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Gwo-Chin Lee, MD

Hip and Knee Replacement

About Dr. Lee

Dr. Lee is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee reconstruction. He believes in an individualized approach to the management of hip and knee conditions. He actively engages the patient and their families in their care plan and incorporates the use of advanced techniques and technologies in a patient specific fashion.

Dr. Lee is renowned for his expertise in both primary and revision hip and knee replacement surgeries. He has published extensively and given lectures both nationally and internationally on these subjects. Prior to joining HSS, he was a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Fellowship Director of the Adult Reconstruction Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Lee holds editorial positions at the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Journal of Arthroplasty, and the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is a member and holds leadership positions in various associations including the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, The Knee Society, and The Hip Society.

Departments

Special Expertise

Partial knee replacement 
Personalized knee replacement 
Revision hip replacement 
Revision knee replacement 
Robotic knee replacement

Procedures

Hip replacement
Kinematic knee replacement
Knee arthroscopy
Knee replacement
Partial knee replacement
Prosthetic joint infections
Revision hip replacement
Revision knee replacement
Robotic knee replacement

Patient Stories

Insurance

Please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out of network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.

Credentials

Appointments

Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery

Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Awards

AAOS Achievement Award, 2017
Best of AAOS Adult Reconstruction Hip Highlights, 2016
AAHKS Best Health Policy Award, 2014
AAHKS James A. Rand Award, 2014
Orthopaedic This Week Top 22 North American Knee Surgeons, 2014
Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association Jacquelin Perry Award, 2013
Knee Society John Insall Traveling Fellowship, 2010
Leonard Marmor Surgical Arthritis Foundation Award, 2003
Coventry Clinical Research Award, 2003

Education

Baylor College of Medicine, 1998

Internship

Mayo Clinic, 1999

Residency

Mayo Clinic, 2003

Fellowship

Insall Scott Kelly Institute, 2004

State Licensure

Languages

English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese

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. Lee

Selected Books/Chapters

Lee GC and Kelly MA: Isolated Patellofemoral Arthritis Without Malalignment: in Fulkerson JP (ed) Common
Patellofemoral Problems. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons 2005, pp. 73-85.

Lee GC. Revision TKA with Femoral Bone Loss: Augments: in Parvizi J and Rothman R (eds) Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia 2009 .

Vannozzi B, Lee GC, Garino JP. Revision TKA with Tibial Bone Loss: in Parvizi J and Rothman R (eds). Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia 2009.

Lee GC and Johanson NA. Stiffness in Total Knee Arthroplasty: in Saleh K (ed). Arthritis and Arthroplasty. Elsevier, Philadelphia 2009.

Boselli K, Lee GC, Garino JP. Patellofemoral Maltracking: in Saleh K (ed). Arthritis and Arthroplasty. Elsevier, Philadelphia 2009.

Scolaro J, Lee GC. Tibial Plateau Fractures in the Elderly: in Pignolo R, Keenan MA, and Hebela N (eds). Fractures in the Elderly. Humana Press, Springer, New York, 2010.

Lee GC. Classification of Bone Loss: UPENN Classification: in Parvizi J (ed). Knee Reconstruction, Replacement, and Revision. DataTace Publishing, Maryland, 2011.

Lee GC, Kim RH. Intraoperative Tests to Aid Diagnosis of PJI: in Parvizi J and Springer BD (eds). Periprosthetic Joint Infections. Springer, New York 2012.

Lee GC, Murphy JE. What's new in revision total joint arthroplasty: in Austin M and Klein G (eds). World Clinics in Orthopaedics. JP Medical Publishers, Philadelphia 2013.

Lee GC. Extensively Coated Cementless Femoral Components: in Cashman J, Goyal N, Parvizi J (eds): The Hip: Preservation, Replacement and Revision. DataTrace Publishing Company, Brooklandville, MD 2015.

Selected Journal Articles

Lee GC, Lotke PA. Can surgeons predict what makes a good TKA?: Intraoperative surgeon impression of TKA
quality does not correlate with Knee Society Scores. Clin Orthop Relat Res, 470:159-165, Jan 2012.

Voleti PB, Baldwin KD, Lee GC. Static versus Articulating Spacers for Infected Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Bone J Surg Am; 95:1594-1599, Sep 2013.

Courtney PM, Rozell JC, Melnic CM, Lee GC. Who should not undergo short stay total hip and knee arthroplasty? Risk factors associated with major medical complications following primary total joint arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty 2015 Sep;30(9 Suppl):1-4.

