Hospital for Special Surgery

535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

HSS eAcademy

Chief Director of Orthopaedic Department
Thomas P. Sculco, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief

Louis A. Shapiro, FACHE, President & CEO


The Mission of Hospital for Special Surgery is to provide the highest quality patient care, improve mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all and to advance the science of orthopaedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education. We do this regardless of race, color, creed, sexual orientation, or ethnic origin.

The vision of Hospital for Special Surgery is to lead the world as the most innovative source of medical care, the premier research institution, and the most trusted educator in the field of orthopaedics, rheumatology, and their related disciplines.

Year Founded
May 1, 1863

Hospital Type
Not-for-Profit 501(c) (3)

University Affiliations
All HSS medical staff are on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College
HSS is also a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System
HSS cooperates in patient care with:
• New York Presbyterian Hospital
• Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
• The Rockefeller University
• Bronx Veterans Hospital
• New York Hospital Queens

• Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
• Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
• American Association of Blood Banks
• The Joint Commission
• New York State Department of Health

Hospital Awards/Recognitions
• Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopaedics, No. 4 in rheumatology, and No. 5 in geriatrics by U.S. News and World Report (2013-14).
• Currently, physicians from HSS Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service perform in official capacities for major professional sports teams including the Super bowl XLII Champion New York Football Giants, New York Mets, New York Knicks, New York Liberty Basketball, and New York Red Bulls Soccer. HSS sports medicine specialists served on the U.S. Olympic Committee medical staff team that covered the 2008 Games in Beijing.
• HSS is also the Official Hospital of the PGA and New York Road Runners for the ING New York City Marathon.
• In 2013, HSS was designated as the first National Medical Center of the United States Olympic Committee’s National Medical Network. In this capacity HSS is an official hospital for U.S. athletes.
• HSS is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center three consecutive times.

• Awarded 4-year ACCME re-accreditation status as of November 2009.

Leadership Appointments
Hospital for Special Surgery physicians are active leaders in numerous national and international professional organizations

Number of Orthopaedic Residents

Length of Residency
5 Years

Number of Orthopaedic Fellows

Length of fellowship
One year

Fellowship categories
Adult Reconstruction, Foot/Ankle, Hand, Limb Lengthening, Metabolic Bone, Pediatric Orthopaedics, Spine/Scoliosis, Sports Medicine/Shoulder, Trauma.

Is CME required in your country?

Does your hospital/center conduct CME programs?
Yes: 19 live CME programs, eight Internet live courses, and 17 regularly scheduled conferences occurring on a weekly or monthly basis (e.g. Grand Rounds, case conferences, journal clubs). In addition, enduring curricula is available through the HSS eAcademy and the HSS Journal.

Average number of peer reviewed articles published annually
Publish over 300 articles hospital-wide in peer reviewed journals

Number of beds

Total number of active medical staff (MDs) = 304
Orthopaedic Surgeons – 113
Rheumatologists – 39
Physiatrists – 14
Rehabilitation – 1
Other (Please specify) – Neurologists – 13, Anesthesiologists – 56, Radiologists – 17,
Pathologists/Hematologists – 7, Other specialties include: Internal Medicine – 24, Pediatrics – 12, Psychiatry – 3, Cardiology – 2, Infectious Disease – 3

Total number of rehabilitation staff = 143
Physical Therapists – 125

Physical Therapy Assistants – 3
Occupational Therapists – 12

Speech – 3

Number of scientists = 90
Orthopaedic Appointments – 35, Other – 55

Type of research
Arthritis and Tissue Degeneration Program; Autoimmunity and Inflammation Program; Department of Biomechanics; Musculoskeletal Integrity Program; Tissue Engineering, Regeneration and Repair Program

HSS Endowment
$135 million

Amount of grant funding received annually
Federal: $13.3 Million; Other: $7.3 million

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) currently supports HSS with $42.7 million in funding for 45 research studies over multiple years.

Number of full time employees
3,778 (2012)

Number of operating rooms
35 (2013)

Number of orthopaedic surgeries
27,557 (2012)

Ambulatory – 13,727
Inpatient – 13,830

Number of outpatient visits to orthopaedists, rheumatologists, and other medical services
316,826 (2012)

Updated 12 Nov 2013