Hospital for Special Surgery Launches Major Long Island Expansion

Long Island—May 15, 2013

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) has major plans for Long Island. A significant expansion of HSS Long Island in Uniondale has just been completed.

Hospital for Special Surgery, which is located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, is counting on its reputation as a world leader in orthopedic care to serve more patients on Long Island who prefer to see doctors closer to home.

“Expanding our patient-centered care and services in the Long Island market is an important part of the hospital’s growth strategy,” said Catherine Krna, senior vice president at HSS. “We now have 18 doctors at Uniondale and offer more services to the Long Island community for people on Long Island who want the same high level of care we offer in Manhattan.”

HSS has had the Uniondale office since 2000. Back then, there were only six physicians. With the new renovation, office space has more than doubled from 7,000 to 14,500 square feet. Two physicians have also joined the practice, bringing the total number of doctors to 18. Seventeen additional staff members will also be hired. The number of exam rooms will increase from nine to 18.

The expansion includes the addition of a new MRI suite. Hospital for Special Surgery is known for its superior magnetic resonance imaging capabilities. Board certified radiologists specializing in musculoskeletal disorders from HSS will be interpreting the MRI exams.

The Long Island office is also adding a new Special Procedures Unit for pain management treatments. The specially equipped, sterile facility enables doctors to use advanced techniques to manage back pain and other ailments.

A third x-ray room has also been added in the Uniondale location. The goal is to bring more services to the surrounding community, a kind of one-stop shopping, to make access to care as convenient as possible. If a patient ends up needing surgery, it will be performed at the Manhattan hospital.

In April, Dr. David Dines, a well-known sports medicine and shoulder surgeon and former chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, relocated to the Uniondale office. He is medical director of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP Tour) and an orthopedic consultant for the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament. His son, Joshua, who followed in his father’s footsteps when he chose a career, is now part of the HSS Long Island practice as well. Dr. Joshua Dines, currently an orthopedic surgeon in the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at HSS in Manhattan, is a team physician for the U.S. Davis Cup Tennis Team and assistant team physician for the New York Mets.

The doctors affiliated with Hospital for Special Surgery are highly specialized. Physicians at HSS Long Island include specialists in foot and ankle, hand/upper extremity, hip and knee, joint replacement, pediatric orthopedics and scoliosis, physiatry, spine care, sports medicine and shoulder surgery, and trauma.

Dr. William Briner, a primary care sports medicine physician specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of orthopedic injuries, joined the office earlier this year. Dr. Briner, who lives in Long Beach, has the impressive credentials hospital administrators look for in new physicians who come on board.

"I was delighted to join the excellent group of doctors in the Uniondale office, and I enjoy serving the Long Island community,” said Dr. Briner, who is Board certified in Family Medicine and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. He wrote a book titled, “Action Plan for Allergies,” geared toward keeping individuals active despite their allergies, asthma or hay fever.

Dr. Briner is currently team physician for the New York Lizards, the major league lacrosse team based on Long Island. He is also head team physician for the U.S. National Volleyball Teams, as well as chair of the Sports Medicine and Performance Commission for USA Volleyball. He’s a member of the Medical Commission of the FIVB, Volleyball's international governing body, where he was selected as Beach Volleyball Medical Delegate to the London Olympics.

HSS Long Island is located in the Omni, an upscale office building on Hempstead Turnpike in the heart of Nassau County. It is surrounded by popular venues such as the Nassau Coliseum, Roosevelt Field Mall and Eisenhower Park.

With convenient access from nearby highways, the facility already attracts patients from as far away as the Hamptons and from Queens, according to Robin Brendel, director, Offsite Physician Practice Management at HSS.

Anyone interested in learning more about the HSS Long Island office and its doctors is invited to visit:

HSS Long Island Doctors and Specialties

Answorth A. Allen, M.D.
Specialty: orthopedic surgery
Subspecialty: elbow, knee, shoulder, sports medicine

John S. Blanco, M.D.
Specialty: pediatric orthopedics

Friedrich Boettner, M.D.
Specialty: orthopedic surgery
Subspecialty: hip, knee

William W. Briner, M.D.
Specialty: primary care sports medicine

Frank A. Cordasco, M.D., M.S.
Specialty: orthopedic surgery
Subspecialty: sports medicine, knee, shoulder, elbow

David Dines, M.D.
Specialty: orthopedic surgery
Subspecialty: sports medicine and shoulder

Joshua Dines, M.D.
Specialty: orthopedic surgery
Subspecialty: sports medicine of the shoulder, elbow and knee

Mark C. Drakos, M.D.
Specialty: orthopedic surgery
Subspecialty: foot and ankle, sports medicine

Stephen Fealy, M.D.
Specialty: orthopedic surgery
Subspecialty: shoulder, knee, elbow, ankle, sports medicine

Stephen G. Geiger, M.D.
Specialty: physiatry

Lana Kang, M.D.
Specialty: orthopedic surgery
Subspecialty: hand and upper extremity

Anne M. Kelly, M.D.
Specialty: orthopedic surgery
Subspecialty: shoulder, sports medicine

Stephen J. O'Brien, M.D., MBA
Specialty: orthopedic surgery
Subspecialty: sports medicine

Douglas E. Padgett, M.D.
Specialty: orthopedic surgery
Subspecialty: hip, knee

Cathleen L. Raggio, M.D.
Specialty: pediatrics, orthopedic surgery
Subspecialty: pediatrics, orthopedic surgery

Andrew A. Sama, M.D.
Specialty: orthopedic surgery
Subspecialty: spine

Harvinder S. Sandhu, M.D.
Specialty: orthopedic surgery
Subspecialty: spine, trauma

James F. Wyss, M.D., PT
Specialty: physiatry
Subspecialty: spinal rehabilitation, sports medicine



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 eighth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018). 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. 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 from 80 countries, and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. 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 Innovation Institute was formed in 2015 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices; the global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969, and in 2017 HSS made 130 invention submissions (more than 2x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute provides continuing medical curriculum to more than 15,000 subscribing musculoskeletal healthcare professionals in 110 countries. Through HSS Global, the institution is collaborating with medical centers worldwide to advance the quality and value of care, and to make world-class HSS care more accessible to more people.


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