60 Hospitals With Great Orthopedic Programs

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The hospitals included on this list focus on orthopedics and their orthopedic surgery departments have outstanding reputations, making them worthy of recognition. Exceptional departments often include physicians who treat professional athletes, engage in cutting-edge research and perform a large number of joint replacements ever year. Many of these hospitals have been recognized for excellence in orthopedics by US News & World Report, HealthGrades and Thomson Reuters, and several have earned Magnet recognition. Hospitals do not pay and cannot pay for inclusion on this list. This list is not an endorsement of included hospitals or associated healthcare providers.

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Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Minneapolis).
Established in 1970, Abbott Northwestern Hospital formed from a merger between Abbott Hospital and Northwestern Hospital, which date back to the 19th century. The hospital has a medical staff of approximately 1,493 specialists and performs about 28,100 surgical procedures each year. The hospital's current joint replacement center was established in 2008 and reported an average length of stay for joint replacement patients at 3.03 days between Sept. 2008 and March 2009, compared to the national average of four to five days. The hospital maintains partnerships with the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and Sister Kenny Spine Center.

Abington (Pa.) Memorial Hospital. Abington Health's Orthopaedic & Spine Institute, located at Abington Memorial Hospital and Lansdale Hospital, has earned the Blue Distinction for hip, knee and spine surgery from Blue Cross Blue Shield. In 2009, the hospital's surgeons performed more than 1,000 joint replacements, and the Level II trauma center sees more than 15,000 cases per year. In the operating room, surgeons have expertise in minimally invasive hip resurfacing and other cutting-edge techniques. The physicians also serve as lead investigators for clinical trials, which include the use of the Charité artificial disc. The Orthopaedic & Spine Institute sponsors the Philadelphia Freedoms World Team Tennis.

Anne Arudel Medical Center (Annapolis, Md.). Surgeons at the 260-bed Anne Arundel Medical Center perform approximately 1,600 joint replacements and 1,500 spine procedures each year. The department, which is located in a separate hospital unit, includes a joint care coordinator for pre-surgical patient education. The hospital's surgeons also wrote a comprehensive manual that is used by hospitals around the country to guide patients through the rehabilitation process. The surgeons are subspecialists in many different areas, including shoulder, knee, hip and sports medicine, and many have spent time caring for professional athletes at some point during their careers.

Barnes-Jewish/Washington University (St. Louis).
Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center was created in 1996 after a merger between Barnes Hospital and The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis. The physicians in the department of orthopedics are team physicians for several St. Louis teams, including the St. Louis Rams and St. Louis Blues. Available services include sports medicine, spine, extremities, musculoskeletal oncology and joint preservation and replacement. The surgeons, who are focused on providing less invasive procedures, perform more than 1,200 orthopedic procedures annually.

Beaumont Hospital (Detroit).
Beaumont's Implant Retrieval and Analysis section is one of the largest joint implant libraries in the country, containing more than 4,300 specimens to help physicians and scientists research wear patterns and device failures. The department of orthopedic surgery includes 40 specialists and subspecialists board-certified in orthopedics. Beaumont's orthopedic unit includes 16 suites dedicated to orthopedic technology, physician therapy and rehabilitation. The department also has a fully accredited residency program and fellowship programs in joint reconstruction, spine and sports medicine.

Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston).
Formed in 1980 as the result of a three-way merger, Brigham and Woman's hospital includes a staff of 40 orthopedic physicians with a special interest in cartilage repair, joint replacement, sports medicine and spine care, among other specialties. The 793-bed hospital also includes services for orthopedic trauma and orthopedic oncology. The physicians are also focused on research and have become involved in clinical investigations for tissue engineering of cartilage, bone, intervertebral discs, knee menisici and joints. The hospital includes the Orthopedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research and the Skeletal Biology Research Laboratory.

Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte, N.C.). Established in 1940 as Charlotte Memorial Hospital, Carolinas Medical Center has grown into the flagship facility of Carolinas Healthcare System. The 874-bed hospital includes a research institute and is one of the state's five teaching hospitals. The physicians, who are part of CMC Orthopedic Surgery at Carolinas Medical Center, provide general orthopedic care and subspecialize in orthopedic oncology, trauma, degenerative arthritis, sports medicine and fracture care. The hospital also includes spine surgeons and physicians who are able to perform minimally invasive radiologic procedures.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles). The hospital's orthopedic department includes sports medicine, pain management, oncology, trauma and extremities care services. When possible, the surgeons offer minimally invasive surgery to treat the orthopedic and spine patients. Several of the hospital's orthopedic spine surgeons participate in research and FDA trials to further advance spine surgery techniques. To complement the orthopedic and spine physicians, the hospital offers diagnostic and imaging services and specialists who focus on metabolic bone disorders

Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland).
Cleveland Clinic has built its orthopedic surgery department around advanced technology for diagnosing and treating orthopedic, spine and rheumatologic conditions. The surgeons perform approximately 7,000 hip, knee, shoulder and extremities joint replacements each year. Cleveland Clinic specialists are focused on expanding the use of arthroscopic surgery in the hip, artificial joints, tissue engineering and biological enhancement to heal and repair cartilage and ligaments. Many of the surgeons have pioneered techniques and technologies in orthopedics, and are also team physicians for Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Barons and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Duke University Medical Center (Durham, N.C.).
Duke University Medical Center is currently working on constructing a new orthopedics center, slated to open this summer. Surgeons at the 798-bed hospital perform 15,651 inpatient and 19,343 outpatient surgeries every year. The services include joint replacement, pediatric orthopedics, spine, sports medicine, orthopedic trauma and orthopedic oncology. The surgeons are able to provide several types of procedures, including minimally invasive knee surgery, computer assisted procedures and patient-specific devices.



Good Samaritan Hospital (Los Angeles). Good Samaritan Hospital physicians perform more than 8,000 surgical procedures annually in its 18 surgical suites. The hospital was built in 1976 and includes all private rooms for patients. The orthopedic department has access to the MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing and implant placement technology. Orthopedic physicians at the hospital also treat upper and lower extremities conditions, degenerative bone problems and sports-related injuries. They also spend time conducting research in their subspecialties, including bone and cartilage disease.

Hoag Orthopedic Institute (Irvine, Calif.).
The Hoag Orthopedic Institute is a free-standing orthopedic specialty hospital that was formed as a joint venture between Memorial Hospital Presbyterian and a large group of Orange County orthopedic surgeons. The 70-bed hospital was opened in November of 2010 and is currently performing about 100 joint replacement and spine surgeries per week. Surgical volume is projected to increase to 125-150 cases per week by the end of this year, which will be one of the highest volumes in the country. The physicians focus on knee, spine, sports medicine, orthopedic trauma and extremities care. They are the team physicians for several local high school and collegiate teams as well as World Team Tennis' Newport Beach Breakers.

Hospital for Joint Diseases—NYU Langone Medical Center (New York City).
The Hospital for Joint Diseases was founded in 1905 and is focused on providing treatment for musculoskeletal and neurological disorders. The hospital merged with NYU Lagone five years ago and became what it is today. Surgeons at the hospital perform more than 1,200 joint replacement procedures annually. The hospital includes one of the largest pediatric orthopedic programs in New York City as well as a center for arthritis and autoimmunity, neuroscience and lupus. The hospital’s Harkness Center for Dance Injury provides care for some of the world’s leading dancers and the Rusk Institute – Hospital for Joint Diseases Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Center includes a physical therapy program.

Hospital for Special Surgery (New York City). Founded in 1863, the Hospital for Special Surgery focuses on orthopedics, spine and rheumatology. Surgeons perform more than 25,000 procedures annually and more hip surgeries and knee replacements than any other hospital in the country. The hospital supports a team of physicians and scientists to pioneer orthopedic research, and is one of two facilities in the country participating in the Musculoskeletal Repair and Regeneration Core Center, which is part of the effort towards the International Consortium of Orthopedic Registries. Every year, the hospital hosts an orthopedic residency program that draws more than 500 applications for eight spots. Surgeons at HSS serve as team physicians for several collegiate and professional teams, including the New York Giants, New York Mets and New York Knicks.

