Dr. Jo A. Hannafin is board certified in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. She is an Attending Orthopedic Surgeon and Director of the Women's Sports Medicine Center at Hospital for Special Surgery. She is a Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Hannafin was a USOC physician for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece and the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic. She is currently the Head Team Physician for the WNBA New York Liberty and a Team Physician for the United States Rowing Team. She was 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 New York 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 the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the National Rowing Foundation.
Dr. Hannafin has just completed her term as the President of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and will continue to serve as a member of the Board until 2016. She is currently the President of the Herodicus Society. She served as the first female President of the Society from 2013-2014. She has served as Vice President and Secretary of the AOSSM board, Chair of the Enduring Education and Research Committees and has served on numerous AOSSM committees. She was a member of the Board of the OREF (Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation) from 2006-2012. She has published over 90 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has written 20 book chapters. She is also the co-author of the book Say Goodbye to Knee Pain. Dr. Hannafin has been honored as one of The Best Doctors in America for the past twenty years and in 2013 she received the Castle-Connolly Physician of the Year Award. She was awarded the Hospital for Special Surgery Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
Dr. Hannafin was the first Clinician-Scientist at the Hospital for Special Surgery and maintained an active research program in the area of ligament physiology for over 20 years. She no longer maintants an independent research program but serves as a collaborator and mentor. Dr. Hannafin received NIH RO1 funding and foundation funding in support of this research. She has served as a full member of the SBSR NIH Study Section and as an ad hoc member of a number of other Study Sections.
Selznick Award for Excellence in Research, Montefiore Medical Center, 1990
Orthopaedic Research Society New Investigator Recognition Award, 1992
Alpha Omega Alpha, 1992
Appointed to the Medical Commission of FISA (International Rowing Federation), 1993
O’Donoghue Award for Excellence in Research, AOSSM, 1998
Outstanding Woman in Science Award, New York Academy of Science, 1999
Congress of ISAKOS, “Back Pain in Intercollegiate Rowers”, 3rd prize, 2001
Irish America Magazine Top 100 Award, 2003
Phillip D. Wilson Award, Hospital for Special Surgery, 1992, 2006
Jack Kelly Award, US Rowing, 2004
University of Iowa Ruth Jackson Award, 2005
Orthopaedic Research Society, Women's Leadership Forum Award, 2009
Einstein-Montefiore Orthopaedics Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2010
Honorary Medical Officer, City of New York Fire Department, 2010
Castle Connolly Physician of the Year Award for Clinical Excellence, 2013
Top 28 North American Knee Surgeons, Orthopedics This Week, 2014
O'Donoghue Award for Excellence in Research, AOSSM 2014
"Best Doctors in New York," New York magazine, 1994-2014
Castle/Connolly's Top Doctors in New York, 1994-2014
Hospital for Special Surgery Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine
Orthopaedic Research Society
Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
American Medical Association
United States Rowing Sports Medicine Society
One of the goals of Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.
As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies if payments were received during the prior year, or if the HSS physician currently receives payment. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.
As of February 27, 2014, Dr. Hannafin reported no financial interest relationships with healthcare industry.
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Hosea, T.M. and Hannafin, J.A. (2012) Rowing Injuries. Sports Health 4(3):236-245.
Taylor, S., and Hannafin, J.A. (2012) Evaluation and management of elbow tendinopathy. Sports Health 4(5):384-393
Packer, J.D., Day, M.S., Nguyen, J.T., Hobart, S.J., Hannafin, J.A., Metzl, J.D. (2013) Functional outcomes and patient satisfaction after fasciotomy for chronic exertional compartment syndrome. Am. J. Sports Med. 41(2):430-436, PMID: 23371941.
Chaudhury, S., de la Larna, M., Adler, R.S., Gulotta, L.V., Skonieczki, B., Chang, A., Moley, P., Cordasco, F., Hannafin, J., Fealy, S. (2013) Platelet-rich plasma for the treatment of lateral epicondylitis: sonographic assessment of tendon morphology and vascularity (pilot study). Skeletal Radiol. 42(1):91-97.
McCarthy, M.M., Voos, J.E., Nguyen, J.T., Callahan, L., Hannafin, J.A. (2013) Injury profile in elite female basketball athletes at the Women’s National Basketball Association combine. Am. J. Sports Med. epub Feb 1, 41(3):645-651, PMID: 23378506
Smoljanovic, T., Bojanic, I., Hannafin, J.A., Urhausen, A., Theisen, D., Seil, R., Lacoste, A. (2013) Complete inclusion of adaptive rowing only 1000m ahead. Br. J. Sports Med. 47(13):819-825, epub August 5, 2013, PMID: 23918442.
Attia, E., Bohnert, K., Brown, H., Bhargava, M., Hannafin, J. (2014) Tissue Engineering, Part A, Jan 20(1-2):171-177, Epub 2013 Oct 25.
McCarthy, M.M. and Hannafin, J.A. (2014) The Mature Athlete: Aging Tendon and Ligament. Sports Health 6(1):41-48, PMID: 23378506.
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
Our laboratory is focused on the study of soft tissue response to injury, stress deprivation and mechanical loading in a variety of tissues including the anterior cruciate ligament and shoulder capsule.
Animal modeling and cell culture, and molecular techniques are used to study cellular response to physical and chemical alteration in the environment with a specific focus on mechanotransduction pathways involved in these responses.
The Effect of Mechanical Load on the Biology of Ligament Fibroblasts
Adhesive Capsulitis of the Shoulder
Stress Fractures in the Female Athlete