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Shoulder & Elbow Surgery

Chief: Francis X. Mendoza, MD


The Chief of Shoulder & 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 the scientific literature, and currently participates in the design of novel implants used in shoulder replacement surgery.

The Department 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. The entire team focuses on the nonoperative management of most conditions affecting the shoulder and elbow, reserving surgical intervention only for those patients who do not improve through conservative means. All of the surgeons in the divisions strictly adhere to principles of evidence-based medicine, and offer their 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.

Conditions Treated

  • Tendinitis
  • 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 Performed

  • 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
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