Geoffrey H. Westrich, MD


Dr. Geoffrey Westrich is committed to providing the highest quality orthopedic care in a caring and supportive setting. He is Research Director of the Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service at Hospital for Special Surgery, consistently ranked the #1 hospital for orthopedics nationwide by U.S. News & World Report.

Dr. Westrich is a highly specialized orthopedic surgeon. He is a foremost expert in diagnosing and treating complex injuries and diseases of the hip and knee, including revision hip and knee replacement. Because he is highly specialized in these areas, Dr. Westrich is able to provide the highest level of care. He is knowledgeable of the latest advances that will benefit patients and conducts research to advance the field.

Dr. Westrich has a strong background in engineering, having received a Bachelor's degree in this specialty from Tufts University School of Engineering. Upon graduating from Tufts, he was invited to join Eta Kappa Nu, the prestigious Engineering Honors Society. Combining his background in engineering with his orthopedic surgery training, Dr. Westrich has become a leading expert in hip and knee replacement surgery, performing approximately 500 procedures each year. His areas of expertise include minimally invasive total hip and knee replacements,complex revision surgery, partial knee replacements, recall hip and knee surgery, arthroscopic knee surgery/ligament reconstruction, as well as fracture treatment of the hip and knee.

With his degree in engineering, Dr. Westrich has worked to design new and improved joint replacement implants and surgical instrumentation.

In addition to the hundreds of hip and knee replacements he performs each year, Dr. Westrich does not hesitate to take on the most difficult cases, including revision surgery when a hip or knee implant needs to be replaced. He has expertise in treating infections and other serious complications after joint replacement, and patients come from around the country and around the world for his expertise. He has enabled patients to overcome the most challenging problems when other doctors said there was no hope.

With 20 years of experience, Dr. Westrich has performed thousands of surgeries, striving to treat his patients with compassion and respect at all times. As an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Dr. Westrich trains other doctors. He is also Co-Chairman of the Complex Case Review Panel at Hospital for Special Surgery.

As Research Director of the Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service, he conducts research that will benefit patients and has written numerous articles for prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals. He has won awards for studies that have advanced the field of orthopedic surgery. His current research focuses on reducing the risk of blood clots and infection after surgery and on how to improve the lifespan of joint replacements.

Dr. Westrich was recently named second vice president of the prestigious Eastern Orthopaedic Association. The mission of the Association is to promote, encourage, foster and advance the highest quality of orthopedic surgery.

Dr. Westrich is named in America's Top Doctors, a guide book that seeks to identify the best specialists in the United States. According to the book's publisher, "these outstanding doctors represent the top one percent in the nation" in their respective specialties. Dr. Westrich has also been featured in the book, Top Doctors: New York Metro Area and in New York Magazine's "Best Doctors" guide.

Appointments

Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Research Director of Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Scientist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Co-Chairman, Complex Case Review Panel, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College

Specialty

Subspecialty

Hip
Knee
Revision Surgery

Special Expertise

Hip & Knee Pain and Injuries
Total Joint Replacement
Revision Surgery
Joint Implant Recall Surgery
Arthritis Management
Minimally Invasive Hip & Knee Replacement
Partial and Custom Knee Replacement
Complex Hip and Knee Reconstruction
Complicated, Difficult Cases
Trauma and Fracture Treatment

Awards

The Nicolas Andry Award, 2006
The Hip Society, The John Charnley Award, 2005
8th International Symposium on Thromboembolism, Best Poster: Effect Of Preoperative Autologous Blood Donation On Deep Venous Thrombosis After Total Hip Replacement, 2001
Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, The Hip Society Recipient, 1998
Fellow Award Paper, Eastern Orthopaedic Association, 1996
Resident Award Paper, Smith & Nephew Richards Inc., 1995
Resident's Award New York Academy of Medicine, 1994
Alpha Omega Alpha, 1995
"Best Doctors in New York," New York Magazine, 2010, 2011
"America's Top Doctors," Castle Connolly, 2009-present

Insurances Accepted

Medicare

If Dr. Westrich does not participate with your particular insurance plan, you may still have coverage subject to the availability of 'out-of-network' benefits. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage.

Education

BS, Engineering (with honors), Tufts University School of Engineering, Boston, Massachusetts
MD, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts

Internship

General Surgery, North Shore Hospital-Cornell University Program, Manhasset, New York

Residency

Orthopedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery/New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York

Fellowship

Orthopedic Trauma, Inselspital, Bern, Switzerland
Adult Hip/Knee Reconstruction, Hospital For Special Surgery, New York

Certification

American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

State Licensure

New York

Geoffrey H. Westrich, MD has contributed to the following articles on HSS.edu:

Selected Publications

Sherman S, Cunneed KP, Walcott-sapp S, Brause B, Westrich G. Custom Total Femur Spacer and Second Stage Total Femur Replacement as a Novel Approach to Infection and Periprosthetic Fracture. Journal of Arthroplasty, Journal of Arthroplasty, 2008.

Watson D, Walcott-sapp S, Westrich G. Symptomatic Labral Tear Post-femoral Shaft Fracture: A Case Report. Journal of Orthopedic Trauma 2007;21:731-733.

Salvati EA, Sharrock NE, Westrich G, Potter HG, Gonzalez Della Valle A, Sculco TP. The Nicholas Andry Award: Three Decades of Clinical, Basic, and Applied Research on Thromboembolic Disease After Tha. Cinical Orthopedics and Related Research 2007; 459:246-254.

