In 1912, a Constitution and By-laws of the Society of the Alumni of the Hospital for the Ruptured and Crippled were drafted. The object was advancement of the branches of surgery represented at the hospital and to promote social exchange. Membership was designated as:
The annual dues (as amended December 19, 1914) were $1 per member plus the cost of the annual dinner. Dr. Virgil P. Gibney served as the first President of the Association and the first meeting was held December 29 and 30, 1913. Annual meetings have been held without interruption except in years of World War I, World War II and 1936-37. Alumni officers of the Hospital for the Ruptured and Crippled (the name was changed in 1940 to the Hospital for Special Surgery) have included many prominent orthopaedic surgeons in the past Century.
Alumni worldwide have returned at various times to attend the scientific programs provided annually at the alumni meetings usually in November. This devoted Alumni Association has been a major force in strengthening the hospital and promoting it to continue as a leader in the orthopaedic world. From this group, alumni have continued to encourage young physicians in training to apply for postgraduate residency and fellowship positions at HSS. As the size and composition of the house staff changes, the Alumni Association has become even stronger and more important in the future of Hospital for Special Surgery.
The HSS Alumni Association has over 1,500 members living in 39 countries and 47 US states.