Charles N. Cornell

Charles N. Cornell, MD

Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Stamford Health


Orthopedic Trauma Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, , Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement

Medical School

Cornell University Medical College


Hospital for Special Surgery


University of Washington School of Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

HSS Orthopedics


More about Charles N. Cornell, MD


Dr. Cornell is fellowship trained and board certified in orthopedic surgery. He specializes in adult reconstructive surgery and lower extremity total joint replacement.

Dr. Cornell has been on staff at the Hospital for Special Surgery since 1986. In 2016, he joined the Stamford Health team and was named chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery in March 2017. He now leads the new orthopedic surgery collaboration between the Hospital for Special Surgery and Stamford Health.

Dr. Cornell has written 88 articles about his research in adult reconstructive surgery that have been published in peer-reviewed orthopedic journals. His current research interests include pain management following total knee replacement (TKR) surgery, and the benefits of clinical pathways as applied to total knee and hip replacement.

Dr. Cornell has a special interest in orthopedic surgery medical publications. He is editor-in-chief of the HSS Journal and serves as an associate editor of clinical orthopedics and related research for The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and The Journal of Orthopedic Trauma.

Special Interests

  • Adult reconstructive surgery
  • Lower extremity total joint replacement


  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery
  • American Orthopedic Association
  • Orthopedic Trauma Association

Academic Appointment

  • Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell College of Medicine
  • The Richard Laskin, MD Chair in Orthopedic Surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery



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