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Fred David Cushner, MD

Knee Replacement
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Fred David Cushner, MD

Knee Replacement
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Dr. Fred Cushner is a complete knee surgeon specializing in all aspects of knee surgery. His practice offers both operative and non-operative treatment of knee injuries from the sports-related injury to joint replacement. Dr. Cushner has a special interest in cartilage injures of the knee, as well as partial knee replacements, minimally invasive knee surgery, and revision surgery. Dr. Cushner has written numerous articles and book chapters on bloodless knee surgery and incorporates this research into the care of his patients.

Having extensive experience taking care of both recreational and pro athletes, Dr. Cushner has served as a team physician for the NBA and professional football teams such as the AFL New York CityHawks and the XFL NY/NJ Hitmen.

Dr. Cushner is active in academic orthopedics, having written three orthopedic textbooks, numerous book chapters, as well as over 60 scientific articles. He is a familiar face on the academic lecture circuit, participating both in national and international educational events. Dr. Cushner is a member of numerous educational societies including The Knee Society and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgery (AAHKS).

His practice philosophy focuses on customized care - matching each patient's diagnosis to their needs and surgical expectations.

Patient Stories


Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery


Special Expertise

Meniscus surgery
Knee sports medicine
Ligament repair
Knee replacement surgery
Partial knee replacements
MIS surgery
Bloodless surgery


Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2008-2021
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2021



The Knee Society
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgery



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.

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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. Cushner as of October 08, 2021.

  • Canary Medical - CMO; Founder; Ownership Interest; Royalties
  • KCI/Acelity - Consultant
  • OrthAlign - Consultant; Ownership Interest
  • Smith & Nephew - Consultant; Royalties


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.


Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC - 1988


Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC - 1989


Orthopedics, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC - 1993


Knee Surgery, Insall Scott Kelly Institute, New York, NY - 1994


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)

State Licensure

Selected Publications

Papas PV, Congiusta D, Scuderi GR, Cushner FD. A Modern Approach to Preventing Prosthetic Joint Infections. J Knee Surg. 2018 Aug;31(7):610-617. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1636546. Epub 2018 Feb 28.

Amin NH, Speirs JN, Simmons MJ, Lermen OZ, Cushner FD, Scuderi GR. Total Knee Arthroplasty Wound Complication Treatment Algorithm: Current Soft Tissue Coverage Options. J Arthroplasty. 2018 Dec 20. pii: S0883-5403(18)31217-8. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2018.12.016. [Epub ahead of print]

Papas PV, Congiusta D, Cushner FD. Cementless versus Cemented Fixation in Total Knee Arthroplasty. J Knee Surg. 2019 Mar 1. doi: 10.1055/s-0039-1678687. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 30822792

Papas PV, Congiusta D, Scuderi GR, Cushner FD. A Modern Approach to Preventing Prosthetic Joint Infections. J Knee Surg. 2018 Aug;31(7):610-617. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1636546. Epub 2018 Feb 28. PMID: 29490404

Amin NH, Omiyi D, Kuczynski B, Cushner FD, Scuderi GR. The Risk of a Deep Infection Associated With Intraarticular Injections Before a Total Knee Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2016 Jan;31(1):240-4. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2015.08.001. Epub 2015 Aug 20.

Rathod PA, Deshmukh AJ, Cushner FD. Reducing blood loss in bilateral total knee arthroplasty with patient-specific instrumentation. Orthop Clin North Am. 2015 Jul;46(3):343-50, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.ocl.2015.02.003. Epub 2015 Apr 18. Review. PMID: 26043048

Healy WL, Della Valle CJ, Iorio R, Berend KR, Cushner FD, Dalury DF, Lonner JH. Complications of total knee arthroplasty: standardized list and definitions of the Knee Society. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Jan;471(1):215-20. doi: 10.1007/s11999-012-2489-y

Nett M, Avelar R, Sheehan M, Cushner F. Water-tight knee arthrotomy closure: comparison of a novel single bidirectional barbed self-retaining running suture versus conventional interrupted sutures. J Knee Surg. 2011 Mar;24(1):55-9

Cook JL, Cushner FD, Scuderi GR. Minimal-incision total knee arthroplasty. J Knee Surg. 2006 Jan;19(1):46-51. No abstract available.

Lee GC, Cushner FD, Cannella LY, Scott WN. The effect of total knee arthroplasty on body weight. Orthopedics. 2005 Mar;28(3):321-3.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Research Description

Dr. Cushner has written numerous articles on transfusion avoidance and bloodless surgery of the knee. Much of his research is centered on not only improving TKA (total knee replacement) design, but also in improving the procedure by limiting complications and improving surgical outcomes.