruction, including complex adult and pediatric foot and ankle-acquired and congenital deformities, diabetic limb salvage (Charcot  reconstruction), high arch and flatfoot deformities, trauma (ankle and foot fractures) and neuromuscular disorders.

A Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Penn State College of Medicine, Dr. Sorrento has published in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored a chapter in a leading textbook in foot and ankle surgery. 

Dr. Sorrento is Board Certified in both foot surgery and rearfoot/reconstructive ankle surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Dr. Sorrento has enjoyed living in the Lehigh Valley with his wife and two children since 2000. Prior to joining OAA in 2009, he was in private practice for ten years.

Dr. Sorrento welcomes new patients and patients seeking second opinions, including failed and revisional surgery.

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  • Education
    • Undergraduate

      • St. Joseph's University
        Philadelphia, PA

      Medical School

      • Temple School of Podiatric Medicine
        Philadelphia, PA

      Residency

      • University of Pennsylvania Health System / Presbyterian Medical Center
        Philadelphia, PA

      Board Certifications

        • American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
        • Certified Foot Surgery
        • Certified Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery

      Academic Appointment

      • Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Penn State College of Medicine
        Hershey, PA

      Professional Societies

        • American Podiatric Medical Association
        • American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
        Total Ankle Replacement
        Dr. Sorrento is certified on the Salto Talaris Ankle, Inbone Ankle, and most recently the STAR systems. All are FDA-approved for use in the United States.

        Ankle replacement offer an option to patients with advanced ankle arthritis. The most common types of arthritis affecting the ankle are osteoarthritis (degenerative), post-traumatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory). Patients in the past were only offered a fusion operation, which led to a stiff ankle and altered gait. With advanced designs, ankle replacement has become more popular-- with studies showing favorable results compared to fusion.

        Dr. Sorrento will determine who is an appropriate candidate based on a clinical exam and x-rays
  • FAQ
    • Q. How did you become interested in medicine?

      A. In high school I took an anatomy course, which I found very interesting, and decided to focus my interest towards science and learning how the body functions.

      Q. When did you decide to specialize in Orthopaedics / Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgery?

      A. I played football in high school and suffered an ankle injury. The doctor who treated my injury allowed me to observe his practice upon learning I was interested in medicine. He treated many sports injuries, deformities and performed reconstructive surgery, which I found very interesting.

      Q. What are common conditions you treat? Is there anything patients can do to avoid developing their conditions?

      A. Common conditions ranging from toe and bunion deformities, to complex hindfoot and ankle deformities, arthritis, post-traumatic complications, chronic foot and ankle pain, pediatric deformities, sports injuries, foot and ankle fractures, revisional and failed surgery. A common condition we see is heel pain, which can be avoided by wearing good supportive shoes, and stretching of the calf muscle.

      Q. What do you like best about working with your patients?

      A. Our feet and ankles endure much stress and are essential in everyday life. It is very satisfying when pain can be relieved or a deformity corrected to allow patients to regain a more normal function.

      Q. What do you like best about working for OAA?

      A. It is a privilege to work for OAA, which has a great reputation for several years in the Lehigh Valley. The best aspect of OAA is that patients have access to full service orthopaedic care, literally, from head-to-toe, all under one roof by an excellent team of physicians and surgeons.

      Q. How did you come to live in the Lehigh Valley?

      A. Prior to coming to OAA and completion of residency, I joined a private practice in the Lehigh Valley.

      Q. If you were not a Foot and Ankle Surgeon, what would you be doing?

      A. I enjoy teaching and research, and probably would be in an academic setting as a university professor.

      Q. How do you apply your experience as a physician to the rest of your life?

      A. Having medical knowledge, I have an interest in health, fitness and natural remedies, which I try to share with family and friends.

      Q. Of what achievements are you especially proud?

      A. I am thankful to have a loving wife, two beautiful children and close family who support my career, which motivates me to work hard and strive to be the best in my field I can possibly be.

Dr. Sorrento, his staff, and OAA as a whole is BY FAR - the most efficient, professional, respectful, conscientious, and organized medical operation I have EVER experienced. Everyone from valet to the receptionist to Dr. Sorrento himself are in a class by themselves!!

– Jack

OAA Orthopaedic Specialist
Dean L. Sorrento
  • Foot / Ankle
250 Cetronia road Allentown, PA 18104
Phone: 610.973.6200 URL of Map