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Hospital for Special Surgery, the Leader in Sports Medicine, Rehabilitation, Athletic Training and Sports Performance, Hosts 11th Annual Sports Medicine Symposium

Participants will learn clinically relevant information through lectures, panel discussions, case presentations, workshops and Q&A sessions

New York, NY—April 20, 2017

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Join Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) for an in-depth look into how the top sports medicine experts in the nation treat the needs of professional athletes.

The two-day annual symposium will provide clinicians with guidance on how to care for athletes of all levels both surgically and non-surgically. Topics to include: the cruciate ligaments, the unstable shoulder, proximal hamstring injuries and the adolescent/masters athlete.

The symposium is provided by HSS Office of Continuing Medical Education, Department of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, and is co-directed by HSS sports medicine surgeon, Anil Ranawat, MD, and HSS physical therapist and certified athletic trainer John Cavanaugh, PT, MEd, ATC, SCS.

"Year after year, we receive feedback from participants that the clinical tips and hands-on experience is immeasurably helpful," said John Cavanaugh, PT, Med, ATC, SCS. "At HSS, we are continuously expanding our knowledge both through our clinical care of our patients and in our research labs. This symposium is a great vehicle to share these learnings with our sports medicine colleagues."

The symposium will take place on April 21-22, 2017 at the Richard L. Menschel Education Center at HSS (535 East 70th Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10021) and will also be live-streaming online.

Consisting of 7 sessions, 3 mini courses and 10 workshops, this year’s symposium includes a keynote address from Gregory C. Fanelli, MD, from Geisinger Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics, on his experience operating on the PCL. There will also be a live surgery of a UCL reconstruction as well as two instructional courses.

One of the sessions, The Crucial Ligaments Part 2 – The ACL, will cover conservative management, graft selection, rehabilitation, and return to play. The session is moderated by Sherry Backus, PT, DPT, MA, clinical supervisor at The Leon Root, M.D. Motion Analysis Laboratory at HSS, and will be live streamed. Presentations will be made by:

  • Russell F. Warren, MD
  • Jessica Hettler, PT, DPT, ATC, SCS, Cert MDT
  • Jo A. Hannafin, MD, PhD
  • Snehal Patel, PT, MSPT, SCS
  • Thomas L. Wickiewicz, MD
  • Theresa Chiaia, PT, DPT
  • Polly de Mille, RN, MA, RCEP, CSCS, USAT

To download the program brochure with detailed schedule, please click here.

HSS was designated the first U.S. Olympic National Medical Center, serves as the Official Hospital of 20 professional and collegiate sports teams and is one of only three hospitals in the nation appointed a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence.



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 of 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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