New York, NY—May 19, 2014
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has designated Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City, as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence (FMCoE). HSS is one of only three hospitals in the United States to receive this distinction. An inauguration ceremony will be held at HSS in the Richard L. Menschel Education Center on May 19, 2014. Professor Jiri Dvorak, FIFA's Chief Medical Officer, will present the award.
"The Sports Medicine profession has made great strides in how we evaluate and treat sports injuries in professional athletes," explained Riley J. Williams, III, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon and member of the Sports Medicine Service at HSS. He has served as the Medical Director for the New York Red Bulls and Brooklyn Nets since 2006. "Soccer is global and the number one sport played by young athletes. This designation by FIFA gives sports medicine at HSS the vehicle to focus on soccer and continue to have a positive impact on the injuries associated with the sport."
FIFA is football's world governing body. Founded in 1904 and based in Zurich, it has 209 member associations and its goal is the constant improvement of football. The "FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence" distinction reflects the organizations allegiance to medical care by focusing on those institutions around the world that excel at prevention, treatment of injury and research. In addition, the vision behind creating a global network of Medical Centers of Excellence is to provide football players with access to the highest quality sports medicine care.
"As the former medical director of Schulthess Clinic in Zurich (the first FIFA Medical Center of Excellence) I am very familiar with HSS's sports medicine, rehabilitation and performance care for professional and elite athletes because both institutions are members of the International Society of Orthopedic Centres," said Professor Dvorak.
"In 1975, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who was a development officer at the time, integrated medicine as part of the advancement of the game of football [soccer] by promoting it as a health enhancing leisure activity and preventing negative aspects including injuries. This was also our philosophy when we created F-MARC (FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Center) on July 1, 1994, on the occasion of the FIFA World Cup USA. With three FIFA Medical Centres of Excellence in the United States, FIFA will support the National Council on Youth Sport Safety (NCYSS), hoping to positively contribute to the improvement of public health, using the popularity of football (soccer) as a conduit to young boys and girls," he added.
"This recognition is an extraordinary privilege and complements HSS's longstanding connection to world-class athletes through a broad range of sports, including soccer, as the official hospital of the New York Red Bulls," said Louis A. Shapiro, President and CEO, Hospital for Special Surgery. "While our sports medicine service is dedicated to the care of professional athletes, clinicians throughout HSS are committed to getting them back safely to their highest level of play."
Hospital for Special Surgery, the No. 1 hospital in orthopedics, as ranked by U.S. New & World Report (2013-14) is world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS has trained sports medicine leaders in institutions all over the world and helped thousands of athletes get back to their game. The Sports Medicine Service at HSS is dedicated to treating athletic injuries and is one of the most highly respected departments in athletic medicine today. Its physicians are experts in advanced surgical techniques, including many that were pioneered at Special Surgery. In addition, HSS physicians are official team doctors for the New York Red Bulls, Giants, Mets, Knicks, Liberty, and Brooklyn Nets. HSS is also designated the first National Medical Center of the United States Olympic Committee's (USOC) National Medical Network.
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.
About The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
FIFA is football's world governing body. Founded in 1904 and based in Zurich, it has 209 member associations and its goal is the constant improvement of football. The "FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence" distinction reflects the organizations allegiance to medical care by focusing on those institutions around the world that excel at prevention, treatment of injury and research. In addition, the vision behind creating a global network of Medical Centers of Excellence is to provide football players with access to the highest quality sports medicine care. For more information visit www.fifa.com.