Stephen Fealy, MD, is a specialist in the field of shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle surgery at HSS. 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 HSS; 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, www.pitchsmart.org. 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 HSS 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
Shoulder, Elbow, Knee and Ankle injuries
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
Rotator Cuff Repair
Total Knee Replacement
Total Shoulder Replacement
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2011-2020
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2018
AOSSM Fellow Research Award - Clinical Science, 2018
OREF Throwing Athlete Research Grant, 2016
Charles S. Neer Award – Clinical Science Category, American Shoulder & Elbow Society, 2006
Founders Award, Eastern Orthopaedic Association, 2002
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
Resident/Fellow Award, Eastern Orthopaedic Association, 2000
Resident Research Grant, Arthroscopy Association of North America, 1999
Samuel W. and Lewis Rover Award in Anatomy and Cellular Biology, Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons, 1995
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
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.
As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.
Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Fealy as of February 19, 2020.
By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.
Patients should feel free to ask their HSS physicians questions about these relationships.
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
O'Brien SJ, Ngeow J, Gibney MA, Rees C, Fealy S, Warren RF. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy of the Knee: Etiology, Diagnosis and Treatment. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 23(6):655-659, 1995.
Miller DV, O’Brien SJ, Arnoczky SP, Kelly AM, Fealy S, Warren RF. The Use of the Contact Nd: YAG Laser in Arthroscopic Surgery: Effects on Articular Cartilage and Meniscal Tissue. Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic & Related Surgery, 5(4):245-253, 1989.M.
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
Prospective UCL Evaluation in Professional Baseball Pitchers
AOSSM 2018 Fellow Research Award - Clinical Science
Non-Operative Treatment of Elbow Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries with and without Platelet-Rich Plasma in Professional Baseball Players: A Comparative and Matched Cohort Analysis
The Fellow Research Award, formerly the Aircast Award, is determined by the AOSSM Fellowship Committee. The award is given to the best papers in clinical and basic science submitted by a sports medicine fellow. Authors: Aakash Chauhan MD, MBA, Peter McQueen MD, Michael G. Ciccotti MD, Christopher Camp MD, John D'Angelo, Hollis Potter MD, Brandon J. Erickson MD, Stephen Fealy MD, Heinz Hoenecke MD, Daniel Keefe MD, Julie McCauley MPHc, and Jan Fronek MD.