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John P. Lyden, MD


About Dr. Lyden


Dr. John P. Lyden has been a member of the Hospital for Special Surgery community since 1969 and is an Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at HSS. Additionally, he is a Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and an Attending Surgeon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Lyden serves on the Orthopedic Trauma Service at HSS and the Fracture Service at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. From 1984 to 1996, he served as Chief of the latter.

Dr. Lyden's research is concentrated primarily in the area of fractures. He has published extensively on this subject, and is a participating investigator for a multi-center hip fracture study supported by a National Institutes of Health multi-center grant.

A native of New York City, Dr. Lyden graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude and received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency training at HSS, and stayed at the Hospital to pursue a fellowship in hand surgery. He was a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy/Marine Medical Corps and served in Vietnam and at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Washington, D.C. Dr. Lyden is the recipient of the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Bronze Star with Combat V for Valor, as well as three Presidential Unit Citations.

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Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


Founding Physician Director, Medical Indemnity Insurance Co. Liability for HSS and Affiliated MDs
Consulting Orthopaedic Surgeon, New York Police Department, 40 years of service
Honorary Member, Honor Legion of the NYPD
American Medical Association
New York County Medical Society
New York State Medical Society
New York Academy of Medicine
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Associate Member
New York Society for Surgery of the Hand
American College of Surgeons
Orthopedic Trauma Association, Community Member


American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, 1973


HSS Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2002-2018
Nancy Bischoff Award, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2015
Philip D. Wilson, Jr. Teaching Award, Outstanding Teacher at Hospital for Special Surgery, 1992
Treatment of Pathologic Fractures. Medical Society of the State of New York
Second Award for Clinical Research, 1975
Selected as Carl Berg Travelling Fellow for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 1973
Magna cum Laude - in Biochemical Sciences - Harvard University, 1961
Henderson Prize in Biochemistry - Harvard University, 1961


BS, Harvard University, Massachusetts, 1961
MD, College of Physicians & Surgeons - Columbia University, 1965


Roosevelt Hospital, Surgical Internship, New York, 1966


Roosevelt Hospital, General Surgical Residency, 1967
Stationed at Bethesda Naval Hospital, United States Navy Medical Corps, Lt. Commander, 1967-68
First Medical Battallion, First Marine Division Da Nang, South Vietnam, United States Navy Medical Corps, Lt. Commander, 1968-69
Hospital for Special Surgery, Orthopedic Resident, 1972


Hospital for Special Surgery, Fellowship in Hand Surgery, 1973

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Publications by Dr. Lyden

Selected Books/Chapters

Lyden, JP. Specific Fractures and Dislocations. Principles of Trauma Care, Third Edition, Chapter 18, pages 385-394, 1984.

Lyden, JP. Injuries to the Hand. Principles of Trauma, Third Edition, Chapter 19, pages 395-401, 1984.

Lyden JP. Chapter on “Specific Fractures and Dislocations” G. Tom Shires: Principles on Trauma Care, Third Edition. 1985.

Lyden, JP. Chapter on “Injuries to the Hand” G. Tom Shires: Principles of Trauma Care, Third Edition. 1985.

Lyden, JP. Chapter on “Fracture Management of the Elderly Patient” Thomas Sculco: Orthopedic Care of the Geriatric Patient.

Selected Presentations

Kinnett, JG, Lyden, JP. Posterior Fracture-Dislocation of the IV Metacarpal Hamate Articulation: Case Report. J. of Trauma, Vol. 19, No. 4, pages 290-292, April 1979.

Rizzo, PF, Braun, JT, Lyden, JP, Asnis, A, Gould, E. Diagnosis and Treatment of Hip Fractures Based on MRI. Southern Medical Journal, Vol. 85(9), supplement 3, pages 3S-68. abstract only

Rizzo, PF, Gould, E, Lyden, JP, Asnis, SE. Diagnosis of Occult Hip Fractures: MRI Versus Bone Scan. Orthopaedic Transaction, Vol. 16(1), Spring 1992 pages. 63, 224. abstract only

Rizzo, PF, Gould, E, Lyden, JP, Asnis, SE. Diagnosis of Occult Hip Fracture: MRI Imaging Versus Bone Scan. Orthohpaedic Transactions, Vol. 16(2), Summer 1992 pages 317. abstract only


Research Interests

FOCUS - blood transfusion needs of hip fracture patients
Wound drainage for hip fracture patients
Osteoporosis medications and their safe usage

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 May 31, 2023, Dr. Lyden reported no relationships with the 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.

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