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. Our surgeons are particularly skilled in:
- Hip arthroscopy, including the treatment of labral tears and hip impingement
- Elbow arthroscopy
- Advanced techniques in arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
- Anatomic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction via an anteromedial portal using a variety of graft options
Dr. James A. Nicholas, chairman of orthopedic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital from 1971 to 1994, created the foundation of excellence upon which this division has been built for decades. A true pioneer in sports medicine, 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 orthopedic 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.
His son, Dr. Stephen Nicholas, is the current director of NISMAT and the chief of sports medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital. Over the years, he has dedicated a great deal of time to treating professional, collegiate and amateur athletes. He has served as the orthopedic team physician for the New York Jets, New York Islanders and the athletes at Hofstra University. He also served as a member of the mayor’s New York City Sports Commission. Dr. Nicholas has been recognized as “One of New York’s Best Doctors” by New York Magazine for the last 10 years. He is a longtime member of the American Orthopaedic Association, which signifies honor and accomplishment in orthopedics and a commitment to active leadership in the specialty. Dr. Nicholas graduated from Harvard University, received his medical degree from New York Medical College and completed a residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery and a fellowship in sports medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital.
The current chairman of Lenox Hill Orthopedics, Dr. 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.
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