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James J. Kinderknecht, MD

Primary Care Sports Medicine

James J. Kinderknecht, MD

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, New York Mets and St. Johns University. His previous experience has included being a team physician at the University of Missouri as well as serving as a team physician for several high schools. He is the current medical director for the Hospital for Special Surgery 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 Hospital for Special Surgery Injury Prevention 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 Care Sports Medicine Fellowship.

Back in the Game 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


Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2018
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2018
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2018
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

Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO HMO POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathway
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathway Enhanced
Oxford Medicare
United Healthcare
United Healthcare Compass

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


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

New York, Missouri

Patient Education by Dr. Kinderknecht on HSS.edu

Selected Books/Chapters

McKeag D., Kinderknecht J: Infectious Mononucleousis 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.

Professional Education by Dr. Kinderknecht on HSS.edu

Research Interests

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