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia).
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, which opened its doors in 1765, currently has orthopedic physicians subspecializing in joint conditions, spinal disorders and sports injury. The physicians in the orthopedic surgery department perform more than 5,800 surgical procedures every year. The physicians are able to use the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory for projects focused on cell biology, stem cell mechanobiology, musculoskeletal tissue engineering and soft tissue mechanics, to name a few. The department also has residency and fellowship opportunities in adult reconstruction, hand surgery, shoulder and elbow care.

Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital (Indianapolis).
Owned by the physicians of OrthoIndy, Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital opened in 2005 to provide focused orthopedic and spine care. The hospital includes both inpatient and outpatient orthopedic procedures, physical therapy and imaging services. More than 60 specialists provide care at IOH, including bone oncology, pain management, sports medicine, total joint replacement, trauma and spine. The sports medicine physicians include the team physicians for the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever professional women's basketball team, Indianapolis Indians and Indiana Ice hockey team.

Ingham Regional Orthopedic Hospital (Lansing, Mich.). Organized in 2004, Ingham Regional Orthopedic Hospital currently includes more than 550 physicians, 25 of which are orthopedic surgeons. The 52-bed hospital performs more than 10,000 inpatient and outpatient orthopedic procedures every year, including 2,000 total joint replacements performed annually. Services at the hospital include arthroscopy, spine, sports medicine and extremities care. The physicians are dedicated to research and partner with Michigan State University in East Lansing on several projects every year. The hospital also opened its own clinical research center in 2007 to collect and analyze data on the outcomes for orthopedic patients.

John Muir Medical Center (Concord, Calif.). John Muir Medical Center is a 324-bed acute care facility and is the only facility in Contra Costa County designated as a trauma center. The hospital's orthopedic department includes joint replacement, extremity care, spine surgery and sports medicine. The hospital's spine surgeons perform cutting-edge minimally invasive techniques for patients who need surgical intervention. The hospital also includes physical therapy and rehabilitation services for both in- and outpatient procedures.

Lakeview Hospital (Stillwater, Minn.).
Lakeview Hospital is the second oldest hospital in Minnesota and has been identified as having the best outcomes in the state for orthopedics by two independent consulting groups. The readmission rate for orthopedic complications is half of the national average and lowest in the region for Lakeview Hospital. Surgeons at the hospital provide general orthopedic, spine and extremities care. The average length of stay after total joint replacements is less than three days, compared to the national average of four to five days. Additionally, the hospital's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services core performance measurements based on evidence-based best practices for venous thromboembolism prevention exceed the national average and currently runs at 100 percent.

Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital (Los Angeles). Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital dates back to 1911 when it was founded as a clinic for crippled children. It has grown considerably since then, recently opening its new 40,000-square-foot orthopedic hospital outpatient medical center. In 1959, surgeons at the hospital were the first to perform the first successful limb reattachment, allowing the patient to regain full arm function. It was also the first to establish a bone and connective tissue tumor program in 1962. The hospital offers both adolescent and adult treatment in orthopedic surgery, limb reconstruction, sports medicine, orthopedic oncology and spine surgery. The hospital is partnered with UCLA.



Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). Physicians in the department of orthopedic surgery see more than 60,000 patients per year at Massachusetts General Hospital. They treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, including sprains, spine and orthopedic oncology. The physicians have access to the numerous laboratories dedicated to specialties such as bioengineering, musculoskeletal research and sports performance. The department of orthopedic surgery supports adult reconstructive surgery, combined orthopedic trauma, hand surgery, sports medicine, musculoskeletal oncology and spine surgery fellowship programs. MGH sports medicine physicians are team physicians for the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox New England Revolution and the Boston Bruins.

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). The Mayo Clinic’s orthopedic surgery department includes a multispecialty group of 47 surgical, research and clinical consultants. The physicians are able to provide care for more than 66,000 patients annually. The four specialty areas in orthopedics at the hospital include adult reconstruction, hand surgery, orthopedic oncology and pediatric orthopedics. Last year the hospital initiated a hand transplant program, which is one of the few in the country. Specialists are also focused on research, which includes work at the biomechanics and motion analysis laboratories, bone histomorphometry laboratory, cartilage and connective tissue laboratory, and the osteoporosis and bone biology laboratory. Mayo Clinic also has locations in Arizona and Florida.

