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John D. MacGillivray, MD

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About Dr. MacGillivray


Dr. John MacGillivray is an Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. He currently serves as Team Physician to the US Ski Team. He has also served as an Orthopedic Consultant for the New York Giants, the National Hockey League Players' Association team physician for St. John's University, the New York Saints Professional La Crosse Team and the US Snow Boarding Team. He is also a member of the Board of Directors at the Carlos Otis Clinic, Stratton Mountain in Vermont.

Dr. MacGillivray has developed new techniques involving arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, labral repair of the shoulder, and ligament reconstruction of the knee. He also has a clinical and scientific interest in cartilage restoration of the knee and shoulder and has written numerous articles and book chapters on problems of the shoulder, knee and elbow. He has won the prestigious Neer Award once and has been nominated twice for his research of rotator cuff disease. Dr. MacGillivray graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine as class valedictorian.


Special Expertise

Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
Arthroscopic shoulder stabilization
AC joint reconstruction
Total shoulder replacement
Clavicle fractures
Non-operative treatment of humerus fractures 

ACL reconstruction (adult and adolescent)
Meniscus surgery
MPFL surgery for knee dislocations
Total knee replacement
Knee osteotomy for arthritis
Quadriceps tendon repair
Gel injections for knee osteoarthritis

Surgical treatment of tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
Biceps repair
Triceps repair

Achilles tendon repair

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Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


Member of the Board of Directors, Carlos Otis Clinic, Stratton Mountain


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1997, 2008


NYMag and Castle Connolly logosCastle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2016-2020
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2016-2020
Service Excellence Award, Health Network Foundation, 2012
Neer Award
Valedictorian of Medical School Class
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society


MD, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts


Hospital for Special Surgery, New York


Hospital for Special Surgery, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Fellowship, New York

State Licensure



For My Patients

Publications by Dr. MacGillivray

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles


Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. MacGillivray as of March 23, 2023.

HS2, LLC - Ownership Interest

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.

Patients should feel free to ask their HSS physicians questions about these relationships.

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