Joshua S. Dines, MD

Dr. Joshua Dines is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery. He has been featured in New York Magazine’s Best Doctors Issue and Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors in America. Dr. Dines is an Assistant team physician for the NY Mets, an Orthopedic Sports Medicine Consultant for the New York Rangers, and a consultant for the LA Dodgers. He was previously the doctor for the US Davis Cup tennis team and currently serves as a consultant for USA Tennis.

Dr. Dines has dedicated his career to understanding and treating sports injuries with a particular interest in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the Shoulder, Elbow, Knee and Ankle. He has developed novel techniques and implants to improve the results of common surgical procedures. Additionally, he has done significant research on the use of biologics (ie. Platelet rich plasma/PRP/growth factors) to help patients avoid surgery and/or enhance their healing process.

Prior to joining the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. Dines graduated from Dartmouth College and Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Dines did his residency at Hospital for Special Surgery where, during his final year, he won the award for excellence in research and spent elective time in France studying advanced shoulder surgery. Upon graduation from HSS, Dr. Dines did a sports medicine fellowship at the prestigious Kerlan Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles. While there, he worked as part of the medical staff for the LA Dodgers, the LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks Hockey teams, and served as an assistant to the team physician of the LA Lakers.

Clinically, Dr. Dines uses the most innovative arthroscopic and minimally invasive techniques to treat the majority of shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle problems including: rotator cuff tears, shoulder dislocations (instability and labral tears), 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, and Achilles).

He is very active in both clinical and laboratory research with a particular interest in rotator cuff tendon healing, shoulder replacement, and injuries to overhand athletes (baseball, tennis). He has published numerous papers and given talks nationally and internationally on elbow injuries in baseball players, rotator cuff tears, shoulder replacement surgery, and Tommy John Surgery. His novel research on the use of growth factors and biologics to enhance tendon healing has resulted in national awards. Dr. Dines recently completed three textbooks written for orthopedic surgeons: Sports Medicine Injuries in Baseball, Controversies in Shoulder Instability, and Sports Injuries of the Foot and Ankle. He is currently finishing a textbook on Tommy John Surgery.

Dr. Dines has a strong interest in increasing public awareness and knowledge of sports injuries. He authors a column on the Huffington Post and is guest contributor on Fox 5 New York. He is also on the Medical advisory board of Motus Global and

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Associate Attending Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College


Special Expertise

Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, knee, ankle
Rotator cuff and shoulder instability
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
Sports injuries of the ankle


New York Magazine, Top Doctors in New York, 2014
Newsday Top Doctors on Long Island, 2014
Castle Connolly Top Doctors, Orthopedic Surgery, 2014
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


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


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

Insurances Accepted

Blue Cross HMO POS
Blue Cross PPO
Blue Cross Pathway
Blue Cross Pathway Enhanced
Medicare (Status: Non-Par using Medicare Limited Fee Schedule)
United Healthcare

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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


Board Certified (American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons)

State Licensure

New York, California

Joshua S. Dines, MD has contributed to the following educational materials:

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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 Publications

Revision Surgery for Failed Ulnar Collateral Ligament of the Elbow Reconstruction. Dines JS, Yocum L, Frank JB, ElAttrache NS, Gambardella R, Jobe F. American Journal Sports Medicine, in press.

Clinical Outcomes of the DANE TJ Technique to Treat Medial Ulnar Collateral Ligament Insufficiency of the Elbow. Dines JS, ElAttrache NS, Conway J, Smith W, Ahmad CS. American Journal Sports Medicine, 2007, 35(12) 2039-2044.

Tissue Engineering and Rotator Cuff Tendon Healing. Dines JS, Grande DA, Dines DM. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.2007, 16(5S):S204-207

The Effect of GDF-5 Coated Sutures on Tendon Repair in a Rat Model. Dines JS, Weber L, Prajapati R, Razzano P, Timmer M, Bowman S, Bonnasser L, Grande DA, Dines DM. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 2007, 16(5S):S215-221.

Biologics in Shoulder Surgery: Suture Augmentation and Coating to Enhance Tendon Repair. Dines JS, Grande DA, ElAttrache NS, Dines JS. Techniques in Orthopaedics. 2007, 22(1):20-25.

Outcomes Analysis of Revision Total Shoulder Replacements. Dines DM, Fealy S, Strauss E, Allen A, Craig E, Warren R, Dines DM. J Bone Joint Surgery Am. 2006, 88(7):1494-1500.

Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tears: What to do, When to do it: The Surgeon’s Dilemma. Dines DM, Moynihan D, Dines JS, McCann P. Instructional Course Lectures. 2007, 56:13-22.

The Effect of Airport Security Devices on Total Shoulder Replacements in the Post-9/11 Era. Dines JS, Elkousy H, Edwards T, Gartsman G, Dines DM. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 2007, 16(4): 434-437.

Axillary Artery Aneurysm with Distal Embolization in a Professional Baseball Pitcher. Baumgarten K, Dines JS, Wincester PA, Altchek D, Fantini G, Weiland. Amer J Sports Medicine. 2007, 35(4), 650-653.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Localized Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis: A Long-Term Follow Up. Dines JS, Deberardino T, Dodson C, Shindle M, Wells JL, DiCarlo E, Warren RF.  Arthroscopy. 2007, 23(9): 930-937.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

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

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Dr. Joshua Dines, Orthopedic Surgeon

Contact Information

Office Locations

River Terrace
Suite 203A
519 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.744.2474

Uniondale Office
333 Earle Ovington Boulevard
Suite 106
Uniondale, NY 11553

Tel: 516.482.1037
Fax: 516.482.9217

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, New York 10021

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