Danyal H. Nawabi, MD, FRCS

Dr. Danyal H. Nawabi is an orthopedic surgeon in the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service. He is a specialist in the fields of knee, shoulder, and hip surgery, performing both arthroscopic surgery and joint replacement.

Dr. Nawabi completed his medical training at Oxford University in England and residency in orthopedic surgery on the prestigious Percivall Pott Rotation in London, training at the Royal National Orthopaedic and the Royal London Hospitals. He was awarded the Sir Walter Mercer Gold Medal as the top graduating resident in the UK and served as the British Orthopaedic Association Young Ambassador in 2010. Following residency, he completed three years of advanced fellowship training in total joint replacement, sports medicine, and hip preservation at HSS, where he was a double recipient of the Philip D. Wilson Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Nawabi has special expertise in ACL reconstruction, sports knee and shoulder injuries, hip arthroscopy and robotic-assisted joint replacement in young and active patients. His expertise in sports knee and shoulder surgery was developed in London after completing a dedicated one year fellowship under the supervision of the internationally renowned sports surgeon, Dr. Andy Williams. During this fellowship he gained experience treating elite soccer athletes from Chelsea Football Club and other English Premier League clubs. He has served as an assistant team physician to the New York Red Bulls MLS franchise.

Dr. Nawabi’s expertise in hip surgery was developed at HSS during a one year fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Bryan Kelly, who trained him to perform hip arthroscopy. During this year, Dr. Nawabi also spent time with Dr. Michael Leunig in Switzerland and Dr. Stefan Kreuzer in Texas gaining advanced training in performing computer-navigated direct anterior hip replacement. He has also been trained to perform hip resurfacing by his mentors in the UK and Dr. Edwin Su at HSS.

A strong research background in knee, hip, and shoulder surgery, Dr. Nawabi has authored over fifty peer-reviewed publications and delivered over 100 presentations at national and international conferences. He has been recognized with multiple awards by HSS and international societies for his academic accomplishments.

Dr. Nawabi believes in offering compassionate care and state-of-the-art solutions to his patients with sports injuries and arthritic conditions of the knee, shoulder, and hip joints.


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


Special Expertise

ACL reconstruction (pediatric, adolescent, and adult)
PCL, MCL, posterolateral corner reconstruction
Revision ACL reconstruction
Meniscus and cartilage repair
Patella dislocation and MPFL reconstruction
Robotic-assisted partial knee replacement (MAKOplasty)
Total knee replacement

Shoulder arthroscopy
Rotator cuff repair
Superior capsule reconstruction
Shoulder stabilization for dislocation (arthroscopic and open)
Shoulder labrum repair
AC joint separation and reconstruction
Proximal biceps tenodesis and repair
Distal biceps repair
Pectoralis major repair

Hip arthroscopy
Hip labrum repair and reconstruction
Proximal hamstring repair (open and endoscopic)
Abductor repair (open and endoscopic)
Surgical hip dislocation
Hip resurfacing
Robotic-assisted total hip replacement (MAKOplasty)
Direct anterior hip replacement


International Society of Hip Arthroscopy Basic Science Award, 2015
AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Career Development Program, 2014
American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Emerging Leaders Program, 2014
Philip D. Wilson Award, 2014
ORS/OREF Award in Orthopaedic Research Translation, 2014
Lance Peters Memorial Biomechanics Award, 2013
Philip D. Wilson Award, 2012
Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Fellowship Excellence Award, 2012
HCA International Foundation Scholarship, 2011
Charnley Latta Award, British Hip Society, 2011
Norman Capener Award, Royal College of Surgeons of England, 2010
British Orthopaedic Association Young Ambassador, 2010
Sir Walter Mercer Gold Medal, 2009
Charles Manning Prize, Percivall Pott Orthopaedic Society, 2009


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Arthroscopy Association of North America
British Orthopaedic Association
International Society for Hip Arthroscopy
Orthopaedic Research Society
Royal College of Surgeons of England

Insurances Accepted

Blue Cross HMO POS
Blue Cross PPO
Blue Cross Pathway
Blue Cross Pathway Enhanced
United Healthcare

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BA, Cambridge University, Jesus College, Cambridge, UK
MD, Oxford University, St. John’s College, Oxford, UK


Percivall Pott Orthopaedic Training Program, London, UK, 2005-2011


Hospital for Special Surgery, Adult Hip and Knee Replacement (ARJR), 2011-2012
Hospital for Special Surgery, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, 2012-2013
Hospital for Special Surgery, Hip Preservation Service, 2013-2014


FRCS(Orth), Intercollegiate Specialty Board in Orthopaedic Surgery, England, UK
CCT, Certificate of Completion of Training in Orthopaedic Surgery, UK

State Licensure

New York

Danyal H. Nawabi, MD, FRCS has contributed to the following educational materials:

For Professionals - on HSS.edu

Editorial Appointments

American Journal of Sports Medicine
Bone and Joint Journal
Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

Selected Publications

Nawabi DH, Tucker S, Schafer KA, Zuiderbaan HA, Nguyen JT, Wickiewicz TL, Imhauser CW, Pearle AD. ACL Fibers Near the Lateral Intercondylar Ridge Are the Most Load Bearing During Stability Examinations and Isometric Through Passive Flexion. Am J Sports Med. 2016 Oct;44(10):2563-2571.

