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Douglas E. Padgett, MD

Hip and Knee Replacement

About Dr. Padgett


Dr. Douglas Padgett was born and raised in Seaford, New York. He received his undergraduate education at St. Michael's College (B.A. 1978) in Vermont where he was a starting member of the varsity soccer team. A recipient of a Naval Health Professions Scholarship, he completed his medical school education at New York Medical College (M.D. 1982). Following graduation from medical school, Dr. Padgett began his surgical training at The Roosevelt Hospital (1982-83, 1984-1985). From 1983-1984, Dr. Padgett was the Battalion Surgeon for the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment during combat operations in Grenada, West Indies and in Beirut, Lebanon, where he was awarded the Naval Achievement Medal for meritorious service.

From 1985-1989, Dr. Padgett was a resident in orthopedic surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery and subsequently performed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at The Rush Presbyterian Medical Center in Chicago in Adult Reconstructive Surgery of the hip and knee (1989-90). From 1990-1993, Dr. Padgett was the Director of the Adult Reconstructive Service at the Naval Hospital, San Diego and developed the Adult Reconstructive Education Program. In 1991, Dr. Padgett was deployed to the Persian Gulf with Fleet Hospital #6 in support of military operation during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

In 1993, Dr. Padgett joined Hospital for Special Surgery as an attending surgeon on the Hip and Knee Service. In 2006, Dr. Padgett became the chief of the Hip Service, and in 2008 chief of the Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service. In addition to his duties at Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. Padgett is also a consulting physician for the Bronx V.A. Medical Center. 

Dr. Padgett has served as a board member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons as well as The Hip Society. He has served on the program committee of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons as well as the program chair of the Orthopaedic Learning Center in Chicago.

Dr. Padgett enjoys his role as surgeon, educator, and researcher, and is dedicated to exploring the cutting edge of medicine for his patients. While clinical outcomes and biomaterials research have been his main focus, two fields of current interest are robotic surgery and deep vein thrombosis prevention.

Robotic assisted surgery combines surgical navigation with mechanical guidance. In this procedure, a robotic arm guides the surgeon in positioning the implant. The hope is that this will lead to improved implant position which results in better function and durability of the implant.

Historically, the risk of deep vein thrombosis was reduced through the use of medications such as aspirin or Coumadin. Now there is another method being explored, an active compression device. The Active Care SFT device works by applying intermittent pressure to the lower legs, to encourage circulation and reduce the development of blood clots without medications. It is hoped that using less medications after surgery will reduce the risk of possible side effects and escalating drug interactions for patients.


Specialized Centers

Complex Joint Reconstruction Center

Special Expertise

Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

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Associate Surgeon-in-Chief and Deputy Medical Director, Hospital for Special Surgery
Chief Emeritus of Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
Chief Emeritus of the Hip Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


Journal of Arthroplasty, Editorial Board
American Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Consultant Reviewer
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Field Test Examiner
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Program Committee


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1992


Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2009-2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2009-2021
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2015, 2017, 2021
Otto Aufranc for Outstanding Research, Hip Society
Outstanding Research Poster Award, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
Educator of the Year Award, Adult Reconstruction Fellows of HSS
Philip D. Wilson Research Award, Hospital for Special Surgery
Outstanding Teacher Award, Naval Hospital, San Diego, CA


MD, New York Medical College, New York, 1982


Hospital for Special Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, New York


Rush Presbyterian Medical Center, Adult Reconstructive Surgery of the Hip and Knee, Chicago, Illinois

State Licensure



For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Padgett

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles

Sedrakyan A, Paxton EW, Phillips C, Namba R, Funahashi T, Barber T, Sculco T, Padgett D, Wright T, Marinac-Dabic D. The international consortium of orthopaedic registries: overview and summary. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2011 Dec 21;93 Suppl 3:1-12.

Klein GR, Hartzband MA, Najibi S, Matta J and Padgett DE. Minimally Invasive Total Hip Arthroplasty in Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 4: Hip and Knee Reconstruction Glassman AH, Lachiewicz PF, Tanzer M, Eds; American Academy Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont Illinois, 2011, Chapter 19.

Gulotta LV, Padgett DE, Sculco TP, Urban M, Lyman S, and Nestor, BJ. Fast Track THR:  One Hospital’s Experience with a 2-Day Length of Stay Protocol for Total Hip Replacement. HSSJ 2011 7:223-228.

Dorr LD, Jones RE, Padgett DE, Pagnano M, Ranawat AS, and Trousdale RT. Robotic guidance in total hip arthroplasty:  the shape of things to come. Orthopedics 2011 Sep 9:34(9):e652-5.

Padgett DE and Kinkel S. Cancellous impaction grafting in femoral revision THA. Orthopedics 2011 Sep 9:34(9):e482-4.

Kelly NH, Fu RH, Wright TM, and Padgett DE. Wear Damage in mobile-bearing TKA is as severe as that in fixed-bearing TKA. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2011 Jan:469(1):123-30. 

Schroder D, Bornstein L, Bostrom MP, Nestor BJ, Padgett DE, and Westrich GH. Ceramic-on-Ceramic Total Hip Arthroplasty: Incidence of Instability and Noise. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2011 Feb;469(2):123-30.

Colwell CW Jr, Froimson MI, Mont MA, Ritter MA, Trousdale RT, Buehler KC, Spitzer A, Donaldson TK, Padgett DE. Thrombosis prevention after total hip arthroplasty: a prospective, randomized trial comparing a mobile compression device with low-molecular-weight heparin. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010 Mar;92(3):527-35.

D. Chen, S. Lin, Cutera N, Padgett DE, and Wright TM. Ceramic bearings in total hip replacement. A Retrieval Analysis. Minera Orthopedica E Traumatologica. 2010 Feb: 61(1): 41-49.

Della Valle, Padgett DE, and Salvati EA.  Preoperative Planning for Total Hip Arthroplasty in Total Hip Arthroplasty Yaziciolglu O, Salvati EA, Goksan SB, and Kilcoglu O. Ekin Tibbi Yayincilik, Istanbul, 2010. 

Lonner JH, Fehring TK, Hanssen AD, Pellegrini VD Jr, Padgett DE, Wright TM, Potter HG. Revision total knee arthroplasty: the preoperative evaluation. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2009 Aug;91 Suppl 5:64-8.

Padgett DE, Lewallen DG, Penenberg BL, Hanssen AD, Garvin KL, Mahoney OM, Kinsey TL. Surgical technique for revision total hip replacement. Bone Joint Surg Am. 2009 Aug;91 Suppl 5:23-8.

Shah SN, Kaye RJ, Kelly NH, Su EP, Padgett DE, Wright TM. Retrieval analysis of failed constrained acetabular liners.J Arthroplasty. 2009 Sep;24(6 Suppl):54-7. Epub 2009 Jul 4.

Miller AN, Su EP, Bostrom MP, Nestor BJ, Padgett DE. Incidence of ceramic liner malseating in Trident acetabular shell. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2009 Jun;467(6):1552-6. Epub 2009 Mar 12.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.


Industry Relationships

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.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Padgett as of June 24, 2021.

  • Encore Orthopaedics (D/B/A Don Joy Orthopedics Global) - Consultant; Receives Royalties for total hip replacement system
  • Hip Society - Board member
  • HS2, LLC- Ownership Interest
  • Journal of Arthroplasty - Editorial Board
  • Orthophor- Ownership Interest
  • Navbit Pty, Ltd.- Consultant
  • Parvisi Surgical Innovation- Consultant; Ownership Interest
  • Tangen Biosciences, Inc.- Ownership Interest
  • THINK Surgical- Advisory Board

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.

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

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