Leon Root, MD

In Loving Memory



The Board of Trustees, the Medical Staff and the entire Hospital for Special Surgery community mourn the peaceful passing of our beloved colleague Dr. Leon Root in the early morning hours of September 21, 2015.

Dr. Root has been a cornerstone of HSS since joining the staff in 1967. He considered himself an orthopedic family doctor who cared for patients from childhood through their adulthood, but we recognized him as one of the nation’s foremost specialists in pediatric orthopedics. His contributions to patient care, medical education and research were extraordinary. During his 27-year tenure as Chief of Pediatric Orthopedics at HSS, he established New York City’s first clinic for children with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, founded New York State’s first Pediatric Orthopedic Outreach Program, and expanded the Hospital’s Cerebral Palsy Clinic. Dr Root’s many other accomplishments and contributions include serving as President of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, and authoring books that received wide acclaim.

We honor Dr. Root's extraordinary legacy of selfless care and character as an obligation to the communities and Hospital we serve. On behalf of the HSS Family, we extend our greatest sympathies and appreciation to Dr. Root’s wife Paula, their children Matthew and Lillian, and their four grandchildren.


Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Clinical Surgery (Orthopaedics), Weill Cornell Medical College


Special Expertise

Cerebral Palsy
Low Back Pain
Osteogenesis Imperfecta
Hip Pain


President American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine 1988
Chairman Orthopaedic Section of New York Academy of Medicine


MD, New York Medical College, New York


Hospital for Special Surgery, New York


Orthopaedic Surgery

State Licensure

New York

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

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Dr. Leon Root, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Contact Information

Office Locations

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

Phone: 212.606.1330
Fax: 212.794.4739

Mailing Address

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

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