Ernest L. Sink, MD

Dr. Sink specializes in the treatment of hip disorders in patients ranging from newborns to young adults. He is the Co-Director of Hospital for Special Surgery’s Center for Hip Preservation. Dr. Sink performs hip procedures in infants, adolescents and young adults, including periacetabular osteotomies (PAO) and surgical hip dislocations. Dr. Sink has authored over 17 peer reviewed articles and six book chapters, and has particular academic and research interest in the areas of pediatric hip disorders and trauma.


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Dr. Sink graduated from Texas Southwestern Medical School, where he went on to complete his orthopedic residency training. He completed his fellowship training at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego and pursued post-fellowship study of innovative hip procedures in both the United States and Europe, including Bern, Switzerland with Professor Reinhold Ganz, who pioneered these techniques. Dr. Sink is involved in teaching other surgeons on a national level and collaborates with several other specialized hip surgeons in the country.

Appointments

Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Co-Director, Center for Hip Preservation, Hospital for Special Surgery

Specialty

Subspecialty

Pediatrics, Hip, Trauma

Special Expertise

Hip preservation surgery
Hip pain in adolescents and young adults
Hip dysplasia in infants to young adults
Hip osteotomies
Ganz or periacetabular osteotomy (PAO)
Surgical hip dislocation
Hip arthroscopy

Awards

National expert on hip surgery and hip pain in children and young adults
Teaches hip surgery on a national level
Collaborates with surgeons and centers on outcomes research to study and develop the latest treatments for complex hip disorders

Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery of North America
Western Orthopaedic Association
Colorado Orthopaedic Association

Procedures

Surgical hip dislocation
Ganz periacetabular osteotomy

Specialized Centers

Insurances Accepted

Blue Cross HMO POS
Blue Cross PPO
Medicare
Oxford
United Healthcare

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Education

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX, 1994

Internship

University of Texas, Dallas, TX, 1994-1995

Residency

University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX, 1995-1999

Fellowship

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, CA, 1999-2000
AO Fellowship/Apprenticeship – Hip Surgery, Bern, Switzerland, Professor R. Ganz, 2004

Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2002

State Licensure

CO, NY

Ernest L. Sink, MD has contributed to the following articles on HSS.edu:

Editorial Appointments

Orthopaedics, Editorial Board, 2005-present
POSNA, Abstract Reviewer for Hip Papers, 2006-2007
Pediatric Orthopaedic Knowledge Update, Lower Extremity Section Editor, 2009-2010
South American Orthopaedic Knowledge Update, Hip Editor, 2009-2010

Selected Publications

Sink E, Faro F, Polousky J, Flynn K, Gralla J. Decreased Complications of Pediatric Femur Fractures with a Change in Management: Analysis of an Algorithm. J Pediatr Orthop 30(7)633-7, Oct-Nov 2010.

Kocher MS, Sink EL, Blasier RD, Luhmann SJ, Mehlman CT, Scher DM, Matheney T, Sanders JO, Watters WC 3rd, Goldberg MJ, Keith MW, Haralson RH 3rd, Turkelson CM, Wies JL, Sluka P, Hichcock K. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Clinical Practice Guideline on Treatment of Pediatric Diaphyseal Femur Fracture. J Bone Joint Surg Am 92(8):1790-2, Jul 21, 2010.

Sink E, Zaltz I, Heare T, Dayton M. Acetabular Cartilage and Labral Damage Observed During Surgical Hip Dislocation for Stable Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis. J Pediatr Orthop 30(1)26-30, Jan-Feb 2010.

Sink E. Surgical Hip Dislocation. Orthopaedics 32(5):329, May 2009.

Sink E, Gralla J, Ryba, A, Dayton M. Clinical Presentation of Femoroacetabular Impingement in Adolescents. J Pediatr Ortho 28(8):1-6, Dec 2008.

Sink E, Hedequist D, Morgan SJ, Hresko T. Results and Technique of Unstable Pediatric Femoral Fractures Treated with Submuscular Bridge Plating. J Pediatr Orthop (26)2177-81, Mar-Apr 2006.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Books/Chapters

Sink EL. (Chapter 90) Submuscular Plating of Femoral Shaft Fractures.  Edton S, Flynn J (Eds). Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.

