Charles N. Cornell, MD

Charles Cornell

Title: Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery
Company: Hospital for Special Surgery
Location: Greenwich, Connecticut, United States

Charles N. Cornell, MD, Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in orthopedic surgery.

Having come from a family of doctors, Dr. Cornell has had an interest in healthcare for as long as he can remember. He wanted to be able to apply science in a practical field, so the decision to pursue a medical degree was natural. He attended Williams College for his Bachelor of Science and went on to earn an MD from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. He chose to pursue orthopedic surgery because of the nature of the work. It is progressive and challenging, however, instead of working to save the lives of his patients, he is working to improve them, which makes it all the more rewarding.

 Because orthopedic surgery is a rapidly growing industry, Dr. Cornell has been granted many opportunities for advancement throughout his career. His professional success has given him the platform to take on higher up roles. Currently, he presides as the attending orthopedic surgeon and clinical director at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He considers his promotion to the clinical director as a great achievement. In this role, he has accomplished a complete reorganization of care that has resulted in an advancement of quality and efficiency at the hospital. As a result of his actions, the hospital has become the top-ranked location for orthopedic surgery in the United States for the last ten years. Additionally, through practice, Dr. Cornell has become quite knowledgeable about his industry. This has qualified him to work as a professor of clinical orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine within Cornell University, where he has been since 2004.

In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Cornell was given the Career Service Award from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Phillip D. Wilson Teaching Award from the Hospital for Special Surgery. Furthermore, his distinguished reputation has granted him membership in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the Associations of Bone and Joint Surgeons. In five years, he plans to focus more on international charity work and less on practice, though he is happy where he is today.

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