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Michael L. Parks, MD

Hip and Knee Replacement
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About Dr. Parks


Dr. Michael Parks specializes in the surgical treatment of adults with arthritis requiring reconstructive procedures of the hip and knee. He is actively involved in clinical research and is the author of multiple publications. His research focus is on joint replacement surgery, biomechanical implant retrievals and on the impact of race, ethnicity and gender on the care of arthritis patients.

He graduated from Duke University with an undergraduate degree in chemistry and Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston for medical school, where he received the President’s Clinical Science Award. After completing an internship in general and thoracic surgery followed by an orthopedic residency at Duke University Medical Center, he continued his training at Hospital for Special Surgery with a fellowship in the Hip and Knee Service. Dr. Parks is an Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at HSS and a Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Recognized for his expertise in numerous publications throughout his career, Dr. Parks received top doctor rankings in Black Enterprise and Money magazine. He has also been recognized in such publications as The Network Journal, The New York Times Magazine, and Castle Connolly's Top Doctors: New York Metro.  Most recently, Dr. Parks appeared on NBC’s Today Show where he discussed treatment alternatives for knee arthritis in baby boomers.

Dr. Parks currently serves as Immediate Past President of the New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons and on the Board of the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation. He has served as a member of The Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, and is on the steering committee of the Movement is Life Caucus, a multi-stakeholder group devoted to decreasing musculoskeletal healthcare disparities.

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Specialized Centers

Complex Joint Reconstruction Center
Integrative Rheumatology and Orthopedics Center

Special Expertise

Minimally invasive hip and knee replacement surgery
Revision total hip and knee replacement surgery
Arthroscopy of the knee
Treatment of early and advanced arthritis


Total Hip Replacement
Total Hip Revision
Total Knee Replacement
Total Knee Revision
Hip Fracture Repair
Knee Arthroscopy

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Clinical Director of Orthopedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery
Vice Chair for Quality, Hospital for Special Surgery
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


Board of Trustees, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation
American Orthopaedic Association
Member-at-Large, Board of Directors, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (elected at the 2009 AAOS Annual Meeting)
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
Past President, New York State Society of Orthopedic Surgeons, 2010-2011


American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, 1999


Castle Connolly Top Doctor, 15 Years
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2008-2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2021-2022
Black Enterprise Magazine, America’s Leading Physicians, August 2001, August 2008
Leadership Fellows Program, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2003-2004
Money Magazine “The Best HealthCare–Top Docs,” Orthopaedic Surgery (Hip Fracture Repair), Fall 2003
The Network Journal, Top Black Doctors in New York, February 2007


Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, 1990


Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 1990-1992


Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 1992-1996


Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, 1996-1997

State Licensure



For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Parks

Selected Journal Articles

Editorial Appointments

Editorial Board, Techniques in Knee Surgery, 2002–present
Guest Reviewer, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 2006-present

Selected Books/Chapters

Parks ML, Total Hip Arthroplasty (Chapter 9) American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Board Review Manual (in press)

Parks ML, Macaulay WB: Operative Approaches for Total Hip Replacement Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics. 10: 2 (April), 106 - 114, 2000.

Macaulay WB, Parks ML: Hybrid Total Hip Replacement Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics. 10: 2 (April), 115 - 119, 2000.

Michael L. Parks, M.D.: Periprosthetic Fractures of the Hip and Knee, Hospital Physician Orthopaedic Surgery Board Review Manual.  5: 4 (February), 22-30, 2000

Selected Presentations

Bird JE, Humphrey A, McLaughin J, Hermann G, Terranova C, Parks M, Hausman M, Jepsen KJ. Subendosteal Resorption and Periosteal Compensation During Age-Related Cortical Bone Loss. Transactions of the Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society Vol. 29, San Francisco, California, 2004

Bird JE, Terranova C, Parks M, Hausman M, Jepsen KJ.  New Insights into Age Related Cortical Bone Loss: The Preservation of Endosteal Bone Transactions of the Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society Vol. 29, San Francisco, California, 2004

Parks M.L., Walsh H.A., Li S., Salvati E.A. Effect of Temperature on the Polymerization of Four Bone Cements. Transactions of the Annual Meeting of the Hip Society; 22:1998.

Walsh, H.A., McCabe, J.P., Parks, M.L., Wright, T.M., Salvati, E.A., and Li, S. Effect of Altered Polymerization Rate on the Mechanical Properties of Two Brands of Bone Cement Transactions of the Society of Biomaterials: 398:1997.

Walsh, H.A., Parks, M.L., DiGiovanni, C.W., Wright, T.M., Salvati, E.A., Li, S. Effect of Increasing Polymerization Rate on the Mechanical Properties of Four Commercially Available Bone Cements. Transactions of the Society of Biomaterials 284:1997.


Research Interests

Ethnic disparity in access and utilization of total joint replacement

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. Parks as of March 24, 2023.

  • HS2, LLC - 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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