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Nets Announce Partnership with Hospital for Special Surgery

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—February 20, 2007

Nets logo The Nets have named Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) as the team’s official hospital. The new partnership will provide the Nets with access to one of the world’s leading centers for orthopedics and sports medicine.  With this new partnership, the Nets have officially named two HSS physicians as their team physicians.

Riley J. Williams, III, M.D., a specialist in the field of shoulder, knee and elbow surgery, serves as head team physician.  A member of the Sports Medicine Service, Dr. Williams is also director of the Institute for Cartilage Repair at HSS. Dr. Williams has served as associate team physician for both the New York Mets and New York Giants.

David W. Altchek, M.D., co-chief of the Sports Medicine Service at HSS, will serve as medical director for the Nets. An attending orthopedic surgeon at HSS, Dr. Altchek serves as medical director for the New York Mets.

“This partnership will assure that the Nets receive the best medical care available,” said Nets CEO Brett Yormark. “We are thrilled to team with Hospital for Special Surgery and to be under the coverage of Dr. Williams and Dr. Altchek.”

“The Nets are a terrific organization and Hospital for Special Surgery appreciates the opportunity to work with them to provide medical coverage that will help maintain a healthy team as well as the recovery of injured players,” Dr. Williams said.

The Sports Medicine Service at HSS is dedicated to treating athletic injuries and is one of the largest, most active, most highly respected departments in athletic medicine today. Its physicians are experts in advanced surgical techniques, including many that were pioneered at Special Surgery.

The Nets have now joined an elite group of professional sports teams and organizations that utilize HSS physicians and athletic trainers.  This group includes the New York Mets, the New York Giants, the New York Knicks, the National Retired Basketball Players Association and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni.  In addition, HSS sports medicine specialists have provided medical coverage for many athletic events and have served on the U.S. Olympic Committee medical staff team that covered the 2004 Games in Athens.

“It is an honor to be selected as the official hospital for the Nets,” said Louis A. Shapiro, president and chief executive officer at HSS.  “Our physicians have a long history of providing high quality patient care to professional athletes, and this partnership reinforces HSS’s renowned leadership in sports medicine.”

Recently HSS was ranked #1 for orthopedics in New York Magazine’s inaugural Best Hospitals issue.  The magazine also ranked HSS first in several subspecialty categories including knee surgery, spine surgery and hip replacement.


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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