First NY Clinic For Disabled Athletes Opens at Hospital for Special Surgery

New York, NY—January 1, 2001

In January 2001, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) opened the first Disabled Athlete Sports Clinic in New York. The clinic serves the sports medicine needs of active and athletic individuals with disabilities of all types. Its aim is to provide these individuals with state-of-the-art sports medicine treatment so they can maximize their physical potential. It is one of over 30 orthopedic, rheumatologic and rehabilitation clinics run by HSS.

Disabled athletes of all levels - from the serious wheelchair basketball player to the recreational walker with sports related injuries - are welcome to attend the clinic. Led by Dr. Brian Halpern, a sports medicine specialist who has worked extensively with disabled athletes, the clinic incorporates an interdisciplinary team approach to the assessment and treatment of these athletes and their injuries. Attention is given to the individual needs of each athlete through specific prevention and rehabilitation protocols. Dr. Halpern is joined by a team of HSS physical therapists, prosthetic and orthotic technicians, nutritionists and nurses.

“As an orthopedic and rheumatological hospital, HSS has a rich history of working with active and athletic people with sports related injuries,” said Dr. Halpern, who is the medical advisor for World T.E.A.M. Sports. “We are proud to use our expertise and facilities to open the first sports medicine clinic dedicated to disabled athletes in New York.”

The Disabled Athlete Sports Clinic is held the first Monday of every month from 1pm until 5pm. The clinic is held at Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 East 70th Street, on the 3rd Floor Ambulatory Care Center. For an appointment or to receive more information about cost, please call (212) 606-1267.

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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