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Sabrina M. Strickland, MD

Sports Medicine

About Dr. Strickland


Dr. Sabrina Strickland is board certified in sports medicine and orthopedic surgery at HSS, where she specializes in patellofemoral surgery for instability, cartilage disease, ACL, meniscal surgery, and shoulder surgery. She completed her residency and fellowship in sports medicine at HSS after completing medical school at Rush in Chicago. Prior to that, Dr. Strickland received her BA from Cornell University. Currently, Dr. Strickland is an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. She retired in 2012 from her part-time position as the Chief of Orthopedics at the VA after seven years of service.

Dr. Strickland is a member of the International Patellofemoral Study Group, the International Cartilage Repair Society, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Her research focuses on the knee joint, specifically cartilage transplants, patellofemoral arthritis and instability, and ACL and meniscal repair. She has published biomechanics research specifically looking at optimizing patellofemoral surgery by 3D printing knees as well as assessing techniques for better surgical outcomes. She regularly speaks at domestic and international conferences to share her expertise. Prior to pursuing her medical career, Dr. Strickland was a ski instructor during college at Stratton and spent a year skiing in Crested Butte, Colorado where she still has a home. She has three daughters, all of whom ski raced. One graduated from Hotchkiss and began attending Boston College in the Fall of 2022, one graduated from Berkshire and now attends Cornell, and a third is in her junior year at Cornell. In her spare time, Dr. Strickland enjoys skiing, hiking near her home in Salisbury, Connecticut, and paddle boarding on Twin Lakes.

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Specialized Centers

Patellofemoral Center
Women's Sports Medicine Center
Institute for Cartilage Repair

Special Expertise

Surgical procedures to address patellofemoral instability and pain
Primary and revision ACL reconstruction
Partial knee replacement including patellofemoral replacement
Shoulder labral, biceps and rotator cuff surgery

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


Arthroscopy Association of North America
American Association of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
International Cartilage Repair Society
The Forum-Female Orthopaedic Sports Surgery Society
International Patellofemoral Study Group
Lamplighters Orthopaedic Association


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2004
Board Certified in Sports Medicine


New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2017-2022
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2016-2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2016-2022
Leadership Fellow Program, 2012-2013
HSS Philip D. Wilson Teaching Award, 2011
Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society Resident Research Award, 2001
New York Hospital Distinguished Housestaff Award, 2000
Nathan M. Freer Prize, 1996
Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation: The American Medical Women's Association Award,1996
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society,1995


MD, Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois, 1996


New York Hospital, Cornell, New York, 1997


Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, 2001


Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, 2002

State Licensure


English, Spanish

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Surgical Locations

Dr. Strickland performs surgery at the following locations:

Publications by Dr. Strickland

Patient Education

Blog Posts

Selected Books/Chapters

Strickland SM et al. Patellofemoral Replacement. In Johnson, d ed. Reconstructive Knee Surgery. 4 ed. Philadelphia, Wolters-Kluwer, 2017, pp 70-85

Strickland SM, Altchek DW, Williams RJ. Arthroscopic Treatment of Posterior Shoulder Instability. In: Craig EV, ed. Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery: The Shoulder. 2 ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2004, pp 103-113.

Strickland SM, Metzl J. Growth and Development in the Female Athlete. In: Ireland ML, Nattiv A, eds. The Female Athlete. 1 ed. Philadelphia: Saunders, Elsevier Science, 2002, pp 199-207.

Selected Journal Articles

Robot-Assisted Medial Compartment Arthroplasty Following Remote Patellectomy: A Case Report.
Kouk S, Kalbian I, Wolfe E, Strickland SM.
J Orthop Case Rep. 2018 Jan-Feb;8(1):11-14. 

Advances in Patellofemoral Arthroplasty.
Strickland SM, Bird ML, Christ AB.
Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2018 Jun;11(2):221-230.

