If bones are your concern, you’ll definitely want to go to the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The HSS has been ranked #1 in orthopedics in the US for the seventh consecutive year by US News & World Report. The HSS also ranked #2 in the nation for rheumatology. In addition, HSS supports several big-name sports teams in New York and has a 150-year history of forward-thinking surgeries and technologies.
The HSS is also known for its strong leadership, from Dr. James A. Knight, the first Surgeon-in-Chief in 1863 to a far-reaching board, including Alex Crisses of General Atlantic, today.
That innovative leadership is what’s earned the hospital its reputation for top-notch orthopedics for seven years in a row. In 2015 alone, the HSS cared for more than 150,000 patients with both surgical and non-surgical needs, including joint pain, trauma and sports injuries, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, back pain and spinal disorders, and many others.
“Autoimmune diseases and disorders affect nearly 50 million Americans, and patients looking for a specialist want to be confident that their physician has the highest level of expertise,” said Dr. Mary Crow, physician-in-chief and chair of Division of Rheumatology. “HSS is the largest academic medical center dedicated to bone, joint, and systemic autoimmune conditions, and…we are advancing treatments and cures for patients everywhere.”
The HSS has been in the orthopedics business for more than 150 years, training some of the finest surgeons in the country. It began in 1863 in the home of Dr. James A. Knight. Later, with the help of philanthropic donations, the hospital expanded into its own building. Its mission has always been to serve New York residents from diverse populations who aren’t getting the healthcare they need.
Their work today has broadened to include serving a variety of sports teams in the area, including the New York Mets, the New York Giants, and the New York Liberty. Not only does the HSS provide medical assistance to players; it also donates time, effort, and staff to a variety of community programs aimed at honoring hardworking community members and providing opportunities for women, low income children, and other underserved populations.
The work HSS does in orthopedic surgery and rheumatology is hugely important for the population of New York. As evidenced by the repeated honors, the hospital continues to value hard work and innovative techniques, as well as high quality leadership.