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Thomas M. Novella, DPM

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Thomas M. Novella, DPM

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Orthopedic Associates of New York
343 West 58th Street
New York, NY 10019

Tel: 212.506.0242

Orthopedic Associates of New York
343 West 58th Street
New York, NY 10019

Tel: 212.506.0242

Dr. Thomas Novella opened his practice in 1982 and has been on staff at Hospital for Special Surgery since being recruited in 1994. Dr Novella’s educational and practice background is diverse. Although his practice targets conservative management of both common and enigmatic foot/ankle problems and body-alignment problems related to the foot, his training has immersed him in all aspects of clinical care.

His surgical residency included hundreds of foot cases, as well as orthopedic, plastic, thoracic, abdominal and vascular surgery, and emergency room duties. His orthopedic/pediatric fellowship included research in thermography and electromagnetic bone healing, dance medicine research (ongoing to this day), extensive teaching and clinical duties, and was conducted under the tutelage of Richard Schuster, DPM, and Herman Tax, DPM, both widely considered to be the fathers of podiatric biomechanics and podopaediatrics.

At the dawn of the Sports Medicine era, Dr Novella was recruited into two group practices, one treating Olympic and world champion track and field athletes, another treating professional dancers from the world’s most renowned dance companies. Since then he has treated over 15,000 recreational and elite-level dancers and athletes.

Twenty-five years ago Dr Novella began teaching a protocol to measure dancers’ ankle ranges of motion. It is now commonly used around the world. Dr Novella’s practice also heavily includes non-athletic patients, many presenting with theretofore-insoluble problems. Dr Novella’s resume includes hundreds of domestic and international lectures on foot/ankle-related athletic and dance issues (see link: tnovelladpm.com). He attained Professorship at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 1998, where he has continuously taught since his residency. Dr Novella’s extensive diagnostic experience and teaching credentials help him advise patients of their best treatment path, whether it be an evidence-based, yet innovative conservative approach, or a consultation with one of the world’s top physicians or surgeons such as we have at HSS.

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Consultant, Department of Medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery
Adjunct Professor, Department of Orthopedics, New York College of Podiatric Medicine
Consultant, Department of Orthopedics, St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, 2004



Special Expertise

Overuse injuries
Injuries not amenable to surgery
Surgical iatrogeny
Gait anomalies interfacing with microtraumata
Sports and dance injuries


  • Diplomate, American Podiatric Medical Association, 1978-present
  • Member, NY Podiatric Medical Society, 1978-present
  • Fellow, American College of Podiatric Orthopedists, 1980-present
  • Member, American College of Sports Medicine, 1981-present
  • Diplomate, American Board of Podiatric Orthopedists, 1985-present
  • Diplomate, American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine, lifetime
  • Member, American College of Podiatric Sports Medicine, 1989-present
  • Member, International Association for Dance Medicine & Science, 1999-present



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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 if payments were received during the prior year, or if the HSS physician currently receives payment. 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 April 28, 2015, Dr. Novella reported no financial interest 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.


DPM, New York College of Podiatric Medicine, New York, 1978


Surgical Resident, Hospital for Joint Diseases and New York College of Podiatric Medicine, 1978


  • Fellow, Department of Orthopedics, New York College of Podiatric Medicine, 1980
  • Fellow, Department of Biomechanics, Hospital for Joint Diseases, 1980
  • Fellow, Department of Pediatrics, New York College of Podiatric Medicine, 1981


Podiatric Orthopedics

State Licensure

New York, New Jersey

Selected Publications

Novella, T. Alan J. Ryan, ed. "Dancers' Shoes and Footcare" Dance Medicine, Pluribus Press, Chicago, 1987.

Novella, T. "Pediatric Ballet Injuries, Introduction to Podopaediatrics" Bailliere Tindall, Ltd. (Saunders), London, 1993.

Novella, T. "An Easy Way to Quantify Plantarflexion in the Ankle" Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, (5), 1995, 191-199.

Novella, T. "Pointe Shoes: Fitting and Selection Criteria" Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, (4), 2000, 73-77.

Novella, T. "Management of the Dancer's Toenails" Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, (5), 2001.

Novella, T. "Shim Set Therapy for the Dancer's Foot, Journal of Dance Medicine and Science" (volume 5, number 3, 2001) Quantifying -Choreographically-Essential Ranges of Motion in the Dancer's Foot and Ankle, paper presented at the 13th annual meeting of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science; abstract available at the Nureyev Foundation website; paper submitted for publication in the Journal of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.

Novella, T. "Simple Techniques Quantifying Choreographically-essential Foot and Ankle Extents of Motion" Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, (8), 2004, 118-122.

Novella, T. "Key Biomechanical Insights for Treating Dance Injuries" Podiatry Today Journal, May 29, 2007.

Novella, T. "Management of a Delayed-union Sesamoid Fracture in a Dancer" Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy: Volume 37, Number 7, July 2007.

Novella, T. Hundreds of Radio and Television Interviews, as well as Magazine and Newspaper Interviews and Articles Submitted for Major Periodicals in the United States, Britain, Canada and Germany, including front-page articles in the Wall Street Journal.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.