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Top 28 North American Sports Knee Surgeons: 2014

Orthopedics This Week—May 22, 2014

Elite athletes with knee pain need expert help…and fast. To whom do they turn? We asked! Leaders in the sports knee realm let us know their thoughts on the top North American orthopedic surgeons in their subspecialty.

Here is that list. We don’t have “the market” on lists…this isn’t the be-all and end-all list—but it is a list of who are arguably the finest sports knee physicians, teachers, investigators or administrators in the country. This information was obtained via a telephone survey of thought leaders in the field. The information in quotes is what we heard about these surgeons.

In alphabetical order, here are the top 28 sports knee surgeons in North America:

Jo A. Hannafin, M.D., Ph.D. is an attending orthopedic surgeon and director of orthopedic research at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) and a professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Hannafin is the current president of the AOSSM. “Her extensive experience with elite athletes has lent her great perspective in the treatment of knee issues. She is forward thinking in her approach to surgery, is a consummate researcher, and has exceptional leadership skills.”

Scott A. Rodeo, M.D. is a professor of orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and co-chief of the Sports Medicine Service at Hospital for Special Surgery. “He does important research on the knee and the effect of growth factors. He is a go to person for critical analysis of that topic in the U.S. He is a great educator and leader, and has dedicated an enormous amount of time and energy to the Olympic teams. He is calm and professional, and is an honest physician.”

Russell F. Warren, M.D. is an attending orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery and professor of orthopaedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is a past president of AOSSM. “He has been one of the major thought leaders in orthopedic sports medicine for his entire career. He has trained 200 fellows, many of whom have gone on to become fellowship directors themselves. He is a surgeon’s surgeon; he is one of those individuals to whom other surgeons direct difficult problems to because he is so thoughtful and has such an enormous breadth of wisdom.”

This article originally appeared at ryortho.com.


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