Return to Activities After Patellofemoral Arthroplasty.
Shubin Stein BE, Brady JM, Grawe B, Tuakli-Wosornu Y, Nguyen JT, Wolfe E, Voigt M, Mahony G, Strickland S.
Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2017 Nov/Dec;46(6):E353-E357.

Clinical Outcomes After Isolated Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction for Patellar Instability Among Patients With Trochlear Dysplasia.
Liu JN, Brady JM, Kalbian IL, Strickland SM, Ryan CB, Nguyen JT, Shubin Stein BE.
Am J Sports Med. 2018 Mar;46(4):883-889. Epub 2018 Jan 3.

Return to Sports After Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy for Patellofemoral Pain and Osteoarthritis.
Liu JN, Wu HH, Garcia GH, Kalbian IL, Strickland SM, Shubin Stein BE.
Arthroscopy. 2018 Apr;34(4):1022-1029. Epub 2017 Dec 9.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Validation of Tibial Tubercle Transfer Distance in the Fulkerson Osteotomy: A Clinical and Cadaveric Study.
Liu JN, Mintz DN, Nguyen JT, Brady JM, Strickland SM, Shubin Stein BE.
Arthroscopy. 2018 Jan;34(1):189-197. Epub 2017 Nov 13.

Patellar Instability Management: A Survey of the International Patellofemoral Study Group.
Liu JN, Steinhaus ME, Kalbian IL, Post WR, Green DW, Strickland SM, Shubin Stein BE.
Am J Sports Med. 2017 Oct 1:363546517732045. [Epub ahead of print]

The Tibial Tubercle-to-Trochlear Groove Distance Is Reliable in the Setting of Trochlear Dysplasia, and Superior to the Tibial Tubercle-to-Posterior Cruciate Ligament Distance When Evaluating Coronal Malalignment in Patellofemoral Instability.
Brady JM, Sullivan JP, Nguyen J, Mintz D, Green DW, Strickland S, Shubin Stein BE.
Arthroscopy. 2017 Nov;33(11):2026-2034. Epub 2017 Aug 26.

Patellofemoral arthroplasty conversion to total knee arthroplasty: Retrieval analysis and clinical correlation.
Christ AB, Baral E, Koch C, Shubin Stein BE, Gonzalez Della Valle A, Strickland SM.
Knee. 2017 Oct;24(5):1233-1239. Epub 2017 Aug 6.

Cartilage Regeneration in Full-Thickness Patellar Chondral Defects Treated with Particulated Juvenile Articular Allograft Cartilage: An MRI Analysis.
Grawe B, Burge A, Nguyen J, Strickland S, Warren R, Rodeo S, Shubin Stein B.
Cartilage. 2017 Oct;8(4):374-383. Epub 2017 Jun 12.

Economic Decision Model for First-Time Traumatic Patellar Dislocations in Adolescents.
Nwachukwu BU, So C, Schairer WW, Shubin-Stein BE, Strickland SM, Green DW, Dodwell ER.
Am J Sports Med. 2017 Aug;45(10):2267-2275. Epub 2017 May 2. Erratum in: Am J Sports Med. 2018 Jun;46(7):NP31.

Patellar Articular Overlap on MRI Is a Simple Alternative to Conventional Measurements of Patellar Height.
Munch JL, Sullivan JP, Nguyen JT, Mintz D, Green DW, Shubin Stein BE, Strickland S.
Orthop J Sports Med. 2016 Jul 8;4(7):2325967116656328. eCollection 2016 Jul.

Patellofemoral pain: an update on diagnostic and treatment options.
McCarthy MM, Strickland SM.
Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2013 Jun;6(2):188-94.

Cummins CA, Appleyard RC, Strickland SM, Haen, PS, Chen S, Murrell GAC. Rotator Cuff Repair: An Ex Vivo Analysis of Suture Anchor Repair Techniques on Initial Load to Failure. Arthroscopy, 2005, 21(10): 1236-1241.

Wolf BR, Strickland S, Williams RJ, Allen AA, Altchek DW, Warren, RF. Open Posterior Stabilization for Recurrent Posterior Glenohumeral Instability. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery,2005, 14(2):157-164. Nominated for the Neer Award.

