Hospital for Special Surgery Named Best in Orthopedics and Rheumatology in Northeast

New York, NY—July 1, 1999

Hospital for Special Surgery achieved the highest ranking in the northeastern United States in the categories of orthopedics and rheumatology in U.S.News & World Report’s latest "America’s Best Hospitals" publication. HSS was the only hospital in the New York metropolitan area to be listed in the top ten hospitals nationwide in these specialties.

Out of nearly 6,300 hospitals assessed throughout the United States, Hospital for Special Surgery was ranked second in the field of orthopedics, and third in rheumatology.

"At Hospital for Special Surgery, we work hard to consistently provide the finest, most advanced care available, and we’re pleased to have achieved this recognition," commented John R. Reynolds, President and CEO.

"America’s Best Hospitals," which hit the newsstands July 12, is a resource for consumers seeking the highest quality care in 16 medical specialties, according to U.S.News and World Report. Rankings were based on reputation and other medical information, such as the latest technology available to patients, nursing care and mortality rates.

Hospital for Special Surgery, founded in 1863, was the country’s first orthopedics and rheumatology hospital. World-renowned for its research in musculoskeletal disorders, the Hospital’s orthopedics residency program is among the most selective in the country. A number of professional athletes are among the hospital’s patients, with HSS physicians designated team doctors for the New York Giants and New York Mets, and for the U.S. Davis Cup Tennis Team.

The Hospital opened the first Osteoporosis Prevention and Women’s Sports Medicine Centers in the country. Other special services include the Barbara Volcker Center for Women and Rheumatic Disease and a pediatric outreach program.

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the world’s largest academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics and No. 2 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2016-2017), and 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. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. HSS is an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at


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