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Shoulder and elbow surgery

Our approach

The team at the Division of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery focuses on the management of a wide variety of conditions affecting the shoulder and elbow. First, we determine if a non-operative approach is possible; we reserve surgical intervention for patients who do not improve through conservative means. Our surgeons strictly adhere to principles of evidence-based medicine, and we offer patients the most current, proven techniques in shoulder and elbow surgery. These include new and innovative techniques in shoulder and elbow arthroscopy, joint replacement including reverse shoulder replacement, tendon transfer, and revision surgery, including reverse shoulder arthroplasty.

The chief of shoulder and elbow surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Francis X. Mendoza, is a true pioneer in the field. He completed fellowship training in the first program of its kind at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons under the direction of Charles Neer, MD, the father of modern shoulder surgery. Since completing his training, Dr. Mendoza has remained at the forefront of his specialty and has maintained the division's firm commitment to providing superb, cutting-edge care of shoulder and elbow pathology. He has written extensively on the management of shoulder and elbow conditions in scientific literature, and he currently participates in the design of novel implants used in shoulder replacement surgery.

Lenox Hill Orthopedics has supported Dr. Mendoza's vision with the recruitment of additional fellowship-trained surgeons with the same commitment to clinical excellence in shoulder and elbow surgery.

Conditions we treat include:  
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle strains
  • Muscle and tendon ruptures
  • Shoulder arthritis
  • Proximal humerus fracture
  • Clavicle fracture
  • Acromioclavicular joint separation
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Shoulder instability
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Shoulder labrum tear
  • Elbow arthritis
  • Elbow dislocation
  • Elbow ligament tear
  • Ulnar collateral ligament sprain
  • Distal biceps rupture
  • Elbow fracture
  • Tennis elbow / Golfer's elbow
  • Olecranon bursitis
Procedures we perform include:  
  • Shoulder replacement
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Acromioclavicular joint reconstruction
  • Shoulder fracture repair
  • Shoulder labrum repair
  • Shoulder stabilization
  • Tendon transfers
  • Revision surgery
  • Elbow replacement
  • Elbow arthroscopy
  • Ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction ("Tommy John procedure")
  • Tennis elbow/golfer's elbow debridement
  • Distal biceps repair

Education & training

Residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital

The Lenox Hill Hospital Department of Orthopedics offers a five-year ACGME-accredited training program in orthopaedic surgery. The department has more than 60 full-time or part-time attending and voluntary orthopedic surgeons and research scientists available to help train residents.


Francis Xavier Mendoza, MD

Specialties: Orthopaedic Surgery

Peter Damian McCann, MD

Specialties: Orthopaedic Surgery

Stephen James Nicholas, MD

Specialties: Orthopaedic Surgery

Benjamin Byrd Bedford, MD

Specialties: Orthopaedic Surgery