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Answorth A. Allen, MD

Sports Medicine Surgeon
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About Dr. Allen


Dr. Answorth A. Allen is the Associate Surgeon-in-Chief and Deputy Medical Director at HSS where his responsibilities encompass a wide array of roles in the field of orthopedic surgery. In this capacity, he oversees and contributes to the hospital’s orthopedic endeavors, reflecting his commitment to advancing patient care and surgical innovation. His specialization in shoulder, knee, and elbow surgery further underscores his expertise in addressing complex musculoskeletal conditions.

Dr. Allen’s significant impact extends to sports medicine, where he has emerged as a leader and trusted healthcare provider for professional athletes. Serving as the Lead Orthopedist for the New York Knicks, he plays a crucial role in ensuring the health and performance of the basketball team. His past roles as a team physician for the New York Mets and the Long Island Rough Riders soccer team emphasize his wide-ranging influence in sports medicine. He has served as an orthopedic consultant for the West Indies Cricket Board of Control adding an international dimension to his contributions, highlighting his commitment to advancing orthopedic care beyond borders. 

His past involvement with diverse sports extends beyond mainstream disciplines, including lacrosse and horse racing. His role as an assistant team physician for the New York Saints lacrosse team and New York State Racing Association reflects versatility in addressing orthopedic concerns across different athletic pursuits. His past affiliation with institutions like the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre add a diverse dimension to his professional background.

In addition to his sports-related responsibilities, Dr. Allen has served as a staff physician for the New York State Athletic Commission and the Hunter Mountain Ski Sports Center demonstrating his commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of athletes across a variety of skills and activities.  

Dr. Allen’s prolific scholarly contributions further distinguish him within the medical community. With over 150 articles and book chapters on shoulder, knee, and elbow problems, he has significantly advanced the understanding and treatment of orthopedic conditions. His publications contribute to the academic discourse and the practical knowledge that informs his clinical practice and benefits the broader medical community.  

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Special Expertise

Elbow injuries
Knee and shoulder reconstruction
Shoulder surgery
Sports injuries

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Associate Surgeon-in-Chief and Deputy Medical Director, Hospital for Special Surgery
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


Lead Team Orthopedist, New York Knicks

Former Affiliations

Orthopedic Consultant USA Basketball
Orthopedic Consultant, West Indies Cricket Board of Control
Team Physician, New York Mets
Team Physician, Long Island Rough Riders
Assistant Team Physician, New York Saints
Assistant Company Physician, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Assistant Team Physician, University of Pittsburgh
Staff Physician, New York State Athletic Commission
Staff Physician, Hunter Mountain Ski Sports Center


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Castle Connolly Top Doctor - 10 Years
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2013-2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctor in New York Metro Area, 2014-2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2013, 2016, 2018 - 2022


MD, Weill Cornell Medical College


The New York Orthopaedic Hospital
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center


University of Pittsburgh

State Licensure



For My Patients

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Surgical Locations

Dr. Allen performs surgery at the following locations:

Publications by Dr. Allen

Selected Journal Articles


Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Allen as of April 10, 2023.

  • Amicrobe - Ownership Interest
  • BetterPT - Ownership Interest
  • HS2, LLC - Ownership Interest
  • HSS ASC Westside, LLC - Ownership Interest
  • Movado PT Technologies, Inc. - Consultant
  • My Medical Images - Advisory Board
  • Pristine Medical - Advisory Board; Ownership Interest
  • ROM 3 - Advisory Board; Ownership Interest

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.

Patients should feel free to ask their HSS physicians questions about these relationships.

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