The Medical-Orthopaedic Trauma Service (MOTS) at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center is a unique service of multidisciplinary care for patients with complex medical histories – largely a geriatric population – who come to us with a fracture. Our team doesn't simply treat the fracture – we treat the whole patient. Our staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In addition, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell is a certified Level One Trauma Center, meaning that we have the medical staff and technology to handle the most serious trauma cases.
When an elderly or medically complex patient is admitted through the Emergency Department at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center for a fracture, he or she is treated by an Emergency Department physician, physicians from the Orthopaedic Trauma service, and an internal medicine physician ("hospitalist") from our MOTS team.
Together, they provide immediate evaluation and treatment for the fracture, which is often caused by a fall, and explore why the patient fell and the reason it resulted in a fracture. We recognize that many patients with fractures have a variety of medical issues that must be addressed prior to surgery. Therefore, along with treating the fracture, a hospitalist (a board-certified physician who specializes in the care of hospitalized patients) conducts an in-depth medical evaluation that often includes speaking to and obtaining records from the patient’s physicians, particularly when those doctors are not affiliated with NYP/Weill Cornell. The hospitalist, together with a dedicated MOTS physician assistant, provides daily comprehensive care to patients on this service throughout their entire hospital stay.
Weill Cornell Orthopedics