Dr. Frank A. Cordasco is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and an Attending Orthopedic Surgeon in the Sports Medicine 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.
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 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
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
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2009-2019
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
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: 35th President (2018-2019)
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons: Member, Executive Board (2016-2021)
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: 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)
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons: Co-Chairman, Closed Meeting (2011)
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
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 if payments were received during the prior year, or if the HSS physician currently receives payment. 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 May 16, 2019.
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Patients should feel free to ask their HSS physicians questions about these relationships.
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
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. 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. Am J Sports Med. Submitted.
Cordasco FA. From New Orleans, the Latest Advances in Orthopedics. Medscape, Apr 20, 2018. [login required]
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
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.
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.
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.
Kang R, Mahony GT, Cordasco FA: Pectoralis Major Repair with Cortical Button Technique. Arthrosc Tech. 2014 Jan 3:3(1):e73-7. PMID: 24749045.
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.
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
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- Stephen Gilmore