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Fred David Cushner, MD

Knee Replacement Surgeon
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About Dr. Cushner


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.


Special Expertise

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

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If your insurance is not listed, please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out-of-network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.



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


The Knee Society
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgery


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)


Castle Connolly Top Doctor - 15 Years
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2008-2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2021, 2022



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

State Licensure



For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Cushner

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles


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.

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Cushner as of January 22, 2024.

  • Canary Medical - Chief Surgical Officer, Ownership Interest
  • HS2, LLC - Ownership Interest
  • HSS ASC Development - Ownership Interest
  • Joint Effort Administrative Services Organization - Ownership Interest
  • OrthAlign - Consultant; Ownership Interest
  • Smith & Nephew - Consultant; Royalties


HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.

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