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Hollis G. Potter, MD


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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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 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

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 Journal Articles

Koch KM, Koff MF, Bauer TW, Shah P, Nencka AS, Kaushik SS, Potter HG. Off-resonance based assessment of metallic wear debris near total hip replacements. Man Res in Med. 2017 Jun, epub ahead of print.

Nawabi DH, Do HT, Ruel A, Lurie B, Elpers ME, Wright T, Potter HG, Westrich GH. Comprehensive analysis of a recalled modular total hip system and recommendations for management. J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2016; 98 (1): 40 -47.

Wang H, Koff MF, Potter HG, Warren RF, Rodeo SA, Maher SA. An MRI-compatible loading device to assess knee joint cartilage deformation: Effect of preloading and inter-test repeatability. J Biomech. 2015 Sep 18;48(12):2934-40.

Burge AJ, Gold SL, Lurie B, Nawabi DH, Fields KG, Koff MF, Westrich G, Potter HG. MRI of adverse local tissue reactions around Rejuvenate modular dual taper stems. Radiology 2015; 277:142-50.

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 2014; 472(2):543-54.

Koff MF, Pownder SL, Shah PH, Yang LW, Potter HG. Ultrashort echo imaging of cyclically loaded rabbit patellar tendon. J Biomech. 2014;47(13):3428-32.

Koch KM, Koff MF, Shah PH, Kanwischer A, Gui D, Potter HG. Flexible longitudinal magnetization contrast in spectrally overlapped 3D-MSI metal artifact reduction sequences: Technical considerations and clinical impact. Magn Res in Med, 2014 Nov; 74(5):1349-55.

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

Barber L, Koff MF, Virtue P, Lipman JP, Hotchkiss RJ, Potter HG. The use of MRI modeling to enhance osteochondral transfer in segmental Kienböck’s. Cartilage 2012 3: 188-193.

Koch KM, Brau AC, Chen W, Gold GE, Hargreaves BA, Koff M, McKinnon GC, Potter HG, King KF. Imaging near metal with a MAVRIC-SEMAC hybrid. Magn Reson Med. 2011; 65(1):71-82.

Hayter CL, Koff MF, Shah P, Koch KM, Miller TT, Potter HG. MRI After Arthroplasty: Comparison of MAVRIC and conventional Fast Spin Echo Techniques. AJR 2011;197(3):W405-11.

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.

Koff MF, Chong LR, Virtue P, Chen D, Wang X, Wright T, Potter HG. Validation of cartilage thickness calculations using indentation analysis. J Biomechanical Engineering 2010, 132:041007,1-6.

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

Ballyns JJ, Gleghorn JP, Niebrzydowski V, Rawlinson J, Potter HG, Maher SA, Wright TM, Bonassar LJ. Image guided tissue engineering of anatomically shaped implants via MRI and micro-CT using injection molding. Tissue Engineering 2008;14(7):1195-1202.

Williams R III, Ranawat A, Carter, T, Potter HG. Fresh stored allografts for the treatment of osteochondral defects of the knee. J Bone Joint Surg 2007; 89(4):718-726.

Glenn RE Jr, McCarty EC, Potter HG, Juliao SF, Gordon JD, Spindler KP. Comparison of fresh osteochondral autografts and allografts: A canine model. Am J Sports Med 2006; 34(7):1084-1093.

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

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.

Brown WE, Potter HG, Marx RG, Wickiewicz TL, Warren RF. Magnetic resonance imaging appearance of cartilage repair in the knee. Clin Orthop Rel Res 2004; 422:214-223.

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.

Potter HG, Linklater JA, Allen AA, Hannafin JA, Haas SB. Magnetic resonance imaging of articular cartilage in the knee: An evaluation with use of fast spin echo imaging. J Bone Joint Surg Am 1998; 80(A):1276-1284.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

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

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. Potter as of August 18, 2021.

  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine - Associate Editor
  • Arthrex, Inc. - Consultant
  • Cytex Therapeutics, Inc.- Consultant
  • General Electric Healthcare - Receives research support under a comprehensive research agreement between Hospital for Special Surgery and GE Healthcare
  • NHL- Consultant
  • Imagen Technologies - Co-founder; Equity holder
  • Ortho Regenerative Technologies Inc. - Consultant

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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