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Hospital for Special Surgery Names Louis A. Shapiro Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Shapiro will replace John R. Reynolds this Fall

NEW YORK—August 7, 2006

Hospital for Special Surgery is pleased to announce the appointment of Louis A. Shapiro as its new president and chief executive officer. Mr. Shapiro will leave his post as executive vice president and clinical enterprise chief operating officer of Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa., this fall.

While at Geisinger, Mr. Shapiro provided senior leadership guidance to the Division of Clinical Effectiveness which focused on quality control for the entire health system. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Arts and Sciences, Shapiro also earned a master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health and is a Diplomate in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Shapiro will replace John R. Reynolds, who had announced last year that he would be stepping down upon the completion of a search for his successor. 

HSS board Co-Chairman Aldo Papone said, “John’s guidance and devotion to Hospital for Special Surgery these last two decades have been simply outstanding. Under his watch, the quality of care, fiscal health and scope of treatment for musculoskeletal disease at the hospital have reached the highest level in its history.”

HSS board Co-Chairman Dean R. O’Hare added, “He is a superb leader and we appreciate his thoughtful approach to succession which is emblematic of his service to HSS.”

During Mr. Reynolds’ 20-year tenure at the hospital, U.S.News and World Report has ranked HSS first in the Northeast in its specialties numerous times, the American Nurse Credentialing Center awarded HSS Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service, and HSS has become the world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS has also increased its investment in research and increased research funding from the National Institutes of Health by more than 300 percent.

Most recently Mr. Reynolds has overseen the knowledge transfer of HSS’s best practices in patient care and treatment protocols for hip and knee replacements to a National Health Service hospital in London, England.

Mr. Reynolds said, “I look forward to working with Mr. Shapiro in the coming months to ensure a smooth transition that will allow him to become fully integrated into his leadership role at HSS.”


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. 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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