Frank A. Cordasco, MD, MS

 Dr. Frank A. Cordasco is an Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon in the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at Hospital for Special Surgery and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is the Co-Medical Director of the Leon Root Motion Analysis Laboratory and he served as the Surgical Director of the HSS Ambulatory Surgery Center from 2001-2014.

Dr. Cordasco has been in practice since 1990, specializing 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 and Meniscus injury in the pediatric, adolescent and adult athlete; shoulder instability, labral tears and dislocation; pectoralis major tendon tears; rotator cuff tears; bicep tendon tears; clavicle fractures and AC joint separations. 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 1,400 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 written by Dr. Cordasco and Dr. Green offers:

  • Comprehensive coverage of the increasing numbers of pediatric and adolescent knee injuries commonly seen by orthopaedic surgeons.
  • Step-by-step guidance on various methods of treating ACL injuries, patellofemoral instability, osteochondritis dessicans, 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 Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Co-Medical Director, Leon Root Motion Analysis Laboratory, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College


Special Expertise

ACL Surgery: Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric Reconstruction
Meniscus Surgery and Repair
Shoulder Dislocation: Labrum and Ligament Repair
Rotator Cuff Repair
Pectoralis Major Tendon Repair
AC Joint Separation and Reconstruction
Clavicle Fracture Repair
Biceps Tendon Repair
Hamstring Tendon Repair
Total Shoulder Replacement


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Achievement Award 2015
Castle Connolly Top Doctors New York Metro Area 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
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
Arthroscopy Association of North America
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
American Orthopaedic Association
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Professional Organization Leadership Positions
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine: Member, Research Committee (2012-2016)
Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery: Member, Board of Trustees (2014-2020)
Arthroscopy Association of North America: Member, Fellowship Committee (2015-2017)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: Member, Shoulder and Elbow Program Committee (2011-2015)

Previous Professional Organization Leadership Positions
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

If your particular insurance plan is not listed, you may still have coverage subject to the availability of 'out-of-network' benefits. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage.


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

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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 Testimonial:

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

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