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Global Leader in Musculoskeletal Care Hosts Training Seminar for Greek Surgeons

HSS empowering larger orthopedic community with educational program

New York, NY—November 28, 2017

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) will host 16 surgeons from Greece for an annual seminar dedicated to teaching the latest techniques and innovations in complex primary total hip and knee replacement.

Initiated in 2006, the annual HSS Stavros Niarchos Foundation Orthopaedic Seminar Program consists of two days of didactic sessions, case consultations, roundtable discussions, hands-on workshops and operating room observation at HSS.  Moderated by Michael Cross, MD, and Peter K. Sculco, MD, both hip and knee surgeons at HSS, this year’s seminar will be held November 28 and 29th, and will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of complex primary hip and knee replacements.

The following three days will include attendance at the 29th Annual HSS Holiday Knee & Hip Course, a CME-accredited professional education course.

The program aims to immerse visiting Greek surgeons, with under 10 years of experience, in the high-volume joint replacement environment at HSS.

"This year’s knee seminar includes a comprehensive overview of complex issues in primary knee replacement surgery," said Dr. Sculco, knee session moderator. "The goal of the didactic lectures and hands-on skills workshop is to provide our Greek surgeon colleagues with the surgical principles to manage these complex cases. The clinical experience of the world-renowned faculty is a major strength of this teaching program."

 "Surgeons will leave with an understanding of the decision-making process that can only come from the combination of lectures, workshops, and  operating room observation of a skilled surgical team," added Dr. Sculco.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) 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.

Last year, HSS received a $925,000 grant from the Foundation that is supporting professional development programs, such as this, for Greece’s orthopedic surgeons. HSS and the Foundation have had a longstanding relationship lasting over a decade.

"Our vision at HSS includes being the most trusted educator in the field of orthopedics," said Dr. Cross, hip session moderator. "This seminar offers hands-on training that the surgeons take directly back to Greece to be able to provide high-quality patient care for those needing joint replacements."

Over 30,000 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 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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