Hospital for Special Surgery in 2021: 22 details

Practice Management

From new leadership to donor-supported developments, here are 22 updates from New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery in 2021.


Martin Roche, MD, a total joint specialist who performed the first sensor- and robotic-assisted knee surgery, was appointed director of hip and knee arthroplasty at Hospital for Special Surgery Florida in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Two orthopedic surgeons from HSS became the first members of a medical advisory council created by Ametros, a company designed to help patients save money on ongoing medical expenses.

Hospital for Special Surgery orthopedic surgeon Jonathan Vigdorchik, MD, performed the first knee replacement in the U.S. assisted by augmented reality.

Hospital for Special Surgery celebrated one year since opening its 60,000-square-foot facility in West Palm Beach in January 2020.


Hospital for Special Surgery became the first facility to launch technology for the digitization of pathology slides.


The Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, a nonprofit organization, has donated $35 million to HSS for the development of a 12-story tower that will specialize in spine surgery and joint replacement.

Hospital for Special Surgery and orthopedic devicemaker Lima have opened a provider-based 3D-printing center for complex joint replacement solutions.


Reginald Odom was appointed senior vice president and chief people officer at HSS.

Michael Enriquez was named president of Hospital for Special Surgery's Florida location.


Orgenesis is enrolling patients for a clinical trial for its Tissue Genesis Icellator at HSS.

Hospital for Special Surgery opened a center focused on nonsurgical and post-surgical care in New York City.


Hospital for Special Surgery's Innovation Institute partnered with VR Electronics to develop full-body technology to improve orthopedic diagnostics and treatment.

Researchers at HSS found a new way to find bacterial DNA from prosthetic joint infections in blood.


Value-based care can improve the quality of treatment for orthopedic surgery patients and reduce overall costs, according to findings from HSS.

Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City was named the best orthopedic hospital in the world by Newsweek in its "World's Best Specialized Hospitals 2022" list.


Hospital for Special Surgery completed the first knee replacement with a smart implant enabling remote monitoring.

Hospital for Special Surgery will anchor a 30-story medical office building.

Philanthropists Leonard A. Lauder and Ronald S. Lauder contributed to create a spine center at HSS.

Hospital for Special Surgery received the Betty J. Cleckley Minority Issues Research Award from the American Public Health Association.


Philadelphia-based Rothman Orthopaedic Institute and Hospital for Special Surgery became clinical sites to evaluate the safety and efficacy of an antibiotic-loaded bone void filler.

Hospital for Special Surgery opened an office in Wilton, Conn.


Hospital for Special Surgery used a donation to establish a wellness center for its staff. 

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