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HSS Names William M. Ricci, MD, New Chief of Orthopedic Trauma Service

New York, NY—August 29, 2017

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) today announced the appointment of William M. Ricci, M.D., as the new chief of the Combined HSS/NYP (NewYork-Presbyterian) Orthopedic Trauma Service, effective September 2017.

"Orthopaedic trauma is the core of orthopaedic surgery," said Todd J. Albert, M.D., surgeon-in-chief and medical director at HSS. "Dr. Ricci is a skilled surgeon whose depth and breadth of leadership experience will only enhance the hospital’s commitment to delivering quality patient care."

Dr. Ricci succeeds David L. Helfet, M.D. as the chief of the Orthopedic Trauma Service (OTS). Dr. Helfet came to HSS 26 years ago to develop an Orthopedic Trauma Program. It has grown substantially and is now world renowned for surgical expertise, research and education. He will continue his surgical practice and to be an integral part of HSS and will collaborate with Dr. Ricci moving forward.

Dr. Ricci is internationally known and well-respected for his expertise in treating complex fractures and their complications. "The OTS is looking forward to the next chapter and wishes Dr. Ricci all the best for his success," said Dr Helfet.

Prior to joining HSS, Dr. Ricci served as chief and fellowship director of the Orthopedic Trauma Service, and vice-chair of Orthopaedics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at Duke University before completing his residency at HSS and trauma fellowship in Tampa.

His clinical focus includes fractures of the arms, legs, pelvis and acetabulum (hip), and managing nonunions (improperly healed fractures). In this area, Dr. Ricci has presented his research nationally and internationally; published over 125 peer-reviewed articles; more than 25 book chapters; multiple surgical technique videos; and has edited multiple textbooks including the internationally renowned Rockwood and Green’s textbook on fracture treatment.

Dr. Ricci is currently president of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, has served on the Board of Directors of the American Orthopaedic Association, was an American-British-Canadian (ABC) travelling fellow, and has been voted by his peers as a top orthopaedic trauma surgeon in North America.

"I am honored to return home to HSS--the academic medical center that established my orthopaedic education and training foundation," said Dr. Ricci. "I look forward to working with my trauma colleagues and the greater HSS/NYP community to continue to enrich and advance orthopedic care for those who have suffered from traumatic injuries."

"Recruiting a distinguished leader, such as Dr. Ricci, is critical in keeping HSS at the forefront of musculoskeletal health care," said Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO of HSS. "Under his guidance, our trauma service will grow its position as a world renowned center devoted to clinical care, research and education."


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 of 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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