Hollis G. Potter, MD

Chairman, Department of Radiology and Imaging
Coleman Chair in MRI

Dr. Hollis Potter is a Board-Certified Radiologist specializing in Musculoskeletal MR Imaging since 1990. She has published 170 scientific articles and 55 book chapters. Dr. Potter has presented and been invited to speak locally, nationally, and internationally at orthopaedic and radiologic scientific meetings. She is funded for MR research in both clinical and basic science projects. Her MRI laboratory is actively funded by the NIH NIAMS for translational MRI research. Dr. Potter is nationally and internationally recognized for her expertise in developing MR applications for orthopaedic conditions.

Dr. Potter has been listed in the Consumer's Research Council of America: Guide to America's Top Radiologists. First Edition, 2002-2003 and New York Magazine's "Best Doctor" every year from 2003 to present.

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Chairman, Department of Radiology and Imaging, Hospital for Special Surgery
The Coleman Chair in MRI Research
Attending Radiologist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Radiology, Weill Cornell Medical College
Senior Scientist, Clinical Research Section, Hospital for Special Surgery
Director of Research, Department of Radiology and Imaging


Special Expertise

Sports Medicine
Cartilage Imaging
Arthroplasty Imaging


"Best Doctors in New York," New York Magazine, 2011
Alpha Omega Alpha
Phi Beta Kappa
Cabaud Award for Excellence in Basic Science- AOSSM 2005
New York Magazine's "Best Doctors" - 2003 – 2010
Charles L. Christian Award for Musculoskeletal Research - 2005, 2006
ABJS Nicholas Andry Award - 2007
Outstanding Teacher Award, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2011
Fellow, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2011
8th Annual Lodwick Award for Excellence in Musculoskeletal Research, 2012


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American College of Radiology
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
The Knee Society
Shoulder & Elbow Society
The Hip Society

Insurances Accepted

Affinity Access
Blue Cross HMO POS
Blue Cross PPO
Blue Cross Pathway
Blue Cross Pathway Enhanced
Emblem Selectcare
MultiPlan PHCS
NYS Empire Plan
United Healthcare
United Healthcare Compass

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MD, New York Medical College, New York, New York -1985


North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, New York - 1986-1990


Hospital for Special Surgery, Musculoskeletal Radiology, New York - 1990-1991
New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical College, Skeletal Radiology, New  York, 1990-1991


National Board of Medical Examiners, 1985
Diplomate, American Board of Radiology, 1990

State Licensure

New York

Hollis G. Potter, MD has contributed to the following educational materials:

For Patients - on HSS.edu

For Professionals - on HSS.edu

Editorial Appointments

Associate Editor for Imaging Sports Health (AOSSM)
Editorial Board, Cartilage (The International Cartilage Repair Society Journal)
Editorial Board, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
Reviewer, Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Reviewer, Journal of Biomechanics
Reviewer, Radiology
Reviewer, Journal of Orthopaedic Research
Reviewer, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

Selected Publications

1. Potter HG, Nestor BJ, Sofka CM, Ho ST, Peters LE, Salvati EA. Magnetic resonance imaging of total hip arthroplasty: Evaluation of periprosthetic soft tissue. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2004; 86:1947-1954.

2. Maier CF, Tan SG, Hariharan H, Potter HG. T2 quantitation of articular cartilage at 1.5T. J Magn Reson Imaging 2003; 17(3):358-364.

3. Potter HG, Foo LF. Magnetic resonance imaging of articular cartilage: Trauma, degeneration and repair. Am J Sports Med 2006; 34(4):661-677.

4. Kelly BT, Potter HG, Deng X, Pearle AD, Turner AS, Warren RF, Rodeo SA. Meniscal allograft transplantation in the sheep knee: evaluation of chondroprotective effects. Am J Sports Med 2006; 34:1464-1477.

5. Potter HG, Jawetz ST, Foo, LF. Imaging of the rotator cuff following repair: Human and animal models. J Shldr Elb Surg 2007; 16(5): 134-139S.

6. Fortier LA, Potter HG, Rickey E.J, Schnabel LV, Ellsworth JR, Foo LF, Nixon A. Concentrated bone marrow aspirate improves full-thickness cartilage repair. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 2010; 92;1927-1937.

7. Koff MF, Chong LR, Virtue P, Ying LL, Gholve P, Widmann R, Potter HG. Correlation of MRI and histological examination of physeal bars in a rabbit model. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 2010;30(8):928-35.

8. Trattnig S, Winalski CS, Marlovits S, Jurvelin JS, Welsch GH, Potter HG. Magnetic resonance imaging of cartilage repair: A review. Cartilage 2011; 2(1):5-26

9. Noyes FR, Chen RC, Westin SB, Potter HG. Greater than 10-year results of red-white longitudinal meniscus repairs in patients 20 years of age or younger. Am J Sports Med 2011;39(5):1008-17

10. Hash TW, Maderazo AB, Haas SB, Saboeiro GR, Trost DW, Potter HG. Magnetic resonance angiography in the management of recurrent hemarthrosis following total knee arthroplasty. Journal of Arthroplasty 2011; 26(8): 1357-1361.

11. Potter HG, Jain SK, Ma Y, Black BR, Fung S, Lyman S. Cartilage injury following acute, isolated ACL tear: Immediate and longitudinal effect with clinical/MRI follow up. Am J Sports Med. 2012;40(2):276-85.

