About Samuel A. Taylor, MD

Practice Mission

Dr. Taylor’s mission is to provide every patient the highest quality of care possible by combining modern surgical techniques with compassionate care and to be a leader in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine through research and education.

About Dr. Taylor

sam-sideline-300x185 copyAs a former intercollegiate and avid recreational athlete, Dr. Taylor has developed a unique understanding of the demands and anxieties faced by injured athletes at all levels. His clinical expertise includes minimally invasive and reconstructive techniques of the shoulder, elbow, and knee.

After graduating from Greenwich High School, Dr. Taylor attended Harvard University where he studied biology and played four years of varsity football.  In medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeon, he was selected to the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Honors Society. During his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery, the faculty awarded Dr. Taylor the Weill Cornell Alumni Council Distinguished Housestaff Award for exemplary all-around service and his peers selected him recipient of the Jean C. McDaniel Award for leadership, professionalism, and ethics in patient care.

Dr. Taylor served as the administrative Co-Chief Fellow during his final year of training in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery. Following fellowship, Dr. Taylor received additional training in complex shoulder, knee, and elbow conditions during a Traveling Fellowship that included nationally and internationally renowned experts, Dr. James Andrews (Pensacola, FL), Dr. Dan Cooper (Dallas, TX), Dr. John Conway (Fort Worth, TX), Dr. Felix Savoie (New Orleans, LA), and Dr. Laurent LaFosse (Annecy, France).

sam-sidelineDr. Taylor has served as an assistant team physician for several amateur and professional organizations, including: the New York Football Giants, The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) semi-professional football team, and the New York Red Bulls MLS franchise. He has also published extensively in his field, authoring more than 20 peer-reviewed papers and 13 book chapters. His seminal work on the long head of the biceps tendon was recognized with the J. Whit Ewing Award at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Arthroscopy Association of North America.

As a student, athlete, and researcher, Dr. Taylor has come to admire the wondrous capabilities and frightening limits of the human body. He has dedicated himself to restoring mobility by combining the latest minimally invasive surgical treatments with compassionate care.

Education

 UndergraduateHarvard University: Cambridge, MA

 

 Medical SchoolColumbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons: New York, NY

 

Residency in Orthopaedic SurgeryHospital for Special Surgery: New York, NY

 

Fellowship in Sports Medicine & Shoulder SurgeryHospital for Special Surgery: New York, NY

Sports Team Coverage

Associate Team PhysicianNew York Football Giants
Head Team PhysicianFire Department of New York (FDNY) Football Team

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Dr. Taylor holds academic appointments at both, Hospital for Special Surgery and Weill Cornell Medical College. His award winning study on the Biceps-Labrum Complex and innovative research on the Bicipital Tunnel have been presented nationally and internationally.

The HSS Advantage

Hospital for Special Surgery is the #1 ranked hospital in the nation for orthopaedics by U.S. News & World Report. Every surgeon, doctor, scientist, nurse, and therapist is a specialist in caring for orthopaedic patients.

HSS No1

Founded in 1863, HSS is the nation’s oldest orthopaedic hospital built upon traditions of innovation, research, education, and excellence. Today, more than 25,000 surgical procedures are performed annually including many of the most complex cases encountered. Furthermore, HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the nation.

Nursing, radiology, and anesthesia have all been nationally and internationally recognized for their excellence. Nursing has been recognized with the Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence and was the first hospital in the State of New York to be re-designated with Nursing’s highest honor. Hospital for Special Surgery is one of the largest academic centers for musculoskeletal imaging. The anesthesiologists pioneered the use of regional anesthesia techniques, which have been associated with less post-operative pain, less nausea, reduced blood loss, and lower incidence of blood clots.

Hospital for Special Surgery is dedicated to training tomorrow’s leaders. The orthopaedic surgery residency program is one of the most sought after programs in the country and routinely gets over 500 applications for 9 positions available each year.

Professional teams and elite athletes from around the world trust HSS. Doctors and therapists from Hospital for Special Surgery have the distinction of being the team physicians and athletic trainers for the New York Football Giants, New York Mets, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, New York Liberty, New York Red Bulls, US Rowing, USA Swimming, and FIFA among many others.

Not only do specialists send their patients, our patients recommend HSS to their friends and family. When benchmarked against other hospitals across the nation, HSS ranked in the 99th percentile for overall patient satisfaction and likelihood to recommend to others.