Stephen Fealy, MD

Stephen Fealy, MD, is a specialist in the field of shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Fealy attended college at Columbia, where he was a pitcher for the baseball team, and then continued on to graduate with honors from Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons. He completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency and Sports Medicine Fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery; he assisted the medical staff of the New York Giants football team during his fellowship.

He is the Orthopedic Surgery/Sports Medicine Consultant for the Major League Baseball Players Association. In this role, Dr. Fealy helps with both medical and orthopedic related issues and is continually involved with research projects involving Major League Baseball and athletic injuries. Dr. Fealy also serves on the Research Committee and Medical Advisory Committee for Major League Baseball.

Dr. Fealy is one of the designers and creators of Major League Baseball PitchSmart Initiative, This is an ongoing collaborative effort to help minimize overuse injuries in youth sports and baseball. He is also one of the coordinators of MLB’s ongoing prospective study to limit Tommy John Injuries (UCL).

Dr. Fealy has been involved in both clinical and laboratory research at Hospital for Special Surgery for over 25 years. His innovative research has been nominated for the Charles S. Neer Award from the American Shoulder and Elbow Society five times and won the prestigious international award in 2002 and then again in 2006. His clinical and research interests include: cartilage repair and transplantation, arthroscopic shoulder repair (rotator cuff tears, labrum tears), arthroscopic shoulder stabilization, anterior cruciate and posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, and elbow ligament reconstruction. Dr. Fealy performs the latest and most innovative arthroscopic techniques, including all-arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs, anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions, and multi-ligament knee reconstructions.

Dr. Fealy performs total joint replacements of the shoulder and knee. He recently received an ongoing grant from Major League Baseball to evaluate common tendon injuries involving the shoulder, elbow, and knee.

Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Fealy is an active member of many professional organizations, including: American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America, American College of Sports Medicine, American Shoulder & Elbow Society, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters as well as a new textbook on Shoulder Replacement Surgery. Dr. Fealy was raised on Long Island and is active as a team physician for both high school and semi-pro athletic teams on Long Island and throughout New York City.


Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College


Special Expertise

Shoulder, Elbow, Knee and Ankle injuries
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
Rotator Cuff Repair
Sports Medicine
Total Knee Replacement
Total Shoulder Replacement


Castle Connolly "Best Doctors in New York", 2011, 2012, 2013
National Resident Essay Award – Basic Science Research, Arthroscopy Association of North America, 1989
Zimmer Research Travel Award, American Orthopaedic Association, 1989
Lewis Clark Wagner Award, Hospital for Special Surgery, 1989
Samuel W. and Lewis Rover Award in Anatomy and Cellular Biology, Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons, 1995
Resident Research Grant, Arthroscopy Association of North America, 1999
Resident/Fellow Award, Eastern Orthopaedic Association, 2000
Charles S. Neer Award – Basic Science Category, American Shoulder & Elbow Society, 2002
Lawrence A. Mack Research Award, 11th Annual Meeting Society of Radiologists & Ultrasonographers, 2001
Founders Award, Eastern Orthopaedic Association, 2002
Charles S. Neer Award – Clinical Science Category, American Shoulder & Elbow Society, 2006

Insurances Accepted

United Healthcare

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MD, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York


Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell University Medical Center, Orthopedic Surgery, New York


Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell University Medical Center, Sports Medicine & Shoulder Service, New York


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2004

State Licensure

New York

Stephen Fealy, MD has contributed to the following educational materials:

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Selected Publications

Stephen J O'Brien MD, Jeffrey Ngeow MD, Mary Ann Gibney RN MPH, Camille Rees RN, Russell F Warren MD, Stephen Fealy BA: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy of the Knee: Etiology, Diagnosis and Treatment. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 23(6):655-659, 1995.

The Use of the Contact Nd: YAG Laser in Arthroscopic Surgery: Effects on Articular Cartilage and Meniscal Tissue.  Drew V Miller MD, Stephen J O’Brien MD, Steven P Arnoczky DVM, Anne M Kelly BA, Stephen Fealy, Russell F Warren MD. Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic & Related Surgery, 5(4):245-253, 1989.M.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

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Contact Information

Office Locations

East River Professional Building
523 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1894
Fax: 212.774.7651

333 Earle Ovington Blvd
Suite 106
Uniondale, NY 11553

Tel: 516.222.8881
Fax: 516.222.6893

Mailing Address

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

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