Methodist Hospital (Houston). Methodist Hospital opened in 1919 and is affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York. Orthopedic services include joint replacements, shoulder surgery, back and spine surgery and extremities care. Sports medicine physicians are team physician for the Houston Astros, Dynamo and Texans. The hospital also has a physical and occupational therapy center that includes strength training customized to each individual patient. Hand therapy, neurological rehabilitation and lymphedema management is also available.

Methodist Hospital of Sacramento (Calif.).
Methodist Hospital is a full-service community hospital that was founded in 1973 and has since grown to affiliate with Mercy Healthcare Sacramento. It has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement by Blue Shield of California. The surgeons at the hospital focus on joint replacement, spine surgery and sports medicine. The surgeons are able to stay on the cutting edge by performing a minimally invasive partial knee replacement procedure with The Oxford Knee or the Opus Magnum minimally invasive procedure for rotator cuff tears. The department also includes hand and foot surgery specialists and outpatient rehabilitation centers designed for patients with extremities injuries and conditions.  

Mount Sinai Medical Center (New York City).
Mount Sinai Medical Center is a 1,171-bed tertiary care teaching facility that was founded in 1852. According to its most recent data from 2008, the hospital treated nearly 60,000 inpatients and serviced approximately 530,000 outpatient visits that year. Orthopedic services include extremities care, total joint replacement, sports medicine and spine care. Physicians use arthroscopy to repair most joints and employ minimally invasive techniques as often as possible. The hospital offers orthopedic residencies and fellowship programs in foot and ankle, hand and shoulder care. The hospital is also one of five facilities across the country designated as a preferred spine care provider for retired national football league players.

Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital (Omaha).
Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital opened in 2004 as the region's first hospital dedicated to orthopedic care and treatment. The hospital was developed through a unique partnership, bringing together the region's practicing orthopedic surgeons. The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The physicians have subspecialties in a variety of areas, including sports medicine, joint replacement, extremities and spine care. Through a partnership, NOH physicians provide care for University of Nebraska student athletes. The hospital also includes imaging services, physical therapy and programs related to rehabilitation for specific sports injuries.

New England Baptist Hospital (Boston).
Physicians at New England Baptist Hospital take the team approach to providing patient care in collaboration with ancillary specialists at the hospital. It is affiliated with Tufts University School of Medicine and provides teaching programs in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard School of Medicine. Orthopedic services include extremities care, arthritis treatment, sports medicine and spine surgery. The physicians are team physicians for the Boston Celtics, World Cup soccer and Olympic athletes.

New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell (New York City).
The New York Hospital merged with The Presbyterian Hospital in 1998 to create the current facility, which includes more than 2,200 patient beds. Orthopedic specialists at New York Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell focus on bone disease and tumors, extremities care, joint replacement, sports medicine, spine and trauma. The surgeons are focused on performing less invasive procedures, including arthroscopy and spine procedures. The hospital also includes robotic equipment to guide the surgeons during minimally invasive joint replacements.

NorthShore University HealthSystem (Glenbrook and Skokie, Ill.). NorthShore University HealthSystem's Total Joint Replacement Center, located at Glenbrook Hospital and Skokie Hospital, treats more than 1,000 patients each year. The surgeons are able to use current technology and procedures to perform minimally invasive joint replacement and resurfacing procedures, including hip resurfacing. The hospital also includes robotic-assistance technology for partial knee replacement. In addition to joint procedures, specialists at the hospital focus on spine, sports medicine, extremities care and orthopedic trauma. NorthShore University HealthSystem is the official healthcare partner of the Chicago Bears and Chicago Blackhawks professional hockey team.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago).
Established in 1972 after a consolidation of Chicago's Passavant Memorial and Wesley Memorial, Northwestern Memorial is one of the few hospitals designated as a Model System of Care for spinal cord injury. The hospital includes the Acute Spinal Cord Injury Center and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, which are both part of the Midwest Regional Spinal Injury Care System. The department of orthopedic surgery also treats patients with arthritis, extreme deformities, knee injuries and sports medicine. The physicians participate in clinical trials with the National Institute of Health.



