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James J. Kinderknecht, MD

Primary Sports Medicine

About Dr. Kinderknecht

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.

Departments

Special Expertise

Pre-adolescent and adolescent athletes
Runners/cyclists/swimmers
Health promotion

Procedures

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

Physician Video

Patient Stories

Insurance

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.

Credentials

Appointments

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

Affiliations

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

Certification

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

Awards

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

Education

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

Internship

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

Residency

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

Fellowship

University of California, Los Angeles, 1989 - 1990

State Licensure

Languages

English

For My Patients

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Directions to The Pavilion

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.

Pavilion map Please see directions from other HSS locations:

  • 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.

Publications by Dr. Kinderknecht

Patient Education

Blog Posts

Selected Books/Chapters

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 Journal Articles

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

Research Interests

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

Industry Relationships

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

 
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