Jo A. Hannafin, MD, PhD

Dr. Jo A. Hannafin is board certified in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. She is an Attending Orthopedic Surgeon and Director of the Women's Sports Medicine Center at Hospital for Special Surgery. She is a Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Hannafin was a USOC physician for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece and the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic. She is currently the Head Team Physician for the WNBA New York Liberty and a Team Physician for the United States Rowing Team.  She was an event physician at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games (rowing); and the New York City Marathon. Dr. Hannafin was a team physician for the WUSA New York Power from 2000-2003 and an Assistant Team Physician to the New York Mets from 1992-1996. She has been team physician to the U.S. Rowing Team since 1994 and is a member of the FISA Medical Commission. Dr. Hannafin was a member of the silver medalist lightweight double at the 1984 World Rowing Championships and a three-time gold medalist at the U.S. National Rowing Championships. She is currently the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the National Rowing Foundation.

Dr. Hannafin has just completed her term as the President of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and will continue to serve as a member of the Board until 2016. She is currently the President of the Herodicus Society. She served as the first female President of the Society from 2013-2014. She has served as Vice President and Secretary of the AOSSM board, Chair of the Enduring Education and Research Committees and has served on numerous AOSSM committees. She was a member of the Board of the OREF (Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation) from 2006-2012. She has published over 90 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has written 20 book chapters. She is also the co-author of the book Say Goodbye to Knee Pain. Dr. Hannafin has been honored as one of The Best Doctors in America for the past twenty years and in 2013 she received the Castle-Connolly Physician of the Year Award. She was awarded the Hospital for Special Surgery Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

Dr. Hannafin was the first Clinician-Scientist at the Hospital for Special Surgery and maintained an active research program in the area of ligament physiology for over 20 years. She no longer maintants an independent research program but serves as a collaborator and mentor. Dr. Hannafin received NIH RO1 funding and foundation funding in support of this research. She has served as a full member of the SBSR NIH Study Section and as an ad hoc member of a number of other Study Sections.


Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Senior Clinician Scientist, Research Division, Hospital for Special Surgery
Director, Women's Sports Medicine Center, Hospital for Special Surgery Medical Director, Hospital for Special Surgery-Chelsea Piers Satellite
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College


Special Expertise

Female Athlete
Shoulder and Knee Instability
Ligament Reconstruction and Arthroscopy
Rotator Cuff Disease
Adhesive Capsulitis of the Shoulder


Selznick Award for Excellence in Research, Montefiore Medical Center, 1990
Orthopaedic Research Society New Investigator  Recognition Award, 1992
Alpha Omega Alpha, 1992
Appointed to the Medical Commission of FISA (International Rowing Federation), 1993
O’Donoghue Award for Excellence in Research, AOSSM, 1998
Outstanding Woman in Science Award, New York Academy of Science, 1999
Congress of ISAKOS, “Back Pain in Intercollegiate Rowers”, 3rd prize, 2001
Irish America Magazine Top 100 Award,  2003
Phillip D. Wilson Award, Hospital for Special Surgery, 1992, 2006
Jack Kelly Award, US Rowing, 2004
University of Iowa Ruth Jackson Award, 2005
Orthopaedic Research Society, Women's Leadership Forum Award, 2009 
Einstein-Montefiore Orthopaedics Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2010
Honorary Medical Officer, City of New York Fire Department, 2010
Castle Connolly Physician of the Year Award for Clinical Excellence, 2013
Top 28 North American Knee Surgeons, Orthopedics This Week, 2014
O'Donoghue Award for Excellence in Research, AOSSM 2014

"Best Doctors in New York," New York magazine, 1994-2014
Castle/Connolly's Top Doctors in New York, 1994-2014
Hospital for Special Surgery Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine
Orthopaedic Research Society
Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
Herodicus Society
American Medical Association
United States Rowing Sports Medicine Society

Specialized Centers

Insurances Accepted

Medicare (Status: Non-Par using Medicare Limited Fee Schedule)
United Healthcare

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MD, PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York
SCB, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island


General Surgery, Montifiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Orthopedic Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Sports Medicine and Shoulder Fellow, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Certification (1995), Recertification (2005)
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine (2010)

State Licensure

New York, Connecticut

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Selected Publications

Hosea, T.M. and Hannafin, J.A. (2012) Rowing Injuries. Sports Health 4(3):236-245.

Taylor, S., and Hannafin, J.A. (2012) Evaluation and management of elbow tendinopathy. Sports Health 4(5):384-393

Packer, J.D., Day, M.S., Nguyen, J.T., Hobart, S.J., Hannafin, J.A., Metzl, J.D. (2013) Functional outcomes and patient satisfaction after fasciotomy for chronic exertional compartment syndrome. Am. J. Sports Med. 41(2):430-436, PMID: 23371941.

Chaudhury, S., de la Larna, M., Adler, R.S., Gulotta, L.V., Skonieczki, B., Chang, A., Moley, P., Cordasco, F., Hannafin, J., Fealy, S. (2013) Platelet-rich plasma for the treatment of lateral epicondylitis: sonographic assessment of tendon morphology and vascularity (pilot study). Skeletal Radiol. 42(1):91-97.

McCarthy, M.M., Voos, J.E., Nguyen, J.T., Callahan, L., Hannafin, J.A. (2013) Injury profile in elite female basketball athletes at the Women’s National Basketball Association combine. Am. J. Sports Med. epub Feb 1, 41(3):645-651, PMID: 23378506

Smoljanovic, T., Bojanic, I., Hannafin, J.A., Urhausen, A., Theisen, D., Seil, R., Lacoste, A. (2013) Complete inclusion of adaptive rowing only 1000m ahead. Br. J. Sports Med. 47(13):819-825, epub August 5, 2013, PMID: 23918442.

Attia, E., Bohnert, K., Brown, H., Bhargava, M., Hannafin, J. (2014) Tissue Engineering, Part A, Jan 20(1-2):171-177, Epub 2013 Oct 25.

McCarthy, M.M. and Hannafin, J.A. (2014) The Mature Athlete: Aging Tendon and Ligament. Sports Health 6(1):41-48, PMID: 23378506.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Books/Chapters

Research Description

Our laboratory is focused on the study of soft tissue response to injury, stress deprivation and mechanical loading in a variety of tissues including the anterior cruciate ligament and shoulder capsule.

Animal modeling and cell culture, and molecular techniques are used to study cellular response to physical and chemical alteration in the environment with a specific focus on mechanotransduction pathways involved in these responses.

Research Interests

The Effect of Mechanical Load on the Biology of Ligament Fibroblasts
Adhesive Capsulitis of the Shoulder
Stress Fractures in the Female Athlete

Clinical Trials

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Dr. Jo A. Hannafin, Orthopedic Surgeon, Women's Sports Medicine Specialist

Contact Information

Office Locations

East River Professional Building
523 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1469
Fax: 212.774.7896

Stamford, CT Office:
1 Blachley Road
Stamford, CT 06902

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, New York 10021

2014 HSS Lifetime Achievement Award

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