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Moira M. McCarthy, MD

Sports Medicine

About Dr. McCarthy

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Dr. Moira M. McCarthy is an Orthopedic Surgeon in the Sports Medicine Institute at HSS. She is a specialist in the fields of arthroscopic and open knee and shoulder surgery.

Dr. McCarthy attended Princeton University for her undergraduate studies and completed her medical training at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) honor society. She completed her residency training at HSS. Following residency, she was co-chief fellow during her fellowship in Sports Medicine at HSS. During residency and fellowship, Dr. McCarthy gained experience while treating athletes on the field and in the operating room. She was an assistant team physician with the New York Giants, the New York Liberty, and with several other collegiate and high school teams and athletes.

Dr. McCarthy’s clinical and research background is focused on disorders of the knee and shoulder. She has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters as well as given presentations at national meetings on topics involving sports medicine conditions of the knee and shoulder. Her main clinical interests are anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and other knee ligament injuries, meniscus injuries, patella instability, shoulder instability, rotator cuff tears, and biceps tendon injuries.

Following fellowship, Dr. McCarthy spent time traveling to learn specialized orthopedic techniques. She studied ACL reconstruction and anterolateral ligament (ALL) reconstruction with members of the ACL Study Group including Dr. Andy Williams in London and Dr. Bertrand Sonnery-Cottet in France who both treat professional soccer players, Dr. Peter Verdonk in Belgium, and Dr. Philippe Neyret in France. She spent additional time in France learning about patellofemoral disorders and treatments with Dr. Philippe Neyret and Dr. David Dejour. She spent time with Dr. Gilles Walch learning about shoulder instability and Latarjet procedures in France and with Dr. George Murrell treating rotator cuff tendon injuries in Australia.

Dr. McCarthy is determined to offer customized expert care including surgical as well as non-surgical solutions for patients with injuries to the knee and shoulder.

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Departments

Specialized Centers

Women's Sports Medicine Center
HSS Center for Regenerative Medicine

Special Expertise

ACL Reconstruction
Female ACL
ACL Prevention and Return to Play
Adolescent ACL Reconstruction

Procedures

Knee:
ACL Reconstruction
Cruciate Ligament Reconstructions (ACL, PCL)
Collateral Ligament Reconstructions (MCL, LCL, PLC)
Knee Arthroscopy
Meniscal Repair
Meniscectomy
Cartilage Repair
Microfracture
MPFL Reconstruction
Patella Dislocation
Tendon Repairs

Shoulder:
Shoulder Arthroscopy
Rotator Cuff Repair
Instability Repairs
Labral Repairs
Biceps Surgery
AC Joint Injury and Reconstruction
Tendon Repairs

Elbow:
Biceps Tendon Rupture
Tennis Elbow

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Insurance

If your insurance is not listed, 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

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

Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)
Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society (RJOS)
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (AOA)

Certification

Board Certified – American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Awards

Chief Fellow – Hospital for Special Surgery 2013-2014
Nominated for Herodicus Award (2012)
Thomas Wickiewicz, MD Research Grant
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Resident Liaison
Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)

Education

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Internship

Hospital for Special Surgery

Residency

Hospital for Special Surgery

Fellowship

Hospital for Special Surgery – Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery

State Licensure

Languages

English

For My Patients

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Surgical Locations

Dr. McCarthy performs surgery at the following locations:

Publications by Dr. McCarthy

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles

Editorial Appointments

American Journal of Sports Medicine
HSS Journal

Selected Books/Chapters

McCarthy MM, Taylor SA, Kelly AM, Craig EV.  Chapter 7: Techniques for Anterior Stabilization: Open Bankart Repair.  Controversies in Shoulder Instability.  2013

Taylor SA, McCarthy MM, Dines JS, Dines DM.  Chapter 26: Instability in Swimmers.  Controversies in Shoulder Instability. 2013

Sliva N, Gausden E, McCarthy MM, O’Brien SJ.  Point-Counterpoint: SLAP Tears – Long Head of the Biceps Tendon – The Biceps-Labrum Complex.  Controversies in Shoulder Instability. 2013

McCarthy MM, Fabricant PD, Green DW, Cordasco FA.  Pediatric ACL Reconstruction.  Lure of the Knee.  2013. 

McCarthy MM, Warren RF.  Latissimus Dorsi Tendon Transfer.  The Treatment of Massive Rotator Cuff Tears.  2014.  Springer.  Gulotta LG, Craig EV Editors.

McCarthy MM, Cody E, Hannafin JA.  Gender Specific Issues and ACL.  Pediatric and Adolescent Knee Surgery. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Inc.  Cordasco FA, Green DW Editors.  2014

McCarthy MM, Voigt M, Rodeo SA.  Is meniscal allograft transplant chondroprotective?  DJO Publishing.  2014

Gladnick B, Unnanuntana A, McArthur B, McCarthy MM, Lane JM.  Metabolic Bone Disease.  Fundamentals of Orthopedics. Wiesel B, Sankar W, Delahay J, Wiesel S Editors.  2010.

Reinhardt KR, McCarthy MM, Lorich DG.  Forefoot trauma.  Foot and Ankle in Sports Medicine.  Altchek DW, Positano R, Dines J Editors.  2010.

Hammoud S, McCarthy MM, Marx RG.  Results of treatment of the multiple ligament injured knee.  The Multiple Ligament Injured Knee: Second Edition.  Fanelli CG Editor.  2011.

