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Frank A. Cordasco, MD, MS

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
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Frank A. Cordasco, MD, MS

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
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
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

Dr. Frank A. Cordasco is an Attending Orthopedic Surgeon in the Sports Medicine Institute at HSS and a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. He was elected to the Presidential Line of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and served as the 35th 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.

American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons

Dr. Cordasco served as the 35th president of American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (2018-2019). Read his 2019 Presidential Address.
Learn more at ASES-ASSN.org

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.

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

Patient Stories


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
Extra-articular Augmentation: Iliotibial Band (ITB) Tenodesis
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

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


NYMag and Castle Connolly logosCastle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2009-2020
New York Magazine: Top Doctors, 2019
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Achievement Award, 2015
Charles S. Neer II Award (clinical and basic science research in shoulder surgery), 1990, 2003, 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: Immediate Past President (2019-2020)
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons: Member, Executive Board (2016-2021)
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Foundation: Member, Board of Trustees (2019-2020)
Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery: Member, Board of Trustees (2014-2020)
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine: Abstract Panel Reviewer (2016-2019)

Previous Professional Organization Leadership Positions
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons: 35th President (2018-2019)
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons: President-Elect (2017-2018)
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons: Vice President (2016-2017)
Arthroscopy Association of North America: Member, Fellowship Committee (2015-2017)
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)

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



Insurance Information

Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. You may have coverage subject to the availability of 'out-of-network' benefits.

Patient ratings for Dr. Cordasco

Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Cordasco as of November 22, 2019.

  • Arthrex - Consultant, Receives Royalties, Speakers' Bureau

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.

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


Elite Athlete Testimonials:


Tennessee Titans cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson got back in the game after shoulder surgery with Dr. Cordasco.


With the help of Dr. Cordasco, Will Beatty, New York Giant, was able to return for his seventh season with the team.


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


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

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

Read more at USNews.com

Dr. Cordasco in the News


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

Patient Education by Dr. Cordasco on HSS.edu

Blog Posts by Dr. Cordasco

Selected Books by Dr. Cordasco

Shoulder and Elbow Injuries to Athletes book cover

Shoulder and Elbow Injuries in Athletes: Prevention, Treatment and Return to Sport

This new print and eBook resource provides a unique, on-field management approach to all athletic injuries to the shoulder and elbow, as well as nonoperative and operative treatment options. Focusing on high-performance athletes, leading authorities in the field demonstrate how to provide pain relief, restore function, and return the athlete to sport and to prior level of performance in a safe and timely fashion.

  • Showcases the knowledge and expertise of an international group of editors and authors.
  • Features video clips that clearly depict how to complete an on-field physical exam and various surgical procedures.
  • Contains a section in each chapter covering “On-the-Field Management and Early Post-Injury Assessment and Treatment” - a must-read for immediate care of the injured athlete and ensuring the safe return to play.
  • Covers the most recent advances in the management of tendon tears in elite and overhead athletes.
  • Focuses primarily on athletes under the age of 40, with some consideration of the older athlete (professional golf, for example).

See the ebook online


Pediatric and Adolescent Knee Surgery book cover

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.

See the ebook online

Selected Publications

Cordasco FA: Presidential Address, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. In Press.

Schlicte L, Aitchisin A, Green DW, Cordasco FA: Modified Lemaire Lateral Extra-articular Tenodesis in the Pediatric Patient: An Adjunct to Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Arthrosc Tech. In Press.

Cordasco FA, Lin B, Ling D, Calcei JG: Arthroscopic Shoulder Stabilization in the High-Risk Young Athlete: Return to Sport and Second Surgery Rates. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. In Press.

Cordasco FA, Black SR, Price M, Wixted C, Asaro L, Heller M, Nguyen J, Green DW: Return to Sport and Re-Operation Rates in Athletes Under the Age of 20 Following Primary Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Risk Profile Comparing Three Patient Groups Predicated Upon Skeletal Age. Am J Sports Med. Mar;47(3):628-639. Doi:10.1177/03635446518819217. Epub 2019 Jan 15.

Cordasco FA: Editorial Commentary: The Partial Thickness Rotator Cuff Tear: Is Acromioplasty Without Repair Ever Indicated? Arthroscopy. 2018 Jan;34(1):82-83. DOI:10.1016/j.arthro.2017.08.281.

Price MJ, Lazaro L, Cordasco FA, Green DW: Surgical Options for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in the Young Child. Minerva Pediatr. 2017 Aug; 60(4):337-347.DOI:10.23736/S0026-4946.17.04956-8. 

Cordasco FA: Outcomes of Pectoralis Major Tendon Repair: Does Study Design Matter?: Commentary on an article by Drew W. Nute, MD, et al.: "Return to Function, Complication, and Reoperation Rates Following Primary Pectoralis Major Tendon Repair in Military Service Members". J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2017 Jan 4;99(1):e4. DOI: 10.2106/JBJS.16.00786.

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, 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, Wessel LE, Hendel MD, Ticker J: Dr. Charles Neer’s Last Surgical Case: A Historical Perspective. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 2016 Nov 25 (11):e358-e364. DOI:10.1016/j.jse.2016.08.005.

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


For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Professional Education by Dr. Cordasco on HSS.edu

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Surgical Locations

Dr. Cordasco performs surgery at the following locations: