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Hospital for Special Surgery to Address Hot Topics in Sports Medicine

New York—April 13, 2012


Event:             Hospital for Special Surgery Sixth Annual

Current Concepts in Sports Medicine Symposium

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City is hosting an educational symposium for sports medicine professionals to address the latest surgical advances and rehabilitation techniques for professional and recreational athletes. Athletic trainers, physical therapists, coaches and other specialists will learn from the expertise of HSS’ Sports Medicine Service as well as other leaders in the fields of sports medicine.

The program will feature a mini half-day symposium to specifically discuss various aspects of ACL injuries, including gender issues, adolescent treatment and rehabilitation. Additionally, hot topics such as golf injuries, thrower’s elbow and tendon injuries will be addressed.

Date:              Thursday, April 19 Evening – Saturday, April 21, 2012


Times:            5:15 p.m. – 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, April 19


                        7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20


                        7:00 a.m. – 4:20 p.m. on Saturday, April 21


Locations:      Thursday and Select Events on Saturday:

                          Hospital for Special Surgery
Richard L. Menschel Education Center, 2nd Floor
535 East 70th Street
New York City


                          Friday and Select Events on Saturday:
Uris Auditorium 
1300 York Avenue at 69th Street (adjacent to Hospital for Special Surgery)
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York City


Details:           The conference includes presentations and discussions, a live surgical demonstration, instructional courses and hands-on workshops.


“At HSS, we’re very excited to share the latest research, surgical techniques and rehabilitation therapies with our colleagues in the sports medicine community. Our staff is uniquely positioned to provide this information to a local, regional and national audience by combining the expertise of our rehabilitation staff, surgeons and physicians so they may better serve their patients,” said Frank A. Cordasco, M.D., Sports Medicine Service at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and co-director of Current Concepts in Sports Medicine.



·         Golf Injury Prevention and Performance Strategies

Peter Draovitch, PT, MS, ATC, CSCS; Michael Levinson, PT, CSCS; Gregory Rheinhardt, PT, MSPT, USGTFII

Thursday, April 19, 5:50 p.m.


·         Gender Issues in ACL Injury

Jo A. Hannafin, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopedic Director, Women’s Sports Medicine Center at Hospital for Special Surgery

Friday, April 20, 8:45 a.m.


·         The Thrower’s Elbow: Differential Diagnosis in the Throwing Elbow

Presented by members of the Hospital for Special Surgery NY Mets Medical Staff

Struan H. Coleman, M.D., Ph.D., Sports Medicine Service at Hospital for Special Surgery

Friday, April 20, 1:40 p.m.


·         Tendon Injuries: PRP vs. Corticosteroid Injection

Brian C. Halpern, M.D., primary care sports medicine service at Hospital for Special Surgery

Friday, April 21, 3:40 p.m.  

·         Treatment Strategies for Overuse Injuries in the Runner

Leigh-Ann Plack, PT, DPT, MA; Jocelyn Hafer, BS

Saturday, April 21, 1:45 p.m.




Keynote         My Career Perspectives with the ACL

Address:         John A. Feagin, M.D., Clinical Professor of Surgery, Associate Professor Emeritus, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland




Guest              Recovery from Injury: An Athlete's Perspective

Presentation: John Franco, Former Major League Baseball Pitcher for the Mets



Personnel:     Frank A. Cordasco, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon in the Sports Medicine Service at Hospital for Special Surgery and Activity Co-Director of Current Concepts in Sports Medicine




John T. Cavanaugh, PT, M.Ed., ATC, Clinical Supervisor of Hospital for Special Surgery’s Sports Rehabilitation and Performance Center and Activity Co-Director of Current Concepts in Sports Medicine


For the full program, please follow the link:



If you are interested in attending the event or if you would like to speak with Dr. Cordasco or Mr. Cavanaugh or another HSS physician or therapist prior to the event, please contact Tracy Hickenbottom, Public Relations, Hospital for Special Surgery, at (212) 606-1197, hickenbottomt@hss.edu.

We also invite you to contact us throughout the year if you would like to interview members of the Hospital for Special Surgery Sports Medicine Service when you are writing and need background on sports-related injuries.



Tracy Hickenbottom


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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