New York, NY—July 21, 2017
Thomas Wickiewicz, MD, sports medicine surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), was inducted today into The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Hall of Fame. This recognition is one of the highest honors given to an AOSSM member. Dr. Wickiewicz was presented with an award plaque during the AOSSM Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario.
"I am truly honored to be in the company of these extraordinary leaders in sports medicine," said Dr. Wickiewicz. "I have focused my career on developing innovative minimally invasive surgical techniques designed to help patients get back to what they love doing most. For athletes of all levels, that is typically a return to sport."
AOSSM Hall of Fame members are first nominated by their peers and then selected by the Hall of Fame committee. The Hall of Fame was established in 2001 to honor members of the orthopedic sports medicine community who have contributed significantly to the specialty. AOSSM is a world leader in sports medicine education, research, communication and fellowship, and includes national and international orthopaedic sports medicine leaders.
"Sports medicine is constantly evolving over the years as our research continues to advance the field," said Dr. Wickiewicz. "Being a surgeon means being a student for the rest of your life. Education is critical to maintaining a robust medical practice over time."
Dr. Wickiewicz joins fellow HSS sports medicine surgeon Russell F. Warren, MD, in the Hall.
Managing a robust practice at HSS for 35 years, Dr. Wickiewicz specializes in meniscus surgery, ACL surgery and shoulder surgery. Additionally, he is a Professor of Clinical Surgery (orthopaedics) at Weill-Cornell Medical College and an attending surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. He acted as the chief of Sports Medicine at HSS from 1993-2005 and has educated over 164 sports fellows, residents and medical students during his time at HSS.
Dr. Wickiewicz was the assistant team physician for the New York Giants for eight years and now serves as head team physician for all division 1A college sports at St. Peter’s University. He served as president of AOSSM from 2004-2005.
A native of Jersey City, NJ, Dr. Wickiewicz attended St. Peter’s Prep and St. Peter’s College where he played on the football team. He received his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School and trained at The New York Hospital before completing a residency at HSS.
He lives in New York City with his wife of 41 years, Catherine, and has two children and two grandchildren.
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. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018), 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. HSS has locations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.