Friedrich Boettner, MD

Dr. Fritz Boettner is a specialist in joint-preserving arthroscopic surgery and minimally invasive total joint replacements of the knee and hip.

His practice concentrates on the nonsurgical and surgical treatment of early arthritis. As part of a patient-centered individual approach, he performs arthroscopic cartilage surgery and joint preserving osteotomies, as well as minimally invasive total joint replacements and resurfacings.

“Minimal invasive surgery reduces surgical trauma, resulting in advantages for early rehabilitation," he says. "In addition, patients love their cosmetically appealing incision.”

Dr. Boettner ( has been in Practice at the Hospital for Special Surgery since 2006. As one of a few experts in New York he performs both anterior and posterior total hip replacements as well as resurfacing. This allows him to discuss with his patients the pros and cons of each approach and pick the best treatment option for the patients individual situation. “There is no right or wrong decision. Instead, we carefully tailor our approach to the patients individual needs. While a resurfacing might be the right option for a 45 year old policeman, an anterior hip replacement is the better choice for a 55 year old woman that would like to return to yoga.” In a similar fashion he approaches patients with arthritis and cartilage damage of the knee and offers treatments ranging from arthroscopic surgery, to partial and minimal invasive total knee replacement.

For his dedication to his patients he has received the Patients' Choice Award from since 2009.

Born in Germany, Dr. Boettner studied at the top international centers for his specialty, completing fellowships in three sub-areas, as well as additional training in minimal invasive joint reconstruction surgery in Germany, Switzerland and the United States. He has authored an orthopedic textbook, as well as numerous scientific publications.


Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College


Special Expertise

Hip Surgery

  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Minimally Invasive Posterior Hip Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Anterior Hip Replacement
  • Complex Revision Hip Replacement

Knee Surgery

  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Unicondylar Knee Replacement
  • Patellofemoral Knee Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement
  • Revision Total Knee Replacement


Travelling Fellowship, American Orthopaedic Association
OrthoBiotech OREF Award for Excellence in Blood Management


Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS)
German Orthopaedic and Traumatology Society (GOOC)
Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)
International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS)


German, Russian

Insurances Accepted

Affinity Access
Blue Cross HMO POS
Blue Cross PPO
Blue Cross Pathway
Blue Cross Pathway Enhanced
Emblem Selectcare
Medicare (Status: Non-Par using Medicare Limited Fee Schedule)
United Healthcare
United Healthcare Compass

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MD, Rostock University Medical School, Rostock, Germany
MD, Stellenbosch University Medical School, Capetown, South Africa
MD, New York University Medical School, New York
MD, Tulane University Medical School, New Orleans


Muenster University Hospital, Dept. of Orthopaedics, Muenster, Germany, 1998


Muenster University Hospital, Dept. of Orthopaedics, Muenster, Germany, 2003


Research Fellowship: Surgical Arthritis, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, 1999

Adult Reconstruction Fellowship specializing in hip and knee replacement and joint preservation surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, 2004

Sports Medicine Fellowship specializing in complex arthroscopic shoulder surgery, shoulder replacement, and reverse total shoulder arthroplasty with the renowned Dr. Richard Hawkins, Steadman Hawkins Clinic, Spartanburg, 2005

Hip Arthroscopy Fellowship with Dr. Marc Philippon, Steadman Hawkins Clinic, Vail, 2006


German Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Board Certified American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

State Licensure

New York

Friedrich Boettner, MD has contributed to the following educational materials:

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Selected Publications

Dr. Boettner is the author of an orthopedic textbook, as well as numerous scientific publications and book chapters.

Boettner F, Sculco TP. Total Hip Arthroplasty: Minimizing Complication in the Elderly Woman. Careful Preoperative Screening May be Most Important. Womans Health Orthopedic Edition 2001; 4(4): 117-124.

Boettner F, Zawasky M, Su EP, Bostrom M, Palm L, Ryd L, Sculco TP. The Influence of the Weight Bearing Protocol on Implant Migration after Cementless Total Hip Arthroplasty. A Radiostereometric Analysis. Clin Orthop 2005; 436: 132-137.

Boettner F, TP Sculco. Minimal-Invasive –Posterolateral Approach. Sem Arthropl 2005; 16 (3): 172-178.

Boettner F, Delgado S, Sculco TP. Mini-Incision Total Hip Replacement – The Posterolateral Approach. Am J Orthop 2006; 35: 218-224.

Sculco TP, Boettner F. The Posterolateral Mini-incision Total Hip Arthroplasty. Instr Course Lect 2006; 55: 205-214.

Boettner F, Sculco TP. Complication of Mini Incision Total Hip Arthroplasty in “The Adult Hip,” JJ Callhaghan, AG Rosenberg, HE Rubash; 2nd Ed 2007, Philadelphia; pages 1562-1569.

Boettner F, Altneu E, Sculco TP. Chapter 21: Mini-Posterior Total Hip Arthroplasty "Arthritis and Arthroplasty: The Hip", edited by Drs. Brown, Cui, Mihalko, and Saleh. 2009.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Presentations

Boettner F. Labral Pathology: Resection or Repair. 2nd Interdisciplinary Joint Symposium. Friburg, Germany, November, 2008.

Boettner F. Hip Resurfacing: The Ideal Treatment for the Young and Active Patient. 2nd Interdisciplinary Joint Symposium. Friburg, Germany, November, 2008.

Boettner F. Hip Resurfacing: Instructional Video. 2nd Interdisciplinary Joint Symposium. Friburg, Germany, November, 2008.

Boettner F. Hip Arthroscopy: Labral Repair Instructional Video. 2nd Interdisciplinary Joint Symposium. Friburg, Germany, November, 2008.

Boettner F. Partial Knee Replacement. 20th Annual Holiday Knee Course. New York, USA, December, 2008.

Boettner F. Partial Knee Replacement. 11th Annual Symposium – Current Advances in Surgery. Cancun, Mexico, December, 2008.

Research Description

Dr. Boettner is actively involved in clinical and basic science research, including a clinical study comparing outcomes for uni-, bicompartmental-, and total knee replacements. He is also quite interested in joint preserving surgeries around the hip, as well as hip resurfacing.

Research Interests

Radiostereometric Analysis for Total Joint Arthroplasty
Early Arthritis and Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip
Blood Management
Partial Knee Replacement and MIS Knee Replacement
Hip Arthroscopy vs. Hip Resurfacing

Clinical Trials

Dr. Boettner's Patient Portal

Dr. Boettner utilizes an online patient portal. Using secure technology you can access your records, review test results, request or change appointments, print statements or make payments. To use this option, please enter the patient portal.

Dr. Friedrich Boettner, Hip, Knee, and Shoulder Specialist

Contact Information

Office Locations

East River Professional Building
523 East 72nd Street
7th Floor
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.774.2127
Fax: 212.774.2286

Uniondale Office
333 Earle Ovington Blvd
Suite 106
Uniondale, NY 11553

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, New York 10021

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