Oschner Medical Center (New Orleans). Oschner Medical Center is a 437-bed acute care hospital that opened in 1985. The orthopedic surgery department's services include spine, oncology, sports medicine, joint replacement, pediatric and extremities care. Surgeons at the hospital perform more than 300 joint replacements every year in special operating rooms designated for the procedure. Fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians are able to perform arthroscopic surgery and provide coverage for the New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Hornets and New Orleans Voodoo arena football team.  

Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin (Glendale, Wis.).
The Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin is a physician-owned hospital that opened in 2001. Surgeons at the 30-bed, 95,000-square-foot hospital perform more than 575 orthopedic and spine surgeries each month. The surgeons have a professional focus on extremities care, joint replacements and spine surgery. The hospital also includes physical therapy and occupational therapy services along with exercise equipment and a hydrotherapy pool. The hospital has been recognized with Press Ganey's 2010 Summit Award for the inpatient unit. In 2009, the hospital constructed a new facility which was recognized with the 2010 National Design-Build Award.

The Orthopedic Hospital of Lutheran Healthcare Network (Fort Wayne, Ind.).
Lutheran Hospital and Fort Wayne Orthopedics teamed up in 2008 to create The Orthopedic Hospital of the Lutheran Health Network, which serves patients in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. In 2007, the last year in which data is available, The Orthopedic Hospital and FWO performed more than 8,000 procedures. The hospital includes 39 private inpatient rooms and five private overnight rooms. One of the key services provided at the hospital is sports medicine, and the physicians serve several local high school and college teams, as well as the Fort Wayne Komets hockey team and Mad Ants National Basketball Association development league team.

Overland Park Regional Medical Center (Overland Park, Kan.).
Surgeons at Overland Park Regional Medical Center's The Human Motion Institute provide care in joint replacement and reconstruction, spine, sports medicine, extremities and emergency orthopedics. Surgeons are able to perform minimally invasive procedures for the appropriate joint replacement patients. The spine specialists are also focused on ensuring patients receive the appropriate treatment for degenerative conditions, work-related injuries and lower back pain. The hospital offers rehabilitation for musculoskeletal disorders, sports-related injuries and spinal injuries.

Paris Regional Medical Center (Paris, Texas).
The team of orthopedic surgeons and specialists at Paris Regional Medical Center preformed approximately 300 knee, hip and shoulder arthroplasties over the past year. They have a professional interest in joint replacement surgeries, hand injuries and orthopedic trauma care. The hospital's sports medicine department is also robust, serving more than 20 area high schools. The hospital also includes a rehabilitation center which has physical and occupational therapy, pain management, prosthetic and orthotic services and other services geared toward orthopedic and spinal cord injury patients.

Parkview Orthopedic Hospital (Fort Wayne, Ind.).
Parkview Orthopedic Hospital is a physician-owned facility that opened in 2007. The surgeons perform a range of orthopedic and spine procedures, including total hip and knee replacements, minimally invasive spine surgery and foot and ankle reconstruction procedures. For patients who need surgery, the hospital uses a program called "Club Ortho" to guide them along the way, and more than 8,500 patients and family members have participated in the process. The hospital is ranked on the 95th percentile for patient satisfaction from Professional Research Consultants and is one of the top-ranked hospitals that was most likely to be recommend by patients, as reported by HCAHPS in Indiana.

Presbyterian Orthopaedic Hospital (Charlotte, N.C.).
Physicians at Presbyterian Orthopaedic Hospital have a professional interest in sports medicine, spine, joint replacement and pain management services. Spine surgeons are able to perform minimally invasive procedures for patients with herniated discs and reconstructive surgery for patients with spinal deformity or complex injuries. The hospital also includes physical therapy services tailored to orthopedic patients. Presbyterian's surgical improvement project has also led the hospital to score on the 96th percentile on the "Appropriate Care Measure" scale as defined by the Medicare Modernization Act and used by Hospital Quality Alliance for public reporting, a full seven percentage points ahead of the state average.

