Scott A. Rodeo, MD

Dr. Scott Rodeo is a clinician-scientist at Hospital for Special Surgery, with appointments in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery (Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service) and the Research Department (Tissue Engineering, Repair, and Regeneration Program). He is Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and Co-Chief Emeritus of the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at Hospital for Special Surgery. He specializes in sports medicine injuries of the knee, shoulder, ankle, and elbow. He also performs arthritis surgery of the knee and shoulder, including joint replacement surgery. He has specific expertise in complex knee reconstruction (including meniscus transplantation, cartilage resurfacing, osteotomy, and ligament reconstruction), treatment of shoulder instability, and rotator cuff tendon repair. His research focuses on the basic biology of tendon and ligament healing, meniscal allograft transplantation, and rotator cuff repair.

Dr. Rodeo cares for elite, professional, and everyday athletes alike. He was associate team physician of the New York Giants Football Team after 2000 and became head team physician after 2015. In 2004 and 2008 he served as Team Physician for USA Swimming and returned to this position for the London 2012 Olympic Games. You can read Dr. Rodeo's blog from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games or Dr. Rodeo's London 2012 Olympic Games blog.

Dr. Rodeo works with USA Swimming and various swimming programs where he helps to promote injury prevention and treats injured swimmers of all ages. Dr. Rodeo is a former competitive swimmer.


Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Co-Chief Emeritus, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Attending Surgeon (Orthopaedic Surgery), The New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Head Team Physician, New York Giants Football


Special Expertise

Shoulder Instability
Knee Ligament Injury
Rotator Cuff Injury / Rotator Cuff Disease
Meniscus Transplantation


"Best Doctors in New York," New York magazine, 2009 - 2015
Excellence in Research Award, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, 2004
Finalist, New Investigator’s Recognition Award, Orthopaedic Research Society, 1997
Winner 3M Basic Science Award, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, 1996
Lewis Clark Wagner Award for Resident Research, The Hospital for Special Surgery, 1994
Winner, American Orthopaedic Asociation-Zimmer Resident Research Travel Award, 1992


Team Physician, U.S. Olympic Swimming, 2004, 2008, 2012
Chairman, USA Swimming Sports Medicine Committee
Member, Board of Directors, Asphalt Green

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MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York


Hospital for Special Surgery, New York


Hospital for Special Surgery, New York


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

State Licensure

New York

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Selected Publications

Rodeo SA. Why Do Tendons Hurt? Lessons from the Study of Calcific Tendinitis: Commentary on Hackett L et al. "Are the Symptoms of Calcific Tendinitis Due to Neoinnervation and/or Neovascularization?". J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016 Feb 3;98(3):e13. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.O.00969.

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. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2015.08.006. Epub 2015 Aug 13.

Ma R, Ju X, Deng X, Rodeo S. A novel small animal model of differential anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction graft strain. Journal of Knee Surgery 2015; 28: 489-495.

Rodeo SA, Voigt C, Ma R, Solic J, Stasiak M, Ju X, El-Amin S, Deng X. Use of a New Model Allowing Controlled Uniaxial Loading to Evaluate Tendon Healing in a Bone Tunnel. J Orthop Res. 2015 Oct 28. doi: 10.1002/jor.23087.

Carbone A, Carballo C, Ma R, Wang H, Deng X, Dahia C, Rodeo S. Indian hedgehog signaling and the role of graft tension in tendon-to-bone healing: Evaluation in a rat ACL reconstruction model. J Orthop Res. 2015 Oct 8. doi: 10.1002/jor.23066. [Epub ahead of print]

Rodeo SA, Lebaschi A, Carballo C, Zong J, Khilnani T, Cunningham M, Lane J, Maher S. Specialty Update: What's New in Orthopaedic Research 2015. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 Dec 2;97(23):1972-8. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.O.00958.

Atesok K, Fu F, Sekiya I, Stolzing A, Ochi M, Rodeo SA. Stem cells in degenerative orthopaedic pathologies: effects of aging on therapeutic potential. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthroscopy, DOI 10.1007/s00167-015-3763-9.

Munch J, Voigt M, Green D, Rodeo S. Surgical techniques for treatment of symptomatic discoid meniscus. In Cordasco F and Green D (eds): Pediatric and Adolescent Knee Surgery, Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia, 2015, p. 236-242.

Fowler D, Voigt M, Rodeo S. Meniscal allograft transplantation. In Cordasco F and Green D (eds): Pediatric and Adolescent Knee Surgery, Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia, 2015, p. 243-254.

