Hospital for Special Surgery

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Hospital for Special Surgery
NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System
Location New York City, New York, United States
Hospital type Specialist, teaching
Affiliated university Weill Cornell Medical College
Standards Accredited by the Joint Commission, Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service
Beds 205
Founded 1863
Lists Hospitals in New York

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a hospital in New York City that specializes in orthopedic surgery and the treatment of rheumatologic conditions.

Founded in 1863 by James Knight, HSS is the oldest orthopedic hospital in the United States and is considered one of the top hospitals in the world for joint replacement. The hospital also performs the most knee replacement surgeries of any hospital in the United States.[1] Todd Albert, M.D. serves as the medical director and surgeon-in-chief, and Louis Shapiro serves as its president and chief executive officer.

Additional areas of expertise at HSS include spine surgery and sports medicine.[2] HSS physicians with a subspecialty training in the field of spine surgery focus on patients who suffer from congenital or acute spinal disorders as well as from chronic back pain. The sports medicine services at HSS treat athletic injuries of the musculoskeletal system with a special focus on shoulder, elbow, and knee injuries.[3]

In addition, orthopedic surgeons at HSS perform limb lengthening, a procedure that uses the body's capacity to create new bone as well as the soft tissues, ligaments, blood vessels, and nerves that surround and support it.

HSS also offers professional medical education programs, including continuing medical education lecture series, conferences and symposia. Services are available in person at the New York facility and remotely worldwide through the Grand Rounds partnership "eConsult" platform.[4]

The hospital has 327 active medical staff.[5]


Current clinical trials focus on issues related to lupus and arthritis. In addition to clinical trials, HSS has several research programs that center on the prevention of musculoskeletal diseases. Basic and applied research conducted at the hospital addresses specific problems such as arthritis, injury, osteoporosis, scoliosis, autoimmune diseases such as lupus, and related musculoskeletal diseases as they affect children and adults.


The Hospital for Special Surgery is affiliated with the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System through the hospital's affiliation with Weill Cornell Medical College. The hospital is also affiliated with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Rockefeller University.

Location and facilities[edit]

Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, HSS is built over the Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) drive and partially located in the Belaire building at 535 East 70th Street. Currently HSS has 205 beds and 29 operating rooms. HSS recently completed the construction of a new, ninth floor that adds 85,000 square feet (7,900 m2) of new space and 100,000 square feet (10,000 m2) of re-engineered and re-designed space.

HSS has several specialized centers that focus on specific patients and joint problems, including:


HSS was founded in 1863 as the Hospital for the Ruptured and Crippled in the home of James Knight on Second Avenue, just south of 6th Street. It opened its doors to the first patient, a four-year-old boy with paralysis, on May 1, 1863. There were 28 beds available, all for children. Adults were treated as outpatients. In 1870 it moved to a newly constructed 200-bed building on the corner of 42nd street and Lexington Avenue. There was no operating room until 1888 after a hospital fire. At the turn of the century, it became the target for efforts to expand Grand Central Terminal and negotiations were led by Cornelius Vanderbilt, II, a member of the Board of Managers of the hospital. In 1912, the hospital moved to a six-story building on 42nd Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue that is now the home of the Ford Foundation. The hospital moved to its present location in 1955.[7][8]

William Bradley Coley, Surgeon-in-Chief 1925-1933.



Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni include:

  • Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, M.D., attending orthopaedic surgeon, HSS
  • Harlan C. Amstutz, M.D., Associate Scientist, Director of Bioengineering, and Chief of Prosthetics & Orthotics, HSS
  • Albert H Burstein, Ph.D., attending orthopaedic surgeon, Associate Scientist and Director of the Department of Biomechanics, Research Division, HSS
  • John Robert Cobb, known for the Cobb angle, head of the Margaret Caspary scoliosis clinic, HSS
  • Struan H. Coleman, MD, PhD, resident in Orthopedic Surgery and fellow in Sports Medicine, HSS
  • John Insall, M.D., attending orthopaedic surgeon, HSS
  • David B. Levine, M.D., Director of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, HSS
  • John L. Marshall, D.V.M., M.D., resident and fellow, Director of the Laboratory for Comparative Orthopedics, Chief of the Sports Medicine Service, and Associate Scientist, Research Department, HSS
  • Paula J. Olsiewski, founder and director, Technology Development Office, HSS
  • Chitranjan Singh Ranawat, M.D., attending orthopaedic surgeon, HSS
  • Leon Root, M.D., Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics, HSS
  • Thomas P. Sculco, M.D., surgeon-in-chief from 2003 to 2014, HSS
  • Francisco Valero-Cuevas, Assistant Scientist (biomechanical engineer), HSS
  • Peter S. Walker, Ph.D.
  • Russell E. Warren, MD, surgeon-in-chief from 1993 to 2003, HSS


  1. ^ "Hospital for Special Surgery to open ambulatory surgical center in Manhattan". Retrieved 2017-05-09. 
  2. ^ "New York Mets - PlayerWatch," Reuters, September 10, 2016 (Mets baseball player undergoes back operation at Hospital for Special Surgery).
  3. ^ "Pele recovering well from hip surgery in New York," Reuters, January 14, 2016 (Soccer star received operation at HSS).
  4. ^ "California company helps patients find that second opinion". Modern Healthcare. Retrieved 2017-05-09. 
  5. ^ "Facts at a Glance," HSS Website (2016). Retrieved 2016-9-22.
  6. ^ Hospital Staff. "ICC Faculty, Staff, and Independent Professionals". Hospital for Special Surgery. Retrieved 2013-12-30. 
  7. ^ Levine, D. B. "The Hospital for the Ruptured and Crippled Moves East on 42nd Street 1912 to 1925", HSS Journal, September 2007. Accessed October 10, 2008 ("The new Hospital for the Ruptured and Crippled was built on 42nd Street between First and Second avenue, that is currently the location of the Ford Foundation".)
  8. ^ Levine, David B. (2013). Anatomy of a Hospital. Hospital for Special Surgery 1863–2013. New York, NY: Print Matters, Inc. ISBN 0979668522, ISBN 978-0979668524.

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Coordinates: 40°45′55″N 73°57′15″W / 40.76528°N 73.95417°W / 40.76528; -73.95417