Riverside Medical Center (Kankakee, Ill.).
Riverside Medical Center, which was founded in 1964, has grown into an 115,000-square-foot facility. The hospital and Oak Orthopedic Associates in Bradley, Ill., partnered to create Total Joint Resources, a program to help patients through the pre-, peri-, and postsurgical process. The hospital also includes an accredited rehabilitation unit for orthopedic patients. Surgeons at the hospital employ cutting-edge techniques for surgical intervention, including anterior hip replacements. The orthopedic department also includes an orthopedic consultant for the Chicago Bears and a team physician for US Soccer. The surgeons are also focused on research and have published articles in professional journals, including The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery and The American Journal of Sports Medicine.

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles).
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center includes 520 inpatient beds and 61 beds for short-term hospitalizations. The physicians often find themselves at the cutting edge of orthopedics, and they perform more innovative procedures, such as hand transplants. The hospital also offers the Bone Disease and Osteoporosis Center, which has comprehensive evaluation and care for patients with osteoporosis or other metabolic bone disorders. Hospital physicians are members of the "practice of choice" for UCLA athletic teams, and UCLA Health System is also the official health system of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Rowan Regional Medical Center (Salisbury, N.C.).
Rowan Regional Medical Center has a 17-bed unit designed for joint replacement and three separate ORs designated for orthopedic joint replacement procedures. The orthopedic unit, named Joynt Camp, caters to orthopedic patients by providing additional specialists, such as physical therapists, and has an open-door policy for family members. Orthopedic surgeons at the hospital subspecialize in joint replacement, shoulder care and sports medicine. The hospital is Surgical Care Infection Project compliant.

Rush University Medical Center (Chicago).
The 676-bed Rush University Medical Center was founded more than 170 years ago. The orthopedic and spine department includes many of the physicians from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, who are the team physicians for the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox. Rush's team of orthopedic surgeons are often pioneers in their field, performing minimally invasive joint replacements and spine surgeries. The surgeons were also among the first to implant a "growing prosthesis" for children with bone cancer. Services include orthopedic trauma, oncology, sports medicine, women's sports medicine, spine care, pediatric orthopedics and joint replacement. The hospital also has its Cartilage Restoration Center, where surgeons research cartilage repair techniques.



Salem Hospital (Salem, Ore.). In 2010, Salem Hospital and Hope Orthopedics of Oregon opened the "Active You" Joint Replacement Center of Excellence, which promotes a multidisciplinary approach to orthopedic care. The center includes a gym for rehabilitation, aquatic and sports therapy, and group physical and occupational therapy. Specialists at the hospital focus on treating patients with arthritis, neck and back pain, extremities conditions and sports injuries. The hospital also includes a program for work injury management, which provides services in injury prevention, employee immunization and employee-related testing and assessments.

Santa Monica (Calif.)-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital.
Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital is a 315-bed academic medical center. Services include a center for osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease, extremities care, spine surgery, sports medicine and orthopedic oncology. The physicians belong to the "practice of choice" for the UCLA athletic teams and the UCLA Health System is the official health system of the Los Angeles Lakers. The hospital also supports two full-time sports medicine fellowships per year. In addition to providing clinical services, the physicians are also interested in research, which they conduct at the J. Vernon Luck, Sr., MD Orthopaedic Research Center. Research projects include studies on knee ligament reconstruction, tissue engineering and athletic fractures.

Scripps Green Hospital (La Jolla, Calif.).
Founded in 1977, Scripps Green Hospital is connected to the 173-bed Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines that provides more than 50 medical and surgical specialties. The Orthopedic services include hand and elbow reconstruction, joint replacement, foot and ankle care, shoulder surgery, spine surgery and sports medicine. The hospital also includes sports medicine physicians who work with the San Diego Padres, United States Olympic Training Center as well as local high schools. The physicians also emphasize research, conducted through the Shiley Center for Orthopaedic Research and Education, which is known for biological, biomechanical and clinical research. SCORE is home to the physicians who developed the electronic knee implant "e-knee" which is used to learn more about the biomechanics of the knee during the rehabilitation process.

