U.S. Olympic Committee Appoints Hospital for Special Surgery Doctors to Medical Staff

Only NYC Hospital to Receive Such Honor

New York, NY—March 5, 2004 

Hospital for Special Surgery’s (HSS) Jo A. Hannafin, MD, PhD and Scott A. Rodeo, MD were named to the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Medical Staff for the Games of the XXVIIIth Olympiad in Athens, Greece. As members of the Sports Medicine Committee’s Medical Staff, they will support the athletes in the sports of Rowing and Swimming.

Dr. Hannafin is an orthopedic surgeon and co-founder of the Women’s Sports Medicine Center at Hospital for Special Surgery. A former rower, Dr. Hannafin was a member of the silver medalist lightweight double at the 1984 World Rowing Championships and was a three-time gold medalist at the U.S. National Rowing Championships. Most recently, Dr. Hannafin served as Team Physician at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for rowing, canoeing and kayaking. Dr. Hannafin has served as Team Physician for U.S. Rowing since 1994 and was the Chief Medical Officer at the world rowing championships in Seville in 2002.

Dr. Rodeo is an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist. A former swimmer himself, Dr. Rodeo competed for two years at Stanford University, where he earned a trip to the NCAA National Championships. He has been offering medical assistance for USA Swimming since 1998 and has served as Head Team Physician at the World Championships in Moscow. As Chairman of the USA Swimming Sports Committee, Dr. Rodeo is responsible for coordinating the medical care both at home and abroad for all athletes competing for Team USA. Currently, Rodeo also serves as a medical consultant for Asphalt Green, a local swimming club in New York City where he resides. He also serves as an Associate Team Physician for the New York Giants football team.

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2007), and has received Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In the 2006 edition of HealthGrades' Hospital Quality in America Study, HSS received five-star ratings for clinical excellence in its specialties. A member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Medical College of Cornell University, HSS provides orthopedic and rheumatologic patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. All Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are on the faculty of Weill Medical College of Cornell University. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at www.hss.edu.

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