2017 Outcomes Report for Orthopedics

Dear Colleague:

We are pleased to bring you our 2017 Report on Clinical and Scientific Innovations in Orthopedics. The strength of our orthopedic services is derived from the exceptional clinical, scientific, and educational resources made possible by the partnership of NewYork-Presbyterian, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and Weill Cornell Medicine.

Our orthopedic surgeons and clinical and basic researchers continue to build on an illustrious history of advances in the field of orthopedic surgery dating back more than 150 years. Their skills and expertise in the full range of orthopedic specialties are contributing to the quality of life for thousands of children, adolescents, and adults.

Individuals from around the world come to our medical center seeking relief from pain, recovery from injury, and a return to function and mobility. Here they find clinicians with specialized expertise in complex musculoskeletal diseases and disorders, from sports injuries to spinal deformity to degenerative joint diseases and major trauma.

At the same time, top-tier researchers in the basic, translational, and clinical arenas are singularly focused on identifying new surgical approaches, orthopedic devices, and biological solutions to some of the most challenging problems in orthopedics today.

For the past 17 years, NewYork-Presbyterian has been ranked the #1 hospital in New York State by U.S.News & World Report and is continually named to the Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals. We are proud of this enduring distinction, which represents the commitment of our physicians, healthcare teams, and scientists to the roles they play in delivering the highest quality, most advanced care to our patients.


Steven J. Corwin

Steven J. Corwin, MD
President and
Chief Executive Officer


Lee Goldman

Lee Goldman, MD
Executive Vice President,
Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine,
and Chief Executive

Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Augustine M.K. Choi

Augustine M.K. Choi, MD
Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean
Weill Cornell Medicine

Dear Colleague:

I am pleased to share with you the 2017 Report on Clinical and Scientific Innovations in Orthopedics. This report – our inaugural issue – highlights our latest achievements and outcomes in musculoskeletal care that are elevating the field and dramatically improving the lives of patients. We are joined in these efforts by our colleagues in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, led by Eli Bryk, MD, an alumnus of Columbia's orthopedic surgery residency program.

Continuing to build on a legacy of leading edge care and pioneering contributions to orthopedics, our internationally renowned specialists in nonoperative and operative approaches address all manner and complexity of orthopedic diseases and disorders for patients of all ages. The clinical acumen of our faculty is driven, in part, by robust research endeavors that center on expediting soft tissue healing, refining surgical techniques, and advancing nonoperative approaches to treating musculoskeletal conditions.

Treating elite athletes and sports enthusiasts is an extremely rewarding and challenging component of our orthopedic program. We are proud to serve as the Official Hospital and head team physicians for the New York Yankees and the New York City Football Club, as well as for a number of collegiate and high school athletic programs. Our faculty also serve as consultants and in leadership roles for major sports organizations that include the Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association, National Basketball Association, National Football League, and National Hockey League, among others.

Columbia is home to one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious orthopedic training programs. Our residents and fellows learn from top orthopedic surgeons and benefit from extensive clinical experiences in all of the subspecialty services. In addition, our dedicated training centers incorporate simulation and in-depth review of videotaped surgeries to enable them to further hone their surgical skills.

In this report, you will also learn about our intensive efforts in maintaining and improving orthopedic quality, safety, and value for all patients who seek our expertise. From a patient’s first visit through surgical or nonoperative treatment to healing and recovery, we are committed to providing the highest quality care and achieving outstanding outcomes.

Dr. William N. Levine

William N. Levine, MD
Frank E. Stinchfield Professor and Chairman
Department of Orthopedics
Columbia University Medical Center
Orthopedic Surgeon-in-Chief
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center