Dr. Jo A. Hannafin is board certified in orthopedic surgery/sports medicine. She is an Attending Orthopedic Surgeon and Director of Orthopedic Research at Hospital for Special Surgery and has published and lectured extensively on tendon and ligament healing. She is a Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Hannafin was a USOC physician for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece and the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic. She is currently the Head Team Physician for the WNBA New York Liberty and a Team Physician for the United States Rowing Team. She was an event physician at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games (rowing); and the New York City Marathon. Dr. Hannafin was a team physician for the WUSA New York Power from 2000-2003 and an Assistant Team Physician to the New York Mets from 1992-1996. She has been team physician to the U.S. Rowing Team since 1994 and is a member of the FISA Medical Commission. Dr. Hannafin was a member of the silver medalist lightweight double at the 1984 World Rowing Championships and a three-time gold medalist at the U.S. National Rowing Championships. She is currently the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the National Rowing Foundation.
Dr. Hannafin is the Vice President of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and will serve as President from 2013-2014. She has served as Secretary of the AOSSM board, Chair of the Enduring Education and Research Committees and has served on numerous AOSSM committees. She has been a member of the Board of the OREF (Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation) from 2006-2012. She has published over 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has written 20 book chapters. She is also the co-author of the book Say Goodbye to Knee Pain. Dr. Hannafin has been repeatedly honored as one of The Best Doctors in America.
Dr. Hannafin was the first Clinician-Scientist at the Hospital for Special Surgery and maintains an active research program in the area of ligament physiology. Her section of the Laboratory for Tissue Engineering, Regeneration and Research is focused on the study of soft tissue response to injury, stress deprivation and mechanical loading in a variety of tissues including the anterior cruciate ligament and shoulder capsule. Cell culture, and molecular techniques are used to study cellular response to physical and chemical alteration in the environment with a specific focus on mechanotransduction pathways involved in these responses. Dr. Hannafin has received NIH RO1 funding and various foundation funding in support of this research area. She has served as a full member of the SBSR NIH Study Section and as an ad hoc member of a number of other Study Sections.
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As of March 12, 2013, Dr. Hannafin reported no financial interest relationships with healthcare industry.
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Sofka, C.M., Ciavarra, G.A., Hannafin, J.A., Cordasco, F.A., Potter, H.G. (2008) Magnetic resonance imaging of adhesive capsulitis: Correlation with clinical staging. HSS Journal 4(2):164-169. Epub 2008 Aug 20.
Battaglia, M., Cordasco, F., Hannafin, J.A.., Rodeo, S.A., O=Brien, S.J., Altchek, D.W., Wickiewicz, T., Warren, R.F. (2007) Results of revision anterior cruciate ligament surgery. Am. J. Sports Med. (35(12):2057-2066.
Marx, R.G., Malizia, R.W., Kenter, K., Wickiewicz, T.L., Hannafin, J.A. (2007) Intra-articular corticosteroid injection for the treatment of idiopathic adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder. HSS Journal 3(2): 202-207.
Hannafin, J.A., Attia, E.A., Henshaw, R. and Bhargava, M.M. (2006) Effect of cyclic strain and plating matrix on cell proliferation and integrin expression by ligament fibroblasts grown on different matrices. J Orthop Res 24(2):149-158.
Henshaw, D.R., Attia, E.A., Bhargava, M.M., and Hannafin, J.A. (2006) Canine ACL fibroblast integrin expression and cell alignment in response to cyclic tensile strain in 3-dimensional collagen gels. J Orthop Res (3):481-490.
Brand, R.A. and Hannafin, J.A. (2006) The environment of the successful clinician-scientist. Clin Orthop Relat Res 449:67-71.
Faryniarz, D.A., Bhargava, M., Lajam, C., Attia, E.T., and Hannafin, J.A. (2006) Quantitation of estrogen receptors and relaxin binding in human anterior cruciate ligament fibroblasts. In Vitro Cell Dev Biol Anim 42(7):176-181.
Bhargava, M.M., Kinne-Saffran, E., Kinne, R.K.H., Warren, R.F., and Hannafin, J.A. (2005) Characterization of sulfate, proline and glucose transport systems in anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligament cells. Can J Physiol Pharm 83(11):1025-1030.
Griffin, L.Y., Arendt, E.A., Beynnon, B.D., Demaio, M., Dick, R.W., Engebretsen, L., Garrett, W.E., Hannafin, J.A. et al. (2006) Understanding and preventing non-contact anterior cruciate ligament injuries: A review of the Hunt Valley II meeting, January 2005. Am. J. Sports Med. 34(9):1512-1532.
Seneviratne, A, Attia, E.A., Rodeo, S.R., Williams, R., Hannafin, J.A. (2004) The effect of estrogen on ovine anterior cruciate ligament fibroblasts: cell proliferation and collagen synthesis. AJSM 32(7):1613-1618.
Strickland, S.M., Belknap, T.W., Turner, S.A., Wright, T.M., and Hannafin, J.A. (2003) Lack of hormonal influences on mechanical properties of sheep knee ligaments. AJSM 31(2):210-215).
Suzuki, K., Attia, E.A., Hannafin, J.A., Rodeo, S.A., Warren, R.F., and Bhargava, M.M. (2001) The effect of cytokines on the migration of fibroblasts derived from different regions of the canine shoulder capsule. JSES 10(1):62-67.
Williams, R.J., Attia, E.A., Wickiewicz, T.L., and Hannafin, J.A. (2000) The effect of ciprofloxacin on tendon, paratenon and capsular fibroblast metabolism. AJSM 28(3):364-369.
Tsuzaki, M., Brigman, B.E., Yamamoto, J. Lawrence, W.T., Simmons, J.G., Mohapatra, N.K., Lund, P.K., Van Wyk, J., Hannafin, J.A., Bhargava, M.M., Banes, A.J. (2000) Insulin-like growth factor-I is expressed by avian flexor tendon cells. JOR 18(4):546-556.
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
Research Interests include:
The effect of Mechanical Load on the Biology of Ligament Fibroblasts;
Adhesive Capsulitis of the Shoulder;
Stress Fractures in the Female Athlete
Our laboratory is focused on the study of soft tissue response to injury, stress deprivation and mechanical loading in a variety of tissues including the anterior cruciate ligament and shoulder capsule.
Animal modeling and cell culture, and molecular techniques are used to study cellular response to physical and chemical alteration in the environment with a specific focus on mechanotransduction pathways involved in these responses.