Frank A. Cordasco, MD, MS

Dr. Frank A. Cordasco is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and an Attending Orthopedic Surgeon in the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at Hospital for Special Surgery. He has been elected to the Presidential Line of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and will serve as President from 2018-2019. Dr. Cordasco served as the Co-Medical Director of the Leon Root Motion Analysis Laboratory from 2001-2016 and as the Surgical Director of the HSS Ambulatory Surgery Center from 2001-2014.

Dr. Cordasco specializes in surgery for sports-related injuries of the knee and shoulder. He has treated numerous professional athletes who are members of teams from outside the New York area and travel here to obtain his consultation and care. Dr. Cordasco has cared for many professional ballet and modern dancers with injuries unique to their career.

The primary focus of Dr. Cordasco's practice includes ACL reconstruction, meniscus repair and multiligament reconstruction in the pediatric, adolescent and adult athlete; arthroscopic and open shoulder instability repair; labral repair for shoulder dislocation; latarjet reconstruction for shoulder dislocation; pectoralis major tendon repair; rotator cuff tendon repair; bicep tendon repair; clavicle fracture repair; AC joint separation repair and reconstruction; and patellar and quadriceps tendon repair. Dr. Cordasco's research and education activities parallel and complement these clinical areas of expertise.

JBJS Reviews Webinar

Dr. Cordasco was invited to present a webinar on June 30, 2015, to more than 1,800 surgeons worldwide entitled:
Managing Shoulder Instability: Open or Arthroscopic Treatment?
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Dr. Cordasco has received the Charles S. Neer II Award three times (1990, 2003, 2006) for recognition of outstanding clinical research in the field of shoulder surgery and he is the author of numerous peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters. He has been a member of the course faculty of countless national and international professional meetings and educational programs throughout the last decade.

Pediatric and Adolescent Knee Surgery

This new print and interactive eBook resource edited by Dr. Cordasco and Dr. Green offers:

  • Comprehensive coverage of the increasing numbers of pediatric and adolescent knee injuries commonly seen by orthopedic surgeons.
  • Step-by-step guidance on various methods of treating ACL injuries, patellofemoral instability, osteochondritis dissecans, discoid meniscus, epiphyseal injury and adolescent fractures, and growth plate surgery.
  • More than 330 full-color illustrations that clearly depict the details of each procedure.
  • A concise and relevant review of anatomy, imaging, and epidemiology.
  • Authoritative coverage of the specific issues in children and adults that require a different approach from adult patients.

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Dr. Cordasco is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has a Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.


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


Special Expertise

ACL Surgery: Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric Reconstruction
Revision ACL Surgery
Multiligament Knee Reconstruction (ACL, PCL, MCL, PLC)
Meniscus Surgery and Repair
Quadriceps Tendon Repair
Patellar Tendon Repair

Shoulder Dislocation: Labrum and Ligament Repair
Latarjet Reconstruction for Shoulder Instability
Rotator Cuff Repair
Pectoralis Major Tendon Repair
AC Joint Separation and Reconstruction
Clavicle Fracture Repair
Biceps Tendon Repair
Total Shoulder Replacement

Distal Biceps Tendon Repair
Flexor Tendon Repair
Extensor Tendon (ECRB) Repair


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Achievement Award 2015
Castle Connolly Top Doctors New York Metro Area 2008-2015
Charles S. Neer II Award for outstanding clinical and basic science research in shoulder surgery, 1990, 2003 and 2006
Active Member American Orthopaedic Association, 2002
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, 1984


Professional Organizations
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
Arthroscopy Association of North America
International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy
Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Society
American Orthopaedic Association
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Professional Organization Leadership Positions
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons: Vice President (2016-2017)
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons: Member, Executive Committee (2016-2021)
Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery: Member, Board of Trustees (2014-2020)
Arthroscopy Association of North America: Member, Fellowship Committee (2015-2017)

Previous Professional Organization Leadership Positions
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine: Chairman Awards Committee (2016)
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine: Member, Research Committee (2012-2016)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: Member, Shoulder and Elbow Program Committee (2011-2015)
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons: Member, Executive Board (2012-2014)
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons: Chairman, Membership Committee (2004-2005)
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine: Member, Education Committee (2004-2008)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Board of Specialty Societies: Member, Health Policy Committee (2011-2013)
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons: Co-Chairman, Closed Meeting (2011)

Volunteer Activities
Baryshnikov Arts Center: Board of Directors
Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival: Board of Directors
Cunningham Dance Foundation: Board of Directors (2005 until the Board's dissolution in 2012)
Children of China Pediatrics Foundation: Medical Advisory Board
Volunteer: Medical Missions to China and West Africa

Insurances Accepted

United Healthcare

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MD: Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School, New Jersey, 1985


Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York


Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1992
Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

State Licensure

New York

Frank A. Cordasco, MD, MS has contributed to the following educational materials:

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Selected Publications

Price MJ, Tuca M, Cordasco FA, Green DW. Nonmodifiable Risk Factors for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2016 Nov 16. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27861256

Cordasco FA: Perspectives on “Return to Function, Complication, and Re-operation Rates Following Primary Pectoralis Major Tendon Repair in Military Service members.” J Bone Joint Surg . In Press.

