New York, NY—August 16, 2017
The New York Cosmos announced today that Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) will be the team’s official hospital. The new multi-year partnership provides the Cosmos access to one of the world’s leading centers for orthopedics and sports medicine. With this partnership, the Cosmos have officially named HSS physician Danyal H. Nawabi, M.D., as the Medical Director/Head Orthopedic surgeon for the team.
"Hospital for Special Surgery is a world leader in orthopedic care and the New York Cosmos are proud to enter into a partnership with them," said Cosmos Chief Operating Officer, Erik Stover. "With Dr. Nawabi serving as the team’s Medical Director, we are ensuring that our players will receive nothing but the best medical coverage to help maintain a healthy team and provide a quick return to the field when injuries occur."
"I’ve had the great experience of being involved with the English Premier League and Major League Soccer, and have always had an affinity for the game of soccer and a passion for caring for high performance athletes," said Dr. Nawabi. "Now as a sports medicine surgeon at HSS it’s my privilege to oversee player care for the New York Cosmos and work with athletic trainers and coaches to keep the team safe and performing optimally on the field."
Dr. Nawabi is an attending orthopedic surgeon on the Sports Medicine Service at HSS, specializing in knee, shoulder, and hip surgery, performing both arthroscopic and joint replacement surgeries. He completed his medical training at Oxford University in England and residency in orthopedic surgery on the prestigious Percivall Pott Rotation in London. Dr. Nawabi completed his fellowship in sports medicine at HSS and received additional training in sports knee and shoulder surgery while treating elite soccer athletes from the English Premier League and the MLS, including stints with Chelsea FC, West Ham FC, and the New York Red Bulls.
Dr. Nawabi will be joined by fellow HSS colleagues Brett Toresdahl, M.D., primary care sports medicine physician, and Mark Drakos, M.D., foot and ankle surgeon, who will serve as team physicians for the Cosmos. Together, they will provide orthopedic consultation services and oversee the rehabilitation of sports injuries and conditions at the Cosmos' training facility, as well as at their home field, MCU Park, in Brooklyn.
HSS has been ranked the No. 1 hospital in the country for orthopedics for the eighth consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report. Doctors and therapists from HSS have the distinction of being the team physicians and athletic trainers for some of the most recognized professional sports teams and organizations including the Brooklyn Nets, the New York Knicks, the New York Giants, the New York Mets, the New York Rangers, the New York Red Bulls, UFC, USA Basketball and the FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence among many others.
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.