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Thomas P. Sculco, MD

Hip and Knee Replacement

About Dr. Sculco


Dr. Thomas P. Sculco was Surgeon-in-Chief at Hospital for Special Surgery from 2003 to 2014 and is currently Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus. He is also Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Sculco's research interests are currently centered on improvements in surgical technique and preventing failure of hip and knee implants. He has recently created the Complex Joint Reconstruction Center to improve outcomes and promote basic and clinical research in these most complex patients. He serves as the Director of this Center. He has been awarded both the Otto Aufranc and the Charnley Award from the Hip Society for his work with thrombogenesis in total hip replacement. He has received the Arthritis Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the first American to be elected as an Honorary Member of the Austrian Orthopaedic Society and has also been named an Honorary Member of the Hellenic Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Sculco was awarded the Humes Professorship in Salzburg, Austria. In 2005 he received the Gold Medal Award for Clinical Medicine from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and in 2013 he was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honor, First Class, for Science and Art.

Dr. Sculco has written over 350 papers, 88 chapters, three books on orthopedic surgery and the surgical treatment of arthritis and has presented over 750 papers.

Dr. Sculco founded the International Society of Orthopedic Centers and served as Executive Director for 10 years. He also founded the VA Orthopaedic Society and was a founding member of the Knee Society, served as Treasurer in 2006 and President in 2016. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Knee Society. Dr. Sculco served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and currently on the Board of Trustees of the Arthritis Foundation. He is also on the Board of Directors of Carnegie Hall. Dr. Sculco was the honoree at the Columbus Day Parade in 2011. He is a Board Member of Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation and the Robert Gladden Society, both affiliated with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is past President of the New York Medical Surgical Society.

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Specialized Centers

Complex Joint Reconstruction Center
Computer Assisted Surgery Center

Special Expertise

Minimally Invasive Hip and Knee Replacement
Implant Wear and Osteolysis
Thromboembolic Disease

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Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


President, Knee Society, 2016
Treasurer, Knee Society, 2006
Member of the Board of Directors, Knee Society
Founder and Executive Director, International Society of Orthopaedic Centers
Member of the Board of Directors, American Academy of Othopaedic Surgeons
Member of the Board of Trustees, Carnegie Hall
Member of the Board, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation
Past President, New York Medical Surgical Society
Honorary Member, Austrian Orthopaedic Society
Honorary Member, Hellenic Orthopaedic Society


Orthopaedic Surgery


HSS Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017
Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2002-2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2002-2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2002-2016, 2021, 2022
The Austrian Cross, First Class, 2013
"Best Doctors in New York," New York magazine, 2009-present
Philip D. Wilson, Jr. Resident Teaching Award, 2002
New York Magazine Top Minimally Invasive Doctors, 2002
Arthritis Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, 1999
Twentieth Century Orthopedic Association Clint Compere Award, 1997
The Hip Society Charnley Award for Research, 1995
The Hip Society Otto Aufranc Award for Research, 1991
Gold Medal Award for Clinical Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons


Medical: MD, Columbia University, New York
Residency: Hospital for Special Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery

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Directions to The Pavilion

My office is located at The Pavilion, 541 East 71st St. The main entrance to The Pavilion is on the north side of 71st Street underneath the sky bridge that connects the main hospital to the Belaire Building.

Pavilion map Please see directions from other HSS locations:

  • From the Main Hospital (535 East 70th St):
    Enter the Hospital lobby and take the West elevators to the 2nd Floor. Upon exiting the elevator, turn right and continue down the hallway and over the sky bridge. Once across the sky bridge, you will see a set of elevators on your left. Take the elevator to my office.
  • From the Belaire Building Main Entrance (525 East 71st St):
    Enter the Belaire lobby and take the front elevators to the 2nd Floor. Upon exiting the elevator, turn left and follow the hallway around until you see another set of elevators on your right. Take the elevator to my office.
  • From the Belaire Building 72nd Street Entrance (524 East 72nd St):
    Enter the Belaire building and walk down the stairs. Follow the hallway around, past the first set of elevators on your left. Continue down the hall and past the windows until you see another set of elevators on your right. Take the elevator to my office.

Publications by Dr. Sculco

Patient Education

Professional Education

Selected Journal Articles

Pearle AD, Sculco TP. Technique for Fabrication of an Antibiotic-Loaded Cement Hemiarthroplasty (ANTILOCH) Prosthesis for Infected Total Hip Arthroplasty. Am J Orthop. 2002 July;31(7): 425-7.

Sculco TP. The Acetabular Component: An Elliptical Monoblock Alternative. J Arthroplasty. 2002 June;17(4S): 118-120.

Sculco TP. Orthopedic Crossfire®--Can We Justify Unicondylar Arthroplasty as a Temporizing Procedure? In Opposition. J Arthroplasty. 2002 June;17(4S): 56-8.

Sculco TP, Colwell CW Jr, Pellegrini VD Jr, Westrich GH, Bottner F. Prophylaxis against venous thromboembolic disease in patients having total hip or knee arthroplasty. J Bone Joint Surg 2002;84A(3): 466-477.

Chimento GF, Sculco TP. Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics. 2001;11(4):270-3.

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.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Sculco as of September 20, 2019.

  • American Journal of Orthopedics - Editor
  • Exactech, Inc. - Receives royalties through a Sponsored Research and Collaboration Agreement between HSS and Exactech for the design of the posterior stabilized knee prosthesis
  • Lima Corporate - Consultant; Designer

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.

Patients should feel free to ask their HSS physicians questions about these relationships.

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