Charles Cornell, MD, Named Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Completes First Case Under HSS Orthopedics at Stamford Health Collaboration

Stamford, CT—March 21, 2017

Charles "Chip" Cornell, MD, has been named Chair of the newly created Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Stamford Health, effective March 1. As Department Chair, Dr. Cornell will be responsible for the direction of all orthopedic services, including subspecialty divisions and HSS Orthopedics at Stamford Health.  The hospital’s new collaboration with Hospital for Special Surgery was announced last month.

On Tuesday, March 7, Dr. Cornell successfully completed the first surgery under the collaboration, officially launching a new era of advanced orthopedic care in Connecticut and New England.

"We are proud to have someone of Dr. Cornell’s recognized leadership and surgical expertise join Stamford Health as we expand orthopedic services," said Sharon Kiely, MD, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Stamford Health. "This follows the announcement of our collaboration with Hospital for Special Surgery and complements our vision of further developing leading specialty services in orthopedics."

Dr. Cornell is Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and an Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery. He served as Clinical Director of Orthopedics for HSS beginning in 2006, and holds the Richard Laskin, MD, Chair in Orthopedic Surgery since 2011.  Dr. Cornell has been active in the Resident and Medical School program throughout his career and recognized for his dedication to education, receiving the Philip Wilson Teaching Award three times.

Dr. Cornell is Editor-In-Chief of the HSS Journal and Associate Editor of Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research. Throughout his career, Dr. Cornell has studied the outcome of total knee replacement as treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee. His current research interests include investigating novel approaches to pain management following total knee replacement surgery as well as analysis of the benefit of implementing Clinical Pathways for total knee replacement. He is also collaborating on a study investigating the effect of pre-operative synovitis in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee and its effect on range of motion and stiffness following this procedure.

Dr. Cornell earned his medical degree at Weill Cornell Medical College and completed his residency in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery and The New York Hospital, in affiliation with Weill Cornell Medical College. He finished a Fellowship in Orthopedic Traumatology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Cornell is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons.

Learn more about the new HSS Orthopedics at Stamford Health.

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the world’s leading 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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