> Skip repeated content
photo of Sabrina M. Strickland, MD

Sabrina M. Strickland, MD

Sports Medicine
phone icon

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.

For more information, visit www.sabrinastrickland.com

Profile Video


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

Patient Stories

Patient ratings for Dr. Strickland


Learn more about our patient ratings.


If your insurance is not listed, please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out-of-network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.



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


Castle Connolly Top Doctor - 5 Years
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2016-2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2016-2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2017-2020
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
Internship: New York Hospital, Cornell, New York, 1997
Residency: Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, 2001
Fellowship: Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, 2002

State Licensure


English, Spanish

For My Patients

Graphic: Hide text

Surgical Locations

Dr. Strickland performs surgery at the following locations:

Publications by Dr. Strickland

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles

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.


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

Clinical Trials / Research Studies

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Strickland as of March 27, 2023.

  • Fidia Farmaceutici S.p.A. - Research support
  • HS2, LLC - Ownership Interest
  • HSS ASC of Manhattan, LLC - Ownership Interest
  • Smith & Nephew - Consultant
  • Stryker - Ownership Interest
  • Vericel - Honoraria

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.

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

Dr. Strickland in the News