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Joshua S. Dines, MD

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About Dr. Dines


Dr. Joshua Dines is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and shoulder surgery. For the last 10 years, he has been featured in New York Magazine’s Best Doctors and Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors in America.
Dr. Dines specializes in surgery for sports related injuries of athletes at all levels. His experience treating professional athletes stems from his work as a team doctor for the NY Mets, NY Rangers, US Davis Cup Tennis team and the LA Dodgers. Additionally, he is the Medical Director for Major League Pickleball. His work with the highest-level athletes enables him to provide outstanding care to high school, college and recreational athletes.

Along these lines, Dr. Dines has performed thousands of surgeries using the most innovative arthroscopic and minimally invasive techniques to treat the majority of shoulder, elbow, and knee problems including: rotator cuff tears, shoulder dislocations (instability and labral tears), elbow UCL (Tommy John surgery) and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears. He has a particular interest in joint replacement surgery of the shoulder (primary and revision shoulder arthroplasty and reverse shoulder arthroplasty) and tendon injuries (rotator cuff, distal biceps, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow and Achilles tendon repairs). He has developed novel techniques and implants to improve the results of shoulder, elbow and knee surgeries. Additionally, he has done significant research on the use of biologics (i.e., platelet-rich plasma/PRP/growth factors) to help patients avoid surgery and/or enhance their healing process.

Dr. Dines has published more than 300 original research articles with a focus on injuries to overhand athletes (baseball and tennis players), tendon injuries and shoulder joint preservation. He routinely lectures nationally and internationally and has been flown to several countries to operate on professional athletes and VIPs. His novel research on the use of growth factors and biologics to enhance tendon healing has resulted in national awards. Dr. Dines has edited 6 textbooks used to teach other orthopedic surgeons.

Prior to joining the Sports Medicine Institute at HSS, Dr. Dines graduated from Dartmouth College and Weill Cornell Medical College. He did his residency at HSS where, during his final year, he won the award for excellence in research. Dr. Dines completed his sports medicine fellowship at the prestigious Kerlan Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles where he worked as part of the medical staff for the LA Dodgers, the LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks, and served as an assistant to the team physician of the LA Lakers.

Dr. Dines has a strong interest in increasing public awareness and knowledge of sports injuries. He authors a column on forbes.com and is guest contributor on Fox 5 New York.

Learn more about Dr. Dines at www.dinesorthopedics.com.

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Specialized Centers

HSS Center for Regenerative Medicine

Special Expertise

Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, and knee
Tendon tears (rotator cuff, biceps, triceps, achilles)
Shoulder instability/dislocations
Rotator cuff tears
Shoulder replacement (TSR), Reverse shoulder arthroplasty
Complex shoulder problems
Tennis and baseball injuries
Elbow ligament reconstruction (Tommy John surgery)
Minimally invasive biceps tendon and AC joint reconstruction
ACL reconstruction


Arthroscopic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Shoulder
Arthroscopic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Elbow
Arthroscopic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Knee

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


American Shoulder and Elbow Society
American Orthopaedic Society Sports Medicine
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society


Board Certified (American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons)


Castle Connolly Top Doctor - 5 Years
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2014-2020
Castle Connolly New York Metro Area Top Doctors, 2015 -2019, 2021-2022
New York Magazine, Top Doctors, 2014, 2017-2022
Newsday Top Doctors on Long Island, 2014-2017
Long Island Business News “40 Under 40” Rising Stars, 2014
Super Doctors® Rising Stars 2013, 2014
AAOS Award of Excellence for Scientific Exhibit, 2011, 2012
Charles Neer Award for Excellence in Shoulder Research, Finalist 2005, 2007, 2010
Melvin Post Award Nominee, 2006
Founders Award, Eastern Orthopaedic Association, 2006
Lewis Clark Wagner Award for Research, Hospital for Special Surgery
Joseph H. Boyes Award, American Society Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting, 2006
Outstanding Research Paper, New York Hand Society Meeting, 2006
Finalist, OREF Northeast Regional Research Competition, 2002, 2005, 2006


Weill Cornell Medical College, MD, New York


General Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York


Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York


Sports Medicine, The Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Los Angeles, California

State Licensure



For My Patients

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Surgical Locations

Dr. Dines performs surgery at the following locations:

Publications by Dr. Dines

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles

Editorial Appointments

Sports Medicine of Baseball. Editors: Dines JS, ElAttrache N, Altchek D, Andrews J, Yocum L, Wilk K (in press- Lippincott).

Sports Medicine of the Foot and Ankle. Editors: Altchek D, Dines JS, Positano R (in press- Lippincott).

Selected Books/Chapters

Evaluation and Management of Failed Rotator Cuff Repair. Dines JS, Dines DM. The Shoulder, eds. Rockwood C, Matsen R. in press.

Articular Injuries in the Athlete. Dines JS, ElAttrache NS. The Elbow, eds. Morrey B. in press.

Throwing Injuries in the Shoulder. Dines JS, Dines DM. Liverpool Textbook of Orthopaedic Surgery, eds Frostick S. in press.

Genetic Engineering for the Rotator Cuff Deficient Shoulder.   Dines JS, Grande DA, Dines DM. The Rotator Cuff Deficient Shoulder, ed. Frankle M. in press.

Disorders of the Foot and Ankle. Dines JS, Pavlov H, Positano R.  Textbook of Physiatry, eds. Positano, Lutz. in press.

Selected Presentations

The Use of a Novel Fracture Stem to Treat Fractures of the Proximal Humerus. Dines JS. Podium Presentation, International Congress Shoulder Surgery, Bahia, Brazil;     September 2007

The DANE TJ Technique to Treat Insufficiency of the Ulnar Collateral Ligament of the Elbow. Dines JS. Podium Presentation, AOSSM Annual Meeting, Calgary, Alberta July 2007

The Effect of GDF-5 on Tendon Repair in an Animal Model. Dines JS. Podium Presentation, ASES Open Meeting, San Diego CA, February 2007

Symptomatic Glenoid Loosening Complicating Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. Dines JS. Podium Presentation, American Academy Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Diego CA, February 2007

The Effect of Mechanical Environment and GDF5 on Tendon Healing. Dines JS. Podium Presentation, Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting, San Diego CA, February 2007


Research Interests

Tendon Healing
Rotator Cuff
Elbow Ligament Reconstruction
Achilles Tendon
Throwing Injuries
Shoulder Instability
Shoulder Arthroplasty/Replacement

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. Dines as of February 21, 2023.

  • Arthrex, Inc. - Consultant; Royalties; Speakers' Bureau
  • ConMed Linvatec - Royalties
  • HS2, LLC - Ownership Interest
  • HSS ASC West Side, LLC - Ownership Interest
  • ViewFi Health - Board Member, Ownership Interest

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.

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