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Hospital for Special Surgery to Honor Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus Thomas P. Sculco, MD, at Annual Tribute Dinner

Maria Bartiromo to host gala event

New York, NY—June 1, 2017

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) will present Thomas P. Sculco, M.D., surgeon-in-chief emeritus, with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hospital’s 34th Annual Tribute Dinner.  This year, the gala will be held on Monday, June 5, 2017 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Maria Bartiromo, anchor and global markets editor at Fox Business News, will host the black tie event, with Mario J. Gabelli, chief investment officer of Gabelli Funds, as an underwriter.

"For four decades, Dr. Sculco has demonstrated a relentless commitment to advancing the field of orthopedics and has played an important role in positioning HSS as the world’s leader in unmatched musculoskeletal care," said Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO at HSS. "His efforts to improve the success and longevity of implants are benefitting patients around the world."

Dr. Sculco, who has performed more than 20,000 hip and knee replacements, recently founded the Complex Joint Reconstruction Center. The center provides diagnosis and treatment for the most challenging cases in joint reconstruction and conducts research on implant failure.

"Dr. Sculco is a pioneer of less invasive surgical techniques including the design of instruments," said Todd Albert, M.D., surgeon-in-chief at HSS. "He has dedicated his career to providing superior patient outcomes in hip and knee replacement and we are honored to call him one of our own."

"As surgeon-in-chief, Dr. Sculco seamlessly assumed this important leadership role at full speed while continuing his impressive and successful medical practice," said Michael Brooks, HSS Board of Trustee member and patient. "He truly has given his life to the Hospital.  Dr. Sculco is an extraordinary surgeon whose calm and confident demeanor inspires confidence and trust in his patients. I experienced this first-hand when he replaced both of my knees a decade ago."

Thomas P. Sculco, MD

Dr. Sculco is an orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, who joined the hospital staff in 1977. He served as surgeon-in-chief from 2003 through 2014. Dr. Sculco is internationally recognized as a leader in total hip and knee replacement, having pioneered minimally invasive surgical techniques.

He completed his residency at HSS after earning his medical degree at Columbia University.

Dr. Sculco has been awarded the Otto Aufranc and Charnley Award from the Hip Society, as well as the Arthritis Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2005 he received the Gold Medal Award for Clinical Medicine from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and in 2013 he was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honor, First Class, for Science and Art.

He is the author of over 350 papers, 84 chapters, three books on orthopedic surgery and the surgical treatment of arthritis and has presented over 750 papers.

Dr. Sculco is active in international and national medical associations and founded both the International Society of Orthopaedic Centers and the VA Orthopaedic Society and was a founding member of the Knee Society, where he now serves as president. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Arthritis Foundation and presently serves on the Board of Directors of Carnegie Hall. Additionally, he’s a Board Member of OREF (Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation) and the Robert Gladden Society and is currently President of the New York Medical Surgical Society.

The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. with a dinner to follow at 7:30 p.m. Guests will include leaders from the worlds of business, health, finance, media, sports, the arts and government.

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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 ninth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S.News & World Report (2018-2019). 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.


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