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Subject: top knee surgeons in NYC
Category: Health > Medicine
Asked by: lql-ga
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Posted: 05 Feb 2006 08:30 PST
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Question ID: 441707
Who are the top knee surgeons in New York City, in particular the top
surgeons for doing surgery on the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and
the Meniscus?

What are the top knee surgeons in the world (again for ACL and meniscus)?

Is there any statistics to document the results of some of the top
surgeons for ACL surgery?

What is the latest scientific evidence on the probability of succesful
ACL surgery for someone having ACL surgery for the second time?

Request for Question Clarification by answerguru-ga on 05 Feb 2006 10:35 PST
Hi there,

You may have more success by splitting these up into seperate questions.

Subject: Re: top knee surgeons in NYC
Answered By: welte-ga on 05 Feb 2006 12:55 PST
Hi  lql-ga, and thanks for your question.

You are fortunate to be in a major medical area.  I will list some of
the top choices for knee surgery in NYC.  At some level, personal
interaction and how comfortable you feel with the surgeon plays some
role as well, but this is difficult to judge prior to meeting with
him/her.  Specific data for ACL repairs are not available.  There is,
however, some data regarding total knee replacements, which I will use
as a surrogate for expertise in knee surgery.

Dr. Ohannes Nercessian
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University

Office: (212) 305-5486
Appointments: (212) 305-4565
Surgical Scheduling & Precertifications (212) 305-0622 

Dr. Nercessian has authored over 60 papers and specializes in knee and hip repairs.


Dr. William B. Macaulay
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University

Office: (212) 305-5486
Appointments: (212) 305-4565
Surgical Scheduling & Precertifications (212) 305-0622 

Dr. Macaulay is also a well-published physician specializing in knee
repairs, including complex reconstructions.


Dr. Jeffrey A. Geller
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University

Office: (212) 305-5486
Appointments: (212) 305-4565
Surgical Scheduling & Precertifications (212) 305-0622 

Also part of the practice at Columbia, Dr. Geller has authored
numerous book chapters and is actively engaged in cutting edge
research on the best approaches to repair of knee and hip injuries. 
He specializes in repair and replacement of failed joint replacements.


Dr. Ronald M. Krinick
Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine 
New York University Downtown Hospital

Dr. Krinick was awarded "Physician of the Year 2003" by the National
Republican Congressional Committee's Physician Advisory Board. He's
listed as one of the "Best Doctors" in New York Magazine and Castle
Conolly's Guide to Top Doctors in the New York metro area.  He
specializes in knee and shoulder repairs.


Dr. Thomas P. Sculco
Surgeon-in-Chief, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Belaire Building
2nd Floor
525 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021

Dr. Sculco performed 226 total knee replacements in 2002 (see link
belowv) - more than any other surgeon in the city.   He has numerous
awards and publications.


The volume of procedures performed has recently been correlated with
favorable outcomes.  There are, of course, other factors, but this is
one of the few that can easily be tabulated and scored.  The New York
State Center for Medical Consumers keeps track of the numbers of
procedures performed by each surgeon.  They do not have an option to
sort by volume, but I have resorted their data for NYC. You can view
it here:

Also of note, the Hospital for Special Surgery at Cornell did a total
of 1438 total knee replacements in 2002. They ranked #2 on the list of
joint centers in the country in the latest US News & World Report

The nearest competitors in NYC are Beth Israel Medical Center (Singe
Division) with 598 and the Hospital for Joint Disease Orthopaedic
Institute with 525.

You may also be interested in this report:

This report found that "After reviewing the Medicare data, it was
noted that complication rates are highest in hospitals that perform
less than 25 total knee replacement surgeries per year.  The
complication rates fall with increases in numbers of surgeries


On an international scale, some of the best knee surgeons are actually
here in the US, including those at the Hospital for Special Surgery at
Cornell mentioned above.  Here are some others:

Dr. John W. Sperling
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minn.
Orthopedic Appointment Desk: (507) 284-8235

Dr. Arlen D. Hanssen
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minn.

Gavan P. Duffy
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minn.

Dr. Duffy specializes in complex knee and hip surgeries.

