Dr. Tarlow embodies surgical excellence and a patient-centered philosophy.


Born, raised and educated in Portland, Oregon. I spent most of the first 49 years of my life in Oregon, including 9 years of medical training and 17 years of private practice at The Portland Knee Clinic. We left Oregon for Arizona in August of 2005 after the kids grew up. I also left behind the requirement to cover hospital emergency rooms. I wanted a more normal life and more free time away from the hospital.

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Dr. Tarlow is Arizona’s most practiced and well-versed Makoplasty surgeon with over 871 cases as of August, 2019.

Dr. Tarlow is one of Arizona’s leaders in same day/outpatient Makoplasty Robotic Partial(uni) and MakoRobotic Total Knee Replacement. Advanced strategies for pain management and evolving technologies with surgical protocols allow many patients to go home directly from the recovery room. This fast approaching new standard in Total and Partial Knee Replacement has the advantages of no hospital stay, sleeping in your own bed, and pain medication on demand at your bedside. This fast track back to your own home keeps people in their normal routines with faster return to normal life and work. Same day joint replacement has been enthusiastically embraced by our patients. Dr. Tarlow is an pioneer of Outpatient Joint Replacement. He is a cofounder of three North Scottsdale outpatient joint replacement programs that specialize in partial (uni) and total knee resurfacing. He utilizes the MAKOplasty® robot in a surgical technique that resurfaces the damaged area of the knee without compromising the healthy bone, ligaments and tissue surrounding it.

Tarlow on Knees

Dr. Tarlow’s blog provides personal thoughts about the treatment of knee injuries and disease, answers to FAQs, and occasional insights into the practice of medicine and gratification of patient care.


  • Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon


  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery Residency , Portland, Oregon Sports
  • Sports Medicine Fellowship: Dr. James Andrews, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Knee Surgery Fellowship: Dr. Jan Gillquist, Sweden


  • SurgCenter of GreaterPHX
  • HonorHealth Thompson Peak
  • Scottsdale Liberty Hospital

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