Mahoney C, Heitenberger S, Sanchez P, Schaefer S, Sculco TP, Westrich G.  Ultimate Outcome in Immediate Postoperative Total Hip Replacement Instability. Journal of Arthroplasty 2007; 22(1): 79-82.

Westrich G, Boettner F, Windsor RE, Laskin RS, Haas SB, Sculco TP. Venaflow Plus Lovenox Versus Venaflow Plus Aspirin for Thromboembolic Disease Prophylaxis in Total Knee Arthroplasty. Journal of Arthroplasty Special Supplement 2006; 21(6S): 139-143.

Westrich G, Winiarsky R, Betsy M, Maun L, Sculco TP. Effect on Deep Venous Thrombosis with Flexion During Total Knee Arthroplasty. Hospital for Special Surgery Journal 2006; 2(2): 148-153.

Della Valle AG, Rana A, Nestor B, Bostrom M, Westrich G, Salvati EA. Metallic Shedding, Surface Finish Changes, and Extensive Femoral Osteolysis in the Loose Spectrum EF Stem. Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research 2006; 442: 165-170.

Salvati EA, Della Valle AG, Westrich GH, Rana A, Specht L, Weksler BB, Wang P, Glueck CJ.   The John Charnley Award:  Heritable thrombophilia and development of thromboembolic disease after total hip arthroplasty. Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research 2005; 441: 40-55.

Pagnano M, Westrich G. Successful Nonoperative Management of Chronic Osteoarthritis Pain of the Knee: Safety and Efficacy of Retreatment with Intra-articular Hyaluronans. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 2005; 751-761.

Nejat EJ, Meyers A, Sanchez PM, Schaefer SH, Westrich G. Total Hip Replacement and Physical Therapy in Lower Extremity Amputees: A Case Study. Iowa Orthopedic Journal, 2005; 38-41.

Terry MA, Westrich G, Taveras NA, Rana AJ, Kapoor K, Helfet DL. Thromboembolic Disease Prophylaxis in Hip Fracture Patients: A Multimodal Approach. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma 2005; 234-240.

Westrich G, Sculco T,  Sharrock NE, Potter H, Salvati EE, Sanchez P. The Effect of Intraoperative Heparin Administered During Total Hip Arthroplasty on the Incidence of Proximal Deep Vein Thrombosis Assessed by Magnetic Resonance Venography. Journal of Arthroplasty 2005; 20 (1): 42-50.

Westrich G, Su E, Helfet D. Operative Treatment of Tibial Plateau Fractures in Patients Older Than 55 years. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 2004; 421: 240-248.

Westrich G, Jhon PH, Sanchez PM. Compliance in Using a Pneumatic Compression Device After Total Knee Arthroplasty. The American Journal of Orthopedics 2003: 32(3): 135-140.

Westrich G, Weksler BB, Glueck CJ, Blumenthal BF, Salvati EA. Correlation of Thrombophilia and Hypofibrinolysis with Pulmonary Embolism Following Total Hip Arthroplasty: An Analysis of Genetic Factors. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (American) 2002; 84-A(12): 2161-2167.

Westrich G, Sculco TP. Prophylaxis Against Venous Thromboembolic Disease: Costs and Controversy. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (American) 2002; 84-A(12): 2306-2307.

Ryan MG, Westrich G, Potter HG, Sharrock N, Maun LM, Macaulay WB, Katkin P, Sculco TP, Salvati EA. Effect of Mechanical Compression on the Prevalence of Proximal Deep Venous Thrombosis as Assessed by Magnetic Resonance Venography. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (American) 2002; 84-A(11): 1998-2004.

Macaulay W, Westrich G, Sharrock N, Sculco TP, Jhon PH, Peterson M, Salvati EA. Effect of Pneumatic Compression on Fibrinolysis After Total Hip Arthroplasty.  Clinical Orthopedics & Related Research 2002; 399: 168-176.

Sculco TP, Colwell CW Jr., Pellegrini VD Jr., Westrich G, Boettner F. Prophylaxis Against Venous Thromboembolic Disease in Patients Having a Total Hip or Knee Arthroplasty. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (American) 2002; 84-A(3): 466-477.

Boettner F, Sculco TP, Sharrock NE, Westrich G, Steinbeck J. Thomboseprophylaxe in Der Hüftendoprothetik (Prevention of Thrombosis in Hip Prosthesis Implantation). Der Orthopäde 2001; 30(11): 890-896.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Research Description

Dr. Geoffrey Westrich’s research has centered on how to prevent complications in hip and knee surgery. He is a leader in the field of thromboembolic research which encompasses such topics as prevention of blood clots and prevention of pulmonary embolism. One of Dr. Westrich’s studies found that patients who donate their own blood prior to hip replacement have a lower incidence of blood clots.

Dr. Westrich frequently gives presentations related to his research at national and international orthopedic courses conferences.

Clinical Trials

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Dr. Geoffrey Westrich, Orthopedic Hip + Knee Surgeon

Contact Information

Office Locations

Hospital for Special Surgery
Third Floor
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1510
Fax: 212.639.9266

Union Turnpike
176-60 Union Turnpike
Fresh Meadows, NY 11366

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, New York 10021

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