Dr. Riley J. Williams III is an orthopedic surgeon in the Sports Medicine Institute at HSS specializing in knee, shoulder and elbow surgery. 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) and New York Liberty (WNBA) professional basketball teams, the New York Red Bulls (MLS) professional soccer team, and the Iona University 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.
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
Rotator Cuff Tears
A-C Joint dislocation
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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
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
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Sports Medicine Certification, 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
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
MD, Stanford University School of Medicine
Hospital for Special Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery, Sports Medicine Service
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.