New York, NY—May 11, 2018
The Society of Honorary Police Surgeons of the City of New York presented the inaugural award to David L. Helfet, MD, orthopedic trauma surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) on May 3.
This award recognizes the continued and untiring efforts, skill and support of Dr. Helfet to the members of the New York Police Department (NYPD) and their families. Dr. Helfet was profoundly honored to receive this award in recognition of his work which represents a central focus to him as an orthopedic trauma surgeon, clinician and member of the community.
Members of the NYPD, New York Fire Department (NYFD) and New York State Police (NYSP) have always been a major priority to Dr. Helfet, as he truly appreciates the difficult and challenging work they do along with their personal, daily sacrifices. Dr. Helfet has been an honorary surgeon for the NYPD from 1999 to present; assistant division physician for the NYSP from 1999 to present; and Honorary Medical Officer and Honorary Fire Officer from 2009 to present.
Dr. Helfet has had the opportunity to provide treatment to many members of the NYPD, NYFD and NYSP throughout his career. Patients have presented him with injuries ranging from isolated orthopedic trauma to complex poly-trauma requiring complex surgical procedures. The goal is always to provide optimal treatment to enable maximum recovery. Additionally, at HSS and NewYork Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Helfet seeks to provide the best patient care possible by using the most effective treatment strategies. Meeting family members of the police and fire departments and being part of their recovery is a great source of pride for Dr. Helfet.
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HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the eighth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.