John Ambrose, M.D.

John Ambrose, M.D., FAAOS, Chairman, Orthopedic Surgery, St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital and Director, Orthopedic Out-Patient Services, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, is the recipient of St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital2014 Distinguished Physician Award.

A respected member of the medical staff, Dr. Ambrose joined the staff of St. Joseph’s and the Wayne General (later St. Joseph’s Wayne) Hospital in 1976.

Dr. Ambrose was in solo practice in Totowa from 1980 until 2013. He received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), completed an internship in General Surgery at St. Barnabas and a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He became board certified in Orthopedic Surgery in 1977 and was made a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons the same year.

Dr. Ambrose is the past president of the combined St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Staffs, having served three years in that office. He was a long-time Chairman of the Credentials Committee and he has remained active on the Medical Executive Committee for many years. He also serves on the executive committee of the hospital’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He has held his current position as Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery for several terms since the 1990s.

Beginning in 2006, he has overseen resident performance and education at the DePaul Ambulatory Care Center’s outpatient clinic and in 2014 received the official title as Director of Orthopedic Out-Patient Services for St. Joseph’s Healthcare System. Dr. Ambrose has been personally committed to the teaching of orthopedic residents and interns for, now 39 years, currently serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Seton Hall Graduate School of Medicine.

John Ambrose, M.D.


  • Orthopaedics Residency  at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, NJ
  • General Surgery internship at St. Barnabas Medical Center,  Livingston, NJ
  • Medical Degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