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Geoffrey H. Westrich, MD

Hip and Knee Replacement

About Dr. Westrich


Dr. Geoffrey Westrich is committed to providing the highest quality orthopedic care in a caring and supportive setting. Research Director Emeritus of the Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service at Hospital for Special Surgery, he is a foremost expert in diagnosing and treating complex injuries and diseases of the hip and knee in adults of all ages, including the customized treatment of arthritis in these joints. He performs robotic-assisted partial and total joint replacement, as well as complex revision hip and knee replacements. 

Because he is highly specialized in these areas, Dr. Westrich is able to provide the highest level of care. Knowledgeable of the latest advances that will benefit patients, he conducts research to advance the field. He served as Research Director of the Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service at HSS for more than 15 years and has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, case reports and book chapters.

As a Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Dr. Westrich trains other doctors specializing in orthopedic surgery and joint replacement. He also serves in a number of committees at HSS. He is co-chair of the Complex Case Review Panel, co-chair of the Infection Control Committee and co-chair of the Thromboembolic Disease Committee.

Dr. Westrich has a strong background in engineering, having received a bachelor’s degree in this specialty from Tufts University School of Engineering. Upon graduating from Tufts, he was invited to join Eta Kappa Nu, the prestigious Engineering Honors Society. Combining his background in engineering with his orthopedic surgery training, Dr. Westrich has become a leading expert in hip and knee replacement surgery, performing approximately 500 procedures each year. His areas of expertise include minimally invasive total hip and knee replacements, complex revision surgery, partial knee replacements, robotic-assisted partial and total joint replacements, dual mobility hip replacement, cementless knee replacement, recall hip and knee surgery, arthroscopic knee surgery, and fracture treatment of the hip and knee. By combining his degree in engineering with his orthopedic expertise, Dr. Westrich has worked to design new and improved joint replacement implants and surgical instrumentation.

Dr. Westrich strives to treat his patients with compassion and respect. He does not hesitate to take on the most difficult cases, including revision surgery when a hip or knee implant needs to be replaced. He has expertise in treating infections and other serious complications after joint replacement, and individuals have come from around the country and around the world for his care. He has enabled patients to overcome the most challenging problems when other doctors said there was no hope. 

Dr. Westrich has won awards for studies that have advanced the field of orthopedic surgery. His research focuses on reducing the risk of blood clots and infection after surgery and on how to improve the lifespan of joint replacements. Most recently, he has published studies on the dual mobility implant for hip replacement, which seeks to lower the risk of dislocation, and on cementless knee replacement, which may provide better long-term fixation. He is also involved in studies seeking to reduce pain following joint replacement surgery. He has served as President of the prestigious Eastern Orthopaedic Association, whose mission is to promote, encourage, foster and advance the highest quality of orthopedic surgery.

Dr. Westrich has been named in America's Top Doctors, a book that seeks to identify the best specialists in the United States. According to the book's publisher, "these outstanding doctors represent the top one percent in the nation" in their respective specialties. Dr. Westrich has also been featured in the book, Top Doctors: New York Metro Area and in New York Magazine's "Best Doctors" guide.

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Special Expertise

Arthritis management
Cementless knee replacement
Complex hip and knee reconstruction
Dual mobility hip replacement
Hip and knee pain and injuries
Joint implant recall surgery for hip and knee replacements
Minimally invasive hip & knee replacement
Partial and custom knee replacement
Revision hip and knee replacement
Robotic-assisted knee and hip replacement
Robotic-assisted partial knee replacement
Trauma and fracture treatment

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Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Scientist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Co-Chairman, Infection Control Committee, Hospital for Special Surgery
Co-Chairman, Complex Case Review Panel, Hospital for Special Surgery
Co-Chairman, Thromboembolic Disease Committee, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2010-2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2007-2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2010-2022
The Nicolas Andry Award, 2006
The Hip Society, The John Charnley Award, 2005
8th International Symposium on Thromboembolism, Best Poster: Effect Of Preoperative Autologous Blood Donation On Deep Venous Thrombosis After Total Hip Replacement, 2001
Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, The Hip Society Recipient, 1998
Fellow Award Paper, Eastern Orthopaedic Association, 1996
Resident Award Paper, Smith & Nephew Richards Inc., 1995
Resident's Award New York Academy of Medicine, 1994
Alpha Omega Alpha, 1995


Medical: BS, Engineering (with honors), Tufts University School of Engineering, Boston, Massachusetts
Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
Internship: General Surgery, North Shore Hospital-Cornell University Program, Manhasset, New York
Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery/New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York
Fellowship: Orthopedic Trauma, Inselspital, Bern, Switzerland
Adult Hip/Knee Reconstruction, Hospital For Special Surgery, New York

State Licensure



For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Westrich

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Selected Journal Articles

Sherman S, Cunneed KP, Walcott-sapp S, Brause B, Westrich G. Custom Total Femur Spacer and Second Stage Total Femur Replacement as a Novel Approach to Infection and Periprosthetic Fracture. Journal of Arthroplasty, Journal of Arthroplasty, 2008.