Sneag DB, Shah P, Koff MF, Lim WY, Rodeo SA, Potter HG. Quantitative Ultrashort Echo Time Magnetic Resonance Imaging Evaluation of Postoperative Menisci: a Pilot Study. HSS J. 2015 Jul;11(2):123-9. doi: 10.1007/s11420-014-9420-x. Epub 2014 Nov 18.

McCarthy M, Voigt M, Rodeo S. Is mensicus allograft transplantation chondroprotective? In Getgood A, Spalding T, Cole B, Gersoff W, Verdonk P (eds): Meniscal Allograft Transplantation: A Comprehensive Review, DJO Publications, Surrey, UK, 2015, p. 123-134.

Grawe B and Rodeo S. The role of biologics in meniscus allograft transplantation. In Getgood A, Spalding T, Cole B, Gersoff W, Verdonk P (eds): Meniscal Allograft Transplantation: A Comprehensive Review, DJO Publications, Surrey, UK, 2015, p. 167-176.

Galatz LM, Gerstenfeld L, Heber-Katz E, Rodeo SA. Tendon regeneration and scar formation: The concept of scarless healing. J Orthop Res. 2015 Jun;33(6):823-31. doi: 10.1002/jor.22853. Epub 2015 Apr 27.

Weber AE, Delos D, Oltean HN, Vadasdi K, Cavanaugh J, Potter HG, and Rodeo SA. Tibial and femoral tunnel changes after ACL reconstruction:  A prospective 2-year longitudinal MRI study. American J. Sports Medicine 2015; 43:1147-1156.

Kovacevic D, Gulotta LV, Ying L, Ehteshami JR, Deng XH, Rodeo SA. rhPDGF-BB Promotes Early Healing in a Rat Rotator Cuff Repair Model. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2015 May;473(5):1644-54. doi: 10.1007/s11999-014-4020-0.

Warme B and Rodeo SA. Multidirectional shoulder instability.  In Reider B, Davies G, and Provencher M (eds): Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia, 2015, p. 91-94.

Hutchinson ID, Rodeo SA, Perrone GS, Murray MM. Can platelet-rich plasma enhance anterior cruciate ligament and meniscal repair?  J Knee Surg 2015; 28:19–28.

Rodeo SA, Sugiguchi F, Fortier LA, Cunningham ME, Maher S. What's New in Orthopaedic Research. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014; 96:2015-2019.

Lee CH, Rodeo SA, Fortier LA, Lu C, Erisken C, Mao JJ. Protein-releasing polymeric scaffolds induce fibrochondrocytic differentiation of endogenous cells for knee meniscus regeneration in sheep. Sci. Transl. Med. 2014; 6: 266ra171.

Atesok K, Doral MN, Karlsson J, Egol KA, Jazrawi LM, Coelho PG, Martinez A, Matsumoto T, Owens BD, Ochi M, Hurwitz SR, Atala A, Fu FH, Lu HH, Rodeo SA. Multilayer scaffolds in orthopaedic tissue engineering. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2014 Dec 3. [Epub ahead of print].

Wang H, Gee A, Hutchinson I, Stoner K, Warren R, Rodeo S, Maher S. Altered regional loading patterns on articular cartilage following meniscectomy are not fully restored by autograft meniscal transplantation. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2014 Dec 9. pii: S1063-4584(14)01365-X. doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2014.12.003.

Hettrich CM, Gasinu S, Beamer BS, Stasiak M, Fox A, Birmingham P, Ying O, Deng XH, Rodeo SA. The effect of mechanical load on tendon-to-bone healing in a rat model. Am J Sports Med. 2014 May;42(5):1233-41. doi: 10.1177/0363546514526138. Epub 2014 Apr 1.

Codsi MJ, Rodeo SA, Scalise JJ, Moorehead TM, Ma CB. Assessment of rotator cuff repair integrity using ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging in a multicenter study. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2014 Oct;23(10):1468-72. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2014.01.045. Epub 2014 Apr 18.

Wang H, Chen T, Koff MF, Hutchinson ID, Gilbert S, Choi D, Warren RF, Rodeo SA, Maher SA. Image based weighted center of proximity versus directly measured knee contact location during simulated gait. J Biomech. 2014 Jul 18;47(10):2483-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2014.04.010. Epub 2014 Apr 16.

