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William W. Schairer, MD

Sports Medicine, Trauma
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About Dr. Schairer


Please note: As of September 30, 2022, Dr. Schairer is no longer accepting new patients.

Dr. William Schairer is an Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery and a Clinical Instructor at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Schairer uses minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques to treat injuries of the shoulder, knee, hip, and elbow. He also has extensive expertise in complex open procedures as well as management of fractures and broken bones from traumatic injuries. 

Dr. Schairer grew up in California and attended college at the University of California, Berkeley. He the completed his medical training at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine where he graduated with a distinction in clinical and translational research. Dr. Schairer completed his residency training in orthopedic surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery. He then completed specialized training through fellowship in sports medicine surgery at the prestigious Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. 

During his time in Colorado, Dr. Schairer volunteered as a member of the medical staff for the United States Ski and Snowboard Association, traveling around the world to support the elite athletes in training and competition. He continues to work closely with the organization volunteering in the medical pool. 

Dr. Schairer has an extensive background in research about patient outcomes, epidemiology, and utilization of surgical procedures. His research interests focus on studying the effectiveness of current and upcoming techniques to treat musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Schairer has over 75 published peer-reviewed publications and continues to be active in studying surgical, nonsurgical, and biologic treatments that will best help patients of all ages return to the activities they enjoy.



Shoulder arthroscopy
Rotator cuff repair
Arthroscopic decompression for impingement and bone spurs
Labrum repair
Acromioclavicular (AC) joint reconstruction
Biceps tendon surgery
Pectoralis major tendon repairs
Shoulder fractures, clavicle fractures
Shoulder dislocation (arthroscopic, open, and latarjet bone transfer)
Frozen shoulder
Tendon repairs
Os acromiale
Subcoracoid impingement
Snapping scapula syndrome
Shoulder arthritis management
Shoulder replacement (anatomic and reverse)
Revision shoulder replacement

Knee arthroscopy
Anterior cruciate ligament repair and reconstruction
Posterior cruciate ligament repair and reconstruction
Collateral ligament repair and reconstruction (MCL, LCL, PLC)
Posterolateral corner reconstruction
Revision knee surgery
Knee dislocation / subluxation
Meniscus repair
Articular cartilage restoration
Articular cartilage osteochondral allograft and autograft transplant
Articular cartilage resurfacing
MPFL reconstruction
Tibial tubercle osteotomy
Lateral release
Patella dislocation
Patella tendonitis
Snapping hamstring syndrome
Snapping biceps tendon
Fabella syndrome

Hip arthroscopy
Hip labrum repair and reconstruction
Proximal hamstring repair
Abductor repair
Trochanteric bursectomy
Greater trochanter bursitis

Elbow arthroscopy
Distal biceps repair
UCL repair and reconstruction / Tommy John surgery
Articular cartilage restoration
Ulnar nerve decompression / Cubital tunnel syndrome
Elbow arthritis

Biological treatments
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
Bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) injections

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Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


Medical Provider, United States Ski and Snowboard


Board Eligible, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons


The Hip Society Frank Stinchfield Award
Eastern Orthopaedic Association Resident Research Award
Eastern Orthopaedic Association Ranawat Award for Excellence in Research
Eastern Orthopaedic Association and OREF Resident/Fellow Travel Grant Award
Best of Presentations at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Annual Meeting
Best Paper, Evidence Based Spine Surgery Symposium
AO Spine North America Research Finalist
Best Student Presentation, Summit of European Orthopaedic Research


University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 2013


Hospital for Special Surgery / NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY, 2014


Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, 2018


The Steadman Clinic / Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Vail, CO, 2019

State Licensure



Publications by Dr. Schairer

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.


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.

As of December 17, 2019, Dr. Schairer reported no relationships with healthcare industry.

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.

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