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.
About Hospital for Special Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the world’s largest academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics and No. 2 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2016-2017), 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. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at www.hss.edu.