Strickland SM, Warren RF, MacGillivray JD. ACL Reconstruction with Allograft Tendons. In: Andrews, JR, Gladstone, JN; eds. Orthopaedic Clinics of North America, 2003, 34(1): 41-47.

Strickland SM, Belknap TW, Turner AS, Wright TM, Hannafin JA. Lack of Hormonal Influences on Mechanical Properties of Sheep Knee Ligaments. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2003, 31(2): 210-215.

Williams RJ, Strickland SM, Altchek DA, Warren RF. Arthroscopic Shoulder Stabilization for Posterior Shoulder Instability. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2003, 31(2): 203-209.

Cummins CA, Strickland SM, Appleyard RC, Szomor ZL, Marshall J, Murrell GAC. Rotator Cuff Repair With Bioabsorbable Screws: An In Vivo and Ex Vivo Investigation. Arthroscopy, 2003, 19(3): 239-248.

Anderson K, Strickland SM, Warren RF. Current Concepts. Hip and Groin Injuries in Athletes. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2001, 29(4): 521-533.

Hannafin JA, Strickland SM. Frozen Shoulder. Current Opinion in Orthopedics, 2000, 11: 271-275.

Strickland SM, Westrich GH. Spontaneous Compartment Syndrome Occurring Postoperatively in 2 Oral Surgery Patients. Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, July 2000, 58(7): 814-816.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.


Dr. Strickland has a special interest in cartilage regeneration procedures for the patella, tibial tubercle osteotomies, and MPFL reconstruction and revision. She finds that many patients with failed patellar stabilizations benefits can be helped by realignment surgery and revision ligament surgery. Her research utilizes the biomechanics lab at HSS. Performing research and testing surgical techniques on cadavers allows Dr. Strickland to identify more successful techniques for surgery, as well test small differences in technique that can provide the best possible outcome to patients. She utilized a patient registry to gather outcomes research and she participates in several multicenter trials. Her passion for fixing pain in the patellofemoral joint — whether it comes from cartilage degeneration, instability, or a combination of both — drives her to continue to be on the cutting edge of research in an effort to bring every patient back to the level of activity they desire.

Research Interests

The Patellofemoral Center addresses the current lack of formalized research into patellofemoral disorders, treatments and outcomes. Our center focuses on clinical outcome studies that evaluate current surgical techniques and improve patient outcomes as well as develop new ones. The Center has taken a comprehensive approach to investigating patient outcomes in a variety of patellofemoral disorders and treatment procedures. By utilizing a combination of prospective, retrospective, and biomechanical studies, our group assesses the efficacy of current procedures and improves upon them to develop even better treatment options. The Patellofemoral Center is also focused on conducting collaborative research efforts with other institutions in the form of multi-center studies, in order to maximize the quality and power of patellofemoral patient data available. The comprehensive research efforts of the Patellofemoral Center play a critical role in improving the quality of life of the many patients suffering from knee pain and instability.

Specific areas of investigation include:

  1. Risk factors for failure of isolated soft tissue surgery for patellar instability
  2. Comparison of surgical versus non-surgical treatment in first time patella dislocators with open growth plates
  3. Evaluation of isolated MPFL reconstruction to treat patellar instability
  4. Evaluation of current surgical techniques on contact mechanics and pressures of different trochlear and patellar morphologies
  5. Evaluation of juvenile particulated cartilage to improve severe cartilage defects in the patella.
  6. Determining the effect of patellofemoral surgery on patella vascularity
  7. Measuring outcomes and quality of life in patients undergoing PFJ arthroplasty
  8. Determining outcomes including return to sport after MPFL reconstruction
  9. Evaluating tibial tubercle transfers in the management of patellar pain and arthritis

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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. Strickland as of November 22, 2019.

  • Fidia Farmaceutici S.p.A. - Research support
  • Vericel - Honoraria

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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