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 St. 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.
- From the Main Hospital (535 East 70th St):
Enter the Hospital lobby and take the West elevators to the 2nd Floor. Upon exiting the elevator, turn right and continue down the hallway and over the sky bridge. Once across the sky bridge, you will see a set of elevators on your left. Take the elevator to my office.
- From the Belaire Building Main Entrance (525 East 71st St):
Enter the Belaire lobby and take the front elevators to the 2nd Floor. Upon exiting the elevator, turn left and follow the hallway around until you see another set of elevators on your right. Take the elevator to my office.
- From the Belaire Building 72nd Street Entrance (524 East 72nd St):
Enter the Belaire building and walk down the stairs. Follow the hallway around, past the first set of elevators on your left. Continue down the hall and past the windows until you see another set of elevators on your right. Take the elevator to my office.
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).
Liu JN, Garcia GH, Mahony G, Wu HH, Dines DM, Warren RF, Gulotta LV. Sports after shoulder arthroplasty: a comparative analysis of hemiarthroplasty and reverse total shoulder replacement. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2016 Feb 4 [Epub ahead of press].
YaDeau JT, Gordon MA, Goylizolo EA, Lin Y, Fields KG, Goon AK, Holck G, Miu TW, Gulotta LV, Dines DM, Craig EV. Buprenorphine, clonidine, dexamethasone, and ropivacaine for interscalene nerve blockade: A prospective, randomized, blinded, ropivacaine dose-response study. Pain Med. 2015 Dec 14 [Epub ahead of press].
Garcia GH, Taylor SA, Mahony GT, DePalma BJ, Grawe BM, Nguyen J, Dines JS, Dines DM, Warren RF, Craig EV, Gulotta LV. Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty and work-related outcomes. Orthopaedics. 2016 Jan 22:1-6[Epub ahead of press].
Garcia GH, Mahony GT, Fabricant PD, Wu HH, Dines DM, Warren RF, Craig EV, Gulotta LV. Sports- and Work-related outcomes after shoulder hemiarthroplasty. Am J Sports Med. 2016 Feb;44(2):490-6.
Cheng J, Kahn RL, YaDeau JT, Tsodikov A, Goytizolo EA, Guheen CR, Haskins SC, Oxendine JA, Allen AA, Gulotta LV, Dines DM, Brummett CM. The fibromyalgia score correlates with preoperative pain phenotypes but does not predict pain outcomes after shoulder arthroscopy. Clin J Pain. 2015 Nov 26. [EPub ahead of press].
Garcia GH, Fu MC, Dines DM, Craig EV, Gulotta LV. Malnutrition: a marker for increased complications, mortality, and length of stay after total shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 Oct 8 (Epub ahead of print).
Schairer WW, Nwachukwu BU, Lyman S, Craig EV, Gulotta LV. Reverse shoulder arthroplasty versus hemiarthroplasty for treatment of proximal humerus fractures. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 Oct;24(10):1560-6.
Gulotta LV. Commentary on "Reverse shoulder arthroplasty provided better functional outcomes than hemiarthroplasty for acute proximal humeral fractures". J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 May 20;97(10): 861.
Garcia GH, Taylor SA, DePalma BJ, Mahony GT, Grawe BM, Nguyen J, Dines JS, Dines DM, Warren RF, Craig EV, Gulotta LV. Patient activity levels after reverse total shoulder arthroplasty: What are patients doing? Am J Sports Med. 2015 Nov;43(11):2816-21.
Gulotta LV, Chambers KL, Warren RF, Dines DM, Craig EV. No difference in early results of a hybrid glenoid compared with a pegged implant. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2015 Dec;473(12):3918-24.
Khair M, Lehman J, Tsouris N, Gulotta L. A systematic review of preoperative fatty infiltration and rotator cuff outcomes. HSS Journal. 25 September 2015 (Epub ahead of press).
Li X, Williams P, Curry EJ, Choi D, Craig EV, Warren RF, Gulotta L, Wright T. Trabecular bone microarchitecture and characteristics in different regions of the glenoid. Orthopedics. 2015 Mar 1:38(3):e163-8.
Costantini O, Choi DS, Kontaxis A, Gulotta LV. The effects of progressive lateralization of the joint center of rotation of reverse total shoulder implants. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 Jul;24(7):1120-8.
Throckmorton TW, Gulotta LV, Bonnarens FO, Wright SA, Hartzell JL, Rozzi WB, Hurst JM, Forstick SP, Sperling JW. Patient-specific targeting guides compared with traditional instrumentation for glenoid component placement in shoulder arthroplasty: a multi-surgeon study in 70 arthritis cadaver specimens. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 Jun;24(6):965-71.
Taylor SA, Khair MM, Gulotta LV, Pearle AD, Baret NJ, Newman AM, Dy CJ, O’Brien SJ. Diagnostic glenohumeral arthroscopy fails to fully evaluate the biceps-labral complex. Arthroscopy: 2014 Dec 10 (EPub ahead of Press).
Berhouet J. Kontaxis A, Gulotta L, Craig E, Warren R, Dines J, Dines D. Effects of humeral tray component positioning for only reverse shoulder arthroplasty design: A biomechanical analysis. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 Apr;24(4):569-77.
Patel RJ, Gulotta L, Wright TM, Gao Y. Effects of osteoarthritis on load transfer after cemented total shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 Mar;24(3):407-15.
Schairer WW, Nwachukwu BU, Lyman S, Craig EV, Gulotta LV. National utilization of reverse total shoulder arthroplasty in the United States. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 Jan;24(1):91-7.
Berton A, Gulotta LV, Petrillo S, Florio P, Longo UG, Denaro V, Kontaxis A. The effect of humeral version on teres minor muscle moment arm, length, and impingement in reverse shoulder arthroplasty during activities of daily living. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 Apr;24(4):578-86.
Kovacevic D, Gulotta LV, Ying L, Ehteshami JR, Deng XH, Rodeo SA. rhPDGF-BB promotes early healing in a rat rotator cuff repair model. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2014 10(3): 213-224.
Nwawka O, Konin G, Sneag D, Gulotta L, Potter H. Magnetic resonance imaging of shoulder arthroplasty. HSS Journal 2014 ;10(3):213-224.
Gulotta L, Lobatto D, Delos D, Coleman S, Altchek DW. Anterior capsular tears of the shoulder in professional baseball players. Accepted for publication in J Shoulder Elbow Surg. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2014 Aug;23(8);e173-8.
Neuhaus V, Bot AG, Guitton TG, Ring DC, Science of Variation Group (Gulotta LV, et al.). Scapular fractures: interobserver reliability of classification and treatment. J Orthop Trauma. 2014 Mar;28(3):124-9.
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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