NFL Physicians Society Honors Lenox Hill's Orthopedic Chair

NFL physicians society honors Lenox Hill's orthopedic chair

            New York--Elliott Hershman, MD, chairman of orthopedics at Lenox Hill Hospital, was recently awarded the Jerry “Hawk” Rhea Award by the NFL Physician Society at its annual meeting.   The award, named for Jerry Rhea, who was the head athletic trainer for the Atlanta Falcons from 1969 until 1994, is given to the NFL team physician who has made the greatest contributions to both the NFL and the profession of athletic training.

            Dr. Hershman is the team orthopedist for The New York Jets and in his 29th season with the team. He began working with the Jets in 1976 as a medical student.  He received specialized training in sports medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in 1984-85, where he worked with the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers before joining Lenox Hill Hospital as an attending physician.   He is the chairman of the NFL Injury and Safety Panel and also has served as team orthopedist for the New York Islanders from 1996-2009.

            “It is truly a great honor to receive this award. Working alongside the athletic trainers of the NFL, I have learned that they are a group of consummate professionals, committed to providing comprehensive and cutting edge medical care to the athletes playing in the NFL. I greatly appreciate their recognition and I am most grateful to the members of Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society for this honor. It has particularly been a wonderful experience to work with the Athletic Training staff of the NY Jets over the years,” said Dr. Hershman.

About Lenox Hill Hospital
Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, is a 652-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. US News & World Report has ranked the hospital among the nation’s top 50 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery and among the top 10 hospitals in the state of New York with a total of 11 “high performing” designations for its clinical performance in Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology.

About The NFL Physicians Society

The NFL Physicians Society was founded in 1966. Its mission is to provide excellence in the medical and surgical care of the athletes in the National Football League and to provide direction and support for the athletic trainers in charge of the care for these athletes. For more information, please visit

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