New York, NY—June 26, 2015
Dr. Geoffrey Westrich, Director of Research, Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement at Hospital for Special Surgery, has been named president of the Eastern Orthopaedic Association. The ceremony took place at the organization’s annual meeting in Hawaii on June 20.
Dr. Westrich commented that he was honored to be appointed president of the prestigious organization. "My goals are to continue to provide high quality education for our members and to grow the association," said Dr. Westrich.
The mission of the Eastern Orthopaedic Association is to promote, encourage, foster, and advance the field of orthopedic surgery and related matters, and to establish a forum for the free discussion and teaching of orthopedic methods and principles among its members.
Dr. Westrich sees patients at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan and at a hospital-affiliated office in Fresh Meadows, Queens. He dedicates his practice to hip and knee injuries and disease, specializing in joint replacement and complex revision surgery. He has additional expertise in minimally invasive hip and knee replacement, hip and knee reconstruction, and computer-assisted surgery. He has served as chairman of the hospital’s Complex Case Pre-Operative Review Panel since 2006.
Dr. Westrich conducts extensive research to advance the field of orthopedic surgery and is considered a leading investigator in blood clot prevention following joint replacement. He has published hundreds of articles on this and other topics in peer-reviewed journals.
In addition to his medical degree, which he received from Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Westrich has a background in engineering. Upon graduating from Tufts School of Engineering, he was invited to join Eta Kappa Nu, a prestigious engineering honors society. His degree in engineering comes into play when he is called on to help design new and improved joint replacements and surgical instrumentation.
Dr. Westrich completed his orthopedic surgery residency at New York Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center, followed by a hip and knee fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery. In addition to the Eastern Orthopaedic Association, he is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Orthopedic Association, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, the American Medical Association and the Arthritis Foundation.
Dr. Westrich is often called upon by the media for his expertise. His successful efforts to save a woman’s leg from amputation from the hip gained attention as a “medical miracle” in New York magazine, as well as in several newspaper articles and television reports.
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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 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.