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About Dr. Potter

Chairman, Department of Radiology and Imaging
Coleman Chair in MRI

Dr. Hollis Potter is a board certified radiologist specializing in musculoskeletal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) since 1990. She has published over 200 scientific articles and 60 book chapters. Dr. Potter has presented and been invited to speak locally, nationally, and internationally at orthopedic 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 orthopedic conditions.

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Changing the Game

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The MRI Lab at HSS: Preclinical (and clinical) Orthopaedic Research in a Clinical Environment
Hollis G. Potter, MD


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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


Radiological Society of North America
New York Roentgen Society
American Roentgen Ray Society
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American College of Radiology
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Society of Skeletal Radiology
International Cartilage Repair Society
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons 
The Knee Society
Shoulder & Elbow Society
The Hip Society
Orthopaedic Research Society
International Skeletal Society


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


Castle Connolly Top Doctor, 20 Years
Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2004-2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2004-2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2003-2022
Alpha Omega Alpha
Phi Beta Kappa
Heritage Research Investigator in Translational Medicine Award, Heritage Health – Crain’s New York, 2016
Musculoskeletal Keynote Lecture: MRI Around Metal: Technique and Clinical Application. RSNA 101st Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, 2015
Robert E. Fairer Award, presented by the ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, 2015
8th Annual Lodwick Award for Excellence in Musculoskeletal Research, 2012
Outstanding Teacher Award, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2011
Fellow, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2011
Board of Trustees, International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
ABJS Nicholas Andry Award, 2007
Charles L. Christian Award for Musculoskeletal Research, 2005, 2006
Cabaud Award for Excellence in Basic Science - AOSSM, 2005


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

State Licensure



Publications by Dr. Potter

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles

Editorial Appointments

Associate Editor for Imaging Sports Health (AOSSM)
Editorial Board, Cartilage (The International Cartilage Repair Society Journal)
Editorial Board, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
Editorial Board, Journal of Hip Preservation Surgery
Editorial Review Board, Journal of Orthopaedic Research

Selected Presentations

John W. Frymoyer Lecture. Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, McClure Musculoskeletal Research Center, The University of Vermont. Burlington, VT. September 11, 2013.

Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS) Founders Series Lecture, 2015.


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 NIAM, and she 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 1R01 AR064840-01: 8/1/2017-7/31/2022
Using MRI as a biomarker for adverse local tissue reaction in individuals with hip arthroplasty.
Role: Principal Investigator (co-PI Matthew Koff, PhD)

2 R01 AR064840-05: 8/1/17-8/1/22
The Ability of MRI to Detect Adverse Local Tissue Reaction and Implant Integration as a Function of Hip Implant Modularity 
Role: Principal Investigator (co-PI Matthew Koff, PhD)

NIH NIAMS (1R01AR065023-01A1): May 2014 - April 2018
Meniscus Regeneration by Endogenous Stem/Progenitor Cells
Optimize strategies for the recruitment of host endogenous cells and differentiation into  fibrochondrocytes in our existing pre-clinical model of meniscus regeneration
Role: Site Principal Investigator; Co-PIs: Scott Rodeo, MD, Lisa Fortier, DVM, PhD, DACVS, Jeremy Mao, PhD

NIH NIAMS (1R01AR066069-01A1): 9/1/2014-8/31/2019
FAI comparative effectiveness 
Role: Co-investigator; Principal Investigator: Stephen Lyman, PhD 

NIH 1 R01 HD087459-01: 4/1/16-2/1/20
ACL reconstructed knee: qMRI and biomechanical modeling
Role: Consultant; Principal Investigator: Thomas Buchanan, University of Delaware

NBA/GE Healthcare Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Collaboration: 04/2016-04/2018
Prospective Longitudinal Assessment of Patellar Tendinopathy in Elite Basketball Players Using Quantitative Imaging with Correlation to Symptoms and Functional Analysis
Role: Co-Investigator; Principal Investigator: Ogonna Nwawka, MD

NBA/GE Healthcare Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Collaboration: 10/15/2017 – 10/14/2020
Advanced Imaging of Cartilage
To evaluated the longitudinal chances of T1rho, T2, T2* and ZTE properties or articular cartilage in basketball players using an advanced imaging protocol.
Role: Site-PI; Principal Investigator: Garry Gold, MD

Clinical Trials / Research Studies

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. Potter as of February 15, 2023.

  • Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research - Board Member
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine - Associate Editor
  • Atria Institute - Advisory Board Member; Consultant
  • Cartilage - Editorial Board Member
  • Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research - Editorial Board Member
  • Cytex Therapeutics, Inc. - Consultant
  • General Electric Healthcare - Receives research support under a comprehensive research agreement between Hospital for Special Surgery and GE Healthcare
  • GE/NBA - Research Support
  • Imagen Technologies - Founder or Co-founder; Ownership Interest
  • Major League Baseball (MLB) - Consultant
  • National Hockey League (NHL) - Consultant
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Research Support
  • Osteoarthritis and Cartilage - Editorial Member
  • Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. - Research Support

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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