You can read more about the Mayo Clinic's use of computer-assisted
knee surgery here:

Dr. Andrew Albert Freiberg
Arthroplasty Service Chief
Massachusetts General Hospital 
Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery  
Orthopaedic Associates
55 Fruit Street, YAW 3918
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-8575

Dr. Harry E Rubash
Chief, Orthopedic Surgery
Massachusetts General Hospital 
Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery  
Orthopaedic Associates
55 Fruit Street, YAW 3918
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone: 617-724-9904

Dr. Carl A. Johnson
Associate Professor
Johns Hopkins
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Office: 410-955-7084

Dr. David P. Johnson
The Bristol Orthopaedic & Sports Injury Clinic
St Mary's Hospital
Upper Byron Place
Bristol BS8 1JU
Appointments 0117 970 6655
Secretary 0117 970 6655

Dr. Johnson recently authored the following report:

You may also be interested in this data from the Cleveland Clinic:


Outcomes after surgery depends on exactly what type of surgery you
ultimately require for this re-operation.  There is a thorough
discussion of outcomes after total knee replacements (both primary and
revisions) here:

For primary total knee replacements:

"When the unit of analysis was numbers of knees operated on, the
perioperative complication rate (defined as occurring within 6 months
of the TKA) was 5.4 percent; when the denominator was numbers of
patients, the rate was 7.6 percent. The revision rate through 5 or
more years is 2.0 percent of knees and 2.1 percent of patients."

For revisions:

"Forty-four of 46 (95.7 percent) cohorts reported complication data on
1683 subjects who incurred 443 complications (26.3 percent). It was
not possible to determine which or how many complications occurred in
any given patient or patient subset. There were a total of 217 knee
complications in 1,683 subjects necessitating re-revision (12.9

For ACL repairs specifically, the following Medscape article discusses
outcomes for primary and revision ACL repairs:

Regarding revisions, the above article has this to say:

"Noyes and Barber-Westin[9] prospectively reviewed the outcome of ACL
revision with autogenous patellar tendon grafting, based on the status
of the articular surface, the meniscus, and the re-harvest of the
patellar tendon. Forty-nine treated knees were examined an average of
34 months after surgery. The Cincinnati knee scale was used to
evaluate the results. In 36 cases, the ipsilateral patellar tendon
(that had not been used before) was used, in 5 the contralateral
patellar tendon was used, and in 9 the previously harvested
ipsilateral patellar tendon was used. The associated pathology was
posterolateral corner laxity in 15 cases and meniscal tears in 21
cases. Abnormal tunnel placement was addressed with standard
techniques. Sixty percent of reconstructions were functional, 16% were
partially functional, and 24% failed. Of those who underwent
autograft, 76% had stable knees, compared with a series Noyes reported
earlier that showed 67% stable knees."

The authors summarize the situation:

"The rate of failure in this series is higher than primary ACL
reconstruction. Abnormal articular cartilage, prior meniscectomy, and
patellar tendon re-harvest all adversely effected the outcome. The
operative procedure could be done in the presence of degenerative
changes, and in the short term did not aggravate these changes."

Also of interest is this article from the American Sports Medicine
Institute and Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama:

Robert S. Wolf, MD, Lawrence J. Lemak, MD. Revision Anterior Cruciate
Ligament Reconstruction Surgery, J South Orthop Assoc 11(1):25-32,

This article details the issues involved in revision ACL repair.  The
Table near the end of the article shows the results for multiple
trials of various types of ACL grafts in patients undergoing revision
ACL repair.


I hope this information is useful.  Good luck in your recovery. 
Please feel free to request any clarification prior to rating.


Request for Answer Clarification by lql-ga on 05 Feb 2006 19:12 PST
Most of this answer is not helpful at all since "total knee
replacement" is a completely different procedure than the "ACL"
procedure that I specified. ACL surgery is performed by Orthopedic
Surgeons with the subspecialty "Sports Medicine" and their patients
include top athletes. (Total knee replacement is for old patients, I

I am only interested in information regarding top doctors specifically
in ACL and meniscus surgery. Please answer my question in light of
this clarification.

(Indeed, my independent search for top doctors does not overlap with yours at all.)

