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William M. Ricci, MD


About Dr. Ricci


Dr. William Ricci is Chief of the Orthopedic Trauma Service at Hospital for Special Surgery and NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital. He is professor of orthopedic surgery at HSS and Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Ricci specializes in the field of orthopedic trauma surgery focusing on treating patients with any type of fracture of the arms (shoulder, humerus, elbow, ulna, radius, and clavicle), legs (hip, femur, knee, tibia, fibula, ankle, foot, calcaneus, and talus), pelvis, and acetabulum. He has 19 years of experience and is nationally and internationally known for his surgical expertise in treating complex fractures and complications of fractures (nonunion, malunion, infection, and osteomyelitis).

After obtaining his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering and medical degree from Duke University, Dr. Ricci completed his orthopedic surgery residency at HSS and specialized fellowship training in orthopedic trauma surgery at Tampa General Hospital and Florida Orthopaedic Institute. Prior to returning to HSS, Dr. Ricci was on faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where he served as Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chief of the Orthopaedic Trauma Service and Vice-Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Ricci has been recognized by his peers for his clinical care as a Best Orthopedic Traumatologist in the US as well as a Best Orthopedic Traumatologist in North America. He has been a member of Marquis Who's Who in Medicine and a Castle Connolly Top Doctor every year since 2012, a Best Orthopedic Doctor in St. Louis since 2009, and has been selected as one of "America's Top Physicians" by the Consumers' Research Council of America. He has won awards for resident teaching and for original research.

Dr. Ricci has distinguished himself in the field of orthopedic trauma by holding leadership positions in medical societies such as President of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and Board of Directors member of the American Orthopaedic Association.

He has edited multiple textbooks including the internationally known Rockwood & Green's textbook of Fractures in Adults, served on the editorial boards of scholarly journals such as being Deputy Editor of the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, and has been selected for the prestigious American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellowship.

Dr. Ricci has presented his research nationally and internationally, published over 125 peer reviewed articles, over 25 book chapters and multiple surgical technique videos. He has chaired multiple surgical skills courses and has been an invited lecturer worldwide.

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Special Expertise

Complex fractures and dislocations
Fractures of the upper extremity (clavicle, shoulder, upper arm, humerus, elbow, forearm, radius, ulna, olecranon, etc.)
Fractures of the lower extremity (hip, femur, thigh, knee, patella, tibial plateau, tibia, fibula, ankle, foot, calcaneus, talus, etc.)
Fractures of the pelvis and acetabulum
Nonunions (unhealed fractures, especially those of the tibia, humerus, femur, and clavicle)
Malunions (poorly healed or crooked fractures, especially those requiring corrective osteotomies)
Infections associated with fractures
Osteomyelitis (infections of bone)


Fracture fixation
Open reduction internal fixation of fractures
External fixation
Internal fixation
Intramedullary nailing
Nonunion repair
Malunion repair
Taylor Spatial Frame
Total hip arthroplasty
Total elbow arthroplasty

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Chief, Orthopedic Trauma Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Chief, Orthopedic Trauma Service, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
President, Orthopedic Trauma Association


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons


Presidential Guest, Canadian Orthopaedic Association, 2017
Presidential Guest, Dutch Orthopaedic Association, 2017
Presidential Guest, German Orthopaedic Association, 2017
Top 19 Best Orthopaedic Traumatologists in the North America, 2016
Top 29 Orthopaedic Traumatologists in the US, 2012
Best Doctor's in St Louis, 2009-2016
Marquis Who's Who in Medicine, 2012-2016
Castle Connolly Top Doctor, 2012-2016
America's Top Physicians by Consumers'
Research Council of America, 2015
Orthopaedic Trauma Association Highlight Paper Award, 2016, 2012, 2007, 2004
Leadership Award, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, 2011
Bovill Award for Best Paper, Orthopaedic Trauma Association, 2011
Best Poster Award, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2010
Palma Chironis Award for Resident Teaching Excellence, 2008
American British Canadian (ABC) Travelling Fellowship, 2007
Winquist Cup Award-Best Lab Leader, 2001


Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, 1986-1992


Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, 1993-1997


Florida Orthopaedic Institute & Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, FL, 1997-1998

State Licensure



For My Patients


Publications by Dr. Ricci

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles

Selected Books/Chapters

Ricci WM, Bolhofner B: Principles of Nonunion Treatment. Wolters Klumer. Rockwood and Green's Fractures in Adults, 8th Edition, Chapter 27, pp 827-867, 2014.

