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Carl M. Cirino, MD

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About Dr. Cirino

Dr. Carl Cirino is an accomplished orthopedic surgeon specializing in shoulder and elbow care at the HSS Sports Medicine Institute. He also holds the position of Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Cirino's expertise spans the spectrum of shoulder and elbow conditions allowing him to provide comprehensive and ongoing care to his patients. With a wealth of experience in treating athletes of all levels and age groups, he recognizes the significance of helping people of all ages and abilities regain their desired activity level. He served as a shoulder & elbow surgical fellow at HSS where he provided medical coverage for the New York Mets.

In his practice, Dr. Cirino focuses on athletic and traumatic shoulder and elbow injuries as well as degenerative shoulder conditions such as rotator cuff tears and shoulder arthritis. He has a particular interest in throwing injuries of the shoulder and elbow. Focusing on the shoulder and elbow enables Dr. Cirino to offer patients an extensive range of treatment options, from non-surgical modalities to minimally-invasive arthroscopy and complex open reconstructions, depending upon each patient’s unique needs.

Dr. Cirino's educational journey began studying business management and finance studies at Boston College. He later redirected his focus to pursue a career in medicine, completing his pre-medical studies at Tufts University. He was selected into the highly competitive post-baccalaureate research program at the National Institutes of Health, dedicating a year to studying the biological pathways of bone formation. Subsequently, Dr. Cirino attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, graduating in the top 5% of his class, and received the faculty award for overall academic achievement.

Following his medical education, Dr. Cirino completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Mount Sinai Hospital. Recognized for his leadership skills, he was chosen by his peers and mentors as Chief Resident in his final year. He then pursued further specialization through a shoulder and elbow fellowship at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery.

Dr. Cirino has made significant contributions to the field of orthopedic surgery, authoring numerous peer-reviewed research papers and book chapters. He has presented his research findings at various national and international meetings. He also serves as a peer reviewer for esteemed journals such as the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, the American Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, and the Bone & Joint Journal. Dr. Cirino's roots trace back to Westport, Connecticut, where he was born and raised.


Special Expertise

Muscle, tendon, and bone conditions of the shoulder and elbow


Acromioclavicular (AC) joint arthritis surgery
Acromioclavicular (AC) joint injuries and reconstruction
Anatomic total shoulder replacement
Biceps tendon repair
Biceps tenodesis
Biceps transfer
Capsular release for frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
Clavicle fracture fixation
Complex shoulder reconstruction
Distal clavicle fracture fixation
Elbow fracture fixation
Glenoid fracture fixation
Humerus fracture fixation.
Labral repair
Latarjet procedure for instability
Latissimus dorsi transfer
Lower trapezius transfer
Nerve decompressions around the shoulder
Pectoralis major repairs
Proximal humerus fracture fixation
Revision shoulder replacement
Revision shoulder surgery
Reverse total shoulder replacement
Rotator cuff repair
Scapula fracture fixation
Sternoclavicular joint reconstruction
Subacromial decompression
Suprascapular nerve decompression
Superior capsular reconstruction
Superior labrum anterior-posterior (SLAP) repair
Shoulder stabilization
Shoulder tendon transfers
Shoulder arthroscopy
Tommy John surgery
Total shoulder replacement
Triceps tendon repair
Ulnar collateral ligament repair
Ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction

Patient Stories


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


American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
American Shoulderand Elbow Surgeons (ASES)


Board-eligible, Orthopedic Surgery


Chief Resident, Mount Sinai Hospital 2021-22
Overall Academic Excellent, University of Connecticut 2017


Medical: University of Connecticut, 2017
Residency: Mount Sinai Hospital, 2022
Fellowship: Hospital for Special Surgery, 2023

State Licensure



For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Cirino

Selected Journal Articles


Research Interests

Shoulder arthritis
Shoulder instability
Shoulder biomechanics
Throwing shoulder injuries
Throwing elbow injuries
Elbow biomechanics

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 August 01, 2023, Dr. Cirino 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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