The scientic references on ACL are helpful. Additional information in
this vein would be great.

Thanks for your help.

Clarification of Answer by welte-ga on 05 Feb 2006 21:25 PST
Hi again,  My apologies for the misunderstanding and my oversight. 
For ACL repairs and revisions of previously repaired ACL and meniscus
injuries, the Hospital for Special Surgery at Columbia is certainly
one of the top centers in the world.  I have listed below their best
surgeons who focus on ACL repairs, along with some of their
credentials.  You would be hard pressed to find a better team of
surgeons prepared to deal with the problem you present.


Dr. Louis U. Bigliani, M.D.
Frank E. Stinchfield Professor and Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at
Columbia University and the Director of the Orthopaedic Surgery
Service, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York Presbyterian
Chief of the Center for Shoulder, Elbow and Sports Medicine at Columbia University 
Office : (212) 305-5564 
Appointments: (212) 305-4565


Dr. William N. Levine, M.D.
Director of Sports Medicine, Assistant Director for the Center of
Shoulder, Elbow and Sports Medicine
Head Team Physician for Columbia University
Office: (212) 305-0762 
Appointments: (212) 305-4565


I previously listed Dr. Krinick.  Here are more details on his credentials:

"A four-year residency in orthopaedic surgery was completed at New
York University, followed by a fellowship training in sports
medicine-knee and shoulder surgery at New York University. He also
received training at the famous Kerlan-Joe Orthopaedic Center
specializing in care of the professional athlete. He has been part of
the medical team caring for the New York Yankees and New York


Dr. Answorth A. Allen
Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
Tel: 212.606.1447
Fax: 212.772.1062
Dr. Allen is an Associate Team Physician for the New York Mets. He is
an Orthopaedic Consultant to the NBA players association, Team
Physician of the Long Island Rough Riders Soccer Team, Orthopaedic
Consultant to the West Indies Cricket Board and Associate Team
Physician at St. John?s University. He is the author of numerous
articles and book chapters on shoulder, knee and elbow problems.


Dr. Robert G. Marx, MD, MSc, FRCSC
Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
Tel: 212.606.1645
Fax: 212.774.7822

He has treated thousands of knee and shoulder injuries. He does
arthroscopic and open procedures for knee and shoulder problems as
well as knee and shoulder joint replacement surgery. Dr. Marx also
performs complex and revision surgical cases.

Using arthroscopic technique, Dr. Marx reconstructs the anterior
cruciate ligament of the knee (ACL). These injuries are often caused
by sports injuries. He uses all techniques and graft sources,
including patellar tendon, hamstrings and transplant. He also performs
revision surgery for failed ACL reconstruction.


Dr. Russell F. Warren, MD
Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
Tel: 212.606.1178
Fax: 212.772.6389

Dr. Warren joined Hospital for Special Surgery on January 1, 1977. He
became surgeon-in-chief on September 1, 1993. Dr. Warren is the team
physician for the New York Giants football team, and oversees all
medical care for the players.


Dr. Riley J. Williams III, MD
Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
Tel: 212.606.1855

Dr. Riley J. Williams III is a specialist in the field of shoulder,
knee and elbow surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Williams
holds a dual appointment in both the Department of Orthopedic Surgery,
as a full-time member of the Sports Medicine & Shoulder Service, and
as a Clinician-Scientist in the Research Division. He is also an
Associate Professor at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
His clinical and research interests include: cartilage repair,
cartilage transplantation, arthroscopic shoulder repair (rotator cuff
tears, labrum tears), arthroscopic shoulder stabilization, anterior
cruciate and posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, and elbow
ligament reconstruction.

Dr. Williams currently serves as the Head Team Physician for the Iona
College Department of Athletics. He has also served as Associate Team
Physician for both the New York Mets professional baseball and New
York Giants professional football teams. Dr. Williams is an active
member of the New York Road Runner's Club. Dr. Williams is the
Director of the Institute for Cartilage Repair and the Cartilage Study
Group and Center at Hospital for Special Surgery.


