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Christopher M. Brusalis, MD

Sports Medicine, Shoulder Surgery

About Dr. Brusalis

Dr. Christopher M. Brusalis is a fellowship-trained Sports Medicine Surgeon who specializes in complex and minimally invasive surgical interventions for the shoulder. He practices as an Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon and shoulder specialist in the HSS Sports Medicine Institute and serves as an Instructor in Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

After graduating as Class Valedictorian of his high school on Long Island, New York, Dr. Brusalis graduated with Honors as a double-major in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry at Yale University. He received a prestigious full-tuition merit scholarship to attend the nation's oldest medical school, the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the William G. Munns Prize as the most outstanding student entering Orthopedic Surgery. There, he was also among a select group chosen by his peers for membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Brusalis completed his orthopedic surgical residency at the nation's #1 orthopedic residency program, Hospital for Special Surgery, where he was recognized with the New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center Alumni Council Distinguished Housestaff Award as the graduating orthopedic surgery resident demonstrating all-around clinical excellence. Dr. Brusalis completed advanced fellowship training in Sports Medicine at the prestigious Rush University, where he served as Assistant Team Physician for the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox.

Prior to beginning his practice, Dr. Brusalis completed a North America Traveling Fellowship to receive personal mentorship from world-renowned shoulder surgeons, including Dr. Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo (Mayo Clinic), Dr. George Athwal (Ontario, Canada), Drs. Robert Tashjian and Peter Chalmers (University of Utah), Dr. Surena Namdari (Rothman Institute), and Dr. Jonathan Levy (Tampa, Florida). Finally, he studied internationally under the preeminent shoulder surgeon Professor Pascal Boileau in Nice, France. Through this unique training, Dr. Brusalis offers innovative, minimally invasive surgical techniques to patients at HSS.

Dr. Brusalis actively engages in research in cadaveric studies, biomechanics, computational modeling, and clinical registries to discover new ways to improve musculoskeletal healthcare. Dr. Brusalis has authored numerous peerreviewed research articles published in the nation's leading medical journals, including The American Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, and Arthroscopy.

Departments

Special Expertise

All conditions of the shoulder

Procedures

Shoulder
Shoulder arthroscopy
Rotator cuff repair
Total shoulder replacement
Reverse total shoulder replacement
Shoulder instability procedures
Shoulder stabilization (e.g. Remplissage Procedure)
Shoulder labral repair
Shoulder Latarjet procedure for instability
Shoulder free bone block procedures for instability
Shoulder distal tibial allograft reconstruction
Shoulder lower trapezius tendon transfer
Revision shoulder surgery
Revision shoulder replacement
Complex shoulder reconstruction
Shoulder tendon transfers
Split-thickness pectoralis major tendon transfer for scapular winging
Shoulder superior capsular reconstruction
Shoulder biceps tenodesis (arthroscopic and open)
Shoulder impingement decompression
Shoulder capsular release for frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
Shoulder superior labrum anterior-posterior (SLAP) repair
Shoulder distal clavicle excision
Nerve decompressions around the shoulder
Shoulder fracture repair (humerus, glenoid, clavicle, scapula)
Arthroscopic scapulothoracic bursectomy
Arthroscopic subacromial balloon spacer implantation
Acromioclavicular (AC) joint injuries and reconstruction
Acromioclavicular (AC) joint arthritis surgery
Humeral head osteochondral allograft
Pectoralis major repairs
Sternoclavicular (SC) joint injuries and reconstruction
Sternoclavicular (SC) joint arthritis surgery

Elbow
Biceps Tendon Rupture
Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) reconstruction
Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) repair
Lateral epicondylitis debridement/repair
Elbow arthroscopy
Triceps Tendon Rupture

Knee
Knee Arthroscopy
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction
Arthroscopic Meniscus repair
Arthroscopic partial meniscectomy
Patellar tendon repair
Quadriceps tendon repair

Patient Stories

Insurance


This provider is currently in the process of joining the networks of many commercial insurance plans and should show as a participating provider soon.

If your insurance is not listed, please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out-of-network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.

Credentials

Appointments

Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Instructor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Affiliations

American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)
Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS)

Awards

New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center Alumni Council Distinguished Housestaff Award, 2022
Academic Achievement Award, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2022
William G. Munns Memorial Prize for Outstanding Medical Student in Orthopaedic Surgery, 2017
University of Pennsylvania Medical School Research Paper Prize, 2017
Gold Humanism Honor Society, Perelman School of Medicine Chapter, 2015
Twenty First Century Scholar, University of Pennsylvania, 2012

Education

Undergraduate: Yale University
Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Internship: Hospital for Special Surgery
Residency:  Hospital for Special Surgery
Fellowship: Sports Medicine & Shoulder Surgery, Rush University Medical Center

Additional Shoulder Training:
Nice, France
Mayo Clinic, Minneapolis, Minneosta
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Rothman Institute, Philadelphia Pennsylvania
McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Center, Ontario, Canada
Levy Shoulder Center, Boca Raton, Florida

State Licensure

Languages

English

For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Brusalis

Selected Journal Articles

Selected Books/Chapters

Brusalis CM, Chan JJ, Jackson GR, Khan ZA, Kaplan DJ, Allahabadi S, and Verma NN. Advanced subscapularis repair techniques. In Advanced Surgical and Biologic Management of Rotator Cuff Pathology, Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine. Verma NN, Ed, Elsevier, NY. 2023.

Frazier LP, Quigley RA, Galvis JW, Waterman BR, Brusalis CM, and Cole BJ. Put a patch on it!: when and how to perform soft-tissue augmentation in rotator cuff surgery. Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine. Verma NN, Ed, Elsevier, NY. 2023.

Kaplan DJ, Jackson GR, Khan ZA, Brusalis CM, Allahabadi S, Chahla J, and Verma NN. Posterior instability outcomes over the last 20 years – where are we now? Frank R, Tokish JT, In press.

Batra AK, Brusalis CM, McCormick J, Jawanda H, Khan Z, Allahabadi S, Jackson GR, and Chahla J. Optimal use of PRP and PPP. Orthobiologics. Frank RM and Chahla J, Ed. Elsevier, NY. 2023. 5. Weissman A, Yazdi A, McMorrow K, Dhawan A, Karas V, Brusalis CM, and Cole BJ. Articular Cartilage Injury. ACSM's Sports Medicine: A Comprehensive Review. Wolters Kluwer Health. 2023. In Press.

Research

Research Interests

Biomechanics of Shoulder Replacements
Outcomes of Rotator Cuff Surgery
Outcomes of Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Outcomes of Shoulder Instability
Periprosthetic Acromial Stress Fractures
Biology of Rotator Cuff Healing

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.

As of November 01, 2023, Dr. Brusalis reported no relationships with the healthcare industry.

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.

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