The Mount Sinai Department of Orthopaedics

Mount Sinai’s Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedics stands out for its depth of expertise and individualized patient care. Faculty and staff invest the time to learn about their patients, ensuring that each receives the appropriate care from subspecialty-trained orthopaedists.

Our expertise includes:

  • Surgery of the foot and ankle, knee, hip, hand, elbow, shoulder, and spine
  • Total joint replacement for knee, hip, foot, ankle, and shoulder
  • Microvascular surgery
  • Cancer surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery

Taking a whole-patient approach to care, we collaborate with specialists in geriatrics, neurology, oncology, pathology, and rehabilitation medicine. 

Investigation and Innovation

Mount Sinai faculty members have been instrumental in the design and perfection of hip and shoulder prostheses. Additionally, the department has broadened the applications of arthroscopic surgery — the fiberoptic technology that first heralded the arrival of minimally invasive surgery.

Our orthopedic scientists are known for their studies of “wear and tear” diseases of the skeletal system. Researchers are currently investigating:

  • Wearing away of bone at the microscopic level
  • Rotator cuff degeneration
  • Effects of microgravity on the aging of bone and tissue
  • How joints of the foot degenerate
  • Methods of determining bone strength
  • How genetic alterations change the skeleton’s function

Groundbreaking Procedures Enhance Quality of Life

Today the Department of Orthopaedics uses arthroscopy to repair virtually every joint. The department uses innovative, minimally invasive approaches for joint replacement and fracture repair. Our oncology service is renowned for saving limbs with bone and joint malignancies.

Our sports medicine service provides patients with the option of arthroscopic hip surgery. This minimally invasive procedure enables patients to return to activities faster and with less pain. Our arthroscopists employ cartilage preservation techniques, including cartilage transplantation, which allows patients to preserve their joints and delays the need for joint replacement surgery.

Converting what used to be major surgery to outpatient procedures has dramatically shortened rehabilitation and return-to-work times. More significantly, it has allowed many more patients to get help for painful, function-limiting conditions. That is the case for many elderly or frail patients who are physically unable to undergo major surgery. The fact that such procedures are now widely accessible is enhancing quality of life and allowing many patients to be more active.


Contact Us

Tel: 212-241-8892

5 East 98th Street
Box 1188
New York, NY 10029