Leesa Galatz, MD

Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics, Mount Sinai Health System

Leesa Galatz, MD, is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery specializing in shoulder and elbow surgery. She is Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at the Mount Sinai Hospital System and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. For 16 years, Dr. Galatz practiced at the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri, where her responsibilities included Fellowship Director for the Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship as well as Chief of the Shoulder and Elbow Service.

Dr. Galatz’s primary research interest is basic science of rotator cuff disease and tendon healing as it pertains to cuff repair. She is a Co-Primary Investigator on two major projects funded by the National Institute of Health which focus on rotator cuff degeneration and repair and tissue engineering strategies for tendon repair.  

Dr. Galatz’s research is complemented with clinical projects with her colleagues on shoulder and elbow problems. She has served as a faculty member in numerous courses on a national and international level, lecturing on a variety of clinical topics pertaining to shoulder and elbow pathology.

Dr. Galatz received the Neer award for Basic Science Research at the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Open Meeting in 2009. She received the 2014 Kappa Delta Ann Doner Award along with her colleagues for research on the natural history of rotator cuff disease. In 2007, Dr. Galatz was a European Shoulder and Elbow Traveling Fellow, sponsored by American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. She was an American British Canadian Traveling Fellow in 2009. Dr. Galatz is the Associate Editor for Basic Science for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and is a peer reviewer for multiple other orthopaedic publications. She has served as a Member at Large on the Board of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and as a Delegate on the Board of the American Orthopaedic Association.

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