Hospital for Special Surgery's new president: 1 year later


In February, Bryan Kelly, MD, succeeded Louis Shapiro to become the New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery's first surgeon president and CEO in 160 years. 

Here is what HSS has been up to since Dr. Shapiro's appointment one year ago: 

1. HSS was one of four orthopedic-focused hospitals to win Press Ganey's Pinnacle of Excellence award for patient care. 

2. HSS physicians operated on several athletic greats, including New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson, Tomas Nosek of the New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens forward Christian Dvorak, Detroit winger Patrick Kane, New Orleans Pelicans player CJ McCollum, pro golfer Tiger Woods and New York Mets pitcher Edwin Díaz. 

3. Andrew Sama, MD, co-chief of spine and associate attending orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, performed the 5,000th surgery using Augmedics' Xvision spine system. 

4. HSS is set to move into a 30-story medical office building that is under construction on the Upper East Side of New York City. 

5. HSS received a major gift to bolster its advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning efforts. 

6. HSS and Naples, Fla.-based NCH Healthcare started construction on an 80,000-square-foot orthopedic care facility on the NCH North Naples Hospital campus. 

7. Healthgrades named HSS as a top orthopedic hospital, a top spine hospital and a top joint replacement hospital. 

8. HSS tapped Lan Zhou, MD, as neurologist-in-chief and chair of HSS' department of neurology and Stavros Memtsoudis, MD, as anesthesiologist-in-chief and director of the department of anesthesiology, critical care and pain management. 

9. HSS' Naples, Fla., outlet tapped Justin Blohm as vice president of the musculoskeletal service line.

10. Wysa, an artificial intelligence-guided mental health platform, was launched at HSS to help reduce mental health concerns, improve physical function and pain interference among orthopedic patients. 

11. Researchers at HSS and Weill Cornell Medicine discovered a new stem cell that could affect spine care.

12. HSS was named the top hospital in the world for orthopedics in 2024 by Newsweek. 

13. HSS opened a location in Southampton, N.Y. — its first office in Suffolk County and the second outpatient location on Long Island. 

14. HSS expanded and renamed its Adaptive Sports Academy. 

15. HSS appointed David Mayman, MD, and Daniel Green, MD, to its leadership team and named Answorth Allen, MD, and Mathias Bostrom, MD, as associate surgeons-in-chief.

16. David Helfet, MD, an orthopedic trauma surgeon at HHS, was named executive medical director of HSS at NCH in Naples, Fla.

17. Theodore Blaine, MD, performed the world's first implantation of a stemmed elliptical head prosthesis for anatomic shoulder replacement surgery at HSS. 

18. HSS named Mary Cassai, RN, executive vice president and COO.

19. HSS signed a multiyear partnership extension with Major League Soccer team the New York Red Bulls. 

20. HSS partnered with OrthoVentions to support the development of orthopedic technologies.

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