12. Murakami AM, Hash TW, Hepinstall MS, Lyman S, Nestor BJ, Potter HG. Magnetic resonance imaging evaluation of rotational alignment and synovitis in painful total knee arthroplasty. J Bone Joint Surg, Br. 2012;94(9):1209-15.

13. Gold SL, Burge AJ, Potter HG. MRI of hip cartilage: Joint morphology, structure and composition. Clin Orthop Relat Res 2012; 470(12):3321-31

14. Hayter CL, Gold SL, Potter HG. Magnetic resonance imaging of the wrist: bone and cartilage injury. J Magn Reson Imaging 2013; 37(5):1005-19.

15. 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 2013; 95(10):895-902.

16. Tanaka MJ, Gargiulo A, Delos D, Wickiewicz T, Potter HG, Pearle A. Passive anterior tibial subluxation in ACL deficient knees. Am J Sports Med 2013, 41:2347-2352.

17. Farshad-Amacker N, Potter HG. MR Imaging of Knee Ligament Injury and Reconstruction. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2013;38(4):757-73.

18. Koff MF, Shah P, Koch KM, Potter HG. Quantifying image distortion of orthopaedic materials in magnetic resonance imaging. J Magn Reson Imaging 2013;38(3):610-8.

19. Koff MF, Shah P, Pownder S, Romero B, Williams R, Gilbert S, Maher S, Fortier LA, Rodeo SA, Potter HG. Correlation of meniscal T2* with multiphoton microscopy, and change of articular cartilage T2 in an ovine model of meniscal repair. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage 2013, 21:1083-91.

20. Nawabi DH, Gold SL, Lyman S, Fields K, Padgett DP, Potter HG. MRI predicts ALVAL and tissue damage in metal-on-metal hip arthroplasty. Clin Orthop Relat Res 2013, epub ahead of print.

21. Nawabi DH, Nassif NA, Do HT, Stoner K, Elpers M, Su EP, Wright T, Potter HG, Padgett DE. What causes unexplained pain in patients with metal-on metal hip devices? A retrieval, histologic, and imaging analysis. Clin Orthop Relat Res 2013, in press.

22. Lurie B, Koff MF, Shah P, Feldman E, Amacker N, Downey-Zayas T, Green D, Widmann RF, Potter HG. Three-dimensional magnetic resonance imaging of physeal injury: reliability and clinical utility. J Pediatr Orthop, in press.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Research Description

Dr. Potter is the Coleman Chair in MRI research.  Her prior and current research interests lie in the use of quantitative MR imaging as a biomarker for assessment of early depletion of matrix from cartilage and fibrocartilage, as well as the reduction of susceptibility artifact around orthopaedic hardware. Dr. Potter’s MRI laboratory is actively funded by the NIH NIAMS for the use of MRI as a biomarker for adverse local tissue reaction in individuals with hip arthroplasty. Additionally, Dr. Potter serves as the site PI for a multicenter feasibility trial establishing imaging and biochemical technologies as measures of knee cartilage composition following acute ACL injury. She has been the co-recipient of the AOA research award, the Cabaud award for excellence in basic science research from the AOSSM and the Nicholas Andry award from the ABJS.  She has continuously served on several NIH/NIAMS Study Sections since 2007, and the research committee of the AOSSM. Many of her current basic science imaging projects have been successfully transported into clinical use and implementation.

Research Support:

NIH/NIAMS 1RO1 AR064840-01: 8.15.2013 - 7.31.2017

  • Using MRI as a biomarker for adverse local tissue reaction in individuals with hip arthroplasty.
    Role: Principal investigator (co-PI Matthew Koff, PhD)

Arthritis Foundation: 8.1.2013 - 7.31.2015   

  • A multicenter feasibility trial establishing imaging and biochemical technologies as measures of knee cartilage composition following acute ACL injury.
  • The major goal of this project is to establish the role of quantitative MR imaging in individuals with acute ACL injuries in a multi-institutional study.
    Role: Coinvestigator (site PI); Principal investigators: S. Rodeo MD, S. Majumdar, PhD

AOSSM / ConMed Linvatec Meniscal Allograft Transplantation Grant: 9.1.2012 - 9.1.2015

  • Meniscus Allograft Transplantation: Quantifiable Predictors of Outcome
    Role: Co-investigator

NIH/NIAMS (1R01AR057343-01A2): 4.1.2010 - 4.1.2014

  • Designing a Meniscal Substitute Through An Integrated Experimental Computational and Statistical Approach
  • The major goal is to define the relationship between meniscal material and structural properties and joint contact mechanics under multiple physiological activities across a range of patient populations.
    Role: Consultant; Principal investigator: Suzanne Maher PhD

General Electric Health Care: 1.1.09 - 4.1.14

  • Research support for orthopaedic applications of MRI
  • T2/T1rho mapping of articular cartilage
  • MR imaging of arthroplasty and susceptibility reduction
  • Segmentation analysis of cartilage
  • UTE imaging
    Role: Principal Investigator

Clinical Trials

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Dr. Hollis G. Potter, Radiologist

Contact Information

Office Locations

Hospital for Special Surgery
MRI (Basement Level)
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1023
Fax: 212.774.2786

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, New York 10021

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