Dr. Lawrence V. Gulotta is the Chief of the Shoulder and Elbow Division of the Sports Medicine Institute at Hospital for Special Surgery. He specializes in shoulder surgery and sports medicine, including arthroscopic and open surgeries of the shoulder, and is the Head Orthopedic Surgeon for the New York Mets.
Dr. Gulotta has dedicated his career to understanding and treating shoulder conditions. He has performed research on new ways to improve rotator cuff healing, as well as ways to improve the design and performance of shoulder replacements. He has received several awards for his research, authored numerous clinical and basic science research papers, and given presentations at national and international meetings. He currently serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, and the Journal of Orthopaedic Research. He is also on the Editorial Board of the HSS Journal.
As an undergraduate, Dr. Gulotta attended Johns Hopkins University, where he studied biology and played varsity football. He was recognized with several academic and athletic honors. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and named to the GTE Academic All-American Football Team in his senior year.
Dr. Gulotta attended Harvard Medical School followed by Hospital for Special Surgery, where he trained in orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, and shoulder surgery. In addition to his training in the United States, Dr. Gulotta acquired further training in shoulder surgery at specialized centers across Europe. He completed an AO Shoulder Trauma Fellowship in Bern, Switzerland, and also observed leading shoulder surgeons in Zurich, Switzerland, and Lyon, France. His diverse training has allowed him to perform cutting-edge arthroscopic and open surgeries for the treatment of shoulder instability, labral tears, shoulder replacements, large rotator cuff tears, revision shoulder surgeries, and shoulder fractures.
Dr. Gulotta is also interested in athletic injuries of the shoulder. During his training, he served as an Assistant Physician for the New York Football Giants, Iona University Athletics, the FDNY semi-professional Football Team, and the New York City Public Schools Athletic League.
All Disorders of the Shoulder
Rotator Cuff Repairs
Shoulder Instability Procedures
Shoulder Labral Repairs
Total Shoulder Replacement
Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
Revision Shoulder Procedures, Including Replacement
Complex, Reconstructive Shoulder Surgery
Tendon Transfers Around the Shoulder
Shoulder Fractures (Humerus, Glenoid, Clavicle, Scapula)
Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Injuries
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Chief, Shoulder and Elbow Division, Sports Medicine Institute, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)
Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS)
Richard Laskin Young Attending Resident Teaching Award (2015)
Nominated for the American Shoulder and Elbow Society (ASES) Neer Award for Clinical Research (2011)
Jean McDaniel Award. Awarded to the HSS Chief Resident who best demonstrates leadership, professionalism and ethics in the care of patients as voted by co-residents (2009)
Lewis Clark Wagner Award for Resident Research at Hospital for Special Surgery (2009)
New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center Distinguished House-staff Award for Orthopaedic Surgery (2008)
Eastern Orthopaedic Association Ranawat Award for Excellence in Research (2008)
First Place, Podium Presentation at the 7th Annual OREF NYC Resident Research Symposium (2008)
Eastern Orthopaedic Association Founder’s Award for the Top Research Paper by a Resident/Fellow (2007)
First Place, Podium Presentation at the 6th Annual OREF NYC Resident Research Symposium (2007)
New York Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation Orthopaedic Research Fellowship Award (2006)
AOA-OREF-Zimmer Resident Leadership Forum Participant (2007)
OREF Clinician-Scientist Development Program Participant (2007)
Phi Beta Kappa (1999)
Harvard Medical School
New York Presbyterian Hospital - General Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery - Orthopaedic Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery - Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery
AO Shoulder Trauma Fellowship, Bern, Switzerland (Ralph Hertel, MD)
Additional Shoulder Training:
My office is located at The Pavilion, 541 East 71st Street. The main entrance to The Pavilion is on the north side of 71st Street underneath the sky bridge that connects the main hospital to the Belaire Building.
Dr. Gulotta performs surgery at the following locations:
Editorial Board, HSS Journal (2006-present)
Reviewer, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research (2006-present)
Reviewer, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery – American (2007-present)
Reviewer, HSS Journal (2009-present)
Reviewer, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (2010-present)
Gulotta L., Rodeo SA. “Basic Science Aspects of the ACL: tendon healing, vascularity, and microscopic anatomy.” Book chapter in ACL Surgery: How to get it right the first time, and what to do when you don’t, Bernard Bach and Matthew Provecher, Eds. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK, Inc, 2010.