Watson D, Walcott-sapp S, Westrich G. Symptomatic Labral Tear Post-femoral Shaft Fracture: A Case Report. Journal of Orthopedic Trauma 2007;21:731-733.

Salvati EA, Sharrock NE, Westrich G, Potter HG, Gonzalez Della Valle A, Sculco TP. The Nicholas Andry Award: Three Decades of Clinical, Basic, and Applied Research on Thromboembolic Disease After THA. Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research 2007; 459:246-254.

Mahoney C, Heitenberger S, Sanchez P, Schaefer S, Sculco TP, Westrich G.  Ultimate Outcome in Immediate Postoperative Total Hip Replacement Instability. Journal of Arthroplasty 2007; 22(1): 79-82.

Westrich G, Boettner F, Windsor RE, Laskin RS, Haas SB, Sculco TP. Venaflow Plus Lovenox Versus Venaflow Plus Aspirin for Thromboembolic Disease Prophylaxis in Total Knee Arthroplasty. Journal of Arthroplasty Special Supplement 2006; 21(6S): 139-143.

Westrich G, Winiarsky R, Betsy M, Maun L, Sculco TP. Effect on Deep Venous Thrombosis with Flexion During Total Knee Arthroplasty. Hospital for Special Surgery Journal 2006; 2(2): 148-153.

Della Valle AG, Rana A, Nestor B, Bostrom M, Westrich G, Salvati EA. Metallic Shedding, Surface Finish Changes, and Extensive Femoral Osteolysis in the Loose Spectrum EF Stem. Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research 2006; 442: 165-170.

Salvati EA, Della Valle AG, Westrich GH, Rana A, Specht L, Weksler BB, Wang P, Glueck CJ.   The John Charnley Award:  Heritable thrombophilia and development of thromboembolic disease after total hip arthroplasty. Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research 2005; 441: 40-55.

Pagnano M, Westrich G. Successful Nonoperative Management of Chronic Osteoarthritis Pain of the Knee: Safety and Efficacy of Retreatment with Intra-articular Hyaluronans. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 2005; 751-761.

Nejat EJ, Meyers A, Sanchez PM, Schaefer SH, Westrich G. Total Hip Replacement and Physical Therapy in Lower Extremity Amputees: A Case Study. Iowa Orthopedic Journal, 2005; 38-41.

Terry MA, Westrich G, Taveras NA, Rana AJ, Kapoor K, Helfet DL. Thromboembolic Disease Prophylaxis in Hip Fracture Patients: A Multimodal Approach. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma 2005; 234-240.

Westrich G, Sculco T,  Sharrock NE, Potter H, Salvati EE, Sanchez P. The Effect of Intraoperative Heparin Administered During Total Hip Arthroplasty on the Incidence of Proximal Deep Vein Thrombosis Assessed by Magnetic Resonance Venography. Journal of Arthroplasty 2005; 20 (1): 42-50.

Westrich G, Su E, Helfet D. Operative Treatment of Tibial Plateau Fractures in Patients Older Than 55 years. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 2004; 421: 240-248.

Westrich G, Jhon PH, Sanchez PM. Compliance in Using a Pneumatic Compression Device After Total Knee Arthroplasty. The American Journal of Orthopedics 2003: 32(3): 135-140.

Westrich G, Weksler BB, Glueck CJ, Blumenthal BF, Salvati EA. Correlation of Thrombophilia and Hypofibrinolysis with Pulmonary Embolism Following Total Hip Arthroplasty: An Analysis of Genetic Factors. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (American) 2002; 84-A(12): 2161-2167.

Westrich G, Sculco TP. Prophylaxis Against Venous Thromboembolic Disease: Costs and Controversy. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (American) 2002; 84-A(12): 2306-2307.

Ryan MG, Westrich G, Potter HG, Sharrock N, Maun LM, Macaulay WB, Katkin P, Sculco TP, Salvati EA. Effect of Mechanical Compression on the Prevalence of Proximal Deep Venous Thrombosis as Assessed by Magnetic Resonance Venography. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (American) 2002; 84-A(11): 1998-2004.

Macaulay W, Westrich G, Sharrock N, Sculco TP, Jhon PH, Peterson M, Salvati EA. Effect of Pneumatic Compression on Fibrinolysis After Total Hip Arthroplasty.  Clinical Orthopedics & Related Research 2002; 399: 168-176.

Sculco TP, Colwell CW Jr., Pellegrini VD Jr., Westrich G, Boettner F. Prophylaxis Against Venous Thromboembolic Disease in Patients Having a Total Hip or Knee Arthroplasty. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (American) 2002; 84-A(3): 466-477.

Boettner F, Sculco TP, Sharrock NE, Westrich G, Steinbeck J. Thomboseprophylaxe in Der Hüftendoprothetik (Prevention of Thrombosis in Hip Prosthesis Implantation). Der Orthopäde 2001; 30(11): 890-896.

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. Westrich as of November 11, 2019.

  • Exactech, Inc. - Consultant; Receives royalties through a sponsored research and collaboration agreement between HSS and Exactech, Inc.
  • Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals-Speaker's Bureau
  • Stryker Corporation - Consultant, Research Support and Royalties

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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