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Geoffrey H. Westrich, MD

Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeon
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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 Top Doctor - 15 Years
Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2010-2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2007-2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2010-2011, 2016-2022
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

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For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Westrich

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles


Dr. Geoffrey Westrich’s research has centered on how to prevent complications in hip and knee surgery. He is a leader in the field of thromboembolic research which encompasses such topics as prevention of blood clots and prevention of pulmonary embolism. One of Dr. Westrich’s studies found that patients who donate their own blood prior to hip replacement have a lower incidence of blood clots.

Dr. Westrich frequently gives presentations related to his research at national and international orthopedic courses conferences.

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. Westrich as of March 28, 2023.

  • Ethicon, Inc. - Consultant
  • Exactech, Inc. - Consultant; Research Support; Royalties
  • HS2, LLC - Ownership Interest
  • HSS ASC Development Network, LLC - Ownership Interest
  • Stryker - Consultant; Royalties; Research Support

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.

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