Joseph M. Lane, MD

Title: Orthopaedic Surgeon, Assistant Dean, Professor
Company: Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Location: New York, New York, United States

Joseph M. Lane, Assistant Dean and Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Orthopaedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in orthopedic surgery and medical education.

Dr. Lane began his higher education at Columbia University in New York, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry, magna cum laude, in 1961. He went on to attend Harvard Medical School, where he earned an MD in 1965. Upon earning his doctorate, Dr. Lane began his medical career as a straight surgical intern at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1966, he became a resident in the Department of General Surgery, and in 1967, he transitioned to a new role as a research associate for the National Institute of Dental Research, where he remained until 1969.

In 1972, Dr. Lane returned to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania as chief resident for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He began his career as a medical educator in 1976, working as an associate clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. While working as a professor, Dr. Lane continued to practice medicine, starting in 1977 as the chief of bone tumor service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he remained until 1991. He achieved success as an educator, rising to the rank of associate professor in 1978, and professor in 1984. In the same year, he became a senior scientist at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Continuing to grow as both a surgeon and educator, Dr. Lane took on an additional role as the associate director of the Multipurpose Arthritis Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery in 1988, and later served as the chairman of the Institutional Review Board from 1990 to 1993. He then took his expertise across the country, to work as professor and chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California Los Angeles, from 1993 to 1996. Dr. Lane returned to the Hospital for Special Surgery in 1996, acting as director of the clinical research section until 2003, simultaneously working as an attending orthopedic surgeon. Similarly, Dr. Lane returned to Weill Cornell Medical College in 1997 as assistant dean of medical students and professor of orthopedic surgery. He continues to work for both the Hospital for Special Surgery and the Weill Cornell Medical College to this day.

Dr. Lane’s excellence as both a surgeon and educator has been recognized with numerous honors and awards. He received the Hospital for Special Surgery Life Achievement Award in 2011, the Excellence in Teaching Award from Weill Cornell Medical College in 2005, and the Physician of the Year Award from CancerCare in 2004, among several other awards. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, and the New York State Osteoporosis Prevention Education Program, among many other memberships. He has been a major spokesperson for patients with osteoporosis throughout his career and hopes to focus more on research and clinical trials in the coming years. As a testament to his stature and success as a surgeon and educator, Dr. Lane has been featured in the 28th edition of Who’s Who in the East, the fifth edition of Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, as well as multiple editions of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in America.

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