Delos D, Leineweber M, Chaudhury S, Alzoobaee S, Gao Y, Rodeo S. The effect of platelet-rich plasma on muscle contusion healing in a rat model. Am J Sports Med. 2014 Sep;42(9):2067-74. doi: 10.1177/0363546514540272.

Fox AJ, Schär MO, Wanivenhaus F, Chen T, Attia E, Binder NB, Otero M, Gilbert SL, Nguyen JT, Chaudhury S, Warren RF, Rodeo SA. Fluoroquinolones impair tendon healing in a rat rotator cuff repair model: A preliminary study.  Am J Sports Med. 2014; 42: 2851-2859.

Hutchinson I, Moran C, Potter H, Warren R, Rodeo S. Restoration of the meniscus: form and function. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2014; 42: 987-998. Doi : 10.1177/0363546513498503.

Packer JD, Bedi A, Fox AJ, Gasinu S, Imhauser CW, Stasiak M, Deng XH, Rodeo SA. Effect of immediate and delayed high-strain loading on tendon-to-bone healing after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 May 7;96:770-7. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.L.01354.

Schar M and Rodeo S. Biology of injury and repair of soft tissues of the shoulder. In Milano G and Grasso A (editors): Shoulder Arthroscopy: Principles and Practice. Springer, London, 2014, p. 59-72.

Moran C, Pascual-Garrido C, Chubinskaya S,  Potter H, Warren R, Cole B, Rodeo S. Current concepts review: Restoration of articular cartilage. J. Bone and Joint Surgery, 96: 336-344, 2014.

Angeline ME, Ma R, Pascual-Garrido C, Voigt C, Deng XH, Warren RF, Rodeo SA. Effect of diet-induced vitamin D deficiency on rotator cuff healing in a rat model. Am J Sports Med. 2014 Jan;42(1):27-34. doi: 10.1177/0363546513505421. Epub 2013 Oct 16.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Research Description

Dr. Rodeo’s laboratory carries out a robust research program to investigate the basic cellular and molecular mechanisms of healing damaged tissues so that we may develop innovative ways to improve our treatment of orthopedic injuries. The laboratory is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of both basic scientists and clinicians with expertise in cell and molecular biology, developmental biology, biomechanics, animal models, histologic analysis, mechanical engineering, and biomedical engineering. The clinical research infrastructure at HSS facilitates direct translation of our laboratory work to improving patient care and clinical outcomes.

Much of the research examines the effect of mechanical load on healing between tendon and bone. The clinical problems that the research addresses include ligament reconstruction using a tendon graft, such as anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and rotator cuff repair in the shoulder. Both of these procedures require secure attachment and healing between tendon and bone. The highly specialized insertion site between soft tissue (tendon, ligament) and bone is not recreated following surgical repair. Our overall goals are to gain further understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanism of tendon-to-bone healing, and the effect of mechanical load on the healing process. We are currently using rodent models of ACL reconstruction, patellar tendon repair, and rotator cuff tendon repair to examine the effect of mechanical loading on tendon biology. We have designed a custom external fixator that can be placed on the animals' knees to immobilize the knee joint. This external fixator is interfaced to a custom-designed, computer-controlled loading device that allows daily application of controlled cyclic, axial loading to the tendon-to-bone repair site with the animal under light anesthesia. Findings from these studies will have important implications for post-operative rehabilitation protocols following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and rotator cuff repair.

The specific areas of investigation include:

  • Evaluation of stem cells in rotator cuff tendon healing.
  • The effect of joint motion and mechanical loading on ligament graft healing in the knee.
  • Use of a novel animal model of overuse rotator cuff tendinitis to investigate the role of stem cells and other biologic agents in treatment.
  • Early detection and treatment of post-traumatic arthritis after ligament injury in the knee.
  • Evaluation of novel materials for meniscus replacement
  • Meniscus tissue engineering

Our basic science work has led to the following currently active clinical studies:

  • Use of stem cells from bone marrow to improve healing in patients undergoing rotator cuff repair.
  • Use of new MRI techniques to detect and monitor early cartilage damage in patients with anterior cruciate ligament injury.
  • Intraoperative measurement of cartilage contact stress in patients undergoing meniscus and cartilage transplantation.

Clinical Trials

Dr. Scott Rodeo, Orthopedic Surgeon

Contact Information

Office Locations

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1st Floor
525 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1513
Fax: 212.774.2414

Mailing Address

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535 East 70th Street
New York, New York 10021

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