Dr. Austin Fragomen attended medical school at the State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine. He excelled through a very hands-on surgical internship at Montefiore and Jacobi medical centers in the Bronx. He launched into his orthopaedic residency training program, under John R. Denton, MD, at the Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center. As chief resident he took a strong interest in fracture care, limb reconstruction, and joint preservation surgery. He then relocated to San Francisco, California to dedicate himself to learning advanced techniques in surgery of the shoulder and knee with pioneer and innovator Eugene M. Wolf, MD.
He returned to New York's Hospital for Special Surgery to help start the fellowship in Limb Lengthening & Reconstruction Surgery. Dedicated to skeletal reconstruction, Dr. Fragomen and Dr. Rozbruch created the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service (LLRCS) at HSS. He serves as Fellowship Director, Director of Education, and Director of the LLRCS Clinic. He is dedicated to clinical and biomechanical research and enjoys his busy clinical practice.
Dr Fragomen is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, and he has presented his clinical and biomechanical research at medical meetings and has authored articles for numerous orthopaedic journals and textbooks. He has lectured extensively on related topics to residency training programs and in the community setting. He maintains a position as a reviewer on the editorial staff for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research and the Journal of Orthopaedic Research. He served as the president of the LLRS-ASAMI North America from 2019-2021 and remains on the Board. He is a member of the AAOS Board of Subspeciality Societies.
Dr Fragomen is skilled in limb lengthening surgery as well as limb salvage projects. He is a founding member of the novel field of Limb Deformity which includes knock knees, bow legs, femoral anteversion & retroversion and other rotational deformities. Dr. Fragomen takes pride in resolving the previously “unsolvable” problems from which his patients suffer, and he welcomes collaboration with other HSS surgeons who have complimentary skill sets in an effort to guarantee that all of his patients have been treated by the best of the best
Skeletal Reconstruction: Adult & Pediatric
Limb Deformity Correction & Bone Lengthening Surgery
Ilizarov External Fixation
Fracture care & Problem Fractures: Nonunions & Malunions
Bone infection (Osteomyelitis)
Limb Salvage, Bone Loss
Ankle, Knee, & Hip Distraction
Joint Preservation, Limb Realignment & Minimally Invasive Surgery
Cosmetic Limb Surgery
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Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Director, Limb Salvage and Amputation Reconstruction Center, Hospital for Special Surgery
Director, Limb Lengthening Clinic, Hospital for Special Surgery
Fellowship Director, Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
President Emeritus, Limb Lengthening & Reconstruction Society-ASAMI North America, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery 2019-2021
Treasurer, Limb Lengthening & Reconstruction Society-ASAMI North America, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Academy Orthopaedic Surgery
New York State Medical Society
Volunteer Surgeon, Wounded Warriors Project
Member NYC Medical Reserve Corps
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery 2007
Castle Connolly Top Doctor - 10 Years
Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2015-2021
Castle Connolly New York Metro Area Top Doctors, 2013-2022
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2012-2020
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2012-2022
Patient's Choice Award 2008-2013
AOA Alumni Membership, 2012
Alumni AOA Award from Downstate Medical School, 2012
Best Poster, AAOS, Foot and Ankle Session, 2012
Meritorious Service Award and Bronze Medallion, Marine Society of New York, 2008
Wounded Warriors Project Commendation, 2007
MD, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, 1997
Montefiore Medical Center, General Surgery, Bronx, New York, 1998
St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, Orthopedic Surgery, Jamaica, New York, 2003
Hospital for Special Surgery, Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction, New York, 2005
Eugene M. Wolf, MD, California Pacific Medical Center, Fellowship in Surgery of the Shoulder & Knee, San Francisco, California, 2004
"In July 2009 I was hit by a motorcycle as I crossed the street. I remember waking up in the hospital with lots of pain. The doctor told my mom that I fractured my tibia and fibula. I had surgery, and my leg was in a cast for a few months, but I was still experiencing symptoms of pain and swelling."
Three months after the surgery, x-rays showed the tibia was not healing.
"This experience changed my life. I walked with a limp. It took me more time than usual to get around. My self esteem was down. People would make fun of me and call me names like 'Limpy.' I was afraid to wear shorts because of the leg bump."
She stopped attending school because of the leg pain but also because the constant humiliation she felt from many of her peers was too much to bear.
"My mom and I saw another doctor who said the fracture was not healing and I would need another surgery. I felt angry and depressed. My mom spoke to me and told me that she would make everything okay.
"We were referred to many doctors before we found the right one. My Mom's friend, Dr. Kleinman, examined my fracture and told us he knew a doctor that had the experience to fix my leg. He sent us to the office of Dr. Fragomen."
"Dr Fragomen confirmed that he was able to repair my leg. I had the surgery May 2009."
"After the surgery I was pain free. I could walk better. Within three months I was able to run without a limp. I was back to normal. I have a great appreciation for Dr. Fragomen.
"He made me feel happy. I can now move on with my life. I am now in school. I can enjoy life, and I’m no longer called Limpy."
"Dr. Fragomen, I just wanted to say thank you. The time, care and attention that you and your staff pay to your patients is visible from the very first consultation which is refreshing. My entire life, I have been treated like a 'freak' when seen by doctors outside of HSS who don't have a clue of what Spinabifida is. It took my other doctors 2 weeks to come up with the osteomyelitis diagnosis. When they finally did come up with the diagnosis, the first thing they mentioned was amputation. When I first came to see you, you knew exactly what needed to be done and did it. You and your team have made this whole experience, for lack of a better term, worth it - from Norma & the front office folks to Lisa and the rest of the medical team. Thank You!! Thank YOU, Dr. Fragomen for being who you are and doing what you do."
I have been bowlegged since going through a growth spurt during my middle school years. It never really negatively impacted my life. I wasn't self conscious about my legs and I suffered no ill effects physically. I was able to run and play sports with the best. However, in 2007 I turned 30 years old and while playing a soccer match suffered a torn meniscus in my right knee. It was the first ever injury I had suffered to my knees. I underwent a meniscectomy and went back to normal activities. In 2008, I began noticing significant pain on the inside of my knees while running. I still had plenty left in life that I wanted to do that required me to be in peak physical condition and I wasn't willing to give up on those dreams because of knee pain. I began to look for solutions. Read more.
Reviewer for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research (CORR) & the Journal of Orthopaedic Research (JOR)
Biomechanics of External Fixation, Computer Navigation Surgery
Cartilage Repair & Regeneration
Bone Healing Mechanisms
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