A Letter from Bryan Kelly
DESPITE THE CONTINUING CHALLENGES of the pandemic, HSS has remained steadfast in our commitment to our patients and in our pursuit of solutions to some of the most challenging questions in orthopaedic care today. While the events of 2020 put our leadership to the test, causing us to transform in previously unimaginable ways, in 2021, we came back stronger, more focused and with a keener awareness of our responsibility to enhance the state of orthopaedics not just for our patients but for patients worldwide.
That dedication is a testament to the expertise of our nearly 150 orthopaedic surgeons, our surgical teams and the hundreds of subspecialized clinical colleagues who have helped make HSS the top-ranked hospital for orthopaedics in the nation for 12 consecutive years.
Across all our surgical services, we sought out novel ways to enhance the safety and quality of our clinical care while doubling down on our programs of research and innovation.
Our surgeons worked with colleagues in specialties such as physiatry, sports medicine and rehabilitation to develop new optimization initiatives for arthroplasty patients prior to surgery and create guidelines for telehealth evaluations of the foot and ankle. They continued to leverage our vast trove of patient data to improve outcomes, fostering a deeper understanding of the predictors for long-term success for procedures such as ACL reconstruction and creating new surgical pathways to improve the recovery process for patients with adult degenerative scoliosis and other complex spine conditions. In addition, increasingly close ties between our surgeons and laboratory scientists in the HSS Research Institute gathered momentum, promising future insights into the molecular underpinnings of complex problems ranging from fibrosis and implant failure to bone health and infection. And, finally, our surgeons continued to explore the use of novel technologies to enhance care, from diagnosis through to recovery.
In our annual report, you will read about these and many other initiatives that helped us move the field forward in 2021. This includes ways we are using robotics to improve the planning and execution of complex spine and joint replacement surgeries, an ambitious interdisciplinary initiative studying how OA can be prevented in patients with knee injuries, as well as a look into how osseointegration procedures performed at HSS are improving quality of life among amputees. I’m also pleased to share news of a recently published consensus statement on acetabular bone loss in hip revisions, which should provide immense value to practitioners worldwide, as well as an overview of our device innovation portfolio from our newly appointed Vice Chair and Chief Medical Innovation Officer.
I encourage you to read through the detailed updates provided by our nine subspecialized adult surgical services and Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Service as well as notable achievements from our colleagues in anesthesiology, biomechanics, medicine, neurology, pathology, physiatry, radiology and rehabilitation. And as always, please be sure to visit HSS eAcademy, our online education platform where you can find an array of webinars, courses and other educational content presented by our experts.
We have never been more aware of the importance of our mission as orthopaedic surgeons—to help people get back to what they need and love to do
While much uncertainty still lies ahead, we have never been more aware of the importance of our mission as orthopaedic surgeons – to help people get back to what they need and love to do – and of the leadership role HSS can play in helping us realize that vision together.
I thank you for your interest in HSS Orthopaedics and encourage you to reach out to me with your thoughts, questions and ideas.
Surgeon-in-Chief and Medical Director
Chief Emeritus, Sports Medicine Institute
Korein-Wilson Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery