Dr. Scott J. Ellis is an orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in foot and ankle surgery. He runs a busy clinical practice, but also teaches and does research. He is currently appointed as an Associate Professor of orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Ellis has vast experience with a variety of foot and ankle problems and injuries. He specializes in all types of Achilles disorders including acute tears and more chronic degeneration (or tendinosis). He also treats a vast array of patients with ankle fractures and has performed hundreds of total ankle replacements for severe ankle arthritis. He surgically corrects bunions, both in women and men, as well as flatfoot deformity and has written numerous papers on the topic. Another interest and specialty of Dr. Ellis is arthritis of the big toe, which can be treated both operatively and non-operatively.
Dr. Ellis began his academic study at Davidson College in North Carolina, where he attained numerous academic honors. He later began his medical training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He then completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery. After residency, Dr. Ellis remained at HSS as a fellow in foot and ankle surgery. Following his fellowship, he traveled to Duke University (with Dr. James DeOrio); Lyon, France (with Dr. Michel Bonnin); and Basel, Switzerland (with Dr. Beat Hintermann) in order to expand his knowledge in foot and ankle surgery; total ankle replacement in particular.
Associate Attending, Orthopedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Associate Attending, Orthopedic Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Chair, Foot and Ankle Service Registry Steering Committee, Hospital for Special Surgery
Director of Research, Foot and Ankle Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
Editorial Board, Hospital for Special Surgery Journal
Professional Education Council, Hospital for Special Surgery
Global Education Council, Hospital for Special Surgery
Foot and Ankle Arthritis
- Total Ankle Replacement
- Big Toe Arthritis (Hallux Rigidus)
Foot and Ankle Trauma
- Ankle Fractures
- Lisfranc Injuries
Foot and Ankle Deformity
- Bunion and Hammertoe
Adult Acquired Flatfoot (Posterior Tibial Tendon Insufficiency)
Sports Injuries of the Foot and Ankle
- Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus
Achilles Tendon Rupture and Degeneration
Total Ankle Replacement
Big Toe Fusion
ORIF (Open Reduction - Internal Fixation) for Foot and Ankle Fractures
Post-traumatic Reconstruction of the Foot and Ankle
Reconstruction of the Adult Acquired Flatfoot (Posterior Tibial Tendon Insufficiency)
Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
Achilles Tendon Repair and Reconstruction
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2017-2021
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2015-2021
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2014-2020
Elected as Member to the American Orthopaedic Association, 2016
HSS Foot and Ankle Fellowship Teaching Award, 2016
AOFAS Goldner Award (best basic science paper) Summer Meeting, 2014
Winner, AOFAS Mann Award (best clinical paper) AOFAS Summer Meeting, 2014
American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) Traveling Fellowship, 2009
NIH Research Fellow, Intramural Research Training Award, 2000
American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), 2016-present
American Medical Association (AMA), 2012-present
American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS), 2011-present
President, Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation, 2018
Member-at-large, AOFAS Board of Directors, 2015-2017
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), 2011-present
New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons (NYSOS), 2005-present
English, Spanish, Bilingual
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.
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Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Ellis as of November 21, 2019.
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Board Certified, Orthopaedic Surgery, 2010
Reviewer, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 2007-present
Reviewer, The HSS Journal, 2008-present
Reviewer, Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 2010-present
Reviewer, Foot and Ankle International, 2013-present
Member Editorial Board, HSS Journal, 2013-present
Editor, Total Ankle Arthroplasty Today. Eds. M. Bonnin and S.J. Ellis. CIC Edizioni Internazionali, Rome, 2012.
S.J. Ellis, M. Roberts. Surgical Management of Failed Great Toe Arthroplasty. Arthritis and Arthroplasty: The Foot and Ankle. eds. JC Coetzee and SR Hurwitz. Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2010. 341-350.
B.R. Williams, S.J. Ellis, J.Yu, J.T. Deland. Stage IV Adult-Acquired Flatfoot Deformity Deltoid Ligament Reconstruction. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery. ed. V Prisk. Elsevier, Philadelphia, 20(3) September 2010. 183-189.
S.J. Ellis, B.R. Williams, J.Yu, J.T. Deland. Spring Ligament Reconstruction for Advanced Flatfoot Deformity with the use of an Achilles Allograft. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery. ed. V Prisk. Elsevier, Philadelphia, 20(3) September 2010. 175-182.
S.J. Ellis, J.K. DeOrio. The INBONE Total Ankle Replacement. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery. ed. V Prisk. Elsevier, Philadelphia, 20(3) September 2010. 201-210.
S.J. Ellis, L. Moril, J.T. Deland. The Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement (STAR) System. Seminars in Arthroplasty. Ed. SM Raikin. Elsevier. Philadelphia, 21(4) December 2010. 275-281.
S.J. Ellis, M. Drakos, A. Daluiski. The Hand. The Hospital for Special Surgery Guide to Orthopaedic Surgery. eds. TP Sculco, M Lim, AS Ranawat, A Pearle. Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2012.
C. Demetracopoulos, S.J. Ellis. Evolution of Concepts in Total Ankle Arthroplasty. Total Ankle Arthroplasty Today. Ed. M. Bonnin. CIC Edizioni Internazionali. Rome, 2012
S.J. Ellis. The Adult Acquired Flatfoot Deformity. Case Files: Orthopaedics. Eds. E. Toy, A. Rosenbaum, J. Dines, T. Roberts. McGraw-Hill, New York, March, 2013. 313-321.