South Nassau Communities Hospital (Oceanside, N.Y.).
The surgeons at South Nassau Communities Hospital are focused on using minimally invasive and arthroscopic technology for orthopedic surgery. Surgeons have access to the da Vinci Robotic Surgery system, Birmingham Hip Resurfacing technique and Uni-Knee partial knee replacement technology. The average length of stay for joint replacement patients at the hospital is three days or less. The hospital also includes a Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Therapy Center that has electromyography, physiatrists and cognitive therapy programs.

St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital (Effingham, Ill.).
Founded in 1875, St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital has provided care to its community for more than a decade. Since 2000, the hospital has built an orthopedic department that includes joint replacement, extremities care and spine care. Peter Bonutti, MD, performed the hospital's first live satellite broadcast while performing a minimally invasive total knee replacement, which was viewed by an international audience. The hospital now includes a floor dedicated to private patient rooms and a physical therapy area for orthopedic patients.

St. Helena Hospital (Napa Valley, Calif.).
The Coon Joint Replacement Institute at St. Helena Hospital performs approximately 1,500 joint replacements per year. The average length of stay at the hospital is 1.2 days, which is a national best practice for knee replacements. The orthopedic surgeons have access to advanced technologies, such as the RIO Robotic Arm, for increased precision during orthopedic procedures. They have been featured in the Wall Street Journal and on ABC's Good Morning America for their expertise in orthopedics. High-profile patients, such as Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, have sought out the hospital's orthopedic program for its care. The hospital also includes a fellowship program with specialized training on robotic joint replacement procedures.

St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, Calif.).
St. Joseph Hospital has been providing orthopedic services to its community for more than 30 years. The orthopedic surgeons at the hospital were among the first in the county to perform artificial hip, total knee and elbow replacement surgeries. The hospital has a computer-guided CI Essential System and supports Smart ORs for the performance of minimally invasive procedures. Spine surgeons at the hospital perform more than 900 procedures each year and participate in FDA studies on new technology. An additional 1,075 hip and knee replacements are performed at the hospital each year. In 2007, the hospital opened a new nursing unit exclusively for orthopedic patients that includes space for the patient's families and access to a "Healing Garden."

Stanford University Hospitals & Clinics (Stanford, Calif.).
Orthopedic services at Stanford University Hospitals & Clinics include arthritis and joint replacement, extremities care, musculoskeletal tumors, spine, sports medicine and trauma. The hospital includes equipment to perform minimally invasive and computer-assisted surgery for arthritic disorders of the hip, knee and shoulder. The spine surgeons are also able to provide minimally invasive procedures, percutaneous surgical techniques, total disc replacement and fracture stabilization. The sports medicine physicians include the head team orthopedist for Stanford University Football and team physicians for the San Francisco 49ers, US Ski Team and the Golden State Warriors.

Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital.
Tampa General Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in the region boasting 1,004 beds and approximately 6,700 employees. The hospital's orthopedic trauma, knee, hip and shoulder replacement programs have received disease-specific certifications from the Joint Commission. In the joint center, the surgeons perform less invasive procedures using the MAKOplasty computer assisted surgical technology. The hospital also includes a 30-bed orthopedic trauma care center, where specialists treat extremity fractures, limb sparing surgery on cancer patients and complex limb replacements.

Texas Orthopedic Hospital (Houston).
Texas Orthopedic Hospital opened in 1995 and is partnered with Fondren Orthopedic Group, one of the largest orthopedic physician groups in the city. Services include orthopedic trauma, joint replacement, spine surgery and sports medicine. In addition to inpatient and outpatient surgery, the hospital includes rehabilitation, aquatic therapy, diagnostic imaging and a spinal diagnostic and treatment center. Surgeons in the spine center focus on minimally invasive procedures for treating back pain.

