The New York Orthopaedic Hospital (NYOH) has one of the oldest Orthopaedic training programs in the country. Founded in 1866, the New York Dispensary was established to treat needy children afflicted by diseases of the musculoskeletal system. George Fayette Taylor founded the Dispensary with help from Theodore Roosevelt’s grateful father. Anna Roosevelt, the future president’s sister, was a victim of Potts Disease. Throughout its history, NYOH has played an important role in developing and refining new techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of Orthopaedic disease and disorders.
The Shoulder Service at the New York Orthopaedic Hospital is the oldest and most prestigious in the world - founded by Dr. Charles S. Neer, who has been called the “father of modern shoulder surgery.” The Shoulder Service has been responsible for developing and refining many of the major procedures in shoulder surgery today. Total shoulder replacement was introduced by Dr. Neer in the early 1970’s and has been used successfully for over 30 years. Dr. Neer also made major contributions with his classification of proximal humerus fractures, as well as the development of the acromioplasty for impingement syndrome and the capsular shift procedure for glenohumeral instability. Dr. Neer retired in 1990. In 2001, as our faculty has grown and their interests are more diverse, the “Shoulder Service” has evolved into the “Center for Shoulder, Elbow and Sports Medicine”.
The Center for Shoulder, Elbow and Sports Medicine (CSES) at Columbia University offers treatment for a wide spectrum of shoulder, elbow, knee, and hip abnormalities. Procedures are tailored to address conditions ranging from common problems such as meniscal and ACL tears, tennis elbow and shoulder and hip impingement to the complex reconstructions for arthritis, fractures, instability, and rotator cuff tears.
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