HSS Designated FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence

Orthopedics This Week—June 2, 2014

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has designated Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City, as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence (FMCoE). HSS is one of only three hospitals in the United States to receive this distinction.

"As the former medical director of Schulthess Clinic in Zurich (the first FIFA Medical Center of Excellence) I am very familiar with HSS’s sports medicine, rehabilitation and performance care for professional and elite athletes because both institutions are members of the International Society of Orthopedic Centres," said Professor Jiri Dvorak, FIFA's chief medical officer, in the May 19, 2014 news release.

"This recognition is an extraordinary privilege and complements HSS's longstanding connection to world-class athletes through a broad range of sports, including soccer, as the official hospital of the New York Red Bulls," said Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO, Hospital for Special Surgery. "While our sports medicine service is dedicated to the care of professional athletes, clinicians throughout HSS are committed to getting them back safely to their highest level of play."

Riley J. Williams, III, M.D. is an orthopedic surgeon and member of the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at HSS. He has served as the medical director for the New York Red Bulls since 2006. Dr. Williams told OTW, "Taking care of elite athletes takes a great deal of focus. One doctor doesn't do it all. At Hospital for Special Surgery, we have a multi-disciplinary team consisting of the head team physician, additional sports medicine specialists, physical therapists, athletic trainers, nutritionists, and strength and conditioning coaches. It's a rewarding endeavor, and we enjoy what we do."

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