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 HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
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. 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 from 80 countries and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. 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 Innovation Institute was formed in 2015 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices; the global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969, and in 2017 HSS made 130 invention submissions (more than 2x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute provides continuing medical curriculum to more than 22,000 subscribing musculoskeletal healthcare professionals in 125 countries. Through HSS Global, the institution is collaborating with medical centers worldwide to advance the quality and value of care and to make world-class HSS care more accessible to more people.