Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

Eric C. Gokcen, MD

Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

About me

Clinical Interests
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Arthroscopy of the foot and ankle
  • Reconstruction of arthritic conditions
  • Total ankle replacement
  • Sports injuries of the foot and ankle
  • Foot and ankle pain and injuries
  • Stress fractures
  • Deformity correction
  • Flatfoot
  • Tendon and ligament repairs
  • Bunion correction
Research Interests
  • Improvements in foot and ankle surgery
  • Effect of lower extremity surgery on driving
  • MD, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA
  • Fellowship, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
  • Residency, General Surgery, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
  • Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Board Certification
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Fellow, College of Surgeons of East Central & Southern Africa
  • Member, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • Member, Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society
  • Member, Christian Medical and Dental Associations
Awards and Honors
  • Certificate of Honor, The House of Peoples’ Representatives of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, 2012
  • Outstanding Service Award, Ethiopian Society for Orthopaedics and Traumatology, 2012
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, The Hun School of Princeton, 2010

Additional Information
As a physician, my goal is to help patients improve the quality of their health and well-being. I am able to accomplish that by combining the best in technology and skills with compassionate care. Having spent seven years working in Africa, in addition to 12 years of private orthopaedic practice in the Philadelphia area and several years in Los Angeles, I have extensive experience interrelating with people from many backgrounds and with a diverse array of foot and ankle conditions.

My clinical practice is focused on foot and ankle. I am interested in treating common pathologies, such as bunions and hammertoes, but also the more complex conditions, such as total ankle replacement, arthroscopy, and complex foot and ankle reconstructions. In addition, foot and ankle conditions can frequently be treated without surgery, and I am a strong believer in maximizing non-operative treatment before turning to surgery.



Delayed presentation of a heteropagus (parasitic) twin: a case report of a 17-year-old patient. Gokcen EC, Wamisho BL JPOB, accepted for publication Feb 2015, JPOB-07-1517R1.

Adamantinoma of tibia in Ethiopia: the first bone transplant in Ethiopia. Hailu S, Gokcen E Ethiop Med J, 2012 Apr;50(2):185-92.

Patterns of osteolysis around total hip components inserted with cement. B Zicat, CA Engh, EC Gokcen JBJS, 77-A: No. 3, pp. 432-439.

Pelvic fracture mechanism of injury in vehicular trauma patients. Gokcen EC, Burgess AR, Siegel JH, Mason-Gonzalez S, Dischinger PC, Ho SM. Journal of Trauma 36(6): 789-796, June 1994.

Ratings & Reviews


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  • 5.0
    November 24, 2018
    excellent care [...]
  • 5.0
    November 04, 2018
    I would recommend Dr Gocken to everyone. he is a class act
  • 5.0
    October 21, 2018
  • 5.0
    October 12, 2018
    great experience.
  • 5.0
    June 29, 2018
    My husband and I were Rothman Institute patients. However, Rothman Dr. botched my knee replacement and I could not bend my knee. I was in pain constantly. Dr. Lorei removed the hardware and gave me a TKR correction. I can walk without pain! I can go up and down steps! I have a functional knee that has improved the quality of my life! Now, I am seeing Dr. Gocken to help me with arthritis in my ankles and feet. Dr. Gocken also is an excellent doctor and I look forward to a positive treatment outcome! Thank you.
  • 5.0
    June 06, 2018
    Very happy & satisfied w/the foot surgery, no pain & able to put shoes on that I couldn't before the surgery!
  • 5.0
    May 21, 2018
    Very much liked the doctor, resident, medical student and support staff.
  • 5.0
    May 06, 2018
    Very happy with my appointments. Very comfortable speaking with the doctor.Questions are always answered. My confidence level is very high with regard to the care I have received
  • 5.0
    April 20, 2018
    I am very happy with the care I receive from the doctor he is very kind and concerned with my issues.
  • 5.0
    March 20, 2018
    Very satisfied.