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Center for Hip Preservation

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Combining the medical expertise of specialists and researchers in the fields of orthopedics, radiology, physiatry, physical therapy, and bio-engineering, the Center is leading the way in diagnosis and treatment of hip disorders that will relieve and preserve while providing patients with the best and most up-to-the-minute medical care.

Women’s Sports Medicine Center

The first of its kind in the United States, the Women’s Sports Medicine Center at HSS is a nationally recognized health resource for active women of all ages and abilities, from professional athletes to eager novices.

The Center’s multidisciplinary staff includes a team of physicians (fellowship trained in sports medicine), sport psychologist, physical therapist, nutritionists, nurses and exercise physiologist. As former athletes and current fitness enthusiasts, they know what’s it’s like to train and compete. They have provided medical coverage for many athletic events including the Olympics, World Cup Soccer, the World Rowing Championships and Federation Cup Tennis. They have been team physicians for the New York Power, a women’s professional soccer team, as well as the U.S. National Rowing Team and the Wendy Hilliard Rhythmic Gymnastics Foundation.


Physiatrists at Hospital for Special Surgery perform non-operative treatment procedures on patients who have spinal and sports-related injuries as well as other musculoskeletal problems. These procedures are combined with medically supervised exercise therapies to restore mobility and function in patients who might otherwise require surgery.

Several members of the Physiatry Department also perform electro diagnostic studies such as nerve conduction and electromyography. These diagnostic studies help to determine whether patients may have nerve or muscular disorders.

The department is not only involved with the development of new non-invasive procedures - it also employs innovative research techniques to better understand and validate many non-operative or minimally invasive interventional procedures to treat spinal and sports-related injuries.


The Radiology and Imaging Department at Hospital for Special Surgery focuses on research, training, and development to discover new techniques that optimize early detection of musculoskeletal conditions and diseases, their progression and the response to treatment. The images created and their interpretation represent years of experience. The imaging procedures performed routinely at HSS are rarely performed at other institutions. Learn more about the Department of Radiology and Imaging.


The Virginia F. and William R. Salomon Rehabilitation Department plays an integral role in patient care and research at Hospital for Special Surgery. Its multidisciplinary staff includes physical therapists, occupational therapists, ATCs, certified strength and conditioning coaches, a massage therapist, and speech and language pathologists, as well as clinical psychologists.

Its skilled professionals provide quality rehabilitative care for patients of all ages - pre-operatively, post-operatively, and/or for conservative management of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders.

The Department offers comprehensive services on-site at its main HSS campus, off-site at the Integrative Care Center (ICC), and through its HSS Rehabilitation Network. Learn more about the Department of Rehabilitation.


With the largest group of rheumatologists in the United States, HSS is a world leader in the research and treatment of rheumatic disease.

The Barbara Volcker Center for Women and Rheumatic Diseases
Rheumatic diseases affect women two to four times more often than men. The Barbara Volcker Center for Women and Rheumatic Diseases alleviates that suffering by providing patients with immediate, clinical care to improve the day-to-day quality of their lives and by conducting significant research to find the causes and cures of rheumatic diseases.

The first center of its kind in the United States, the Barbara Volcker Center was established by a gift in honor of Barbara Volcker. The center brings together scientists, rheumatologists, orthopedists, endocrinologists and obstetrician/gynecologists under one umbrella. Women with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, antiphospholipid syndrome, and scleroderma are able to get the best medical care by a team of appropriate advisors.

The Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Research
For more than forty years, Hospital for Special Surgery has been a leader in research defining the underlying mechanisms of disease in systemic lupus erythematosus and has provided expert care of patients with lupus. At the Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Research at HSS, dedicated individuals work to develop and advance novel research - both basic and clinical - and patient programs in a collaborative environment that facilitates improvement in the lives of lupus patients. The Kirkland Center provides support for intramural basic and clinical research at HSS and pilots research grants focused on lupus.

Inflammatory Arthritis Center
The Inflammatory Arthritis Center was established to promote the early identification and treatment of arthritis as well as to support research efforts to determine more effective treatment and prevention strategies for arthritis. The Early Arthritis Initiative connects patients quickly and efficiently with a rheumatologist who can evaluate their joint pain and get each patient started on an appropriate course of treatment.