Dr. David W. Altchek
Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
Belaire Building
Floor 1
525 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021
Tel: 212.606.1909
Fax: 212.879.6526

He is the Medical Director for the New York Mets. He serves as the
North American Medical Director for the Association of Tennis
Professionals, which sponsors the men?s professional tennis tour. He
is also the Team Physician for the U.S. Davis Cup tennis team. Dr.
Altchek is an Associate Professor of Surgery (Orthopaedics) at the
Weill Medical College of Cornell University and the author of over 100
articles and book chapters on problems of the shoulder, elbow and


Dr. David M. Dines, MD
Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
Tel: 212.606.1000

Associate Team Physician for the New York Mets Baseball Team, the
Orthopaedic Consultant for the US Open Tennis Tournament, the
Tournament Physician for the Hamlet Challenge and ATP Tour Event on
Long Island for the Long Ducks Baseball Team and is presently the
Medical Director of the Association of Tennis Professionals. He has
been US Davis Cup Tennis Team Physician since 2000.

He has been honored as the Best Doctors in America and New York since
1996. He has co-authored the Neer Award Winning Paper in 2000 for
Shoulder Research in 2004. He has been voted as the Tournament
Physician of the Year for the ATP in 2001.


Dr. Jo A. Hannafin, MD, PhD
Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
Tel: 212.606.1469
Fax: 212.327.1417

Dr. Hannafin was a USOC physician for the 2004 Olympic Games in
Athens, Greece, U.S. team physician at the 2003 Pan American Games in
the Dominican Republic, an event physician at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic
Games (rowing) and the New York City Marathon. Dr. Hannafin was a team
physician for the WUSA New York Power from 2000-2003 and an Assistant
Team Physician to the NY Mets from 1992-1996. She has been team
physician to the U.S. Rowing Team since 1994 and is a member of the
FISA Medical Commission. Dr. Hannafin was a member of the silver
medalist lightweight double at the 1984 World Rowing Championships and
a three-time gold medalist at the U.S. National Rowing Championships.
She is currently an advisory board member of the Women?s Sports
Foundation, the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the
National Rowing Foundation and a member of the Board of Trustees of
the Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Hannafin is a member of the
Research Committee of the AOSSM and the AAOS Clinician-Scientist
Committee. She has published 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and
has written 10 book chapters. Dr. Hannafin has been repeatedly honored
as one of The Best Doctors in America.


Dr. John G. Kennedy, MD
Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
Tel: 212.606.1104
Fax: 212.717.1017

As part of Dr Kennedy?s Fellowship year, he was involved as assistant
team physician to Boston College Football in 1994-95. Since then, Dr
Kennedy has been involved in the treatment of both recreational
athletes as well as elite athletes from the New York Giants, Manhattan
Rugby and National Basketball referees association. Dr Kennedy's
involvement in all aspects of lower limb sports injuries has led him
to publish articles on running injuries, cycling injuries, ballet
injuries, and ankle instability following sports injuries.


Dr. John D. MacGillivray, MD
Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
Tel: 212.606.1896
Fax: 212.774.2778

He currently serves as Team Physician to the US Ski Team, Orthopaedic
Consultant for the New York Giants, and the National Hockey League
Players' Association. He has also served as team physician for the St.
John's University, New York Saints Professional La Crosse Team and the
US Snow Boarding Team. Dr. MacGillivray has developed new techniques
involving arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, labral repair of the
shoulder, and ligament reconstruction of the knee. He also has a
clinical and scientific interest in cartilage restoration of the knee
and shoulder and has written numerous articles and book chapters on
problems of the shoulder, knee and elbow. He has won the prestigious
Neer Award once and has been nominated twice for his research of
rotator cuff disease.


There are several other experts on the national and international
scale including those above.

Dr. Diane L. Dahm, M.D.


Dr. Mark W. Pagnano, M.D.


Dr. Bertram Zarins, M.D.
Chief, Sports Medicine Service
Massachusetts General Hospital 
Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Zarins is head team physician for three professional sports teams.
He has been team physician for The New England Patriots (NFL) since
1982, The Boston Bruins (NHL) since 1976, and The New England
Revolution (MLS) since 1996. He served on the U. S. Olympic Committee
Sports Medicine Council for twelve years and was Head Physician for
the XIV Winter Olympics in Sarajevo in l984.