Cordasco FA, Mayer SW, Green DW: All-Inside, All-Epiphyseal ACL Reconstruction in Skeletally Immature Athletes: Return to Sport, Incidence of Second Surgery and Two-Year Clinical Outcomes. Am J Sports Med. 2016 Dec 1:363546516677723. doi: 10.1177/0363546516677723. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28027452

Cordasco FA, Mahoney GT, Tsouris N, Degen RM: Pectoralis Major Tendon Tears: Functional Outcomes and Return to Sport in a Consecutive Series of 40 Athletes. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 2016 Sep 30. Pii: S1058-2746(16)30245-2. doi:10:1016/j.jse2016.07.018.(Epub ahead of print).

Fabricant PD, Taylor SA, McCarthy MM, Gausden EB, Moran CJ, Kang RW, Cordasco FA. Open and Arthroscopic Anterior Shoulder Stabilization. JBJS Rev. 2015 Feb 24;3(2). pii: 01874474-201503020-00001. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.RVW.N.00060. No abstract available. PMID: 27490744

LaPrade RF, Agel J, Baker J, Brenner JS, Cordasco FA,  Côté J, Engebretsen L, Feeley BT, Gould D, Hainline B, Hewett T, Jayanthi N, Kocher MS, Myer GD, Nissen CW, Philippon MJ, Provencher MT. AOSSM Early Sport Specialization Consensus Statement. Orthop J Sports Med. 2016 Apr 28;4(4):2325967116644241. doi: 10.1177/2325967116644241. eCollection 2016 Apr. PMID: 27169132

McCarthy MM, Graziano J, Green DW, Cordasco FA. All-Epiphyseal, All-Inside Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Technique for Skeletally Immature Patients. Arthrosc Tech 2012, 1(2):e231-e239. PMID: 23767001

Fabricant PD, Jones KJ, Delos D, Cordasco FA, et al. Reconstruction of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament in the Skeletally Immature Athlete: A Review of Current Concepts: AAOS Exhibit Selection. J Bone Joint Surg 2013, 95:e28(1-13). PMID: 23467876.

Fabricant PD, McCarthy MM, Cordasco FA, Green DW. All-Inside, All-Epiphyseal Autograft Reconstruction of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament in the Skeletally Immature Athlete. J Bone Joint Surg 2013, Mar 6;95(5): e28.

McCarthy MM, Tucker S, Nguyen J, Green DW, Imhauser CW, Cordasco FA. Contact Stress and Kinematic Analysis of All-Epiphyseal and Over-the-Top Pediatric Reconstruction Techniques for the Anterior Cruciate Ligament. Am J Sports Med. 2013, 41:1330-1339. PMID: 2361344.

Cordasco FA (Member of Review Panel). American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Appropriate Use Criteria on Optimizing the Management of Full-Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears. Rosemont, IL, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, September 2013. View PDF

Moran C, Fabricant PD, Cordasco FA. Arthroscopic Double Row Anterior Stabilization and Bankart Repair for the “High-Risk” Athlete. Arthrosc Tech. 2014 Jan 3;3(1):e65-71. PMID: 24749044.

Ozturk BY, Maak TG, Fabricant P, Altchek DW, Williams RJ, Warren RF, Cordasco FA, Allen AA. Return to Sports After Arthroscopic Anterior Stabilization in Patients Aged Younger Than 25 Years. Arthroscopy, 2013 Dec 29(12):1922-31. PMID: 24286794.

Cordasco FA. CORR Insights on Meniscal Injury After Adolescent Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury – How Long Are Patients at Risk? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Dec 4 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 24307066.

Nawabi DH, Jones KJ, Lurie B, Potter HG, Green DW, Cordasco FA. All-Inside, Physeal-Sparing Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction does not Significantly Compromise the Physis in Skeletally Immature Athletes: A Post-Operative Physeal Magnetic Resonance Imaging Analysis. Am J Sports Med. 2014, 42:2933-40. PMID: 25325558.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Dr. Frank Cordasco, Orthopedic Surgeon

Contact Information

Office Locations

Belaire Building
525 East 71st Street, Floor 1
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1636
Fax: 212.774.2605

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

Elite Athlete Testimonials:

An inside look at Rodger Saffold's return to the playing field with the help of Dr. Frank Cordasco.


Linebacker, D'Qwell Jackson discusses his return to the NFL after treatment at HSS.

“Everything is going great. I'm just ready to roll.”
- Stephen Gilmore


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