Sink EL. (Chapter 91) Open Reduction Internal Fixation of Tibial Tubeosity Fractures. Flynn J (Ed). Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.

Sink EL. (Chapter 7) Submuscular Plating for Pediatric Femur Fractures. Tolo V, Skaggs D (Eds). Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery Pediatrics: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008.

Sink EL. (Chapter 20) Fractures of the Pelvis. Beaty JH, Kasser JR (Eds). Rockwood & Wilkins’ Fractures in Children. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008.

Sink EL. (Chapter 30) Submuscular Plating for Pediatric Femur Fractures. Operative Techniques: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery. In press 2010.

Sink EL. (Chapter 33) Pediatric Spine and Lower Extremity Fractures.  Price C, Flynn J (Eds). Lovell and Winter’s Pediatric Orthopaedics, 7th Edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, In press 2010.

Selected Presentations

“Evaluation of Adolescents for Impingement and Dysplasia.” Nov 28-Dec 2, 2007. IPOS

“Management of “Late” SCFE Deformities.” Dec 1-5, 2009. IPOS

Sink EL and Dayton M. Femoral-Acetabular Impingement in Adolescents. Podium Presentation, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Hollywood, FL, May 2007.

Sink EL and Dayton M. Hip Pathology Recognized During Surgical Dislocation in Chronic SCFE Patients. Podium Presentation, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Hollywood, FL, May 2007.

Sink EL. Labral Tears in Adolescent Hips. Instructor, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, San Francisco, CA, 2008.

Sink EL, Multi-center Evaluation of Early Complications Following Surgical Hip Dislocation. Podium Presentation, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Las Vegas, NV, February, 2009.

Clohisy J, Zaltz I, Sucato D, Podszwa D, Trousdale R, Sierra R, Beaule P, Sink, EL, Schoenecker P. Early Complications Associated with the Periacetabular Osteotomy: A Prospective Multicenter Study. Podium Presentation, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, New Orleans, LA, March, 2010.

Sink, EL, Bravman J. The Predictive Value of Physical Exam, Radiographs, and MRI for Surgical Pathology of Hip Impingement Surgery in the Adolescent Pre-arthritic Hip. Podium Presentation, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Waikoloa, HI, May 2010.

Sink, EL, Eliert R. Treatment Outcomes of Femoroacetabular Impingement in Adolescents. Podium Presentation, Western Orthopaedic Association, Monterey, CA, August, 2010.

Sink EL. Children’s Hospital Practice Update: Hip Dysplasia. Podium Presentation, The Children’s Hospital, Denver, CO, 2006.

Agudelo JF, Sink EL, Heare T. Surgical Hip Dislocation for the Treatment of Severe Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis: A Preliminary Report. Podium presentation, The Children’s Hospital Annual Orthopedic Day Conference, Aurora, CO, May 2009.

Bravman JT, Sink EL. Predictive Value of Radiographs and MRI for Pathology and Results of Hip Impingement Surgery in Adolescents. Podium Presentation, The Children’s Hospital Annual Orthopedic Day Conference, Aurora, CO, May 2009.

Murray T, Sink EL, Flynn K. Submuscular Plating for Pediatric Femur Fractures Two Year Follow-Up. Podium Presentation, The Children’s Hospital Annual Orthopedic Day Conference, Aurora, CO, May 2009.

Sink EL, Ryba A, Monreal A, Dayton M. Treatment Outcomes of Femoroacetabular Impingement in Adolescent. Podium Presentation, The Children’s Hospital Annual Orthopedic Day Conference, Aurora, CO, April 2010.

Henning AE, Hiza E, Ryba A, Monreal A, Sink EL. The Incidence of Pincer Type Acetabular Morphology on Radiographs in Asymptomatic Adolescent Patients Podium Presentation, The Children’s Hospital Annual Orthopedic Day Conference, Aurora, CO, April 2010.

Research Interests

Hip pathology in infants to young adults
Treatment outcomes of femoroacetabular impingement in adolescents
Physical exam, radiographs and MRI for predicting surgical pathology of hip
Impingement surgery in the adolescent pre-arthritic hip
Decreased complications of pediatric femur fractures with a change in management.
Evaluating early complications associated with surgical hip dislocation and periacetabular osteotomy
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