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Austin T. Fragomen, MD

Limb Lengthening Surgeon
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About Dr. Fragomen


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

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Specialized Centers

Limb Salvage and Amputation Reconstruction Center (LSARC)

Special Expertise

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
Joint Fusion
Ankle, Knee, & Hip Distraction
Knee Arthroscopy
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

State Licensure


English, Español

For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Fragomen

Patient Education

Professional Education

Editorial Appointments

Reviewer for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research (CORR) & the Journal of Orthopaedic Research (JOR)

Selected Journal Articles


Research Interests

Biomechanics of External Fixation, Computer Navigation Surgery
Cartilage Repair & Regeneration
Bone Healing Mechanisms

Clinical Trials / Research Studies

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Fragomen as of May 11, 2024.

  • DePuy Synthes, Inc. - Consultant
  • HS2, LLC - Ownership Interest
  • Joint Effort Administrative Services Organization - Ownership Interest
  • NuVasive, Inc. - Consultant

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.

Patients should feel free to ask their HSS physicians questions about these relationships.

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