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Charles N. Cornell, MD

Osteoporosis, Hip and Knee Replacement

About Dr. Cornell


Dr. Charles Cornell graduated from Williams College Cum Laude with highest honors in Chemistry. He earned his medical degree at Weill Cornell Medical College and completed his residency in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery and The New York Hospital in Affiliation with Weill Cornell Medical College. In 1986, he completed a fellowship in Orthopedic Traumatology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Cornell is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and was recertified on January 1, 1999. On February 8, 1990, Dr. Cornell was admitted as a Fellow to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and on October 19, 1992 to the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Cornell is a Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and an Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery.

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Special Expertise

Total Joint Replacement, Care of Arthritis and Geriatric Orthopedics
Joint Reconstruction in Adults
Fractures and Trauma
Post-traumatic Reconstruction
Avascular Necrosis

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Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Orthopaedic Association
American College of Surgeons
Orthopaedic Trauma Association
International College of Surgeons


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, July/1988
Fellowship, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, February/1990
Fellowship, American College of Surgeons, October/1992


Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2012-2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2002-2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2011-2013, 2021, 2022
OTA Edwin G. Bovill, Jr., MD Memorial Lecturer Award, 2004
Philip D. Wilson, Jr. Teaching Award, 1992, 1996
Eastern Orthopaedic Association Scholar Award, 1986
Hoar Foundation Fellowship Award New York Community Trust, 1985


MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York


Hospital for Special Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, New York


University of Washington School of Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Seattle, Washington

State Licensure


English, Spanish

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Surgical Locations

Dr. Cornell performs surgery at the following locations:

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Selected Journal Articles

Cornell CN, Lane JM, Poynton AR. Orthopedic Management of Vertebral and Long Bone Fractures in Patients with Osteoporosis: Clin. Geriatr. Med., Vol. 19, 433-455, May 2003.

Cornell CN. Internal Fracture Fixation in Patients with Osteoporosis: J. Amer. Acad. Ortho. Surgery, Vol. 11, No. 2, 109-119, March/April 2003.

Peterson MGF, Allegrante JP, Cornell CN, MacKenzie CR, Robbins L, Horton R, Ganz SB, Augurt A. Measuring Recovery After a Hip Fracture Using the SF-36 and Cummings Scales; Osteoporosis International, Vol.13, 296-302, 2002.

Cornell CN, Russell L, Khan SN, Lane JM. The Principles of Non-Spinal Fracture Management in the Osteoporotic Patient: Advances in Osteoporotic Fracture Management, Vol 1, No 1 12-15, 2001.

Coleman SH, Bansal S, Cornell CN, Sculco TP. Failure of Bipolar Hemiarthroplasty: A Retrospective Review of 31 Consecutive Bipolar Prostheses Converted to Total Hip Arthroplasty, The American Journal of Orthopaedics, Vol. XXX, 313-319, April 2001.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.


Industry Relationships

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. Cornell as of February 21, 2023.

  • HSS Journal - Editor-in-chief
  • Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery - Senior Editor
  • Journal of Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research - Senior Editor
  • Journal of Orthopedic Trauma - Senior Editor

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.

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