Saxena V, Anari JB, Ruutiainen AT, Voleti PB, Stephenson JW, Lee GC. Tibial component considerations in
bicruciate-retaining total knee arthroplasty: A 3D MRI evaluation of proximal tibial anatomy. Knee. 2016 Aug;23(4):593-9.

Ibrahim SA, Blum M, Lee GC, Mooar P, Medvedeva E, Collier A, Richardson D. Effect of a Decision Aid on Access to Total Knee Replacement for Black Patients With Osteoarthritis of the Knee: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Surg. 2017 Jan 18;152(1):e164225.

Courtney PM, Lee GC. Early Outcomes of Kinematic Alignment in Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Meta-Analysis of the Literature. J Arthroplasty. 2017 Jun;32(6):2028-2032.e1.

Dattilo J, Gittings D, Sloan M, Charette R, Hume E, Lee GC. 'Hot Joints' infection protocol reduces unnecessary postoperative re-admissions following total hip and knee arthroplasty. Bone Joint J. 2017 Dec;99-B(12):1603-1610.

Bernstein J, Charette R, Sloan M, Lee GC. Spinal Fusion Is Associated With Changes in Acetabular Orientation and Reductions in Pelvic Mobility. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2019 Feb;477(2):324-330.

Courtney PM, Boniello AJ, Della Valle CJ, Lee GC. Risk Adjustment Is Necessary in Value-based Outcomes Models for Infected TKA. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2018 Oct;476(10):1940-1948.

Lee GC, Wakelin E, Randall A, Plaskos C. Can a robot help a surgeon to predict a good total knee arthroplasty?
Bone Joint J. 2021 Jun;103-B(6 Supple A):67-73.

Selected Presentations

Lee GC, Fogt F. Proceed with Caution! Variability of Quantitative Leukocyte Esterase Levels in Diagnosis of PJI During Revision TJA. Presented at: The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 84th Annual Meeting, New Orleans LA, March 2018.

Scholl D, Alipit V, Kirk A, Schmidig G, Lee GC. Are Long Stems Necessary for Fixation in Revision TKA? Micromotion Analysis of Various Tibial Constructs. Presented at: Knee Society Members Meeting, Paris France, Sept 2016 and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 83rd Annual Meeting, San Diego CA, Mar 2017.

Charette R, Lee GC. Higher Rate of Early Revision Following Primary TKA in Patients Under Age 55: A Cautionary Tale. Presented at: Knee Society Members Meeting, St Louis, Sept 2018. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 85th Annual Meeting, Las Vergas NV, March 2019.

Lee GC, Dennis D, Pierrepont J, Madurawe C, Shimmin A. The Effect of Total Hip Arthroplasty Bearing Material on Prosthetic Jump Distance. Presented at International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty Annual Meeting, Toronto Canada, Oct 2019.

Gaudiani MA, Samuel LT, Kamath AF, Courtney PM, Lee GC. Robotic-Assisted versus Manual Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty: Contemporary Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analysis of Early Functional Outcomes. Presented at: American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Annual Meeting, Dallas TX, Nov 2019.

Gu Y, Madurawe C, Kim W, Pierrepont J, Shimmin A, Lee GC. Prevalence of Various Spinopelvic Abnormalities that Increased the Risk for Prosthetic Impingement in Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA). Presented at: The Hip Society Summer Meeting (virtual), Oct 2020.

Lee GC, AO Recon Symposium at Vreden Readings International Annual Meeting, St Petersburg Russia. The Role of Cages in Acetabular Revision, Sept 2019

Lee GC, Cadaveric Primary and Revision Knee Arthroplasty Workshop Autumn Symposium, Prince of Wales
Hospital, Hong Kong (virtual): Essential Surgical Steps for Successful Revision TKA, Sept 2021.

Lee GC, 5th Annual Congress on Bone and Joint Infection, Fuzhou China (virtual). DAIR: Where Do we Stand in
2021? Dec 2021.

Lee GC, Acetabular Bone Loss in Revision Hip Arthroplasty: An International Consensus Symposium | An HSS
Journal® Webinar. Management of Pelvic Bone Loss. Dec 2021

Research

Dr. Lee is interested in the outcomes of hip and knee replacement surgery with emphasis on the role of technology on implant longevity and personalizing joint replacement surgery. In addition, he has interest in the diagnosis and management of prosthetic joint infections. Finally, he has worked on understanding disparities in healthcare utilization across various races and patients from various socioeconomic backgrounds.

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 April 15, 2022, Dr. Lee 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.