Thomas Jefferson Hospital (Philadelphia).
Established in 1825, Thomas Jefferson Hospital has an orthopedic surgery department that includes 50 board-certified physicians. Services include hip and knee, shoulder and elbow, foot and ankle, hand and wrist, spine and sports medicine care. There are approximately 1,000 cases of spinal injury treated at TJH annually and the surgeons are at the forefront of minimally invasive surgical techniques. The hospital’s joint replacement program services more than 6,500 patients annually. Physicians at the hospital are team physicians for the Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Flyers and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Tulsa Spine & Specialty Hospital (Tulsa, Okla.).
Founded in 2002, the Tulsa Spine & Specialty Hospital is a 130,000-square-foot medical center and anchor for the newly-developed Olympia Medical Park complex. Beyond spine surgery, services at the hospital include orthopedics, pain management, general and plastic surgery, ophthalmology and gynecology. The hospital has the da Vinci system, which assists surgeons in minimally invasive surgical procedures. The hospital has received several recognitions, including the Spine Surgery Excellence Award from HealthGrades in 2011.



University Hospitals Case Medical Center (Cleveland). The 1,032-bed University Hospitals Case Medical Center is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The surgeons focus on adult and pediatric extremities care, joint preservation, cartilage restoration, spine care, sports medicine, total joint replacement and orthopedic oncology. The physicians also have a focus on research and have been supported by the National Institute of Health. Past research projects include working on cartilage and bone-cell biology, tissue engineering, biomechanics and functional electrical stimulation. Spine surgeons are able to perform minimally invasive surgical techniques and care for patients with traumatic and degenerative disorders.

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (Iowa City, Iowa).
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is the state's only comprehensive medical center and regional referral center. The hospital's orthopedic services include extremities care, spine surgery, joint replacement and sports medicine. The orthopedic department sees more than 50,000 patients in its clinics each year and performs more than 5,000 orthopedic procedures annually. In addition to ranking among the top hospitals for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report, the hospital was also named among the top in the nation in orthopedics for children's care. The hospital is home to the immediate past president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, John Callaghan, MD.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Pittsburgh).
UPMC integrates several entities, including more than 20 hospitals and 400 physicians’ offices. The tertiary care hospital that would become UPMC's flagship was founded in 1893 and the orthopedic surgery department is more than 100 years old. In May 2009, UPMC physicians performed the first double hand transplant. Research is critical to UPMC, which includes the Stem Cell Research Laboratory and the Orthopaedic BioDynamics Laboratory. The physicians are team physicians for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins, and the UPMC facilities include a sports training center.

University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle).
This 450-bed hospital opened in 1959 as one of the nation's smallest teaching hospitals. The University of Washington Medical Center provides orthopedic, spine and sports medicine along with women's sports medicine care. In addition to providing clinical care, the physicians are also focused on research and have access to the Orthopaedic Science Lab. Current research includes studies on the various approaches to revision total hip arthroplasty and associated complication and re-infection rates.

UPMC Hamot (Erie, Pa.).
UPMC Hamot includes an orthopedic ER with surgeons available 24 hours a day and is among the only facilities in the region providing orthopedic trauma surgeons. Additional orthopedic services include the hospital's hip and knee center, hand surgery and sports medicine. The surgeons stay at the forefront of orthopedics by employing minimally invasive surgical techniques for the appropriate patients. The hospital also includes comprehensive rehabilitation services and outpatient physical therapy. For training physicians, the hospital offers an orthopedic residency program and includes a research center.

USC University Hospital (Los Angeles).
This 411-bed acute care hospital, which opened in 1991, offers specialized services in the diagnosis and treatment of back pain, musculoskeletal disorders and sports injuries. USC University Hospital physicians are team physicians for USC athletics. The hospital also offers minimally invasive joint replacement, extremities surgery, trauma and orthopedic oncology care. In addition to surgical services, the hospital also provides pain management specialists and post-surgical rehabilitation.

Valley Medical Center (Renton, Wa.).
The Joint Center at Valley Medical Center incorporates computer-assisted surgery technology for surgeons to more precisely place implants during joint replacement procedures. The center recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, having performed more than 5,000 joint replacements over the past decade. Surgeons at the center have a special interest in joint replacement, extremities care, spine surgery and sports medicine. The hospital's Spine Center is also focused on providing successful outcomes for patients, and more than 85 percent of spine surgery patients are able to return home within a week of surgery.



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