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Russell F. Warren, M.D. , (76), is Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus of Hospital for Special Surgery (“HSS”), Attending Orthopedic Surgeon and Professor of Orthopedics at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Among his many accomplishments as Surgeon-in-Chief, Dr. Warren spearheaded the Hospital’s efforts to advance research and education. During his tenure, soft tissue research be-came one of the Hospital’s priorities. Co-founding the Soft Tissue Laboratory in 1992, he helped accelerate this research by stimulating novel investigations in the function, repair, and replacement of ligaments and tendons. In addition, Dr. Warren has worked diligently to mentor and train young physician-scientists. Under his leadership, the number of orthopedic fellows increased five-fold, and the HSS residency program, one of the most competitive in the country, flourished. Dr. Warren has been on the surgical staff of HSS since 1977, and he continues to serve on the HSS sports medicine service. Dr. Warren was recently honored with the hospital’s Lifetime Achievement Award. One of the most eminent leaders in the field of sports medicine and shoulder surgery, Dr. Warren served as a former president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and the American Shoulder & Elbow Society (ASES). He has been honored several times with the prestigious Charles S. Neer Award, which is given annually by ASES to the best paper in basic science. He has published over 250 scientific articles and is co-editor-in-chief of the publication “Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery”. He has received a number of patents for the development of devices to treat problems of the knee and shoulder. For the past 20 years, Dr. Warren has been the team doctor for the New York Giants football team, overseeing all medical care for the players. He is a member of the board of trustees for the National Football Foundation and previously the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation. Dr. Warren obtained his A.B. from Columbia College and his medical degree from the State University of New York Medical School in Syracuse. He completed his internship and surgical residency training at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York, followed by an orthopedic surgical residency at HSS and a fellowship in shoulder surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.


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