Lenox Hill Orthopaedics is recognized nationwide for its expertise in the treatment of a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions, including disorders of the spine, hip, knee, foot, ankle, shoulder, elbow and hand. The department has pioneered minimally invasive techniques in orthopaedic surgery, and in the treatment of sports injuries and osteoarthritis.
Unlike specialty hospitals, Lenox Hill offers the full array of medical and surgical services - meaning that the team is prepared to handle whatever needs patients may have. To provide the best care for patients, the Lenox Hill Orthopaedics has "laminar flow" operating rooms to reduce the risk of infection after joint replacement, and a dedicated orthopaedic floor with experienced nurses and physical therapists.
The department’s tradition of excellence is as rich as the legacy of Lenox Hill Hospital itself, founded in 1857. One of the first X-ray machines was installed at Lenox Hill in 1897, and the first department of physical therapy was established at the hospital ten years later.
The leadership reflects a commitment to pioneering achievement in orthopaedic surgery. James A. Nicholas, MD, a true pioneer in sports medicine, served as chairman of Lenox Hill Orthopaedics for more than twenty years and as team physician for several professional sports teams in New York, most notably the New York Jets. He served as a founding member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the American Journal of Sports Medicine, and the Orthopaedic Research Society, and was later inducted into the AOSSM Hall of Fame.
Dr. Nicholas' legacy at Lenox Hill Hospital continues in the work of Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma, the first hospital-based institute for the study of sports medicine in the United States.
The subsequent chair, Chitranjan Ranawat, MD, is widely recognized as a pioneer in hip and knee arthroplasty. He was the founding president of the American Knee Society, and serves as the current president of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.
The current department chairman, Elliott Hershman, MD, has continued the standard of excellence in orthopaedic surgery established by his predecessors. He 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.
This rich history has culminated in the establishment of a practice that has the subspecialty expertise, comprehensive services, and technology rivaling any of its peer institutions in New York City. However, the department and its physicians maintain their commitment to providing personalized care in the warm environment of a setting that has defined the unique Lenox Hill experience.
Dr. Hershman was awarded the 2015 Jerry “Hawk” Rhea Award by the NFL Physician Society for his work as team orthopedist for the New York Jets. The award is given to the NFL team physician who has made the greatest contributions to the NFL and the profession of athletic training. Learn more.