Long Island Business News—January 30, 2014
Hospital for Special Surgery, Long Island Office
Having a world-renowned shoulder surgeon as a father, Dr. Joshua Dines said he kept an open mind when he considered his career options. “I thought about working on Wall Street and going to law school and then, in my senior year, I decided to go to medical school,” said Dines, noting that the medical field challenged him. As an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Uniondale, Dines could not be more pleased to be in practice with his inspiration – his father, Dr. David Dines. The younger Dines is active in research with a focus on rotator cuff tendon healing, shoulder replacement and injuries to baseball and tennis players. His novel research on biologics to enhance tendon healing has resulted in national awards. Two of his current research projects are funded by competitive grants. Creating his own prominent stature, Dines is team physician for multiple professional teams. He is an assistant team doctor for the New York Mets and a consultant for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the team orthopedist for the Long Island Ducks.
Giving professional athletes and everyday people their quality of life back is a great accomplishment for Dines. He also counted serving for five years as team doctor for the U.S. Tennis Team and his post with the Mets among his greatest achievements. “While it’s a great experience, it’s also an acknowledgement that you have done well in your field,” he said. A dedicated philanthropist, Dines sits on the board of the Children’s Health Fund and devotes time educating medical students, residents, surgical colleagues, patients and the public. Dines is on the sports medicine and shoulder service at the Hospital for Special Surgery’s New York City location, where he is director of athletic shoulder and elbow research. Dines earned a medical degree from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College. “One of my goals is based on my research to come up with better ways to treat tendon injuries,” Dines said. “Whether that means to make the tendon stronger or get it to heal more quickly, I would like to design something revolutionary to help improve what we are doing right now.”
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