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Thomas P. Sculco, MD


Orthopedic Surgery, Hip and Knee Replacement
Photo of Dr. Sculco

Thomas P. Sculco, MD


Belaire Building
2nd Floor
525 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1475
Fax: 212.734.9572
Belaire Building
2nd Floor
525 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1475
Fax: 212.734.9572
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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 Orhopaedic Surgeons. He is past President of the New York Medical Surgical Society.

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Appointments

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

Specialty

Specialized Centers

Special Expertise

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

Awards

HSS Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017
Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2002-2018
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2002-2018
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2002-2016
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

Affiliations

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

Languages

English

Insurance Information

Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO HMO POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathway
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathway Enhanced
Oxford
United Healthcare

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

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Dr. Sculco accepts the following insurance plans. Please check to see if your insurance is on this list before proceeding.

Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO HMO POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathway
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathway Enhanced
Oxford
United Healthcare

Please note, if your insurance is not on this list, you may still have coverage subject to the availability of out-of-network benefits.

If you do not wish to go out-of-network, our Physician Referral Service will help you find an appropriate doctor.

Please call our office to book an appointment.


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Education

MD, Columbia University, New York

Residency

Hospital for Special Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery

Certification

Orthopaedic Surgery

State Licensure

New York

Patient Education by Dr. Sculco on HSS.edu

Selected Publications

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.

Professional Education by Dr. Sculco on HSS.edu

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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.