About Hospital for Special Surgery

About HSS

About Hospital for Special Surgery

Best Hospital, Best Results

HSS is nationally ranked #1 in orthopedics, and #3 in rheumatology by U.S.News & World Report (2014-15). HSS has been top-ranked in the Northeast for both orthopedics and rheumatology for the 23rd consecutive year.

Because an infection can be a devastating outcome for an orthopedic patient, Hospital for Special Surgery takes infection control extremely seriously and is proud of the recognition received for our significantly low infection rates

HSS and a complement of physicians within each specialty area accepts most major insurance plans. Our Insurance Advisory Service can answer questions regarding your insurance coverage.

Learn more about why you should entrust HSS with your care.

Unmatched Experience

Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery is the nation’s oldest orthopedic hospital. More than 25,000 surgical procedures are performed annually. HSS performs more hip surgeries and more knee replacements than any other hospital in the nation. HSS surgeons who specialize in joint replacement perform, on average, 365 of these operations every year. Compare our volumes to other hospitals.

Nursing’s Highest Honor

Hospital for Special Surgery was the first hospital in New York City to receive the Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence and the first Hospital in the State of New York to be re-designated with Nursing’s highest honor.

Pioneering Research

With its state-of-the-art technology, large patient volume, and special “bench to bedside” teams of doctors and scientists, HSS can swiftly translate scientific breakthroughs into clinical treatments. Learn more about how HSS is changing the game in research.

Leading the Field in Radiology

Hospital for Special Surgery is one of the world’s largest academic centers devoted to orthopedic imaging. HSS radiologists have developed new protocols for the diagnostic imaging of bones, tendons, ligaments and other soft tissues, including MRIs of metal implants and cartilage.

World Leaders in Regional Anesthesiology

HSS anesthesiologists are globally recognized leaders in regional anesthesia. This technique, pioneered at HSS, has been shown to reduce bleeding, minimize post-operative pain, and shorten surgical time. Most importantly, the use of regional anesthesia reduces the chance of having a surgical infection by 50%! They train other doctors from around the globe, including residents from Johns Hopkins and Weill Cornell Medical College.

Training Tomorrow’s Leaders

Every HSS doctor holds an appointment on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College. HSS has one of the most sought after orthopedic residency programs with over 500 applicants competing for eight spots in 2009. Today, over 400 of its 500+ graduates hold positions in major orthopedic departments, many serving as department heads.

Treating Professional and Elite Athletes

Doctors and therapists from Hospital for Special Surgery have the distinction of being the team physicians and athletic trainers for the following professional and college sports teams:

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ACCME Accreditation with Commendation

A Commitment to Excellence


Shown at the 2013 Benefit Gala

Leading the Field


Shown at the 2012 Benefit Gala

A Look Into Our Culture


Bench to Bedside - Translating Discoveries into Treatments


Shown at the 2011 Benefit Gala

Our Mission in Mobility


Shown at the 2010 Benefit Gala

Community Access to World-Class Care


Shown at the 2009 Benefit Gala

Complex Cases, Extraordinary Care


Shown at the 2008 Benefit Gala

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