New York's best hospitals: Dr. David Altchek is ace of staff at Manhattan's Hospital for Special Surgery

Mariano Rivera, Johan Santana, other top athletes flock to surgeon to save their careers

New York Daily News—July 16, 2013

The man hobbled into the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan looking like any other patient of orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Altchek.

He was tall and lean, and his name was Mariano.

The 42-year-old was soon splayed across an operating table as Altchek prepared to make tiny incisions into his right knee.

The procedure – repairing a torn anterior cruciate ligament – lasted all of 45 minutes.

But for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, it likely felt like an eternity.

Altchek had just operated on the most famous injured knee in professional sports — and eight months later, the legendary Mariano Rivera was back on the mound throwing his blazing cutter.

That Rivera trusted Altchek to perform the June 2012 procedure was no surprise. Altchek has quietly become the go-to-surgeon for many of the greatest athletes on the planet.

The 56-year-old surgeon is one of the all-star doctors at Hospital for Special Surgery, which received the coveted number one ranking in the nation for orthopedics by U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 survey.

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