Hospital for Special Surgery to Honor Orthopedic Surgeon Chitranjan Ranawat, MD, and American Express’ Aldo Papone at Annual Tribute Dinner

New York, NY—May 25, 2016

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) will recognize and honor the outstanding achievements of two esteemed innovators in the healthcare and business world at the hospital’s 33rd Annual Tribute Dinner on Monday, June 6, 2016 at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City.

The hospital will present Chitranjan Ranawat, MD, orthopedic surgeon, with the Lifetime Achievement Award. For the past 50 years, Dr. Ranawat has been performing hip and knee replacements at HSS and has dedicated his professional life to the education and training of residents, fellows and surgeons.

Aldo Papone, senior advisor at American Express, will also be honored in celebration of his business accomplishments and for being instrumental in constructing the HSS brand through strengthening the connection between the hospital and the community.

Tom Brokaw, senior correspondent at NBC News, will host the black tie gala. Guests will include political leaders, respected medical professionals and business executives as well as celebrities and athletes from the community.

"We are pleased to recognize the business achievements of Mr. Papone, a true trailblazer in the marketing world," said Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO of HSS. "Our Board of Trustees has benefitted from Mr. Papone's leadership for more than three decades and we continue to look to his expertise and guidance in support of HSS and its mission."

"We are honored to have Dr. Ranawat on our Joint Replacement Service as he is a pioneer of the modern-day knee," said Todd J. Albert, MD, surgeon-in-chief and medical director at HSS. "Dr. Ranawat helped develop the first total knee replacement prosthesis at HSS in the early 1970s and has played an integral role in solidifying HSS as innovators of joint replacements."

Aldo Papone

Mr. Papone is currently a senior advisor to American Express. He joined the organization in 1974, ultimately serving as chairman and CEO of Travel Related Services and on the boards of American Express and American Express Bank. He has been credited with elevating the company's advertising in the 1980s and was named to the Advertising Hall of Fame in 2014.

A popular speaker on branding and marketing, Mr. Papone authored his first book, The Power of the Obvious: Notes from 50 Years in Corporate America, in 2005 and followed with The Power of Reinvention in 2012.

Mr. Papone has served on the HSS Board of Trustees for 33 years including 14 years as co-chairman. He was also a founding benefactor of the HSS Big Apple Circus Benefit for pediatric care.

Chitranjan Ranawat, MD

Dr. Ranawat is an orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, joining the hospital in 1966. He is responsible for many innovations in total knee and hip designs that are used across the world.

He completed residencies at M.Y. Hospital in India as well as St. Peters Hospital and Albany Medical Center, prior to his fellowship at HSS.

Dr. Ranawat was the recipient of The Padma Bhushan award by the president of India and The Sir James Tod Award by the Maharana of Mewar, both in 2011. He was named in New York Magazine's "Best Doctors in New York" from 1980 to 2015.

He is the author of 346 scientific peer-reviewed publications, 11 editorials, 19 book chapters and 3 books. Dr. Ranawat has received 8 Lifetime Achievement Awards and still continues to focus on research, education, patient care, innovation and mentoring young orthopedic surgeons.

The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. with a dinner to follow at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, please visit To purchase tickets, please contact Julie Spero at 212-245-6570 ext. 21 or




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


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