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Riley J. Williams III, MD


Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
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Riley J. Williams III, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
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Belaire Building, 1st floor
525 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1855
Belaire Building, 1st floor
525 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1855
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Dr. Riley J. Williams III is an Orthopedic Surgeon and specialist in knee, shoulder and elbow surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Williams is the Knee Group Leader of the Sports Medicine & Shoulder Service at HSS. He is also a Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Williams attended college at Yale University and medical school at Stanford University. His clinical and research interests are focused on returning athletes to sport and include: articular cartilage repair & transplantation, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, meniscus repair & transplantation, arthroscopic shoulder stabilization & labrum repair, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair and elbow ligament reconstruction. Dr. Williams also utilizes stem cells and biologics in the treatment of many musculoskeletal disorders. Dr. Williams is the Director of the Institute for Cartilage Repair at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Dr. Williams is the Medical Director and Head Team Orthopedic Surgeon for the Brooklyn Nets (NBA) professional basketball team, the New York Red Bulls (MLS) professional soccer team, and the Iona College Department of Athletics. He is also a Team Physician for USA Basketball. In addition, Dr. Williams is the Director of the FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence at HSS specializing in the care of soccer injuries. He has also worked with both the New York Mets and New York Giants sports clubs.

Dr. Williams is an avid cyclist, triathlete, and workout enthusiast.

Back in the Game Patient Stories

Appointments

Director of the Institute for Cartilage Repair, Hospital for Special Surgery
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College

Specialty

Special Expertise

Knee:
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears
Articular Cartilage Restoration
Articular Cartilage Transplantation (Allograft)
Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) tears
Athletic Knee Injuries (Basketball, Football, Soccer, Lacrosse, Skiing)
Partial Knee Replacement
Revision Surgery

Shoulder:
Instability
Dislocation
Labrum Tears
Rotator Cuff Tears
Frozen Shoulder
Arthritis
Revision Surgery
A-C Joint dislocation

Elbow:
Arthroscopy
Instability
Ligament Reconstruction
Tommy-John Surgery
Motion Loss
Throwers elbow

Awards

Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2010-2018
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2007-2018
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2010-2018
Aircast Award for Clinical Medicine, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, 2005
Charles C. Neer Award for Excellence in Research, American Shoulder and Elbow Society, 2003
O'Donoghue Award for Sports Injury Research, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, 1998
Philip D. Wilson Jr. Award for Excellence in Research, Hospital for Special Surgery, 1998
Ranawat Award for Excellence in Research, Eastern Orthopedic Association, 1998

Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES)
International Cartilage Research Society
NBA Physicians Society
Professional Soccer Physicians Society
New York State Medical Society

Languages

English

Insurance Information

Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO HMO POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathway
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathway Enhanced
Cigna
Connecticare
EmblemHealth GHI
EmblemHealth HIP
Oxford
UnitedHealthcare

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

Book an Appointment with Dr. Williams

Dr. Williams 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
Cigna
Connecticare
EmblemHealth GHI
EmblemHealth HIP
Oxford
UnitedHealthcare

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 HSS Connect service will help you find an appropriate doctor.

Please call our office at to book an appointment.

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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 if payments were received during the prior year, or if the HSS physician currently receives payment. 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. Williams as of June 07, 2019.

  • Arthrex Inc. – Consultant
  • CyMedica Orthopedics Inc.- Ownership Interest
  • Grammercy Extremity Orthopedics- Ownership Interest
  • JRF Ortho- Consultant
  • LipoGems- Scientific Advisory Board
  • Pristine Surgical-Advisory Board
  • R2T2 Laboratories, Inc. - Chief Medical Officer and designer of Therma4 therapy device; Stock holdings
  • RecoverX- Advisory Board

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.

Education

MD, Stanford University School of Medicine

Residency

Hospital for Special Surgery

Fellowship

Hospital for Special Surgery, Sports Medicine Service

Certification

American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Sports Medicine Certification, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

State Licensure

New York, New Jersey, Connecticut

Patient Education by Dr. Williams on HSS.edu

Selected Publications

Crawford DC, DeBerardino TM, Williams RJ 3rd. NeoCart, an autologous cartilage tissue implant, compared with microfracture for treatment of distal femoral cartilage lesions: an FDA phase-II prospective, randomized clinical trial after two years. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Jun 6;94(11):979-89.

Krych AJ, Harnly HW, Rodeo SA, Williams RJ 3rd. Activity levels are higher after osteochondral autograft transfer mosaicplasty than after microfracture for articular cartilage defects of the knee: a retrospective comparative study. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Jun 6;94(11):971-8.

Krych AJ, Robertson CM, Williams RJ 3rd; Cartilage Study Group.  Return to athletic activity after osteochondral allograft transplantation in the knee. Am J Sports Med. 2012 May;40(5):1053-9.

Görtz S, Williams RJ 3rd, Gersoff WK, Bugbee WD. Osteochondral and Meniscal Allograft Transplantation in the Football (Soccer) Player. Cartilage. 2012 Jan;3(1 Suppl):37S-42S.

Williams RJ 3rd, Hyman J, Petrigliano F, Rozental T, Wickiewicz TL. Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with a four-strand hamstring tendon autograft. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (Am). 2004, 86(2):225-32.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Professional Education by Dr. Williams on HSS.edu