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New Leadership, Breakthrough Techniques and Research Clearly Defines Hospital for Special Surgery’s Internationally Recognized Department of Radiology and Imaging

New York—December 17, 2013

Globally known as the premier center for world class musculoskeletal clinical and research imaging, the Department of Radiology & Imaging at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), is poised for the future with the appointment of Hollis G. Potter, M.D. as its new Chairman.

A 22-year HSS veteran, Dr. Potter succeeds Helene Pavlov, M.D. and plans to expand on her successful development of the Department’s commitment to clinical and research excellence.

“Imaging is a vital component of the integrated care system that is uniquely provided by HSS.  We collaborate with colleagues from a wide variety of specialties and practices with a singular focus: to work together as a team to improve the quality of our patients’ lives and to restore their function,” Dr. Potter said. “Because of our extraordinary access to transitional research, we can quickly provide the most innovative and efficacious imaging available world-wide.”

In her new role, Dr. Potter will lead a team of 250 physicians, researchers and specialists.

“As HSS continues to move forward, we are very cognitive of the role Radiology & Imaging plays in driving efficiency and accuracy in musculoskeletal medicine,” said Louis A. Shapiro, President and CEO, Hospital for Special Surgery. “Dr. Potter is an outstanding clinician, scientist and educator with unique expertise and proven success in this field making her ideal for advancing our ongoing commitment to this service.”

According to Dr. Potter, many MRI and CT imaging protocols and ultrasound procedures considered routine at HSS are rarely done, if at all, at other institutions. In many instances, HSS patients and physicians have access to technological breakthroughs which are largely unavailable to the general public.

“We are one of the major clinical and scientific collaborators in orthopaedic applications  for General Electric, as well as several additional companies, and collectively, we are constantly innovating and implementing new techniques and equipment,” she explained. “In addition, our research imaging scientists are responsible for many of the most significant developments in radiology and imaging in the last ten years. Our teams are constantly optimizing the ability to image the earliest signs of a musculoskeletal condition, disease progression and/or healing.”

With 250 members, the HSS Department of Radiology & Imaging performs close to  300,000 musculoskeletal examinations each year including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and ultrasound (US), of which approximately 180,000 are conventional radiography (x-ray) and interventional procedures.

The Department includes The Coleman Center for Musculoskeletal MRI. Approximately 30,000 musculoskeletal MRI examinations of the axial and appendicular skeleton, including peripheral MR angiography, are currently performed on eleven high field strength units including 1.5T and 3T units. Many prototype MRI pulse sequences have been developed in collaboration with Dr. Potter and Dr. Matthew Koff, who is a research scientist and Associate Director of the MRI laboratory.

The Department has an ACGME Fellowship for training future musculoskeletal radiologists. Dedicated CME approved conferences are held regularly for faculty and  fellows.

All Radiology & Imaging faculty members hold academic appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College and many have been recognized in Castle Connolly's "America's Top Doctors". In addition, many of the faculty are the recipients of prestigious awards for outstanding research from peer reviewed organizations and have been recognized for their teaching skills from international organizations such as the ISMRM, the AAOS, and the RSNA, graduating orthopedic and radiology residency classes.


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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