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 Hospital for Special Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018), 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. HSS has locations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.


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