1501 Presidential Way, Ste. 6
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: (561) 815-8585
Fax: (561) 815-8588
Contact: Donna Kotlarz, COO
[email protected]

Michael S. Zeide, MD


•Disability evaluations
•Difficult diagnosis
•Fraud and abuse billing analysis

1. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at age 19 and began attending Northwestern University Medical School, in Chicago.

2. I was a student at Cambridge University Medical School in 1968, under the auspices of Dr TM Chalmers, Dean.

3. I graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in 1970, after which I trained as a House Officer at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, England.

4. My surgical internship was at Northwestern University Medical School.

5. My orthopedic surgical residency was at the Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopedic Institute from 1971-1975.


6. Subsequent to completing my residency, I served as a major in the US Army from 1975-1977 at Fort Dix, New Jersey, receiving the Army Commendation Award

7. In sum, I had 2 years of active duty, with an additional 32 years of active and inactive reserve duty.


8. I began practicing orthopedic surgery in Florida on July 11, 1977, with Brandon, Jones and Sandall, which eventually became the Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County.

9. I joined Performance Orthopedics in April, 2007, which later became Preferred Orthopedics.

10. I formed Complex Medical Evaluations in September, 2020.


11. I am Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and was in the first group of Orthopedic Surgeons to be Re-Certified.

12. I founded the Palm Beach County Orthopedic Society in 1978, and served for twenty (20) years as its president.

13. I served five years as an Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern School of Medicine; 21 years as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation; and for a decade with CORE at the University of Miami.

14. I served in every capacity in the Florida Orthopedic Society, including Chairman of the Continuing Medical Education program.

15. I served as President of the State of Florida Orthopedic Society, as referenced in my curriculum vitae

16. I am a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, emeritus.

17. I am a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology (FACR)

18. I am Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)

19. I am a Certified Orthopedic Surgery Coder ( COSC- AAPC)

20. I have published multiple peer review scientific articles and am the co-author of “The Orthopaedic Dictionary”, with Dr. Stanley Hoppenfeld.


21. I hold a patent for a surgical/operative arm and leg holder.

22. I hold a patent for a tennis elbow/carpel tunnel brace.


23. I participated in numerous professional and community activities, including Chairman of the Ethics Committee for JFK Medical Center.

24. I am on the Palm Beach County Medical Society’s Judicial and Ethics Council.

25. I have participated in the Florida Worker’s Compensation system since

26. I am a founding physician for Palms West Hospital.

27. I am a founding physician for the Delray Medical Center trauma center.

28. In my professional practice as a medical doctor over the last 44 years, I have treated patients injured in automobile and other accidents.

29. I estimate that during my years of practice, I have had over 300,000 patient encounters. I performed about 9,000 operations, primarily hip and knee replacements, plus arthroscopic procedures, and spine, foot and ankle, etc. surgeries.

30. I have completed continuing medical education courses on joint replacement and spine surgeries, including surgical training with cadavers and “dry bones”.

31. I am trained in performing epidural and facet injections; and rhizotomies.

32. I was chairman of the Palm Beach County School Scoliosis Screening Committee, and awarded a grant for scoliometers from the Community Foundation.

33. I served as physician for 2 years for the Palm Beach County Safety Patrol trip to Washington, DC.

34. I was team physician for multiple high school sports teams, including John I Leonard HS, Cardinal Newman HS, and Wellington HS, and others.

35. I was company physician for Ballet Florida for 20 years.

36. I am company physician for the Miami City Ballet, since its inception in 1985.


37. I have participated in numerous Florida Bar activities, including six years on Florida Bar Grievance Committees; 5 ad hoc Florida Bar ethics committees; six years on the Standing Committee for the Unlicensed Practice of Law, and three years on Florida Bar Fee Arbitration Committees.

38. I served four years as the Commissioner on the Fourth District Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission; and was a finalist for the lay position on the Florida Bar Board of Governors.

39. I received the Liberty Bell Award from the Florida Bar as the outstanding member in the community.

40. I have treated thousands of patients, and performed independent medical evaluations for patients who were injured in automobile and other accidents and received medical treatment.

41. I have testified as an expert witness in Palm Beach County, Broward County and numerous other circuits, including Federal Courts.


42. Federal, state, and regulatory agencies mandate that CPT coding should be utilized by Health Care Professions as a fiduciary standard.

43. In 2000, the CPT code set was designated by the Department of Health and Human Services as the national coding standard for physicians and other health care providers under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) Act.

44. CPT serves as a set of codes, descriptions, and guidelines intended to describe procedures and services performed by physicians and other health care providers. Each procedure is identified with a five-digit code.

45. In 1994, as President of the Florida Orthopedic Society, I organized and was chairman of five (5) CPT coding courses offered through the state of Florida.

46. I have attended dozens of courses in CPT coding, including, but not limited to:

  • 2005 Masters in Orthopedic Coding in New York City;
  • Gold Medal Surgical Coding AAOS (KarenZupco and Associates), 4/24/2010- Coding and Reimbursement Workshops – Gold Medal; 
  • North American Spine Society Coding Update 2012: Essentials and Controversies of Operative and Nonoperative Spine Care Coding;
  •  Coding and Compliance Update: 2007 (March 13, 2007, at MorseLife) 
  • 2014 Florida Orthopedic Society Coding and Reimbursement Conference in Orlando, Florida (January 9, 2014-January 11, 2014) 
  • 2015 Florida Orthopedic Society Coding and Reimbursement Conference in Orlando, Florida (September 26, 2015) 
  • 2017 Florida Orthopedic Society Coding and Reimbursement Conference in Orlando, Florida (January 6, 2017-January 18, 2017) 
  • 2019 North American Spine Association – Complex Coding Course

47. I have subscribed to, or receive, numerous publications on CPT coding, including, but not limited to:

  • Efficient Coding by Lilly 
  • St. Anthony’s Coding for Orthopedics 
  • The Coding Institute 
  • Orthopedic Coding Alert 
  • Physician Practice Options – AMA CPT Assistant
  • Rheumatology Coding 
  • Florida Medical Association Coding Seminars – Code Manager
  • AMA CPT Coding Professional – Annual Edition 
  • AAOS Musculoskeletal Coding Guide 
  • Physicians Fee Reference 
  • Healthcare Bluebook 
  • Fairhealth Cost Lookup 
  • Nuvasive Spinal Coding Guide 
  • National Fee Analyzer 

48. To the best of my knowledge, I am the only board certified orthopedic surgeon and certified orthopedic surgeon coder in the country-COSC). a. The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC ) is the world’s largest training and credentialing organization for the business of healthcare, with more than 190,000 members worldwide who work in medical coding, medical billing, etc. 49. My current practice involves disability evaluations, difficult diagnoses, and fraud and abuse billing analysis.

Contact Complex Medical Evaluations

1501 Presidential Way, Ste. 6
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
[email protected]
Phone: (561) 815-8585
Fax: (561) 815-8588
Contact: Donna Kotlarz, COO
[email protected]


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