Dr. Zarins has been Chairman of the American Academy of Orthopaedic
Surgeons Committee on Sports Medicine and member of the AAOS Committee
on Arthroscopy Education. He has been on the Board of Directors of the
International Arthroscopy Association. Dr. Zarins has been on several
committees of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, including
program chairman. He has served on committees in the American
Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and other professional
organizations including the FDA. Dr. Zarins has been President of the
Latvian Medical and Dental Association and is a foreign member of the
Latvian Academy of Science. Dr. Zarins is Honorary President of the
Spain Arthroscopy Association. He received the Distinguished Alumnus
Award from Syracuse Health Sciences Center in l997. He has been on the
editorial boards of several medical journals and is Consulting Editor
for Sports Medicine for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.


Dr. Thomas J. Gill
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Massachusetts General Hospital 
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Harvard Medical School

He is a team physician for the New England Patriots, the Boston
Bruins, and the New England Revolution, and he is the Medical Director
for the Boston Red Sox.

Dr. Gill's clinical and research interests include knee and shoulder
injuries. He has a particular interest in tissue engineering
techniques for joint preservation and cartilage repair in an effort to
help avoid the need for total joint replacement surgery. He is also
active in the study of knee joint biomechanics, and is studying ways
to optimize knee ligament surgery.


Dr. Andrew Cosgarea, M.D.
Director of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery 
Johns Hopkins University
Head Team Physician, Department of Athletics, Johns Hopkins University
Office Phone: 410-583-2850

ACL and PCL reconstruction, meniscus repair, patellar realignment.
arthroscopic shoulder rotator cuff and stabilization surgery, SLAP
repair, elbow arthroscopy and ligament reconstruction, ankle
arthroscopy and ligament reconstruction, baseball and throwing

Dr. John R. Green III, M.D. 
Associate Professor; Chief, Sports Medicine
Phone: (206) 543-1552 Fax: (206) 543-6573

Knee- meniscus tears, chondral injuries, ACL and other ligament tears.
Arthroscopic and open meniscectomy, meniscus repair and allograft
meniscus replacement, chondroplasty, microfracture and autologous and
allograft osteoarticular transplantation, ACL, PCL, MCL and
posterolateral corner repairs and reconstructions using autologous and
allograft tendons

Dr. Mervyn J. Cross, O.A.M.
North Sydney Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Centre
Director of Orthopaedics for the 2000 Olympics


Here is some additional information regarding ACL/meniscus revision outcomes:

Southern California Orthopedic Institute


eMedicine ACL article:
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Pathology

You may find this recent article interesting:;jsessionid=Dma5GsWFqtMJnOmQBTWyHmOenrYp9rpOsSmEzkld5I1HOEUMIHrf!1277675355!-949856145!9001!-1

Here is a full text article discussing outcomes in complex ACL injured
knees, which gives a complete description of the types of injuries and
their outcomes based on a retrospective analysis:


Another potentially interesting set of articles can be found here:

Beynnon BD, Johnson RJ, Abate JA, Fleming BC, Nichols CE.	 Treatment
of anterior cruciate ligament injuries, part I. Am J Sports Med. 2005
Oct;33(10):1579-602. Review.

Beynnon BD, Johnson RJ, Abate JA, Fleming BC, Nichols CE.	 Treatment
of anterior cruciate ligament injuries, part 2. Am J Sports Med. 2005
Nov;33(11):1751-67. Review.

The full text of these two articles is not freely available, however
you can request a reprint from Dr. Beynnon:


Here is a Google Scholar search on ACL, revision, meniscus, outcomes
that gives many more information sources:


I hope this information is more helpful.  Please feel free to request
any additional clarification.

Subject: Re: top knee surgeons in NYC
From: twidgetfitch-ga on 06 Feb 2006 05:05 PST
Personally I have had an anterior capsular shift (shoulder), performed
by Dr. Robert Marx on that list.

Very experienced and friendly man, with a lot of satisfied patients.
When you walk into his office, there are posters of all the people
with sports injuries that he operated on that went back to playing.
The Hospital for Special Surgery is one of the best hospitals for
orthopedic surgery in the country. Hopefully this may be of a bit of
direction of where to start looking.

Best of luck!

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