Title: Surgeon and Chief Emeritus
Company: Hospital for Special Surgery
Location: New York, New York, United States
Thomas P. Sculco, Surgeon and Chief Emeritus at the Hospital for Special Surgery, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in orthopedic surgery.
Encouraged by his professors to pursue a career in biology and medicine, Dr. Sculco quickly realized he had found his calling. He only applied to one medical school, the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, and got in, and the rest was history. After completing the MD in 1969, Dr. Sculco garnered hands-on experience as an intern and resident of general surgery at Roosevelt Hospital and as a resident in orthopedic surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He then spent a year in an orthopedic fellowship at London Hospital and two years as a major in the U.S. Air Force.
Upon returning to New York in 1977, Dr. Sculco jumped right back into his work. He started as an assistant attending of orthopedic surgery at New York Hospital, Memorial Hospital, and the Hospital for Special Surgery, and as an assistant professor of clinical surgery at Cornell University. As his reputation for excellence grew, Dr. Sculco began to rapidly advance through the field. He served in positions like associate professor of clinical surgery at Cornell University, associate attending of orthopedic surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery, chair of orthopedic surgery at the Bronx Veterans Administration Hospital, and surgeon-in-chief and Korein-Wilson Chair of Orthopedic Surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Today, Dr. Sculco is thriving as a consultant and orthopedic surgeon at the Bronx Veterans Administration Hospital and the Memorial Hospital, professor and chief of orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College at Cornell University, and chief emeritus at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundatios and the Gladden Society and the board of advisors of Brown Medical School and Columbia Medical Center.
Outside of clinical work and academia, Dr. Sculco is very active in research. His current interests revolve around improvements in surgical technique and preventing the failure of hip and knee implants. To help him reach his goals, he recently created the Complex Joint Reconstruction Center to improve outcomes and promote basic and clinical research in complex patients. Dr. Sculco has shared his findings in more than 350 papers, 88 chapters, and three books on orthopedic surgery and the surgical treatment of arthritis over the years. He has also presented more than 750 papers.
Dr. Sculco has received numerous accolades for his efforts, including the Otto Aufranc and the Charnley Award from the Hip Society, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arthritis Foundation, the Westerly Library Award, and the Austrian Cross of Honor, First Class, for Science and Art. Dr. Sculco was the first American to be elected as an honorary member of the Austrian Orthopaedic Society. Additionally, he has been named among the Best Doctors in New York by New York Magazine and an honorary member of the Hellenic Orthopaedic Society.
Looking to the future, Dr. Sculco hopes to be remembered for his ability to form lasting relationships with his patients.
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