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James J. Kinderknecht, MD

Primary Sports Medicine
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Dr. Kinderknecht headshot

James J. Kinderknecht, MD

Primary Sports Medicine
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519 East 72nd Steet, Suite 203
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 646.797.8526
fax: 646.797.8267
519 East 72nd Steet, Suite 203
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 646.797.8526
fax: 646.797.8267

Dr. Kinderknecht has spent more than 25 years caring for athletes of all ages and levels. He is currently a team physician for the New York Giants and the New York Mets. His previous experience has included being a team physician at the University of Missouri and St. John’s University as well as serving as a team physician for several high schools. He is the current medical director for the HSS outreach program to care for high schools participating in the Public School Athletic League in New York City. Dr. Kinderknecht is also a medical co-director of the HSS Sports Safety Program. As such, he believes there is great value in youth sports and athletic activities.

In addition, Dr. Kinderknecht enjoys promoting the positive benefits of physical fitness to all individuals who want to have an active lifestyle. Dr. Kinderknecht is also very involved in medical education as the program director of the Primary Sports Medicine Fellowship.

Patient Stories


Assistant Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Faculty, Weill Cornell Medical College


Special Expertise

Pre-adolescent and adolescent athletes
Health promotion


Joint and soft tissue injections
Viscosupplementation knee injections
Compartment pressure measurements
Splinting and casting


Healthnetwork Service Excellence Award, 2018
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2018-2021
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2018-2020
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2018, 2021
Appointed by Governor Cuomo to the New York State Athletic Commission Medical Advisory Board
University of Missouri Faculty Teacher of the Year Award, Multiple Years
Missouri Athletic Trainer Association Award for Service


American Medical Society of Sports Medicine
American College of Sports Medicine
American Academy of Family Medicine
National Football League Physicians Society
Major League Baseball Physicians Association
Medical Consultant, National Hockey League Player’s Association



Insurance Information

Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. You may have coverage subject to the availability of 'out-of-network' benefits.

Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

As of August 01, 2019, Dr. Kinderknecht reported no relationships with healthcare industry.

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.

Dr. Kinderknecht in the News


MD, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1982 - 1986


Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, 1986 - 1987


Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, 1987 - 1989


University of California, Los Angeles, 1989 - 1990


Family Medicine, Certified 1989, Recertified 1996, 2003
Sports Medicine, Certified 1995, Recertified 2005

State Licensure

Patient Education by Dr. Kinderknecht on HSS.edu

Blog Posts by Dr. Kinderknecht

Selected Books by Dr. Kinderknecht

McKeag D., Kinderknecht J: Infectious Mononucleosis in the Athlete. Common Problems in Pediatric Sports Medicine. Edited by Smith, NJ. Year Book Medical Publishers.

Kinderknecht J: Head Injuries. Athletic Injuries and Rehabilitation. Edited by Zachazewski, JE, Magee DJ, Quillen WS. W.B. Saunders Co.

Kinderknecht J: Rotator Cuff. The Clinical Atlas of Office Procedures, Common Musculoskeletal Injuries. Edited by McShane JM. W. B. Saunders Co.

Kinderknecht J: Shoulder Pain. Twenty Common Problems in Sports Medicine. Edited by Puffer JC. McGraw – Hill.

Kinderknecht J: Infectious Mononucleosis and the Spleen: Return to Play. Current Sports Medicine Reports. Edited by Johnson RJ. Current Science.

Selected Publications

Putukian M, et al: Mononucleosis and Athletic Participation: An Evidence-Based Subject Review. Clin J Sport Med 2008; 309-315.

Selected Presentations

Dr. Kinderknecht has been a frequent presenter at several regional and national sports medicine meetings.

Research Interests

Mono in the athlete
Early osteoarthritis of the knee/osteochondral defects
Anterior knee pain
Promoting youth participation in sports