Riley J. Williams III, MD

Dr. Riley J. Williams III is a specialist in the field of shoulder, knee and elbow surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Williams holds a dual appointment in both the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, as a full-time member of the Sports Medicine & Shoulder Service, and as a Clinician-Scientist in the Research Division. He is also an Associate Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Williams attended college at Yale University and the Stanford University School of Medicine. His clinical and research interests include: cartilage repair and transplantation, arthroscopic shoulder repair (rotator cuff tears, labrum tears), arthroscopic shoulder stabilization, anterior cruciate and posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, and elbow ligament reconstruction. Dr. Williams is the Director of the Institute for Cartilage Repair at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Dr. Williams has worked with the Brooklyn Nets professional basketball team for many years. In addition, he is the head team physician for the New York Red Bulls professional soccer team, and the Iona College Department of Athletics. He has also served as Associate Team Physician for both the New York Mets professional baseball and New York Giants professional football teams. Dr. Williams is an active member of the New York Road Runners Club.


Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Director of the Institute for Cartilage Repair, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College


Special Expertise

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears
Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) tears
Knee Instability
Partial Knee Replacement
Knee Osteotomy
Total Knee Replacement (TKR)

Labrum Tears
Rotator Cuff Tears
Frozen Shoulder
Total Shoulder Replacement (TSR)
Revision Surgery
A-C Joint dislocation

Ligament Reconstruction
Tommy-John Surgery
Motion Loss
Throwers elbow


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
"Best Doctors in New York," New York Magazine, 2010, 2011 


American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES)
American Medical Association (AMA)
New York State Medical Society

Insurances Accepted

United Healthcare

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MD, Stanford University School of Medicine


Hospital for Special Surgery


Hospital for Special Surgery, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service


American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

State Licensure

New York

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Selected Publications

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.

Williams RJ 3rd, Strickland S, Cohen M, Altchek D, Warren R: Arthroscopic repair for traumatic posterior shoulder instability. American Journal of Sports Medicine, Mar-Apr;31(2):203-9, 2003.

Kelly B, Williams RJ 3rd, Cordasco F, Otis J, Backus S, Warren R, Craig E, Wickiewicz T, Altchek D. differential patterns of muscle activation in patients with symptomatic and asymptomatic rotator cuff tears. Journal of Shoulder Elbow Surgery 2004.

Williams RJ 3rd, Urquhart ER, Altchek DW. Medical collateral ligament tears in the throwing athlete. Instructional Course Lectures. 2004;53:579-86.

Mithoefer K, Williams RJ 3rd, Warren R, Potter HG, Spock C, Jones E, Wickiewicz T, Marx R. Prospective Evaluation of the Microfracture Technique for the Treatment of Symptomatic Articular Cartilage Lesions of the Knee. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 2005.

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Dr. Riley Williams III, Orthopedic Surgeon

Contact Information

Office Locations

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

Tel: 212.606.1855

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, New York 10021

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