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William W. Schairer, MD


Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Trauma
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William W. Schairer, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Trauma
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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.

Patient Stories

Appointments

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

Specialty

Procedures

Shoulder
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
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
Meniscectomy
Articular cartilage restoration
Articular cartilage osteochondral allograft and autograft transplant
Articular cartilage resurfacing
Microfracture
MPFL reconstruction
Tibial tubercle osteotomy
Lateral release
Patella dislocation
Patella tendonitis
Snapping hamstring syndrome
Snapping biceps tendon
Fabella syndrome

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

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

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

Awards

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

Affiliations

Medical Provider, United States Ski and Snowboard

Languages

English

Insurance Information


Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. You may have coverage subject to the availability of 'out-of-network' benefits.

Education

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

Internship

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

Residency

Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, 2018

Fellowship

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

Certification

Board Eligible, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons

State Licensure

New York, Colorado

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.