Buckwalter JA, Einhorn TA, Marsh JL, Gulotta L, Ranawat A, Lane J. “Bone and Joint Healing.” Book chapter in Rockwood and Green’s Fractures in Adults-Seventh Edition, Robert Bucholz, Charles Court-Brown, James Heckman, and Paul Tornetta, Eds. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health, 2009.
Gulotta L. “Orthopaedic Surgery.” Book chapter in Surgical Recall Fifth Edition, Lorne Blackbourne, Ed. Baltimore, MD: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2008.
Gulotta L. “Muscle Injuries: An Overview.” Patient educational chapter published on the HSS website. http://www.hss.edu/conditions_muscle-injuries-overview.asp. New York, NY. October 2009.
Gulotta L, Marks C, Fealy S. “Physical Examination and Surgical Indications of the Arthritic Shoulder.” Book chapter in Shoulder Arthroplasty, Stephen Fealy, Russell Warren, Edward Craig, and John Sperling, Eds. New York, NY: Thieme, 2008.
Gulotta L. “Orthopaedic Surgery.” Book chapter in Surgical Recall Fourth Edition, Lorne Blackbourne, Ed. Baltimore, MD: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2005.
Gulotta L, Lieberman G. “Imaging of the Shoulder.” Web tutorial published on Beth Israel-Deaconess’ radiology web site. http://eradiology.bidmc.harvard.edu/learningLab/musculo/Gulotta_files/frame.htm. Boston, MA. October 2002.
Gulotta L, Lieberman G. “Pelvic Ring Fractures.” Web tutorial published on Beth Israel-Deaconess’ radiology web site. www.bidmc.harvard.edu/radiology/education/default.htm. Boston, MA. November 2001.
Gulotta L, Rodeo SA. “Muscle, Tendon, Ligament.” Book chapter in Orthopaedic Knowledge Update (OKU) 10, John Flynn, Editor. Chicago, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, (In Press).
Gulotta L, Gerber C. “Tendon Transfers for Massive Rotator Cuff Tears.” Book chapter in Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery: The Shoulder, Edward V. Craig, Editor. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins (In Press).
Gulotta L, Choi D, Marinello P, Wright T, Cordasco F, Craig E, Warren F. Effects of humeral retroversion on the scaption ability following reverse total shoulder arthroplasty: A biomechanical study. 11th International Congress of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. Edinburgh, Scotland; September 5-8, 2010.
Gulotta L, Choi D, Marinello P, Wright T, Cordasco F, Craig E, Warren F. Effects of anterior deltoid and subscapularis deficiency on the scaption ability following reverse total shoulder arthroplasty: A biomechanical study. 11th International Congress of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. Edinburgh, Scotland; September 5-8, 2010.
Gulotta L, Kovacevic D, Packer D, Deng X, Rodeo. Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal cells transduced with scleraxis improve rotator cuff healing in a rat model. Annual Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Providence, RI; July 15-18, 2010.
Gulotta L, Kovacevic D, Montgomery S, Ehteshami J, Rodeo S. Evaluation of adenoviral-mediated gene transfer of hBMP-13 to improve rotator cuff healing in a rat model. 55th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society. Las Vegas, NV; February 22-25, 2009.
Bedi A, Kovacevic D, Fox A, Gulotta L, Hettrich C, Deng X, Warren R, Rodeo S. The effect of BMP 2-7 heterodimer delivered in an injectable calcium-phosphate matrix on tendon-bone healing in an ACL reconstruction model. 55th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society. Las Vegas, NV; February 22-25, 2009.
Bedi A, Kovacevic D, Hettrich C, Gulotta L, Ehteshami J, Warren R, Rodeo S. The effect of matrix metalloproteinase inhibition on tendon-to-bone healing in a rotator cuff repair model. 55th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society. Las Vegas, NV; February 22-25, 2009.
Gulotta L, Rudzki JR, Kovacevic D, Chen CT, Williams RJ. Chondrocyte necrosis and matrix degradation following osteochondral autologous transplantation surgery in a rabbit model. 54th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society. San Francisco, CA; March 2-5, 2008.
Gulotta L, Kovacevic D, Ying L, Ehteshami J, Montgomery, Deng X, Rodeo S. Augmentation of tendon-bone healing with a magnesium based bone adhesive in a rabbit ACL model. 6th Annual OREF NYC Resident Research Symposium. Columbia University, New York, NY; May 25, 2007.
Wanich T, Zelken J, Rodeo SA, Gulotta L, Shindle M, Warren RF. Functional tissue engineering of a meniscal replacement. 74th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. San Diego, CA; February 14-18, 2007.
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