About Hospital for Special Surgery

Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery is regarded as the world's leading center for musculoskeletal health. Ranked No. 1 for orthopedics and No. 2 for rheumatology in the 2016-17 U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" issue, HSS has been among the top ranked hospitals for orthopedics and rheumatology for 24 consecutive years. HSS provides specialty care for individuals of all ages and stages of orthopedic and rheumatologic disease. The main campus is located in New York City and receives patients from around the world. We serve the regional area with physician offices in Queens, New Jersey, Long Island, and Connecticut.

Golfer's Performance Program

The Tisch Performance Center at HSS offers golf training services for players of all levels. Work with our United States Golf Teachers Federation (USGTF) and Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) trained physical therapists and performance coaches to enhance your physical fitness for golf, improve your game, and reduce the risk of injury. Services include video analysis of swing mechanics, assessments to maximize your muscle potential, and customized performance programs.

Unsurpassed excellence in orthopedics and rheumatology

As the leading independent academic medical center specializing in orthopedics, rheumatology and their related disciplines, we achieve the best possible health care outcomes. For instance, our orthopedic operating rooms are as specialized as the world-famous surgeons who use them. Our outstanding safety and quality attract patients from around the world.

High surgical volume and low infection rates


Hospitals that perform a high volume of joint replacement procedures have the lowest infection rates. No hospital in the world performs more joint replacement surgeries than Hospital for Special Surgery. In fact, surgical procedures that are rare at other hospitals are routine at HSS. Even for the most complex conditions, treatment outcomes are excellent, and HSS has among the lowest infection rates in the world.

Recognized for excellent patient care

nursing excellence

HSS is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The gold standard for nursing, Magnet recognition highlights the extraordinary skill and compassion of our nursing staff and exemplifies HSS's commitment to providing patients with an unsurpassed experience while in our care.

Advanced pain management and rapid rehabilitation

Relieving pain is at the core of our practice at each level of care. We continually score in the 99th percentile ranking across all peer groups for pain management satisfaction. Our rehabilitation therapists provide expert care to patients and have developed the leading post surgical rehabilitation guidelines for orthopedic clinicians.

Elite and pro athletes seek out our care

HSS is the official hospital for five New York professional teams plus many college, high school and Olympic athletes. Our doctors and physical therapists take what they learn from the professionals to enhance care for everyday athletes and weekend warriors alike.

Our patients recommend us to friends and family

Mark Baer skiing

Our patient satisfaction scores are among the highest in the world. HSS has achieved the 99th percentile rank for "likelihood to recommend" when benchmarked against the high-performing Magnet Peer Group in the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction database.

More patients travel to HSS for care

Outstanding results and the overall patient experience have created growing demand for our services with patients traveling to HSS from across the country and around the world. They choose HSS for the best diagnostic, surgical and non-surgical care anywhere.

Innovations in treatment techniques happen here first

HSS is a unique collaborative community of experts, empowered by use of world-class technology. This means the hospital can make significant scientific advances and translate them to better care for all patients.

Caring for the patient and the family

We are dedicated to meeting the clinical and emotional needs of our patients and their families. Family involvement can be critical to achieving the most successful medical outcomes.

See for yourself

HSS makes quality data public so that all can see how well our patients do after surgery. We invite you to see for yourself the extraordinary results for those who chose HSS!