Specialty and Special Expertise

Orthopedic Surgery

Hip, Knee

Special Expertise
Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement


Otto Aufranc Award Winner – The Hip Society, 2015
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Poster Award Winner
Adult Reconstruction Fellows of HSS: Educator of the Year Award
Philip D. Wilson Research Award
Outstanding Teacher Award: Naval Hospital, San Diego, CA
Naval Achievement Award

Specialized Centers

Center for Hip Preservation Industry Relationships

One of the goals of Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies if payments were received during the prior year, or if the HSS physician currently receives payment. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Padgett as of November 2015.

  • MAKO Surgical Corp. – Consultant; developer
  • Stryker – Consultant

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, HSS’ Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.

Patients should feel free to ask their HSS physicians questions about these relationships.

Douglas E. Padgett, MD

Dr. Douglas Padgett was born and raised in Seaford, New York. He received his undergraduate education at St. Michael’s College (B.A. 1978) in Vermont where he was a starting member of the varsity soccer team. A recipient of a Naval Health Professions Scholarship, he completed his medical school education at New York Medical College (M.D. 1982). Following graduation from medical school, Dr. Padgett began his surgical training at The Roosevelt Hospital (1982-83, 1984-1985). From 1983-1984, Dr. Padgett was the Battalion Surgeon for the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment during combat operations in Grenada, West Indies and in Beirut, Lebanon, where he was awarded the Naval Achievement Medal for meritorious service.

From 1985-1989, Dr. Padgett was a resident in orthopedic surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery and subsequently performed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at The Rush Presbyterian Medical Center in Chicago in Adult Reconstructive Surgery of the hip and knee (1989-90). From 1990-1993, Dr. Padgett was the Director of the Adult Reconstructive Service at the Naval Hospital, San Diego and developed the Adult Reconstructive Education Program. In 1991, Dr. Padgett was deployed to the Persian Gulf with Fleet Hospital #6 in support of military operation during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

In 1993, Dr. Padgett joined Hospital for Special Surgery as an attending surgeon on the Hip and Knee Service. Dr. Padgett acted as the chief of the Hip Service from 2006-2015, and in 2008, he was named the Chief of the Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service. In addition to his duties at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. Padgett is also a consulting physician for the Bronx V.A. Medical Center.

Dr Padgett has received numerous awards and accolades. Among them, he has received the Philip D Wilson Research award three times for innovative clinical and translational research. He is a recipient if the Otto Aufranc Award for Outstanding Research from the Hip Society as well as the Outstanding Research Poster Award from the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. He has been named Educator of the Year given by the fellows at Hospital For Special Surgery as well as receiving designation as a Best Doctor and Super Doctor in New York the past 5 years. He has been the Harris Keynote speaker at Harvard Medical School, the Badgley Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan and was recently named the Chitranjan S. Ranawat Chair in Adult Reconstruction at Hospital For Special Surgery.

Beyond his activities at HSS, Dr. Padgett has served a board member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons as well as The Hip Society. He has served on the program committee of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons as well as the program chair of the Orthopaedic Learning Center in Chicago.

Dr. Padgett enjoys his role as surgeon, educator and researcher, and is dedicated to exploring the cutting edge of medicine for his patients. While clinical outcomes and biomaterials research have been his main focus, two fields of current interest are robotic surgery and deep vein thrombosis prevention.

In conjunction with the Stryker-MAKO Surgical Corp, Dr. Padgett is using robotic assisted techniques for total hip replacement patients. In this procedure, a robotic arm guides the surgeon in positioning the implant. For patients who are good candidates, the hope is that this will lead to less dislocation, less likelihood of limb length discrepancy, and improved life of the implant.

Historically, the risk of deep vein thrombosis was reduced through the use of blood thinning medications such as aspirin or Coumadin. Now there is another method being explored, an active compression device. The Active Care SFT device works by applying intermittent pressure to the lower legs, to encourage circulation and discourage the development of blood clots without medications. It is hoped that using less medications after surgery will reduce the risk of possible side effects such as bleeding and escalating drug interactions for patients. Dr Padgett is currently using this technology for his hip and knee patients in lieu of anticoagulant therapy.

Curriculum Vitae


Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Chief of the Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Division, Hospital for Special Surgery
Chief of the Hip Service (Emeritus), Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Board Member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (2010-2012)
Member of the Hip Society, Secretary of The Hip Society (2012)
Diplomat of American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Presidential Line, The Hip Society (2016-2020)
Associate Surgeon In Chief, Hospital for Special Surgery


Journal of Arthroplasty, Editorial Board
American Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Consultant Reviewer
Journal of Orthopaedic Research, Consultant Reviewer
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Field Test Examiner
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Program Committee

Dorothy Pedisich, PA-C

Dorothy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from Hofstra University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Touro College. She was accepted into the Post-Graduate Surgical Residency at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein School of Medicine in Bronx, New York. After completion of her residency, Dorothy began her career at Hospital for Special Surgery in 2010, and in 2017, joined the practice with her new role as Dr. Padgett’s physician assistant.

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