Nawabi DH, Degen RM, Fields KG, McLawhorn A, Ranawat AS, Sink EL, Kelly BT. Outcomes After Arthroscopic Treatment of Femoroacetabular Impingement for Patients With Borderline Hip Dysplasia. Am J Sports Med. 2016 Apr;44(4):1017-23.

Nawabi DH, Jones KJ, Lurie B, Potter HG, Green DW, Cordasco FA. All-inside, physeal-sparing anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction does not significantly compromise the physis in skeletally immature athletes: a postoperative physeal magnetic resonance imaging analysis. Am J Sports Med. 2014 Dec;42(12):2933-40.

Nawabi DH, Cro S, Hamid IP, Williams A. Return to Play after Lateral Meniscectomy Compared With Medial Meniscectomy in Elite Professional Soccer Players. Am J Sports Med. 2014 Sep;42(9):2193-8.

Nawabi DH, Bedi A, Tibor LM, Magennis E, Kelly BT. The Demographic Characteristics of High-Level and Recreational Athletes Undergoing Hip Arthroscopy for Femoroacetabular Impingement: A Sports-Specific Analysis. Arthroscopy. 2014; 30(3): 398-405.

Nawabi DH, Nam D, Park C, Ranawat AS. Hip Arthroscopy – The Use of Computer Assistance. HSS Journal. 2013 Feb; 9(1): 70-78

Nawabi DH, Hayter CL, Su EP, Koff MF, Perino G, Gold SL, Koch KM, Potter HG. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings in Symptomatic Versus Asymptomatic Subjects Following Metal-on-Metal Hip Resurfacing Arthroplasty. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013; 95(10): 895-902.

Nawabi DH, Conditt MA, Ranawat AS, Dunbar NJ, Jones J, Banks S, Padgett DE. Haptically guided robotic technology in total hip arthroplasty: a cadaveric investigation. Proc Inst Mech Eng H. 2013; 227(3): 302-9.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Books/Chapters

Nawabi DH, van der List JP, Williams A. Technical Considerations for Patella Tendon Harvest in ACL Reconstruction – in Controversies in the Technical Aspects of ACL Reconstruction: An Evidence-Based Approach. 2016; Chapter 9. ISAKOS. [in press].

Nawabi DH, Kelly BT. Peri-articular Hip Arthroscopy – in Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery 2/e. 2014; Part 1, Section 3, Chapter 29: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins—Wolters Kluwer Health [In press].

Nawabi DH, Ranawat AS. Hip Arthroscopy: The Use of Computer Assistance – in The Young Adult Hip in Sport. 2014; Chapter 16: 177-191. Springer-Verlag London. ISBN 978-1-4471-5411-2.

Nawabi DH, Williams AM, Locherbach C. Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction Using Hamstring Tendon Graft – in Surgical Orthopaedics and Traumatology. 2013; Chapter 251: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-642-34746-7.

Selected Presentations

Nawabi DH, Fields K, Wentzel C, McLawhorn A, Sink EL, Ranawat AS, Kelly BT. Outcomes After Arthroscopic Treatment of Femoroacetabular Impingement for Patients With Borderline Hip Dysplasia.  ISHA Annual Scientific Meeting, Cambridge, UK, September 2015. Winner of the Basic Science Award.

Nawabi DH, Imhauser C, Tucker S, Nguyen JT, Wickiewicz TL, Pearle AD. Femoral ACL Footprint Fibers Are Not Created Equal – Should We Be Capturing The Most Load Bearing And Isometric Region During ACL Reconstruction? American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Seattle, Washington, July 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 Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Seattle, Washington, July 2014.

Nawabi DH, Jones KJ, Nguyen JT, Potter HG, Warren RF, Williams RJ. Synthetic biphasic scaffolds outperform microfracture for articular cartilage defects of the knee – A prospective-cohort study at five year follow-up. Arthroscopy Association of North America Annual Meeting, Hollywood, Florida, May 2014.

Nawabi DH, Imhauser C, Tucker S, Zuiderbaan HA, Wickiewicz T, Pearle AD. ACL Fibres Inserting on the ‘Lateral Intercondylar Ridge’ Carry the Greatest Loads – Are Modern Anatomic Femoral Tunnel Positions Too Low? ACL Study Group, Cape Town, South Africa, January 2014.

Research Interests

Biomechanics of the ACL
Computer-assisted navigation in orthopedic surgery
Outcomes of hip arthroscopy for femoroacetabular impingement
Outcomes of direct anterior total hip replacement
MRI of total joint replacement

Clinical Trials

Additional Clinical Trials

  • Anterior Tibial Translation and Coronal Tibiofemoral Subluxation following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
  • Hospital for Special Surgery Cartilage Repair Registry
  • Hospital for Special Surgery ACL Reconstruction Research Registry and Tissue and Cell Repository
  • The Relationship between Vitamin D Deficiency and Rotator Cuff Integrity

Dr. Andrew Pearle, Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in Computer Assisted Orthopedic Surgery

Contact Information

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541 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1136
Fax: 212.606.1109

Mailing Address

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