Taylor SA, McCarthy MM, Newman A, O’Brien SJ.  Arthroscopy of the Subdeltoid Space and Biceps Tendon Transfer.  Masters Techniques in Orthopedic Surgery – The Shoulder: Third Edition.  Craig EV Editor. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, division of Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.  2012.

Fabricant PD, McCarthy MM, Pearle AD, Ranawat AS.  Biomechanics and Etiology of ACL Graft Failure.  The ACL.  Marx RM Editor. 2012.

Selected Presentations

McCarthy MM, Jahandar H, Fabricant PD, Stone K, Boorman-Padgett J, Green DW, Imhauser C, Cordasco FA.  Kinematics and Contact Stress Comparison of All Epiphyseal and Complete Transphyseal ACL Reconstructions.  American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS).  Las Vegas 2015.

McCarthy MM, Dodwell E, Pan TJ, Green DW, Lyman SL.  Long Term Follow up of Pediatric ACL Reconstruction in New York State: High Rates of Subsequent ACL Reconstruction. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS).  Las Vegas 2015.

McCarthy MM, Jahandar H, Fabricant PD, Stone K, Boorman-Padgett J, Green DW, Imhauser C, Cordasco FA.  Kinematics and Contact Stress Analysis of Pediatric Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstructions: Do the All-Epiphyseal and Complete Transphyseal Reconstructions Restore Anterior and Rotational Stability?  American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM).  Seattle 2014.

Nawabi DH, McCarthy MM, Graziano J, deMille P, Chiaia T, Green DW, Cordasco FA.  Return to play and Clinical Outcomes After All-Inside, Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in Skeletally Immature Athletes.  American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM).  Seattle 2014.

Gausden E, Fabricant PD, Taylor SA, McCarthy MM, Green DW.  Patellofemoral Instability in Pediatric Patients.  American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS). New Orleans 2014.

Nawabi D, McCarthy MM, Graziano J, Chiaia T, DeMille P, Cordasco FA, Green DW.  Return to Play after ACL Reconstruction.  Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America (POSNA) Hollywood 2014.

Nawabi DH, McCarthy MM, Graziano J, deMille P, Chiaia T, Green DW, Cordasco FA. Physeal-Sensitive MRI Analysis shows that an All-inside, Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in Skeletally Immature Athletes is Safe to the Physis. Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) 2014.

McCarthy MM, Kontaxis A, Gulotta L, Constantini O, Kelly A.  Subscapularis Tendon Loading During Activities of Daily Living.  Orthopedic Research Society (ORS) 2014.

Fabricant PD, McCarthy MM, Taylor SA, Gausden E, Moran C, Kang R, Cordasco FA.  Open and Arthroscopic Anterior Shoulder Stabilization. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) New Orleans 2014.

McCarthy MM, Chen T, Warren RF, Maher SA.  Mechanical Loading Negatively Impacts Cartilage-Scaffold Interface Strength.  Orthopedic Research Society (ORS) San Antonio 2013.

McCarthy MM, Tucker S, Nguyen J, Green DW, Imhauser C, Cordasco FA.  Biomechanical Evaluation of Pediatric Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Techniques.  American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Chicago 2013.

McCarthy MM, Maak TG, Delos D, Shubin Stein BE, Arendt EA, Altchek DW, Dines J, Bed, A.  An algorithmic Approach to the Management of Recurrent Lateral Patellar Dislocation.  American Academic of Orthopedic Surgery (AOSSM) Chicago 2013.

Krych AJ, Wanivenhaus F, McCarthy MM, Ng KW, Warren RF, Maher SA.  Evaluation of a Porous Non-degradable Hydrogel Scaffold as a Functional Treatment for Cartilage Defects. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) San Francisco 2012. 

Dy CJ, Franco, Ma, Mazumdar, McCarthy MM, DellaValle AG.  A Meta-analysis of Complications after Patellofemoral and Total Knee Replacement for Patellofemoral Arthritis. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) San Francisco 2012.

McCarthy MM, Tucker S, Green DW, Imhauser C, Cordasco FA.  Biomechanical Evaluation of Pediatric Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Techniques.  American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Baltimore 2012.

Brown HC, Demetracopoulos CA, Hammoud S, Fufa D, Kitay A, Lamont LE, McCarthy MM, Ellis S.  The evolution of concepts in total ankle arthroplasty.  American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) San Diego 2011.

Fufa D, Brown HC, Hammoud S, Kitay A, McCarthy MM, Lamont LE, Hernandez-Soria A, MacGillivray JD, Hotchkiss RN.  Arthroscopic management of lateral epicondylitis: Techniques and outcomes.  American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) San Diego 2011.

Hammoud S, McCarthy MM, Reinhardt KR, Marx RG.  Current trends in PCL reconstruction and a systematic review of surgical outcomes.  American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) San Diego 2011.

Lamont LE, Lane JM, Unnanuntana A, McCarthy MM, Dy CJ, Brown HC, Fufa D, Kitay A.  Gender disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.  American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) San Diego 2011.

Research

Research Interests

ACL
Female ACL
ACL Prevention and Return to Play
Adolescent ACL Reconstruction
ACL Registry
Biomechanics of ACL/Knee
Rates of Revision ACL Reconstruction and subsequent operations following Primary ACL Reconstruction

Clinical Trials

Hospital for Special Surgery ACL Reconstruction Research Registry
Hospital for Special Surgery Cartilage Repair Registry
Hospital for Special Surgery Shoulder Arthroplasty Registry

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. McCarthy as of July 10, 2023.

HS2, LLC - Ownership Interest

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

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