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John D. MacGillivray, MD

Sports Medicine
Dr. MacGillivray headshot

John D. MacGillivray, MD

Sports Medicine
East River Professional Building
523 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1896
Fax: 212.774.2778

Manhasset Office:
585 Plandome Road
Manhasset, NY, 11030

Stamford, CT Office:
1 Blachley Road
Stamford, CT 06902
East River Professional Building
523 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1896
Fax: 212.774.2778

Manhasset Office:
585 Plandome Road
Manhasset, NY, 11030

Stamford, CT Office:
1 Blachley Road
Stamford, CT 06902

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.

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


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


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


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



Insurance Information

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.

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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 November 11, 2019, Dr. MacGillivray 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. MacGillivray in the News


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


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1997, 2008

State Licensure

Patient Education by Dr. MacGillivray on HSS.edu

Blog Posts by Dr. MacGillivray

Selected Publications

MacGillivray JD, Warren RF. Treatment of Acute and Chronic Injuries to the Posterolateral and Lateral Knee, Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics, Vol 9, pp 309-317,October, 1999.

Gill, T, MacGillivray JD. The Technique of Microfracture for the Treatment of Articular Cartilage Defects in the Knee, Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine, 11. 105-107, 2001.

Strikland S, MacGillivray JD, Warren RF. ACL Reconstruction with Allograft Tendons, Clinics in Sports Medicine, Vol 34, 1, p. 41-47, Jan 2003.

Coleman SH, Fealy S, Ehteshami JR, MacGillivray JD, Altchek DW, Warren RF, Turner AS. Chronic Rotator Cuff Injury and Repair Model in Sheep, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Vol 85-A No. 12, pp2319-2402, Dec 2003.

MacGillivray JD, Shubin Stein BE, Allen AA, Wickiewicz TL, Warren RF. Comparison of Tibial Inlay versus Transtibial Techniques for Isolated PCL Reconstruction: Minimum 2 year Follow-up, American Journal of Sports Medicine. (in press)

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.