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Dr. Sophia E. Deben

Dr. Sophia E. DebenSophia E. Deben, MD, is a new member of International Orthopaedic Specialists. Having just completed a 7 year tour of duty with the United States Navy, to include a combat tour in Iraq, she returns to her home in Miami, Florida to serve her community.

She graduated from The George Washington University School of Medicine and after completing an orthopaedic residency in Kansas City, MO, was stationed at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune in support of the U.S. Marine Corps. She then completed a fellowship in Portland, Maine in complex foot and ankle reconstruction. At her next military station, Naval Medical Center San Diego, she served as the military foot and ankle surgeon for the entire west coast to include patients from Alaska, Hawaii and Guam. There, she had the opportunity to care for many military wounded warriors as well as special forces patients.

She has extensive experience with trauma, reconstruction and complex sports injuries in high-performance athletes. She also developed and conducted a multidisciplinary limb-salvage team with implementation of advanced wound – care and bracing options for both the wounded warrior and the retired veteran.

She is currently in the Navy reserves and holds an adjunct faculty position at the Uniformed Health Sciences University Hospital, the medical school for the armed forces. She has presented at several national meetings and written scientific journal articles on topics to include complex war trauma, flat foot and subtle cavus foot .

She is an active member of the community, mentoring future physicians, as well as an avid tennis player. She is also a first-generation American from Cuban born parents, and is proud to be serving the community that offered her the opportunity to see the world and realize her dreams of becoming a surgeon.

She is experienced in treating ankle and foot arthritis, flatfoot disease, plantar fasciitis, heel pain, Achilles tendon disorders, ankle instability, osteochondral defects of the talus, foot and ankle fractures, bunions, hammertoes and chronic wounds. She also has extensive experience in PRP injections (platelet-rich plasma) and stem cell injections.

Patients may contact the office directly and do not need to have obtained a prior evaluation by another physician. Patients must follow, however, the requirements of their insurance plans for covered referrals.


  • Board Certified – July 2008


  • Fellow, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Member, Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons


  • Deben S, Pomeroy G, “Surgical Management of the Subtle Cavus Foot”, Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. 2014 August;22(8):512.
  • Elston J, Pyo J, Deben S,“Prosthetic and reconstructive options in the military wounded warrior”, Current Orthopaedic Practice. 2013 March/April; 24(2): 114-119.
  • Deben S, Turesky M, Pomeroy G, “Local navicular graft for use in lateral column lengthening in the treatment of Stage II posterior tibial tendon disease”, Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery. 2011 Dec; 10(4): 169-175.
  • Izenwasser S, Thompson-Montgomery D, Deben S, Chowdhury I, Werling L, “Modulation of amphetamine-stimulated (transporter-mediated) dopamine release in vitro by Sigma 2 receptor agonists and antagonists,” Eur J Pharmacol. 1998 Apr 10; 346: 189-196.

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