Ricci WM: Periprosthetic Fractures. Wolters Klumer. Rockwood and Green's Fractures in Adults, 8th Edition, Chapter 23, pp 691-765, 2014.

Ricci WM, Mehta S: Tibial Plateau Fractures and Extensor Mechanism Injuries. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 11, Chapter 37, pp 521-535, 2014.

Jo MJ, Ricci WM, Gardner MJ: Joint Preserving Surgical Techniques for Posttraumatic Hip Disorders. Wolters Klumer. The Adult Hip: Hip Preservation Surgery, 3rd Edition, Chapter 59, pp 707-724, 2014.

Merriman DJ, Ricci WM: Supracondylar Femur Fractures. Orthopaedic Trauma Call for the Attending Surgeon. Slack, Inc. Chapter 31, pp 239-247, 2013.

Jahangir AA, Ricci WM: Distal Femur Fractures. Orthopaedic Traumatology: An Evidence Based Approach. Springer. Chapter 17, pp 247-259, 2012.

Siegel, J, Tornetta P, Borrelli J, Kregor PJ, Ricci WM: Locked and Minimally Invasive Plating. Instructional Course Lecture: Trauma 2. Chapter 9, pp 107-122, 2012.

Ricci WM, Gruen GS, Summers H, Siska PA. Fractures of the Femoral Diaphysis. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Trauma 4. Chapter 33, pp 431-444, 2010.

Ricci WM, Risko T: ORIF of the Bicondylar Plateau. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery. Volume 1, Section II Femur and Knee, Chapter 13, pp 613-621, 2010.

Bolhofner B, Ricci WM: Principles of Nonunion Treatment. Rockwood and Green's, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. Volume 1, Chapter 25, pp 641-663, 2010.

Selected Presentations

Management of Geriatric Acetabular Fractures, Dutch Orthopaedic Trauma Society, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2017

Management of Ankle Fractures, Annual DKOU Meeting, Berlin, Germany, 2017

Management of Syndesmotic Injuries, Annual Sign Meeting, Richland WA, 2017

Development of a Geriatric Fracture Service, Canadian Orthopaedic Association, Ottawa, Canada, 2017

Trauma Revalidation: Now What? Tips from the top – Go High, Suprapatellar Tibial Nails. British Orthopaedic Association, Belfast, United Kingdom, 2016

Winning the Race to Fracture Healing. Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2014

Treatment of Periprosthetic Femur Fractures. UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, 2011

Winning the Race to Fracture Healing. G. Richard Paul Distinguished Lecturer, Boston Medical Center, Boston MA, 2010

Winning the Race to Fracture Healing. Duke University, Durham, NC, 2010


For more than 20 years, Dr. Ricci has been engaged in state-of-the-art biomedical research related to fracture treatments and fracture healing. He has studied fractures of almost every bone in the body, won multiple awards for research and been the recipient of many peer-reviewed grants including from the Department of Defense. Of particular interest, are the studies to determine the optimal bio-mechanical environment to promote reliable fracture healing. Some of this research has led to new or improved procedures that are used in current clinical practice worldwide.

Dr Ricci is also involved in patient-related outcomes research. Many of these studies involve collaborations with other researchers from across the nation. The goals of these studies are to maximize functional outcomes and minimize pain and disability for patients.

In addition, Dr Ricci's engineering background has led to involvement in the design of new and improved fracture fixation systems, in which he has been awarded multiple patents.

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. Ricci as of October 24, 2023.

  • Cable Fix LLC - Ownership Interest
  • CrookedFoot Medical LLC - Ownership Interest
  • HS2, LLC - Ownership Interest
  • HSS- ASC Development Network, LLC- Ownership Interest
  • Joint Effort Administrative Services Organization, LLC- Ownership Interest
  • Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma - Editorial or Governing Board Member
  • McGinley Orthopaedic Innovations, LLC - Ownership Interest
  • OKU Trauma - Editorial or Governing Board Member
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association - Association President; Board Member
  • OsteoCentric - Royalties for design
  • Primo MC LLC - Founder or Co-founder; Ownership Interest
  • Smith & Nephew - Consultant, Designer, and Receive royalties for design of plate and screw systems and intramedullary nail systems
  • Wolters Kluwer - Author; Editorial or Governing Board Member

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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