Computer Assisted Surgery Center Research Earns Two National Awards

New York City—July 28, 2010 

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine honored physician-scientists from the Computer Assisted Surgery Center at Hospital for Special Surgery with two awards at the July 2010 annual meeting.

Both awards were given to basic science studies involving the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee and led by Andrew D. Pearle, M.D., of the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, who is clinical director of the Computer Assisted Surgery Center.

“We are pleased that this national society recognized our basic science work with two prestigious awards,” Dr. Pearle said. “Basic science studies are critical to increase the understanding of fundamental processes in the joints and provide important knowledge that can be translated to care in the clinic.”

The Aircast Award for Basic Science recognized the meeting’s best basic science paper submitted by a sports medicine fellow. Special Surgery fellow Frank Petrigliano, M.D., presented the research, which looked at how the loss of meniscal tissue in the joint affected knee stability after ACL reconstruction.

Researchers discovered that injury to the meniscus after such surgery can lead to recurrent knee instability.

The Cabaud Memorial Award, also for a basic science study, recognized the manuscript that best demonstrated hypothesis-driven research that is relevant in the clinic. Special Surgery researchers were honored for a project that compared the effects of different types of ACL reconstruction on movement in knees without ACL and meniscal tissue.

They found that certain ACL surgical techniques can control abnormal rotational movement, even in knees that have little meniscal tissue remaining. Past fellow Volker Musahl, M.D., delivered the presentation at the meeting.

To learn more about the Computer Assisted Surgery Center, visit

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology, and No. 16 in neurology by U.S.News & World Report (2010-11), and has received Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. From 2007 to 2010, HSS has been a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award. A member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS provides orthopedic and rheumatologic patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. All Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College. 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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