E. Vulcano, C. Demetracopoulos, S.J. Ellis. Surgical Management of Insufficiency Fractures: Foot. Insufficiency Fractures. The AAOS Monograph Series. Eds. A. Saleh. Rosemont, IL, The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. March, 2014. Pages 57-70.
W. Probasco, A. Haleem, J. Yu, B.J. Sangeorzan, J.T. Deland, S.J. Ellis. Assessment of Coronal Plane Subtalar Joint Alignment in Patients with Peritalar Subluxation via Weight-Bearing Multiplanar Imaging. Foot and Ankle International. 36(3). March 2015. 302-309.
B.U. Nwachukwu, A.S. McLawhorn, M.S. Simon, K.S. Hamid, C. Demetracopoulos, J.T. Deland, S.J. Ellis. Management of End-Stage Ankle Arthritis: a Cost-Utility Analysis Using Direct and Indirect Costs. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American. 97A (14). July 15, 2015. 1159-1172.
J. Chan, S. Greenfield, D. Soukup, H. Do, J.T. Deland, S.J. Ellis. Contribution of Lateral Column Lengthening to the Correction of Forefoot Abduction in Stage IIb Adult Acquired Flatfoot Deformity Reconstruction. Foot and Ankle International. 36(12). December, 2015. 1400-1411.
A. MacMachon, J. Karbassi, J. Burket, A. Elliott, D. Levine, M. Roberts, J. T. Deland, M. O’Malley, J. Yu, C. Mancuso, S.J. Ellis. Return to Sports and Physical Activities After the Modified Lapidus Procedure for Hallux Valgus in Young Patients. Foot and Ankle International. April, 2016. 378-385.
A. MacMahon, P. Kim. D.S. Levine, J. Burket, M.M. Roberts, M.C. Drakos, J.T. Deland, A.J. Elliott, S.J. Ellis. Return to Sports and Physical Activities After Primary Partial Arthrodesis for Lisfranc Injuries in Young Patients. Foot and Ankle International. April, 2016. 355-362.
E.A. Cody, H.H. Greditzer, A. MacMahon, J. Burket, C. Sofka, S.J. Ellis. Effects on the Tarsal Tunnel Following Malerba Z-type Osteotomy Compared to Standard Lateralizing Calcaneal Osteotomy. Foot and Ankle International. 37(9). September, 2016. 1017-1022.
E.A. Cody, C.A. Mancuso, A.MacMahon, A. Marinescu, J.C. Burket, M.C. Drakos, M.M. Roberts, S.J. Ellis. Development and Testing of an Expectations Survey for Patients Undergoing Foot and Ankle Surgery. Foot and Ankle International. 37(12). December, 2016. 1277-1284.
E.A. Cody, C. Mancuso, J. Burket, A. Marinescu, A. MacMahon, S.J. Ellis. Patient Factors Associated with Higher Expectations from Foot and Ankle Surgery. Foot and Ankle International. Elected as Lead Article, Selected for Podcast. 38(5). May, 2017. 472-478.
J. Burket, S. Greenfield, D. Soukup, H. Do., S.J. Ellis. Validation of PROMIS Computerized Adaptive Tests Against the FAOS for Six Common Foot and Ankle Pathologies. Foot and Ankle International. 38(8). August, 2017. 870-878.
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Research Grant (Outreach and Education Fund, OEF), 2014-2015
Hospital for Special Surgery Medical Student Research Fellowship Program Award. Academic Summer, 2014
The British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Grant, 2013-2014
Hospital for Special Surgery Medical Student Research Fellowship Program Award. Academic Summer, 2013
Joseph Lane Research Grant (Hospital for Special Surgery Internal Grant), 2011-2012
American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Research Grant (Outreach and Education Fund, OEF), 2010-2011
Hospital for Special Surgery Medical Student Research Fellowship Program Award. Academic Summer, 2010
American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Research Grant (Outreach and Education Fund, OEF), 2009-2010
Eduardo Salvati Research Grant (Hospital for Special Surgery Internal Grant), 2005-2007
Adult Acquired Flatfoot (Posterior Tibial Tendon Insufficiency)
Plantar Pressure Measurement
Total Ankle Arthroplasty
Patient Expectations and Outcomes
Dr. Ellis performs surgery at the following locations:
Stephen Costigliola, RPA-C
Physician Assistant to Dr. Scott Ellis
Stephen Costigliola is a certified physician assistant licensed in the state of New York. A native New Yorker, Stephen was born and raised in Queens, New York. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at St. Francis College, and is board certified through the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). He started his career in 2003, working as PA in Emergency Medicine. In 2007, Stephen began practicing General Orthopedics and Trauma, and has been specializing in Foot & Ankle Surgery since joining Hospital for Special Surgery in 2010.
As a Certified Physician Assistant, Stephen provides services that would otherwise be performed by physicians. His duties include assisting Dr. Ellis in surgery as well as seeing patients in the office. In order to accommodate patients in a timely manner, Stephen also routinely sees patients by himself during initial visits (for both chronic foot disorders as well as emergent injuries), for pre-op surgical planning, and routine post-op care.
Learn more about the duties and training of physician assistants at AAPA.org.