Meet Dr. Altchek

Dr. David Altchek is a world-renowned attending surgeon and Co-Chief Emeritus at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). Dr. Altchek has spent over three decades repairing damaged shoulders, elbows, and knees, and provides a broad range of orthopedic sports medicine services.

The son of an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Altchek got a glimpse of the profession at an early age. He graduated from New York’s Weill Cornell Medical College in 1982 and completed his residency and fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

David Altchek, MD., has extensive experience in upper arm and shoulder surgery. Known for providing outstanding sports medicine care, Dr. Altchek is the medical director for the New York Mets and serves as a medical consultant for the NBA. Dr. Altchek also served as the North American Medical Director for the Association of Tennis Professionals, and was the Team Physician for the U.S. Davis Cup tennis team.

Dr. Altchek is also a Professor of Surgery in Clinical Orthopaedics at the Weill Cornell Medical College and has written well over 100 articles and book chapters on problems of the shoulder, elbow, and knee.


  • Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors – 2002 – 2020
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area – 2002 – 2021
  • T. Campbell Thompson Award – Outstanding Achievement in Orthopedic Surgery
  • John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement
  • New York Magazine Top Doctors – 2002 – 2021
  • Charles S. Neer Award – American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons
  • Named one of the top 250 Alumni – Columbia University

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