Dr. William W. Briner Jr., Named Team Physician of New York Lizards Major League Lacrosse Team

Long Island, NY—May 24, 2013 

Dr. William W. Briner Jr., a primary care sports medicine physician at the Uniondale office of Hospital for Special Surgery, has been named team physician of the New York Lizards, the Long Island-based lacrosse team.Dr. William W. Briner, Jr., MD named team physician for the NY Lizards

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, has also been designated as the team's official hospital. The partnership provides the New York Lizards with access to one of the world's leading centers for orthopedics and sports medicine, according to the major league lacrosse team.

"We are very excited to have Hospital for Special Surgery partner with us to provide expert care to the New York Lizards. HSS represents the best in their field, something the Lizards strive for as well," said Jeffrey Rudnick, Lizards CEO. "Dr. Briner, along with other physicians and staff at HSS, has a long history of treating professional athletes and this partnership reinforces our commitment to player health."

"Lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country and is a fast-paced game," said Dr. Briner, who sees patients at HSS's Long Island Office. "We are committed to providing the New York Lizards with quality care to help maintain a healthy team and provide a safe return to the game if injuries do occur."

Dr. Briner, a primary care sports medicine physician at HSS, specializes in the nonsurgical treatment of orthopedic injuries in professional, elite and amateur athletes. In addition to serving as team physician for the New York Lizards, Dr. Briner is head team physician for the U.S. National Volleyball Teams and chairs the Sports Medicine and Performance Commission for USA Volleyball. He has experience working with the WNBA Chicago Sky, U.S. National Soccer Teams and high school and collegiate athletics.

For more information about Dr. Briner and Hospital for Special Surgery’s Long Island Office, visit: www.hss.edu/longisland.

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology, No. 10 in neurology, and No. 5 in geriatrics by U.S.News & World Report (2012-13), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center three consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. From 2007 to 2011, HSS has been a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award. HSS is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at www.hss.edu.
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