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Douglas E. Padgett, MD

Hip and Knee Replacement
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About Dr. Padgett


Dr. Douglas Padgett is Surgeon-in-Chief and Medical Director at HSS. 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.


Specialized Centers

Complex Joint Reconstruction Center

Special Expertise

Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

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Surgeon-in-Chief and 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
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 Top Doctor, 15 Years 
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

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Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles


Current Research Includes:

  • Labral Tears of the Hip in the Dance Population
  • Anatomic Hip Stem Design
  • Effect of Hip Stem Properties on Dislocation
  • Impaction Grafting of the Femur in Revision Total Hip Surgery
  • Surgical Navigation Aids in Surgery of the Hip and Knee
  • Patellofemoral Arthroplasty Design

Research Interests

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.

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Patient Registries

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. Padgett as of July 17, 2023.

  • Encore Orthopaedics (D/B/A DJO Global) - Consultant; Royalties
  • HS2, LLC - Ownership Interest
  • Joint Effort Administrative Services Organization- Ownership Interest
  • Navbit Pty, Ltd. - Consultant; Ownership Interest
  • Orthophor - Ownership Interest
  • Parvizi Surgical Innovation - Consultant; Ownership Interest
  • Tangen Biosciences, Inc. - Ownership Interest

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.

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

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