Division of Sports Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital

Division of Sports Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital

(855) 434-1800

100 E 77th St
New York, New York 10075

About us

The Division of Sports Medicine is committed to offering its patients cutting edge, evidence-based care for the treatment of the entire spectrum of sport- and activity-related trauma. The surgeons of the division are particularly skilled in hip arthroscopy, including the treatment of labral tears and hip impingement, elbow arthroscopy, advanced techniques in arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, and anatomic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction via an anteromedial portal using a variety of graft options.

Dr. James A. Nicholas, chairman of orthopaedic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital from 1971 to 1994, a true pioneer in sports medicine, created the foundation of excellence upon which this division has been built for decades. He was one of the founders of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the American Journal of Sports Medicine, and the Orthopaedic Research Society. He served as the team physician for the New York Jets, Knicks, Rangers, and Cosmos, provided orthopaedic care for the Joffrey Ballet Company, and served as the first president of the Professional Football Physicians’ Association.

Dr. Nicholas developed the first derotational knee brace, and the Nicholas Manual Muscle Tester. His most lasting contribution is perhaps the establishment of the Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma, the first hospital-based institute for the study of sports medicine, which was later named in his honor (NISMAT). Dr. Nicholas’ impact on the field of sports medicine is reflected by his induction into the AOSSM Hall of Fame.

The current Chairman of Lenox Hill Orthopaedics, Elliott Hershman, has served as a team physician for the New York Jets football team for more than 25 years, and is a respected authority in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and meniscal surgery of the knee. The entire team of sports medicine surgeons at Lenox Hill Hospital is equally committed to the care of both recreational and competitive athletes in New York, including those of Hunter College, Long Island University, and several public and private schools around the city.

Conditions treated include:

  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle strains
  • Muscle and tendon ruptures
  • Stress fracture
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Acromioclavicular joint separation
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Shoulder instability
  • Throwing injuries
  • Ulnar collateral ligament sprain
  • Distal biceps rupture
  • Hip labral tear
  • Hip cartilage injury
  • Hip impingement
  • Snapping hip
  • Anterior cruciate ligament injury
  • Posterior cruciate ligament injury
  • Collateral ligament injury
  • Meniscus tear
  • Patellar dislocation
  • Patellar tendon rupture
  • Quadriceps tendon rupture
  • Knee cartilage injury
  • Ankle fracture
  • Ankle sprain
  • Ankle cartilage injury

Procedures performed include:

  • Platelet rich plasma injection
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder labrum repair
  • Shoulder stabilization
  • Biceps tenodesis
  • Elbow arthroscopy
  • Tennis elbow / Golfer's elbow debridement
  • Ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John Procedure)
  • Distal biceps repair
  • Hip arthroscopy
  • Hip labrum repair
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
  • Posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
  • Knee multiligament reconstruction
  • Medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction
  • Patellar tendon repair
  • Quadriceps tendon repair
  • Microfracture
  • Osteochondral autograft / allograft transplantation
  • Autologous chondrocyte transplantation
  • Proximal tibia / distal femur osteotomy
  • Ankle arthroscopy
  • Ankle fracture repair
  • Ankle ligament reconstruction


Stephen James Nicholas, MD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Benjamin Byrd Bedford, MD

Education & training

Fellowship in Sports Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital

Lenox Hill Hospital Department of Orthopaedics offers a comprehensive, ACGME-certified, one-year fellowship program in sports medicine.

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Orthopaedics at Lenox Hill Hospital

Lenox Hill Orthopaedics is recognized nationwide for its expertise in the treatment of a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions and is home to the pioneering sports medicine practice, Nicholas Institute for Sports Medicine & Athletic Trauma (NISMAT). 

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