Robert L. Buly, MD

Dr. Robert Buly is one of New York magazine's "Best Doctors in New York" (2002-2011) and one of Castle-Connolly's "America's Top Doctors" (2003-2015). He specializes in joint-preserving surgeries for both hip and knee - including arthroscopies and osteotomies to correct anatomical problems like dysplasia and impingement that impair movement, cause pain and ultimately lead to arthritis. Dr. Buly has pioneered novel techniques to treat hip impingement arthroscopically, rather than through conventional open procedures. In complex cases, Dr. Buly works in concert with bio-engineers to design custom implants that solve unique problems. Dr. Buly is invited to lecture around the world to teach other surgeons about his techniques.

Dr. Buly is on both the Surgical Arthritis Service at HSS as well as the Center for Hip Preservation.


Chief, Hip Preservation Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College


Special Expertise

Hip Arthroscopy; Surgical Treatment of Hip Impingement and Hip Dysplasia
Total Joint Replacement and Arthritis Surgery
Revision Joint Replacement
Osteotomies of the Hip and Knee
Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine


"Best Doctors in New York," New York Magazine, 2002-2011
2011 Excellence Award from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2003-2015 

Insurances Accepted

Blue Cross HMO POS
Blue Cross PPO
Blue Cross Pathway
Blue Cross Pathway Enhanced
United Healthcare

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MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York


Hospital for Special Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, 1990


Fellowship in Hip Reconstruction Surgery, Insel and Lindenhof Hospitals, Bern, Switzerland, considered the birthplace of hip-preserving techniques, through the Mueller Foundation.

Fellowship in Total Joint Replacement and Adult Reconstructive Surgery, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Buly remained on the staff of Case Western Reserve School of Medicine until his return to HSS in 1994.


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

State Licensure

New York, Connecticut

Robert L. Buly, MD has contributed to the following educational materials:

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Selected Publications

Co-author: "Surgical Treatment of Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) Improves Hip Kinematics: A Computer-Assisted Model". 2011 Excellence Award from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Voos JE, Ranawat AS, Pellicci PM, Buly RL, Salvati, EA. Varus Rotational Osteotomies in Adults with Hip Dysplasia: A Twenty Year Follow-Up. Clinical Orthopaedics, 457: 138-143, 2007.

Shindle MK, Voos JE, Heyworth BE, Mintz DN, Moya LE, Buly RL, Kelly, BT. Hip Arthroscopy in the Athletic Patient: Current Techniques and Spectrum of Disease. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2007; 89 (Suppl 3): 29-43.

Kim YJ, Ganz R, Murphy SB, Buly RL, Millis, MB. Hip Preserving Surgery: Beyond the Classical Osteotomy. Instructional Course Lectures, 55: 145-158, 2006.

Buly RL. Hip Arthroscopy: Indications and Limits. Hip International. 15: 242, 2005.

Kelly BT, Buly RL. Hip Arthroscopy Update. HSS Journal. 1: 40-48, 2005.

Murphy S, Tannast M, Kim YJ, Buly R, Millis MB. Special Issues in the Young Patient with Labral Pathology and Early OA, Debridement for Bony Impingement. Clinical Orthopaedics, 429: 178-181, 2004.

Bostrom MB, Lehman A, Buly RL, Lyman S, Nestor, BJ. Acetabular Revision with the Contour Antiprotrusio Cage: 2 to 5 Year Follow-up. Clinical Orthopaedics, 453:  188-194, 2006.

Buly RL. Cementless Femoral Revision: The Role of Extensively Porous Coated and Modular Prosthetic Designs. Seminars in Arthroplasty, 12: 31-45, 2001.

Buly RL. Revision Total Hip Replacement. In: Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 2: Hip and Knee Reconstruction, 2000.

Goodman DA, Feighan JE, Smith AD, Latimer B, Buly RL, Cooperman DR. Subclinical Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis. Relationship to Osteoarthritis of the Hip. J Bone Joint Surg, 79A: 1489-1497, 1997.

Archibeck MJ, Ayres DC, Berger RA, Buly RL, Garvin KL, Otterberg ET, Stuart MJ, Windsor RE. Knee Reconstruction. In: Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 7, 2002.

Westrich GH, Mollano AV, Sculco TP, Buly RL, Laskin RS, Windsor R. Rotating Hinge Total Knee Arthroplasty in Severely Affected Knees. Clin Orthop, 379: 195-208, 2000.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Dr. Robert Buly, Hip & Knee Surgeon

Contact Information

Office Locations

Hospital for Special Surgery
Floor 3
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1971
Fax: 212.472.0497

Mailing Address

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

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