Riley Joseph Williams, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgery
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Riley Joseph Williams, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgery

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Gender: Male
Language: English


Personal Statement

Dr. Riley J. Williams III is a specialist in the field of shoulder, knee and elbow surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Williams holds a dual appointment in both the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, as a full-time member of the Sports Medicine & Shoulder Service, and as a Clinician-Scientist in the Research Division. He is also an Associate Professor at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Dr. Williams attended college at Yale University and the Stanford University School of Medicine. His clinical and research interests include: cartilage repair and transplantation, arthroscopic shoulder repair (rotator cuff tears, labrum tears), arthroscopic shoulder stabilization, anterior cruciate and posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, and elbow ligament reconstruction. Dr. Williams is the Director of the Institute for Cartilage Repair at Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Williams currently serves as the Head Team Physician for the Nets professional basketball team, the New York Red Bulls professional soccer team, and the Iona College Department of Athletics. He has also served as Associate Team Physician for both the New York Mets professional baseball and New York Giants professional football teams. Dr. Williams is an active member of the New York Road Runner's Club.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Sports Medicine


  • Arthroplasty
  • Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Knee Surgery
  • Ligament Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Surgery


Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

Aircast Award for Clinical Medicine, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, 2005

Charles C. Neer Award for Excellence in Research, American Shoulder and Elbow Society, 2003

O'Donoghue Award for Sports Injury Research, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, 1998

Philip D. Wilson Jr. Award for Excellence in Research, Hospital for Special Surgery, 1998

Ranawat Award for Excellence in Research, Eastern Orthopedic Association, 1998


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon - Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., Stanford University School of Medicine, 1992


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External Relationships

External Relationships

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