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HSS Professional Orthopedic Seminar Program Focuses on Greek National Joint Replacement Surgeons

Building an orthopedic global community through knowledge sharing and hands on training

New York, NY—November 29, 2016

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) will host surgeons from Greece for an annual symposium dedicated to teaching the latest techniques and innovations in complex hip and knee reconstruction.

The HSS Stavros Niarchos Foundation Orthopaedic Seminar Program consists of two days of case presentations and hands-on workshops at HSS, followed by three days at the HSS Annual Knee & Hip Course, a CME-accredited professional education course.

Moderated by Michael Cross, MD, and Michael Alexiades, MD, both hip and knee surgeons at HSS, this year’s seminar will be held November 29 through December 3, 2016. Geared toward young Greek surgeons with less than 10 years of experience who are currently practicing medicine in Greece, the program will fully immerse the physicians in the HSS environment allowing them to take part in lectures, research, live surgery observation, etc.

"This program continues to foster awareness and solidify HSS’ reputation around the world that we are dedicated to educating orthopedic surgeons on how to improve treatment and outcomes in joint replacement," said Dr. Alexiades, hip session moderator. "Participants of this program have and continue to return to Europe to build upon the work they have learned here."

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is one of the world’s leading private international philanthropic organizations and has provided grants in the areas of healthcare as well as sports, arts and culture, education and social welfare.

Earlier this year, the Foundation announced a grant of $925,000 over three years to HSS to support professional development programs for Greece’s orthopedic surgeons. The allocation extends a decade-long collaboration between the Foundation and the Hospital, in which more than 75 surgeons from Greece have participated to advance their medical expertise.

"At HSS, we strive to be global leaders in patient care, research and education," said Dr. Cross, knee session moderator. "The generous gift of the Niarchos Foundation allows us to share our knowledge and clinical experience to make everyone a better surgeon for all of our patients."

Over 30,700 surgeries are performed at HSS each year, with HSS physicians performing more hip surgeries and knee replacements than any other hospital in the United States. People travel to HSS for medical care from more than 100 countries. 


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 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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